30 August, 2015

This Week In Videogames – 30/08/2015

Despite PAX Prime kicking off late this week, things have been pretty quiet on the news front, at least in terms of things that I would be likely to pick out. Don’t fear though, here’s your regularly scheduled fix of videogame goodness!

This Week In Videogames – 30/08/2015

Securing Exclusives That Matter

People like to claim that third party exclusives are a dying breed, but Koei Tecmo are bringing them back in force. The publisher of the Dead or Alive series, *insert noun* Warriors phenomenon, and the upcoming Attack on Titan game, have multiple PlayStation 4-only titles in the pipeline. Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi said this;
“Right now, we’re making Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 as a PlayStation 4 and PS Vita multiplatform title. However, in the future there are a few titles that are PlayStation 4-only. They’ll start coming out from 2016…”.
Via Gematsu

Plenty of Attacking, Not So Much Titan

Speaking of Koei and Attack on Titan, they released screenshots (or promotional images, presumably in-engine) of their upcoming game. What they showed looks pretty, prettier than the previous Attack on Titan title for the 3DS, but note the sad lack of Titans. Click to enlarge!

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Sony Still Staggering Home

Last week we relayed the dates for Sony’s upcoming outings in Paris and San Francisco, at the Paris Game Show and PlayStation Experience respectively, so it’s only fair we do the same for Japan. Sony announced on their Japanese blog that they’ll be present and hosting a press conference on September 15th.

Via Destructoid.

Shovel Knight amiiboIt’s Not Often Toy’s Look More Detailed Than Game Models

Amiibo’s aren’t as critical to the game experience, as say any other type of toy in the budding ‘toy-to-life' genre, but they can look damn cool. Shovel Knight is one such example, the latest addition to the Amiibo roster, Shovel Knight is the star of the similarly named game. According to Amazon, it’s slated for a November 27th release.

Via Kotaku

Gotta Match ‘Em All!

Turns out the best place to match three and gorge on microtransactions, is on the device that only ever leaves our pockets to enter our hands. Which isn’t the 3DS – though admittedly, my rule of ‘skinny jeans or no pants at all’, makes me more than a little biased. Pokémon Shuffle made the leap to iOS and Android in Japan this week, it was previously only available on the 3DS, here’s hoping Europe and North America follow suit soon! I’m always up for neat ranks of smiling Pikachus.

Via Destructoid.

Nintendo Packing Dates

Let’s keep this Nintendo/Amiibo train running, in a rather spectacular splurge of information this week, Nintendo announced and confirmed a lot. Here’s a selection of the salient first party details, as always the original, full article is linked below.
  • Both Super Mario Maker and the Super Mario Maker Wii U Bundle (with an ‘Idea Book’ and 30th Anniversary Mario Amiibo), hit the shelves September 11th.
  • Star Fox Zero clears atmosphere November 20th.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X follows on December 4th.
  • Devils Third launches December 11th in North America, though it released Friday (August 28th) in Europe and it isn’t looking too hot, it’s currently sitting at a 40 on Metacritic.
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World and a green Yarn Yoshi Amiibo bundle launch October 16th. Individual pink/blue versions of the Amiibo available then too.
  • These Amiibo launch dates continue to be a mess, with the Mii Fighters 3-pack releasing November 1st.
  • Everyone’s favourite Mewtwo launches November 13th.
  • Mega Yarn Yoshi releases November 15, its inflated size is equalled only by its inflated price point of $39.99.
  • And Falco brings up the rear on November 20th.

Via Gamespot.

You Just Can’t Please Some People

Every game developer comes to learn exactly that. If my time on the Bioware Social Network is any indication, Bioware is well aware of that fact, so much so you see it feeding into their work…
 “We saved Ferelden, and they’re angry. We saved Orlais, and they’re angry. We closed the Breach twice, and my own hand wants to kill me! Could one thing in this fucking world just stay fixed!”. 
That’s a quote from the Inquisitor, taken from the announcement trailer (below) of the latest Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC, simply called Trespasser. It was revealed at PAX this weekend, though it actually leaked a few hours ahead of Bioware’s panel on Tumblr, picked up by FemHype.com. Unlike the rather inconsequential adventures and item packs that have come before it, Trespasser takes place two years after the events of the main game. Some mild spoilers a-hoy!

Despite having saved the world from all manner of Fade-born evil the Inquisition has begun to wear out its welcome; Qunari gather for war, and there appears to be an influx of magical mirrors. The trailer showed the Inquisitor steeped politics, joined the characters players have come to love (and hate), including Solas. He’s back. The trailer really does give every indication that it will address the primary issue with the previous additional content; its insignificance. I’ll not hide it, I’ve waited almost a year to hunt down that insidious elf, and come September 8th it appears I’ll finally get my shot.

Trespasser is the final DLC coming to Dragon Age: Inquisition. Though pleasantly in an upcoming patch on the (PS4, Xbox One, and PC) players will gain access to a Golden Nug that will sync all their collectibles across saves, after completing the main game. In addition to a Skyhold wardrobe, something players have been clamouring for, for just under a year.  

More Like Sixza

Developer Turn 10 Studios announced Forza 6 went gold this week, meaning Microsoft can start pressing discs. Forza will first be accessible to purchasers of the Ultimate Edition preorder bundle, it releases five days later for standard edition owners, on the 18th of September. If you can’t wait that long, a demo showcasing a selection of the 450+ cars and ‘highlights’ from the 26 locations, will be available from September 1st. Here’s a picture of a car. 

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Abducted Into Next Year

Firaxis announced that XCOM 2, originally slated for a 2015 release has been pushed back into 2016, February 5th to be precise. Firaxis, the developer said this on the matter, “…we want to have more depth, more replayability, and more investment in your soldiers and this extension will give us the time we need to deliver on our promise to you.”. While the development extension would surely allow them to do just that, it is also worth considering just how busy the holiday season is this year, an early February release sees XCOM 2 hitting before the big March titles too. 

Tentacle Gimp Masks Probably Aren’t Against The Law

For every game that is delayed another is announced, though rarely a suitable replacement. Boss Key Productions, the studio founded by ex-Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski, revealed Lawbreakers, their debut title. It’s a competitive multiplayer shooter, not at all surprising, think Call of Duty with over the shoulder shooting and rocket jumps. Here’s a gameplay trailer.

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