Hello and welcome to The Reload, your weekly recap of the big video games stories from the last seven days, along with a heads-up of what’s happening over the coming week. I’m not doing the usual video this week as I’m away, but I’ve managed to put together a text-based version so you’re not left high and dry on the latest gaming happenings, and you get it a day early as a result. Huzzah!
As always, you hit the links in the titles to find out more about the featured news if anything has piqued your interest. So, without any further ado, here’s what happened…
The week kicked off with a few pieces of Nintendo Switch news. The first comes courtesy of reporter Laura Dale whose inside sources have told her that UK retailer GAME will be pricing the basic model of the Switch at £199. The same source also claims that a second version of the console, that comes bundled with more internal memory, will be priced at £250.
While we should all take these reports with a pinch of salt until officially confirmed, Dale’s previous insider scoops on the Switch have proven correct, so take from that what you will.
Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch rumour mill also brought out something to sour the console’s potential price point. ArcadeGirl64, who also published accurate insider info ahead of the Switch’s initial reveal, has predicted that the next Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, will not be ready for the console’s launch in March.
Her claims are based on sources telling her that localisation isn’t going as smoothly as hoped, and with Nintendo’s rigorous quality assurance policies the game could be in testing for at least six months. For this reason, she reckons Breath of the Wild will instead aim for a Summer 2017 release, and while she does state it’s all rumour until officially confirmed her info has been good so far. Again, take from that what you will.
The SAG-AFTA strike for better pay and working conditions for voice actors continues, but last week the industry action unintentionally revealed an unannounced game. In a list of games currently affected, a company called O’Farrell Enterprises appeared twice – firstly for “The Walking Dead Season 3”, and secondly for “Guardians of the Galaxy: The Video Game a/k/a Blue Harvest.”
Considering how The Walking Dead is made my Telltale Games, who have already confirmed that they were making a Marvel licenced game, the smart money is that it’s all connected and we’re getting a game to coincide with the upcoming second film. Industry pundits have now predicted that an official announcement will be made at The Game Awards in December, much like how Telltale revealed their ongoing Batman series at last year’s event.
Watch Dogs 2 has been getting positive reviews across the internet, but it appears that open world sandbox has been a little too open. The game features nudity of all kinds throughout, but players have discovered that a certain female NPC displays her genitalia in a “particularly explicit” way. This led to PS4 owners who have shared the image online using the console’s share functionality to receive bans from using the PSN, as it apparently violates the code of conduct agreement. Ubisoft has since issued a statement apologising for the model not being “more consistent with other NPC models in the game” and have promised to patch out the offending content.
So yes, the unnatural images of a female body will soon removed, but don’t worry – you’ll still be able to pretend to shoot people in the face, as nature intended.
It’s been a momentous few weeks for upcoming MMORPG Crowfall, as it recently hit the $10,000,000 mark in funds raised, but last week their crowdfunding efforts went in a new direction. Artcraft Entertainment announced that they have partnered with IndieGoGo to offer Title III Equity Crowdfunding, which in layman terms means non-accredited investors (ie. non-rich people) can now invest in the ArtCraft itself.
It’s the first major crowdfunded game to take this approach thanks to the JOBS Act that was passed back in May, but it effectively means that players now have two ways to fund the project – back it for a copy of the game and be just a customer, or invest via Equity Crowdfunding to reap the rewards should the game (and the company) prove successful.
Persona fans in the Western world were handed bad news last week, as it was announced that Persona 5 will miss its intended release date on Valentine’s Day. In a statement over on the PlayStation EU blog, the delay was blamed on ensuring everything about the game “winds up the best.”
While fans are clearly heartbroken, there is a silver lining to it all. ATLUS have announced that they will be throwing in the Japanese voice audio in with the game for free at the new western release date of April 4th 2017.
Yay! I mean, still boooo, but certainly some yay!
Alan Wake and Quantum Break makers Remedy Games are gearing up to announce their next game. A tweet from their official Twitter account teased an upcoming reveal, and the smart money is on it happening at – you guessed it – The Game Awards in December. With less than two weeks away it’s gearing up to be a newsworthy event, but hopefully Remedy will deliver another interesting title that almost certainly won’t be another Alan Wake.
Although if it is I’m sure the internet will cheer loudly.
The days of finding a well-rounded selection of games in UK retailer GAME could be coming to an end, as the purple retailer has announced it will be focusing on the sale of AAA titles moving forward. Smaller titles will now need to contact a third party who will be responsible for the buying and selling of games not deemed mainstream enough.
The move has been done to improve the fortunes of the struggling store whose profits haven’t been doing well over the last few years. How this will affect those who aren’t your EAs, Ubisofts or Activisions remains to be seen, especially as this new third party supplier will no doubt want a cut of the profit, but one thing is for sure – you can expect more FIFA and Call of Duty in your face and less copies of Farming Simulator.
Because ban this sick filth.
Final Fantasy XV inspired menu to be offered at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen
Square Enix have been really pushing the boat out for publicity of Final Fantasy XV. We’ve had orchestral performances and CGI film tie-ins, but the hype train is now heading in a tasty direction thanks to a collaboration with Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant.
A menu of select dishes “inspired by some of the meals enjoyed by Noctis and his comrades in the game” will be available from the 22nd to the 29th of November at the London restaurant, with bookings available right now. And no, there’s no Chocobo or Moogle themed delicacies, because that would be cruel.
Amnesia Collection – PS4
Halloween may be over for another year, but PS4 owners after a psychological horror experience can grab the Amnesia Collection next week. The Dark Descent, Justine, and A Machine for Pigs are all included so you’ll have plenty to get freaked out by should you grab this one.
Darksiders: Warmastered Edition – PS4, XO, Wii U
Also out this week is the long-awaited remaster for action RPG Darksiders. The budget re-release features improved visuals across the board including a 60 FPS boost throughout its campaign, making it a worthwhile purchase if you missed out on it when it originally released six years ago. There’s also a 4K patch awaiting PC and PS4 Pro owners, meaning there should be even greater visuals awaiting those who have upgraded to the latest hardware.
Steins;Gate 0 – PS4, PS Vita
Finally, the follow-up to one of the most critically acclaimed visual novels lands this week for PS4 and Vita. Steins;Gate 0 sequel / spin-off that takes the events of the first game and spins them off in a different direction. That’s as much as I can say without spoiling it for those who have yet to play it, but you can expect the return of Okarin and other fan favourite characters in this brilliant sci-fi series.
Coming up on Digital Outburst…
- Dishonored 2 Review
- Black Friday 2016 Guide
And that’s it for this week’s Reload!
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