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This week in gaming; Jim Sterling does excellent video based around No Man's Sky and the fanbase and hype culture that surrounded it, Final Fantasy XV delayed and causes hilarious outrage in the same way No Man's Sky delay did (no one threatened to kill Jason this time), Gamescom trailers and information, Danny O'dwyer talks about the games we play to disconnect and Cara Ellison talks about the escapism games offer during times of tragedy, high-bandwidth support being added to Overwatch, David Gaider talks about writing for video games, Gamespot looks at the history of Resident Evil, why Criminal Girls 2 won't be sold in Germany, Gita Jackson talks to two of her friends about why they write about games, a look at cancelled Star Wars games, and more. Gaming News Titanfall 2’s matchmaking is based on skill and contribution to matches Titanfall 2 Single Player Gameplay Quick Look Does Titanfall 2 Need a Single-Player Campaign? Titanfall 2's Surprising Multiplayer Shift Titanfall 2: A Full Match of Pilots v Pilots Gameplay Titanfall 2: 6 Minutes of 'Scorch' Titan Gameplay Titanfall 2: 6 Minutes of 'Ion' Titan Gameplay Titanfall 2 Beta Not Coming to PC, Dates Teased Final Fantasy XV Officially Delayed To November 29 Final Fantasy XV Delay Rumors Trigger Fan Meltdowns At least no one threatened to kill him this time. Square Releases An Hour Of New Final Fantasy XV Footage Paragon now free to all as open beta goes live Dishonored 2 Designer Dives Deep Into Assassin Abilities Mafia III – The World of New Bordeaux: City Districts Trailer Mafia 3 spotlights untrustworthy ally Cassandra New Bordeaux, bank robbing and bad guy blasting in Mafia 3’s Gamescom trailer Battlefield 1 open beta launches this month What Did You Miss? Battlefield 1 Teaser Trailer #3 Breakdown and Analysis Gears of War 4 'Impact' Multiplayer Map Gameplay 1080p 60fps – IGN First Gears of War 4 'Impact' Multiplayer Map Flythrough – IGN First Gears of War 4 PC Minimum Specs, New 4K Gameplay Video Revealed Watch the trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's 'Zombies in Spaceland' mode Shroud of the Avatar nears a 'real life' launch with stricter guidelines SLAYAWAY CAMP TURNS VHS HORROR INTO A CUTE, MURDEROUS PUZZLE Dawn of War 3 is Bigger and Deeper Than Ever Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice launches September 8 in the west ORWELL WILL HAVE YOU PLAY AS THE SURVEILLANCE STATE FOR ONCE Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X for PS4 ‘Elegant Medley: Glossy Mixture’ trailer New Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor-Martyr trailer showcases "Blood and Gore" Deus Ex Go Release Date Announced, Is Very Soon Zelda-Like Adventure Game Oceanhorn Coming to PS4 and Xbox One Dragon Quest VII for 3DS ‘Discover Tactics’ trailer Shadow Warrior 2 release date set for October Inkle's Sorcery! concludes in September with The Crown of Kings DUTCH VIDEOGAME MAKER AIMS TO CONFRONT EUROPE’S COLONIAL PAST Grow Up - Flight Gameplay 'Grow Up' Makes the Simple Act of Climbing a Joy Raiders of the Broken Planet Gamescom 2016 teaser trailer Frozenbyte announces co-op twin-stick wizardry game Nine Parchments The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II launches September 6 in North America Halo Wars 2: Rift Map Reveal Gameplay - Gamescom 2016 Broken Sword creator and Pewter Games unveil The Little Acre Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse - Strategy Trailer ReCore Trailer - Gamescom 2016 Keiji Inafune on the Shadow of Mega Man and Burdens of the Past Outcast - Second Contact coming in March 2017, first screens released Seasons After Fall Official Trailer - Gamescom 2016 Endless Space 2 gunning for Early Access this summer Master of Orion will leave Early Access later this month Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Official Gamescom 2016 Trailer Bound - Hidden Savior Gameplay Football, Powered by Frostbite - FIFA 17 Official Gameplay Trailer FIFA 17 at Gamescom 2016 FIFA 17 partners with Man United, so PES 2017 partners with Liverpool Hitman Episode 4 Out Now, Sees You Killing a Rock Star Lichtspeer trailer reveals penguin Vikings, wurst zombies, and Das Walrus Watch 15 minutes of sci-fi Souls-like The Surge Special Edition of Quantum Break for PC Hitting Retail and Steam on September 14 10 Minutes of Dead Rising 4 Gameplay - Gamescom 2016 ROME: Total War™ for iPad – Announcement trailer Killing Floor 2 Shows Off Next Update Killing Floor 2 lines up for a full release in November The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition is out this month The Witcher 3 GOTY Version Doesn't Let You Carry Over Save Data on Consoles How the Japanese Video Game 'Criminal Girls 2' Came to Be Banned in Germany Destiny: The Collection Official Trailer Destiny: Rise of Iron Trailer Shows Off Everything New 212,620 people playing No Man's Sky at once makes it the biggest Steam launch this year No Man's Sky will be patched in the near future to address launch concerns No Man's Sky Sony's 2nd biggest ever PS4 launch in UK No Man's Sky Could Get Paid DLC [COMING SOON] Eichenwalde | New Map Preview | Overwatch High-bandwidth support is being rolled out to Overwatch at this very moment How Overwatch’s second competitive season is changing Total War: Warhammer to add Regiments of Renown in DLC Fallout 4's Final DLC Release Date and New Trailer Revealed Path of Exile: Atlas of Worlds Expansion Preview Sunless Sea’s Zubmariner expansion release date set for October Next Halo 5 DLC Teased, New Halo Wars 2 Image Released 16 Minutes of Killer Instinct's Shadow Lords Story Mode - Gamescom 2016 Valve announce Monkey King, the first Dota 2 hero that isn’t a port from DotA New Dota 2 hero Underlord revealed at The International They got a fast answer to that question. Major StarCraft 2 Multiplayer Balance Changes Outlined Rainbow Six Siege player base has almost doubled since launch Nvidia's new Indie Spotlight program aims to boost devs' discoverability EA Strongly Hints That Mass Effect Games Will Get Remastered THQ Is Back From The Dead (Sort Of) Riot Sues Makers of League of Legends Cheating Software Fan-made Pokémon Uranium pulled after 1.5m downloads Despite Takedown, Pokémon Uranium Creators Say It's 'More Alive Than Ever' Esports News We have seen the future of watching esports, and it is good One Of The Best Pro DOTA 2 Matches In Years Here are the winners of Valve’s $20+ million 2016 International Dota 2 Championships Wings becomes a top-earning esports team after winning The International Team Chiefs Win League of Legends OPL Final Brazilian LoL final attracts larger viewership on TV than internet Esports are a threat to traditional sports, Premier League exec says Why aren’t more women in esports? Blame 1984 Metagame looks to raise the bar on esports documentaries California will get another dedicated esports arena A very brief history of awkward esports champagne ceremonies Crowdfunding News GLITCHED Other content I found interesting this week “I Want to Write Video Games” Former Bioware lead writer David Gaider talks about writing for video games. Why Video Game Scores are Useless The video was part of the attached article. The Makers of ‘Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’ Reflect on Happiness and Horrors No Man's Sky: A Walk in the Digital Woods - The Point A Pitching Masterclass Through No Mans Sky My First Three Hours of ‘No Man’s Sky’ Have Been Dark, and Full of Terrors People Are Using 'No Man’s Sky' to Commemorate Lost Relatives No Man's Sky. (Emphasis on "Man") What No Man's Sky means for the future of open world games Postcards from the Edge of the Universe: A ‘No Man’s Sky’ Gallery Sky Hype (The Jimquisition) Video on the hype culture, marketing, fan bases, censoring criticism, threats surrounding No Man's Sky's release and how odd it is that No Man's Sky has attracted so many angry people to defend it when its most positive elements are its calming and meditative qualities. THE UNSTEADY STEADYING THE UNSTEADY The History of Resident Evil Missed last weeks look at a franchise The History of The Elder Scrolls How SWERY’s Reactive Hypoglycaemia Manifests Itself In His Video Games Why We Write About Games Gita Jackson, Amr Al-Aaser, and Dante Douglas talk about why they write about games. Guest Column: On Monsters, Role Playing, and Blackness A Melancholy Journey Through the Lost American Dream VLAMBEER HAS WRITTEN A BOOK ABOUT SIX YEARS OF MAKING VIDEOGAMES Is ‘Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’ Signalling America’s Wartime Fatigue? This could be the first code Satoru Iwata ever wrote for Nintendo The Players Who Have Spent Years Hunting GTA V's Cut Content The Elusive Targets of 'Hitman' Transform It into Transient Art ‘Mafia II’ Is the Game That Made Being In the Mob Brilliantly Mundane Writing Romance in (non-Romance) Games: Branching Romances Episode 300: Letters to My Nephews - Never Giving Up - Extra Credits "If anyone ever gives you a hard time and says that there is nothing to learn from playing games, show them these." Cancelled Star Wars Games You've Never Seen Before - Unseen64 Putting the magic back into magic in fantasy games Shin Megami Tensei - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Gaijin Goombah [SSFF] What Ever Happened to Pokemon Snap? The Game Design Challenge: Making a Thirty-Year Game Star Wars: Battlefront and the Art of Photogrammetry Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games South Park: The Fractured But Whole demos nose-mounted Nosulus Rift No Man's Sky WE WROTE AN ODE FOR EVERY CHARACTER IN OVERWATCH Stranger Things Trolling Gamescom With "Half-Life: 3"
This week in the news; XCOM 2 gets new patch and first DLC details, The Division breaks sales record, Tim Schafer interviewed about Double Fine and Day of the Tentacle, Rocket League to get cross platform play on Xbox, David Gaider talks about the need for conventions like GaymerX, Twitch wants to help devs make livestream friendly games, a martial artist's take on video game fighting moves, rumored FF XV release date, how to subvert player expectation, a documentary on how games can change the way we build our future cities, Tacoma delayed, Meg Jayanth thinks you should stop playing the hero, Errant Signal on Burnout Paradise and open world design, Danganronpa 2 release and why the series is appealing, and more. Twitch wants to help developers make livestream-friendly games At GDC Twitch revealed their "Developer Success initiative", which is meant to support developers who want to focus their games around streaming. Riot Games acquires Radiant Entertainment, Rising Thunder no more Radiant Entertainment has been acquired by Riot Games, check the link to see their blog post about what this means for them. A thread about this was created here Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition delayed, but only on the PC The Xbox One version will still be out on the 11th, with details about the other versions to follow. The game will cost $20 to buy it new, or $5 to update your version. Dead Island 2 has a developer again: Sumo Digital UK's Sumo Digital is now developing Dead Island 2 Darkest Dungeon update brings new class, tweaks Rumor: Final Fantasy XV launches September 30 Sources tell Gematsu that FFXV is set to release on September 30th. 1979 Revolution to Explore the Black Friday Massacre This April Dystopian Cyberpunk Dungeon Crawler? Yes, Please. The Division breaks Ubisoft sales records The Division has broken company records for most games sold in 24 hours. The Division’s ‘Dark Zone’ Is Definitely A Work In Progress A look at the problems with The Division's current end game and Dark Zone areas. Having reached level 30, these are definitely problems that the game has that will hopefully be addressed. The scripting language that drives 80 Days is now open-source Inkle Studios is releasing their scripting language as open source software. Croteam releases source code to Serious Sam engine Croteam has released the source code for their Serious Engine v1.10. Zero Time Dilemma participants announced Gematsu translated some of the coverage Famitsu gave to the the latest entry in the Zero Escape. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition patch will hopefully fix the game A new patch will address some of the performance issues reported to be effecting the game. Cities: Skylines sells two million copies Skylines has sold over two million copies. Phil Spencer says PC gamers 'might not buy' an Xbox One — but that's OK Street Fighter 5's big March update detailed by Capcom — plus a first look at Alex Street Fighter gets its first DLC character and some needed new features. 3DS adventure game Chase: Unsolved Cases Investigation Division by Another Code staff announced Former Hotel Dusk Director and CING members are working on Chase: Unsolved Cases Investigation Division – Distant Memories, a title coming to the 3DS eShop in Japan. Disc-based release of Hitman won't be out until 2017 The studio wants to wait until the season is over to make sure they are able to get the best disk based version out. Following Closure News, Fable Studio Lionhead Makes First Statement Mirror's Edge Catalyst gives Faith some Batman-esque gadgets Star Wars Battlefront DLC Release Date, Price Leaked The Outer Rim DLC will be available for $14.99 on April 5th and includes four new maps, two new heroes, new weapons, and a new game mode. Fallout 4 "Automatron" DLC Achievement Details and Images Emerge Fallout 4's $10 Automatron expansion is set to release this month. Wii U's Star Fox Zero Has Invincible Mode for Novice Players Shigeru Miyamoto has said that the game will include an invincible mode for new players. Tacoma gets bumped into 2017 Fullbright has delayed Tacoma until Spring of 2017. Battleborn Goes Gold, Dev Teases Post-Launch Plans Battleborn will launch on May 3rd for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Open-World Utopian Survival Horror Game Gets New Gameplay Footage Check out the new trailer and some details about P.A.M.E.L.A. in the linked article. Bethesda's Todd Howard clarifies 'three big projects' comment XCOM 2'S FIRST DLC PACK ANARCHY’S CHILDREN DETAILED The DLC will add over 100 new customization options. First major XCOM 2 patch addresses performance issues, adds Zip Mode EverQuest Next Cancelled -- "It Wasn't Fun" Daybreak president talks about the reason for the games cancellation. A thread about this was created here Watch System Shock Remastered's First Gameplay Footage Here A thread about this was created here Star Citizen Funding Continues to Climb, Reaches New Milestone Star Citizen funding is now at $110 million. Metroidvania Axiom Verge Coming to Xbox One and Wii U The game is out on the PS4 and PC, a Vita, Xbox One, and Wii U version has been confirmed but no dates have been given. Rise of the Tomb Raider gets DirectX 12 support in latest patch A recent update for Rise of the Tomb Raider adds support for DirectX 12. Trails in the Sky: The 3rd Is Actually Coming West The third Trails in the Sky game should be out for the PC in 2017. Trails of Cold Steel 2 will also be out in the Fall for the PS3 and Vita. Shoot hoops in Rocket League basketball Rocket League's new Xbox One "cross-network" feature due this Spring Microsoft announced that Rocket League would be one of their first games to get cross platform play. A thread about this was created here Danganronpa 2 out on Steam April 18th? Apparently Spike Chunsoft tweeted this and then deleted it. Among the Sleep's developer returns with a game about office boredom Krillbite Studio gives some details on their next project. Hearthstone Expansion Whispers of the Old Gods Confirmed Blizzard has confirmed and has given details about the next Hearthstone expansion. AMD Announces "Absolutely Most Powerful Graphics Card in the World" At GDC AMD announced the AMD announced the Radeon Pro Duo, "the world's first content creation platform aimed squarely at the VR developer." Second episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne launches March 29 The second episode arrives March 29th, with the final episode set to release in April. Witcher 3 Ships Almost 10 Million Copies - Report The Witcher 3 has sold nearly 10 million copies, making up almost half of the total sales of the entire series. The Witcher 3 studio has something “new” in the works for 2016 A thread about this was created here Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic fan-made reboot looks promising Dark Souls 3 will run at 60 fps on PC Gears of War 4's multiplayer beta rolls out April 18 Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta to start on April 18th for the people who have played the Xbox or PC version of Gears of War Ultimate Edition. In esports news Heroes of the Storm 2016 Spring Champions kick off on March 31 The $500,000 prize pool is split between the 12 final placements with the winners taking home $150,000. In Conversation with eSports Shoutcaster Lauren Scott A 15-year-old just won Hearthstone's biggest tournament of the year so far In crowdfunding news The Overload Kickstarter gets funded just two hours before it ends Overload didn't seem likely to reach its funding goal but it managed to pull through in the end. Other content I found interesting this week 'We Were Still Stuck In The Past': 16-Year Game Dev Veterans Explain Why They're Quitting MEG JAYANTH’S QUEST TO AMPLIFY MARGINALIZED VOICES IN VIDEOGAMES Game Maker's Toolkit - Why Jonathan Blow's Puzzles Aren't Just Puzzles Mark Brown discusses Jonathan Blow's (Braid and The Witness) design philosophy. Day of the Tentacle: The Oral History Some Real Talk With Tim Schafer Errant Signal - Burnout Paradise Errant Signal on how Burnout Paradise recaptures what it means to play with toy cars presented in a palatable way to adults and open world game design. ‘Hitman’ Demands Patience and Precision, Qualities Not All Gamers Possess THE CLASS WAR AND CANAPES OF HITMAN’S PARIS DEBUT JAPANESE HORROR GAME HAS AN AIR OF STUDIO GHIBLI ABOUT IT Why Do We Need GaymerX? David Gaider, who you may know for his work with Bioware on Baldurs Gate 2, Dragon's Age, Neverwinter Nights, and for writing HK-47 in Knights of the Old Republic, talks about the need for conventions like GaymerX. Guest Column: A Fat Kid Dreams of Virtual Reality Mike Drucker writes about virtual reality and self-delusion in the 1990s. Subverting Player Expectation Did you know Stockholm used Cities: Skylines for urban planning? My Urban Playground is a documentary on, "How games can change the world and the way we build our future cities". So what about the men?: A deeper look at Firewatch and Catherine Katherine Cross looks at two games that feature more human portrays of male characters. Why is Danganronpa so viciously appealing? An Interview with ‘Hotline Miami’ Artist and Musician Niklas Åkerblad A Real Martial Artist's Take On Video Game Fighting Moves Martial Gamer analyzes and reenacts martial arts shown in video games, check the article and his youtube for videos if you are interested. Superhot designer drops the mic at GDC