Hello, all you nonsensical gamers, welcome to NSG’s new weekly article. Here you’ll find some of the biggest news topics from throughout the week.
Tiger Woods Seems To Be Taking A Break For A Year
A rumour making the rounds at the moment is that there will be no Tiger Woods PGA Tour 15. Kotaku reported “that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 15 is not happening. On any platform.” EA had supposedly planned to outsource the next edition of the game so that EA’s in-house development team will have two years to make Tiger Woods 16. I’m guessing this will allow them to take advantage of all the PS4 and the next Xbox will have to offer. Although after the resignation of its CEO and layoffs across the company, it may be they have changed those plans.
Batman May Sound A Little Different This Time Around
The voice actor that has become synonymous with Batman, Kevin Conroy, will not be returning for Batman: Arkham Origins. He has been using his vocal skills to produce the renowned gravelly tones of Batman in all sorts of media, including the 90’s animated series and the other Arkham games. Warner Bros. Games Montreal has apparently decided to go with an unnamed voice actor to play this installment’s younger version of the Dark Knight. It’s worth noting that this hasn’t been confirmed by Conroy or Warner Bros. Games Montreal.
We Now Know When Watch Dogs Will Be Released
Ubisoft has finally announced to the world that Watch Dogs will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC in North America on 19th November and in Europe on 22nd November. They have also revealed that the open-world action-adventure game will be launch title for the PlayStation 4, and is also planned for other next-generation consoles (which I’m guessing means Xbox). In addition four collector’s editions of the game have been announced for Europe only. The Dedsec Edition, the Vigilante Edition, the Uplay Exclusive Edition and the Special Edition. They all contain a variety of items, the sort of goodies you usually expect to get with all the special features.
Three More Trailers For The Three Protagonists OF GTAV
New trailers for Grand Theft Auto V are now available showing off not one, but all three of the game’s protagonists. The latest trailers for the game give us a deeper insight into the lives of each them. The next edition in the infamous open-world franchise comes out for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on 17th September.
Nintendo Explains Game Delays And Makes Excuses
Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata, has recently explained the reason for recent Wii U game delays during an investor Q&A. He stated that “the reason for the delayed release of our first-party titles was the fact that completing the games released at the same time as the launch of Wii U required more development resources than expected, so some staff members from development teams working on other titles had to help complete them.” Basically, they didn’t have enough people to get the job done.
Iwata also addressed the lack of exclusive Wii U titles. He said said “we originally planned to release a few first-party titles for Wii U during the first half of this year, but no big titles are scheduled for release before Pikmin 3 in July because we decided to take time to add the final touches to ensure that consumers fully feel that they are valuable titles.” Normally I would say taking your time to make a game the best it can be is a good thing. But in this case I just say, get on with it. What’s the point in having a games console without any games.
Finally, Iwata addressed the perception that the Wii U lacks the power of other consoles.“It is a fact that some software development companies assume that Wii U is not powerful enough,” Iwata said. “On the contrary, some developers say in interviews that Wii U has a different architecture from other consoles and that, when utilized in the right way, it can perform well.” That says it all, “it can perform well”. Not good, not great. But “well”. In my opinion, the Wii U’s reputation is apt, especially when you take the next-gen consoles into consideration.
Sources: Gameinformer, IGN
The Franchise That Refuses To Die Confirms It’s Next Edition
A promotional poster on IGN has confirmed that the next title in the long, repetitive Call of Duty franchise is called… Call of Duty: Ghosts. Which has been rumoured for several weeks. But we do now know that it will be released on 5th November 2013 and is from the original Call of Duty developers Infinity Ward. It will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC as well being available for next generation platforms. The poster has been released just a day after the publisher’s of the game, Activision, began teasing the game on the official site. Then with barely enough time to dismiss the news of “another” COD game, a teaser trailer has been released.
Minecraft Release Date For It’s Boxed Copy
News has been around on the old world wide web for some time now that a retail version of Xbox 360 version of Minecraft shall be released. Well now we have a date for the boxed retail product. And that date is from 28th June. If you choose to buy a copy in store (seriously, why don’t you have it already?) it will also include a 48-hour subscription to Xbox Live Gold, allowing you to download all the latest content for the game and try out some of its online-only features.
SEGA And Gearbox Are Getting Sued For Messing Up Aliens: Colonial Marines
A class action lawsuit has been filed against SEGA and Gearbox regarding Aliens: Colonial Marines. In the lawsuit by Polygon, they claim “that Gearbox and Sega falsely advertised Aliens by showing demos at trade shows like PAX and E3 which didn’t end up being accurate representations of the final product.” I think we all noticed the difference between the good, impressive early demos, and the later disappointing trailers. I think it’s quite right that someone makes developers and publishers aware that this is not acceptable. The early demos were advertised as “actual gameplay” at the time, when this turned out to be false, which thanks to a reviews embargo in place, many people didn’t realise until it was too late. Fans rightly felt cheated by SEGA’s false advertising.
The Game We’ve All Been Waiting For, Game & Wario For The Wii U, Gets a UK Release Date
The Wii U’s mini-game collection ‘Game & Wario’ will finally be released in the UK on 28th June. Designed by the team behind WarioWare, the game will contain 16 mini-games, 12 single-player and four for multiplayer games. Each mini-game is designed to make the most of the console’s GamePad. So you’ll draw stuff, and take pictures and stuff. You know, all that ‘really’ interesting and exciting stuff that people can’t wait to do with their Wii U consoles. That was sarcasm by the way.
Sony Execs Give Up Their Bonuses For Second Successive Year
Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s CEO, has proposed that the company’s executives should give up their bonuses. This follows another disappointing year for Sony in several areas of the company. But that said, they have reported their first annual net profit in five years last week, due in large part to asset sales and a weaker yen. But continued losses in its TV and mobile phone businesses are holding them back. Regardless, the Sony board has backed the proposal. Reports state that around 40 executives will return their bonuses, worth 30 to 50 per cent of their salary. I think we should look at this as a good thing, Sony know they can do better, and they won’t accept any reward until they do. With the very promising Playstation 4 on the horizon, I think they might get their bonuses very soon.
Beware Of The Last Of Us Spoilers
Be careful as you travel through the many realms of the internet in search of of news and updates on your favourite up and coming titles as details of the on Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us plot have been leaked online. Eurogamer reports that in the demo version of the game released with the new God of War: Ascension, there is a list of cutscene names hidden within the code of the game, which some skilled yet undoubtedly bored people have cracked open its files, extracted a list of spoiler full filenames that quite possibly spoil the ending. And now it’s all over the internet. If you’re like me and looking forward to this game, be very careful as you browse the web.
Sources: IGN, Edge, Eurogamer
Iwata Talks More Mario, This Time In 3D
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is in the news again (he seems to be very vocal at the moment). Nintendo has confirmed that a new Smash Bros., Mario and Mario Kart will be shown off at E3 this year. Well it also turns out that the Nintendo boss has confirmed that a 3D Mario game is in development by EAD Tokyo. The team previously developed Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Mario 3D Land. Apparently this 3D Mario Game is an “action game.” Whatever that means? When was the last you thought; “hey, I want some adrenaline pumping action to get stuck into. Lets load up the Wii and play some Mario.” Regardless, a 3D mario game shall be on it’s way to us by October.
Eternal Darkness Spiritual Successor Details
The first details about Shadow of the Eternals, the spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness have been revealed. The story of Shadow of the Eternals will be told through 12 episodes and shall be available on Wii U and PC to start with (maybe on more platforms later). A crowdfunding campaign for the project will be launching on Monday 6th May and is looking for $1,500,000 and will include various stretch goals.
IGN has also confirmed the following plot description provided by the developer Precursor:
“When Detective Paul Becker is called to one of the bloodiest gang massacres in Louisiana state history, only two survivors remain from a brutal conflict between two rival cults. As Becker begins his interrogations of the suspects, their combined recollections will uncover the truth about the ‘Eternals’.
Featuring an ensemble cast of heroes and villains, Shadow of the Eternals will span over 2500 years of history throughout Egypt, England, Hungary, and the United States. Players will question the perception of reality as they try to balance the mechanics of combat, magick, and sanity events to progress through the adventure.
Shadow of the Eternals will take players on a memorable journey throughout time; weaving historical fact with disturbing fiction to create an experience unlike any other.”
So… I’m not a survival horror fan so I didn’t play Eternal Darkness. So I have no expectations about this game, but assuming that it follows in the footsteps of its predecessor it should be fine and could potentially receive the same critical acclaim.
More Next-Gen Xbox Name Rumours
In Xbox news, it turns out Microsoft has registered multiple domains related to the term Xbox Fusion. Cleverly spotted by Fusible, Microsoft picked up XboxFusion.com, XboxFusion.info, XboxFusion.biz,XboxFusion.de and XboxFusion.co.uk, as well as several others. Domain names have served as indicators of Microsoft’s plans in the past. For example, in February Microsoft registered an Xbox Event website that ended up being used for its upcoming console reveal event. At the moment there are no confirmations on whether this is more than just Microsoft covering their bases, an insignificant next-gen rumour, or something more substantial. But I’m sure we’ll find out more at the Xbox event on 21st May. As for my opinion on the matter, I believe it is unlikely they’ll name the next Xbox ‘Fusion’. But that doesn’t mean it’s completely unrelated, it may be some sort of associated project.