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This week in the news; A lot of things are shut down and cancelled, a PC version of FFXV could contain additional content, famed speedrunner deletes her Twitch account, former Rockstar North head sues company, Gears of War 4 release date and trailer, a new Fear Effect, how The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker plays with the burden of the past, the past and future of the cyberpunk genre, environmental storytelling and corpse placement, Incursion added to The Division, the difficulty of Hyper Light Drifter and Dark Souls 3, Fractured Space developer analyze their free weekend, the story of Quantum Break, and more. Final Fantasy XV PC version being considered, could contain cut content Gears of War 4 launches Oct. 11 Cliff has responded positively to the new trailer A thread about this was created here Don't Starve Together leaves Early Access on April 21 The Banner Saga 2 gets a launch trailer ahead of April 19 release Titanfall 2 Teaser Trailer – PS4, Xbox One and PC A thread about this was created here Suda 51's PS4-exclusive brawler Let it Die is coming this year Vita-only Severed gets a launch date: April 26 Umbrella Corps releasing June 21 Square Enix announces Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin Telltale to publish open-world survival game 7 Days to Die on consoles Total War: WARHAMMER - The Empire vs Chaos Warriors Let's Play Free DLC for Total War: Warhammer detailed Rare Gaming Items Up for Auction to Support Shadow of Mordor Producer Who Passed Away Overwatch adds competitive play and penalties for people who quit early The Division Cheaters Warned of Permanent Bans The Division 1.1 update rolls out soon, so here's a trailer for the Incursion The Eldar wreak havoc in new Battlefleet Gothic: Armada trailer This is the last of the main fleets but for people who buy the game early to get into the beta or people who buy it within two months after release there are two more fleets that will be added to the game. Two New Classes Coming To Black Desert Online Next Week Killing Floor 2 gets Versus multiplayer in Revenge of the Zeds update I played some of this when it first released, the new mode is buggy but fun and there new adaptable difficulty for the regular game just seems to have unbalanced the boss from what I could see after playing four or five games. The two new guns are enjoyable to use. Ark: Survival Evolved Xbox One Patch Improves Frame Rate, Adds New Dinos Anyone Who Pirates Quantum Break Is In For A Surprise Uncharted 4 Has "Strongest" Opening in Naughty Dog's History, Dev Says Players watch streams of the games they like, then buy them Quebec indies form cooperative -- with 75 studios so far Baldur's Gate studio responds to harassment over trans character Good to see a studio quickly standing by the people they work with, unlike Nintendo. In the statement he also mentioned the need to fix bugs and multiplayer issues, and said that they would now be giving the transgender character an even larger role in the game with a future update, which should make the very few people who actually thought that the inclusion was a token one happy while upsetting the people who were clearly pretending that was the reason they were upset (like below) or the ones who were blatantly just against having transgender characters in games. Their announcement has upset science fiction writer Vox Day, a white supremacist and someone who talks about why giving women the right to vote was a mistake, so, good for Beamdog. Multiple Bioware employees (not including the one who just left Bioware to work for Beamdog) and the director and communication manager for D&D (as well as the creator of the setting Ed Greenwood) have also defended Beamdog, so the people saying that Bioware would never have written something like this and who don't know anything about D&D and don't think transgender characters should be in the setting, probably wrong. Even Cliff Bleszinski chimed in with the obvious. Continuing from what she wrote on the subject last week, Katherine Cross wrote, Opinion: So you want to write a trans character. Famed speedrunner Narcissa Wright deletes Twitch account, citing abuse Back in January I linked to an interview with her, One of the World's Best Speedrunners Can't Speedrun Anymore. IGDA calls out Nintendo for how it handled harassed employee's termination Nintendo kills 3D Zelda tribute New Mario Maker Guidelines Still Don't Explain Why Levels Get Deleted Shut-Down Metal Gear Solid Fan Remake Reborn as Virtual Museum Blizzard Shuts Down Pirate WoW Server That Doesn't Use Expansion Packs Nosgoth cancelled; beta servers to shut down next month A thread about this was created here Bit.Trip developer Choice Provisions shuts down San Francisco branch Nice logo Fable Legends may not be dead after all Dark Souls 3 PC Crashes Causing Headaches for Players Senator Al Franken takes on Oculus over VR data mining Oculus Rift customers face shipping delays, HTC Vive makes optimistic promises No Man’s Sky Soundtrack Details And Taster Track Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter redesigns Holmes and Watson Romancing SaGa 2 coming stateside for first time ever Mod Makes XCOM 2 More Like Fire Emblem So they have actually improved on the death system that Fire Emblem hasn't bothered doing anything with in 26 years. Codemasters Acquires Recently Shut Down Driveclub Studio Former Rockstar North head sues company for $150M in unpaid royalties Papers, Please developer releases free demo for next game In esports news ESL One Cologne is the next $1 million Valve Major MechWarrior Online World Championship sign-ups are now live Heroes of the Dorm Made Me an Esports Fan Perfect World apologises for Shanghai Major mess In crowdfunding news Arcadian Atlas - Tactical RPG Inspired by Classics A thread about this was created here Fear Effect Sedna A thread about this was created here. Moira A thread about this was created here Consortium: The Tower After a failed Kickstarter they have launched a new campaign on Fig which is looking to be more successful for them. A thread about this was created here Steamforged Games announces Dark Souls board game Other content I found interesting this week Why the Villain of ‘Quantum Break’ Is Its Real Hero Want to write a better game? Try watching some TV Not entirely sure about this as the reception to the game has been pretty mixed, with a lot of people not liking the story or TV episodes mixed in even if they enjoyed the gameplay. Guest Column: A Garden of Bodies The Three Modes of Male Sexuality in Videogames What cyberpunk was and what it will be Straying from the Virtual Path: What Video Games are Teaching Us About the Psychology of Navigation RUNAWAY TRAIN: MAKING MY FIRST GAME ON A TRAIN HACKER COMBINES ONE OF THE BEST SONIC GAMES WITH ARGUABLY THE WORST ONE ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Sends an Important Message About Toxic Masculinity The party's apparent ways of interacting with each other is really the only reason I am interested in the game. Uncharted 4's Technical Art Culture Stories We Tell Star Ocean 5's Producer on Localization Challenges and the Future of Console JRPGs Short and not all that interesting really. The usual about the Japanese market becoming more casual and Japanese devs not being able to keep up with the new technology to make things that aren't casual, obvious reasons for localization changes. He did get asked about making a new Valkyria Profile though I like the first more. FAILURE AND REBIRTH IN BREATH OF FIRE: DRAGON QUARTER Devs Answer: What are the best comments left in your code? Watch Mega Man producer Keiji Inafune make a Mario Maker stage An Examination of Leitmotifs and Their Use to Shape Narrative in UNDERTALE - Part 1 of 2 Why Does Diversity Make You Angry? Why Dark Souls 3 should have an easy mode and the problem with 'playing to win' I don't think the, make it easier, argument is thought all the way through sometimes, not that wanting an easier difficulty is an inherently bad idea or sentiment (the raging gatekeeping fanboys in the comment section might disagree). Doing something like putting in an invincibility mode in the new Star Fox is easy and doesn't alter the actual gameplay, having a story mode setting to not have to worry about combat in something like Pillars of Eternity/Baldurs Gate/Dragon Age makes sense (and Pillars and the new BG expansion do), but making Dark Souls easy would involve looking into what makes it hard for individual people, would it be the bosses, the regular enemies, showing you boss patterns so you don't have to die multiple times and run back to figure them out, falling or being knocked off of cliffs, traps, not playing a character type that seems to be working well for them, etc. An easy Dark Souls mode would likely involve rebuilding areas of the map or repositioning enemies in ways that people who only wanted an easier time in one particular area wouldn't have wanted and could be a much more difficult and time consuming undertaking than adding an easy mode to most games. It's not a bad idea but it's not as simple as just making the enemy do less damage like it is in many games. If the developer believed they had a good way of doing it I'd be all for it. How Hyper Light Drifter balances difficulty with fairness PinPoint - Star Wars Battlefront & A Crisis Of Identity Not the best audio, and he's a bit difficult to understand, but a good short point about how the Galactic Empire is supposed to work. Quick-save – impacts on playing styles and difficulty Fractured Space - Analysing our Free Weekend
This week in the news; No Man's Sky price and release, Tim Sweeney against Microsoft's UWP initiative, Steam makes changes to bundles and security, Gita Jackson explains how Dwarf Fortress helped her overcome her disinterest in Tolkien-esque fantasy, Phil Spencer clarifies console upgrade comments, many pirates are buying Stardew Valley, Bear simulator dev calls it quits, Total War Warhammer Delayed, The Division details free and paid expansions, Darkest Dungeon tackles mental illness in the right ways, Mass Effect Andromeda editor leaves Bioware and industry, Quantum Break's live action scenes aren't on disk/download, Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover out June 24, flawed morality and historical accuracy of Assassins Creed, Uncharted 4 delayed, Fable Legends cancelled and Lionhead closure proposed, the soundtracks of Baldurs Gate and Streets of Rage 2, and more. Microsoft wants to monopolise games development on PC. We must fight it The Founder of Epic Tim Sweeney talks about Microsoft's UWP initiative. Microsoft's response was added to the article How to steal money from a game dev Stolen hacked games released on the iOS 'No Man's Sky' finally takes off on June 21st for $60 An interview can be found here. A good video about the game's price. A thread about this was created here A Surprising Number of People Feel Bad For Pirating Stardew Valley Uncharted 4 Delayed Again The new release date is May 10. Dark Souls 3: Miyazaki explains the difference between “difficult” and “unreasonable” Rumour busted: Alan Wake's Return trademark is not for a new game Sam Lake explained that the trademark was not for a new game, but for a live action segment that would appear in Quantum Break. Mass Effect Andromeda pegged for early 2017 launch, says EA CFO Mass Effect Andromeda is set to release in early 2017. A thread about this was created here Oculus founder: Rift will come to Mac if Apple "ever release a good computer" Dean Hall says that Apple just doesn't make the kind of hardware needed to run the Oculus Rift. Quantum Break's Live-Action Footage Isn't on the Disc The video game sections of the game will come with the disk/PC download but the live action segments will need to be streamed, Xbox owners can download the videos to their console but PC owners can't because on the PC the videos can run up to 4K in size. ...What the hell? Take a look at Mirror's Edge Catalyst's movement and combat in new videos A movement and combat video have been released. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Producer Passes Away From Cancer For the second news update I did I shared a fundraiser for Michael Forgey who was fighting a rare form of cancer, he passed away on March 3rd. Total War: Warhammer Release Date Delayed Total War Warhammer was set to release on April 28, the date has been pushed back to May 24. Successful $100,000 Kickstarter Dev Calls It Quits Due To Drama Fable Legends Cancelled, Lionhead Closure Proposed A thread about this was created here Project Scissors Spiritual Clock Tower Sequel Set to Release in Spring A recent Kickstarter update has shown a short trailer and announced that the game would be released in the Spring. 10 Second Ninja X announced for summer, HD version of base game plus loads of new stuff Further Steam security changes detailed Steam bundle prices will now drop based on how many of the games in them you own That's a great change and about time it was added. Think Dark Souls, But with Samurai Overwatch Release Date Leaked Through Advert - Report An advert that briefly appeared on IGN showed that Overwatch will be launching on May 24, and the beta will start on May 3. Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear will be out at the end of the month Nintendo fends off Wii Remote patent suit appeal Appeals Court has ruled in Nintendo's favor over a patent infringement case. WW2 Sniper Elite 4 Coming This Year to Xbox One and PS4 With 1080p Graphics The Division getting regular free content updates in addition to paid expansions The Division's first two expansions are exclusive to Xbox One for a month The first two paid expansions will be exclusive to the Xbox One for one month. The final paid expansion Last Stand and the two free updates Incursion and Conflict will be available at the same time for everyone. The Division doesn't let PS4 & Xbox One players tweak lighting to improve framerate after all Last month an Ubisoft dev told a Youtube channel that console players could improve framerates by disabling certain lighting effects, this setting does not seem to have made it to the final product. Check the article for more information. Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover confirmed for the west It wasn't long ago I thought I might have to get a PS4 for the new Valkyria Chronicles and a Wii U for this, but my interest in both has definitely been killed. Rocket League Passes Major Milestone on Xbox One Metal Gear Solid Fan Remake Shuts Down for Reasons Unknown The fan made Unreal Engine 4 remake of Metal Gear Solid has been shut down. Feds allege fraud by bank, agency who made $75 million loan to 38 Studios Mass Effect: Andromeda editor leaves BioWare — and games industry GDC recently added a 2014 presentation from her about why you need editors Fire Emblem Fates European Release Date Finally Revealed Fire Emblem Fates will launch in Europe May 20th. Revelation was not given a date but it will be out in the US on the 10th. Good to see it coming out only a few months after the US date, I'm almost done with Conquest (which seems to be preferred over Birthright by old FE fans from what I've seen) and they have definitely fixed a lot of the major problems that Fire Emblem Awakening had. The Sinking City is a promising-looking open-world investigation Lovecraftian game Frogwares is working on an open world investigation game with Lovecraftian themes. Check the article for more screenshots and information. Xbox Boss Clarifies Console Hardware Upgrade Comments Day of the Tentacle Remastered PC Release Date Confirmed The remastered version of Day of the Tentacle will launch on March 22, according to GOG. In esports news Team Secret The Only Winner At The DOTA 2 Shanghai Major In crowdfunding news Rock Band 4 for PC + Rock Band Network Harmonix needs to raise 1.5 million on Fig to fund a PC version of Rock Band 4. Posthuman: Sanctuary A Kickstarter project for a game described as, "A post-apocalyptic game of survival & leadership that's part rogue-lite, part interactive fiction." A thread about this was created here Critical Hits: An Indie Gaming Anthology A collection of original essays from independent journalists and developers. People involved include Cara Ellison who won the The New York Videogame Critics Circle first Games Journalism Award for her Embed With series and Austin Walker who you may know from GiantBomb or from his past work. A thread about this was created here Legion TD 2 The Legion TD mod is becoming a standalone, free-to-play, game for Steam. A thread about this was created here Other content I found interesting this week Readers tear into the flawed morality of the Assassin’s Creed The Ex-‘Halo’ and 'Destiny’ Devs at Highwire Games Know Virtual Reality is the Future (forgot this last week) DARKEST DUNGEON TACKLES MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS History Respawned: Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam Historian discusses historical accuracy and the representation of Islam. The OntoCast — The Sounds Of Baldur’s Gate Discussion about what made the soundtrack of Baldurs Gate, composed by Michael Hoenig, so special. Layers Of Fear aims for arty horror, but its strength is simple scares Guest Column: Digging a Little Deeper: Dwarf Fortress, Fantasy Tropes, and World Building Gita Jackson explains how Dwarf Fortress allowing you to create your own stories helped her overcome her disinterest in Tolkien style fantasy. An Expert Agrees: The ‘Streets of Rage 2’ Soundtrack Still Sounds Amazing Today I Was Homeless And Video Games Saved My Life A Year On, the Accidental Politics of ‘Battlefield Hardline’ Remain Troubling ‘Firewatch’ Makes You the Romanceable Companion This is What a Video Game Museum Should Look Like A look at Game On, an exhibition on video game history. The Division Promotional Collapse An amusing promotional site that allows you to spread the virus in your hometown.
This week in the news; no Destiny 2 or main Assassins Creed title in 2016, The Witness speedrunner spends 30 minutes eating a sandwich, Rocket League starts the second season and looks into becoming an eSport, Australia’s first gay gaming convention, the documentary people interested in designing or playing games should watch, labor in the games industry, Fallout 4's DLC gets more detailed and a higher price point, the state of strategy games in 2015, thoughts on Firewatch, Twitch shares their stats for 2015, Elite Dangerous offers a standalone arena mode for those more interested in combat (free to people who bought the full game), Doom's single player length, and more. BioWare scribe David Gaider joins Baldur's Gate dev Beamdog as creative director Beamdog is the studio responsible for the enhanced editions to Baldurs Gate and Icewind Dale Mass Effect: Andromeda lead writer leaves BioWare for Bungie Street Fighter 5 Server Stabilty Is Key Priority for Capcom, Says Ono Capcom has apologized for server issues and says that improving stability is the problem they need to fix the most. Street Fighter V Adding New Characters Monthly-Ish Valkyria: Azure Revolution Battle Demo Gameplay Good, it's action based, now I don't have to buy a PS4 for it. Smite developer Hi-Rez is expanding into Europe Hi-Rez Studios is opening its first European office this month in the United Kingdom and former Warner Brothers Interactive publishing VP Veronique Lallier will lead it Fallout 4 getting three add-ons this spring and more later, season pass price going up A thread about this was made here Fallout 4 Looks Better On Consoles Now Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Being Remade in Unreal Engine 4 Knights of the Old Republic is being remade in Unreal Engine 4 with new missions and worlds. Pillars of Eternity The White March Part 2 and Patch 3 Available Now Elite Dangerous Spins Off Competitive Arena Mode as Standalone Release US Video Game Industry Generated $23.5 Billion in 2015, Increasing 5% Combined NPD and ESA numbers show that total US sales rose to $23.5 billion, up 5 percent from $22.4 billion in 2014. Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima is now a YouTuber Kojima has launched his own Youtube channel. Kojima Apparently Asked Bleszinski to Work on New Silent Hill With Him Silent Hills Collaborators Hideo Kojima and Norman Reedus Reunite Minecraft Creator Receiving "Pioneer" Award Next Month Minecraft creator Markus Persson will be honored with a "Pioneer" award during March's Game Developers Choice Awards UFC Champ Wants To Become A Full-Time Video Game Streamer The Walking Dead: Michonne debuts this month The first episode of the three part story will be out February 23rd. Games on Kickstarter in 2015 A look at money pledged and failed/successful games on Kickstarter last year. Seven Mods That Make XCOM 2 Less Frustrating Stop Wasting My Time is definitely a good one to get, I believe it now includes what Quiet, Bradford has as well. XCOM 2 Is (Un)Fair A thread on GiantBomb about all the ways that XCOM 1 and 2 cheat to put things in your favor (unless you are playing on Legend). Commander in XCOM 2 is easy enough, I definitely did not need it cheating for me. That's what mods are for though. Twitch 2015 A look at different numbers Twitch did last year. Winners! 5th NY Game Awards! Award winners were annouced with The Witcher 3 taking a lot of them. Cara Ellison won for Best Games Journalism for her Embed With series. Kanye West is making a video game inspired by one of his songs Killscreen writes about how Kanye's video game is going to be very Kanye. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan - Leonardo Gameplay Leonardo can use team attacks and slow down time. News Reviews Hardware Best Of Magazine Pro$10m Dying Light edition now on sale Quantum Break Coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 on April 5 Quantum break will be coming to the PC, a nice preorder bonus for the Xbox One version will also get you the PC version. A later announcement confirmed that Quantum Break would not be available on Steam, only being for sale on the Windows Store. The news that more people could enjoy a video game naturally got some people angry, leading to the article There’s No Downside To A Game Ditching Exclusivity. A thread about this was made here Witness Speedrunner Takes 30-Minute Sandwich Break, Beats World Record As seen in this video You Will Not Play Destiny 2 This Year The team is focused on delivering a large expansion this year, and the sequel in 2017. Ubisoft Will Not Release an Assassin's Creed Game in 2016 After six years there will be no main Assassins Creed title released in 2016. Watch Dogs 2 Will Launch Before April 2017 Overwatch's New Progression System Is A Big Step In The Right Direction Doom's single player campaign a lucky 13 hours long A thread about this was made here Why A Game About The Devil Couldn't Sell For $6.66 On Steam Firewatch Developer Offers Classy Response To Steam Refund Request Firewatch developer responds to user considering a refund after finishing the game. STAR WARS: REPUBLIC COMMANDO DEVELOPER TALKS SEQUEL PLANS AND SEV'S FATE Talk about the ideas behind a Republic Commando sequel, the fate of Sev, and what caused the sequel to fall through. Heretics! Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Shows Off Chaos Open World Tactics: Frozen Synapse 2 Announced An open world sequel to Frozen Synapse is in development. Rise of the Tomb Raider takes home Writers Guild award Rise of the Tomb Raider takes home "Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing", it was going up against The Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity, and Assassins Creed Syndicate. A lot of people will likely be wondering how it managed to win for writing, possibly due to the more focused narrative that is less about player interaction and decisions. Rocket League Kicks Off Season 2 With New Update Arma 3’s Shiny New 3D Editor Coming This Month League Of Legends Retiring Dominion Mode With fewer than .5% of players playing the it Riot has decided to retire the Dominion mode that was originally added in 2011. The Imperial March: Total Warhammer Campaign Vid In eSports news Rick Fox's Terrible League of Legends Team Has Five Weeks To Save Its Season Two members are lost after Riot checks for valid immigration paperwork. Competitive Matchmaking May Rescue Team Fortress 2 From Esports Oblivion Team Fortress 2 hopes to reinvent itself with a new matchmaking system. Pro Player Tries To Play StarCraft And Hearthstone At The Same Time NBA Player Says Pro Gamers "Train Just as Rigorously" as Professional Athletes Rocket League Dev Explains New Esports Drive Outside of news, some other good articles from the week If You Care About How Video Games Are Made, Watch The Double Fine Documentary This is a great series to watch, and the documentary was just as much the goal as the actual game. Way too many people talk about development, budgeting, tech, adding features, fixing things, etc without having the slightest idea how any of it works. This gives you a look into the process from concept, through the highs and lows of development, to the final creation. How to make a game wanted by nostalgic players while attempting to evolve, the writing process, team member responsibilities, Skype failing them, creating an art style, the history of Double Fine's project code names, bringing in other sources of income by releasing the PC version of Brutal Legends and publishing deals for their games in other countries, when John Romero has to take you on scary car rides, etc. Best summed up by this comment Guest Column: The State of Strategy Guest Column: It's Time to Talk About Labor in the Games Industry GAME ON: HOW AUSSIE GAYMERS ARE FINALLY COMING OUT After the June Fire Slow Burn: Environment and mood in Firewatch 'The Last Game I Make Before I Die': Fighting Cancer By Making A Video Game Kickstarters of the week (or ones I heard about this week) OVERLOAD - The Ultimate Six-Degree-of-Freedom Shooter The creators of Descent are making a new game. A thread about this was made here Indie G Zine An artbook for indie games A thread about this was made here