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This week in the news; Steam Summer sale date leaked, inside story of the rise and fall of Lionhead, Civilization 6 announced, historical trailer analysis for Battlefield 1, Ace Attorney 6 coming to North America and Europe, Pillars of Eternity 2, Paradox responds to people saying IGN reviewer had a vendetta against them (and other embarrassing responses to reviews), how flawed is the world's first esports association, being a tester for Sega in 1996, "invisible gamers" and why things like trailer likes and dislikes don't really matter, why Fallout 3 is garbage, German government upholds esports as games and not sports, Mario goes on a date with Boo, Prey 2 rumored to be in development by Arkane, harassment on Twitch and at DreamHack, the RNG of Mario 64, and more. Steam Summer Sale dates allegedly leaked — again Xbox Live Is Freeing Up A Million Gamertags Lionhead: The inside story This is a really long, entertaining, sad, fucked up, and detailed article that also sheds some light on where some of their ideas came from, events in the company, how the company was run, successes, failures, the rejection of Fable 4, and industry and marketing practices. A thread about this was created here. Unlocked Frame Rate and More Now Enabled for UWP Civilization VI Coming October 21, Big Changes To Core Gameplay HOW FIRAXIS WILL REDEFINE CIVILIZATION'S ART STYLE IN CIV 6 A thread about this was created here. Pillars of Eternity II is in development, acknowledges Obsidian’s CEO Feargus Urquhart Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice coming west in September Titanfall 2 drops this fall EA Explains Why Releasing Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 in 2016 Isn't a Bad Idea Star Wars Battlefront sequel coming in 2017 EA beats expectations thanks to Star Wars: Battlefront's success A thread about this was created here. EA Boss Originally Rejected Battlefield WW1 Pitch The Banner Saga 2 hits consoles in July Rumor: Prey 2 In Development at Arkane, Will Be Revealed at E3 2016 Be true, and look like it did when it was first revealed. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Announced, Watch First Trailer Yo-Kai Watch 2 launches in the U.S. this September New Sherlock Holmes Game Features a Semi-Open World, See Gameplay Here Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics coming west this summer System Shock Remastered is launching a Kickstarter campaign Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers PS4 English version launches August 5 in Asia Blizzard promises to permanently ban Overwatch cheats Overwatch beta breaks Blizzard’s records, beats Destiny, The Division A thread about this was created here. Overwatch's New Animated Short Explores Hanzo And Genji's Tragic Rivalry TW: Warhammer's Chaos campaign walkthrough explains why being mad is hard work Total War: WARHAMMER - Battle Magic Spotlight EXCLUSIVE! Total War: Warhammer w/ Hat Films BADIYA HOPES TO CHANGE ARABIC REPRESENTATION IN VIDEOGAMES Shadow Warrior 2 is a surprising sequel My Ride Through Kingdom Come, The Medieval RPG With No Magic Bullshit Phantom Brave is NIS America's next Steam port Stellaris director promises big changes and more content in future updates Rainbow Six Siege Video Shows How to Use New Sticky Cameras, Weapon Shield The Division: Here's When Next Update Arrives and a New Trailer Microsoft Kills Project Spark A thread about this was created here. Disney is ending its Infinity video game line, shutting down Avalanche Software Disney stopped making games because it doesn't understand how to make games Sources: The Ambitious (Now Cancelled) Plans For Disney Infinity's Future Included Rogue One, Bigger Figures World Of Warcraft Designer Gets Real About Complaint That Blizzard Doesn't Listen Capcom Now Prioritizing "Completeness," Even If That Means Delays Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster Sells 800,000 Copies Sega Has Sold Over 350,000 Mega Drive and Genesis Games on Steam Payday 2 Dev Teams With Acer to Work on High-End VR Headset 65% of Twitch viewing time split between four games Thrawn's Revenge 2 brings a deep Star Wars campaign to Sins of a Solar Empire Fallout 4 Player Leaks Unreleased DLC As A Mod, Gets Shut Down By Bethesda In esports news German government upholds esports as games, not sports, meaning visa issues should continue Berlin Pirate Party files a motion to recognize esports in Germany LEAKED IMAGE HINTS AT MAJOR NEW ESPORTS ORGANIZATION What the heck is WESA? ESL Reveals Plan to Clean Up Doping, Corruption, and Cheating in Esports Just How Profoundly Flawed Is the World’s First Esports Association? Renegades respond to League of Legends ban Growth in e-sports popularity wows Nevada Gaming Policy panel Guest Column: Meet the Smash Sisters In crowdfunding news This War Of Mine: The Board Game Hands-on with This War of Mine: The Board Game A thread about this was created here. Copper Dreams They have already had one successful Kickstarter campaign with the game Serpent in the Staglands. A thread about this was created here. Niche - a genetics survival game A thread about this was created here. Other content I found interesting this week Let's Check The Battlefield 1 Trailer For Historical Accuracy Fallout 3 Is Garbage, And Here's Why Going into world design, writing, choices, difficulty, navigation, conversation choices, morality, modders needing to fix and improve things, and how a smirk from Josh Sawyer made the him want to try New Vegas. The Long Dark Is Boring And That's Why It's Great NDCS Workshop 2016 Publisher Defends Negative IGN Review Of Their Game, Shoots Down 'Supposed Conspiracy' I hadn't heard of anyone complaining about his review, apparently people complaining about review scores have reached the point where they are such cliched embarrassments that even I don't always hear about them anymore or them being made fun of over Uncharted 4 score complaints just overshadowed it. It is nice to see a company defend people harassed over review scores (hell, sometimes that would involve defending people who gave their game's terrible scores like 8s and low 9s), but this is also a good point as feeling the need to respond to completely asinine claims can set a bad precedent. Remove the Washington Post review from Uncharted 4's metascore In other news, regarding people not understanding the concept of reviews, grammar, human thought process, and reading comprehension, a petition was started to remove the negative review from Uncharted 4's metacritic listing. A lot of people are lying and saying the review is satire (even though the review contains no satire or jokes) because it is listed as a "Comic Riff", as always taking the five seconds to actually look at the site would reveal that Comic Riff is what a lot of their video game, comic, animation, super hero, etc content is labeled as and it has nothing to do with an article being a joke or not (but the corporate shills are mad about criticism and they certainly aren't doing to look into anything when they can be angry toxic fanboys instead). People are also saying that because the review didn't have a score that Metacritic just assigned one randomly, knowing anything about how that works or looking into that would show those people that the author tells Metacritic what score they want to give even if a score is not used by their own publication. Kotaku has just written an article about this here. Troy Baker retweeted the petition before realizing that doing so looks pathetic, and kind of half apologized for it. Death to Review Scores: Why we need to move beyond the pseudo-objective outrage hook in game reviews The invisible gamers In Defense of Short Games - Worth Every Dollar - Extra Credits Are Video Games RUINING Gaming? (COD, Far Cry, BioShock & More) – Wisecrack Edition A thread about this was created here. THE AZTEC PESSIMISM OF A MACHINE FOR PIGS VISIONS OF HELL: DARK SOULS’S CULTURAL HERITAGE RetroAhoy: Quake The history, design, gameplay, mods, and legacy of the Quake series. A video for Doom was also made back in January, which BleedingChaos23 shared here. Discussing the Importance of ‘DOOM’ with Game Designer Dan Pinchbeck HOW DOOM INSPIRED TWO GENERATIONS OF HACKERS AND MODDERS [SSFF] Punching Weight Ep 5: Doom Console Ports #1 (32X/SNES/GBA) RACISM, HEARTHSTONE AND TWITCH "Enough is enough": Confessions of a Twitch chat moderator Blizzard investigating Twitch pilot program to help combat chat harassment Cibele's Nina Freeman Creates a Super Mario Maker Level — DEVS MAKE MARIO Exploitation is Not Awareness Diablo: A Classic Game Postmortem There's nothing wrong with digital vanity Controllers Control Everything | Game Maker's Toolkit Nine Underappreciated JRPGs That Are Worth Your Time The first game on the list is Radiant Historia, and yes everyone should play that. Though this might be true Japanese Environmentalism, Shinto, & ‘The Legend of Zelda’ There Is No Coming of Age in 'Oxenfree' Mario 64's hidden RNG decoded Old school Sega documentary explores life as a video game tester in 1996 Anything funny I found throughout the week relating to video games The Best Of GameFAQs’ Uncharted 4/Quantum Break Temper Tantrum Tank Murder Is A Very Funny GTA V Video That Time Bill Gates Starred In A DOOM Promo Video
Lionhead: The inside story Normally I just post these in my news thread for the week but this is such a good, detailed, and long article that I thought I'd make a thread of it, with a few of the more interesting quotes I saw from it. This is a really long, entertaining, sad, fucked up, and detailed article that also sheds some light on where some of their ideas came from, events in the company, how the company was run, successes, failures, the rejection of Fable 4, and industry and marketing practices.
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.