10 January, 2016

This Week In Videogames – 10/01/2016

It may not be the first week of the new year, but it’s certainly the first one we care about! Here’s this week’s curated collection of announcements, delays, leaks, and more from the world of videogames. Enjoy!

This Week In Videogames 10/01/2016

The Triple Y Games Market
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Konami may be fleeing the triple A videogame scene with all the grace of a frenzied elephant intent on crushing any and all prior goodwill, but fans of the Duel Monster may be pleased by that particular elephant’s new direction. Konami issued a press release earlier this week detailing their Yu-Gi-Oh!-rich forecast for the coming year.

First up is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, coming to iOS and Android this spring. An as yet untitled game will hit the 3DS in summer, with ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Game’ (a working title), arriving on consoles and PC in winter. With regards to that last one, bear in mind that the press release considered the 3DS as a console, as opposed to labelling it a handheld. All the games are set to release globally.  

Furthermore, Konami promised ‘major’ updates to their released titles; Legacy of the Duelist on consoles and Duel Generation on mobile.

Anarchy Rising

A few weeks ago Bioware revealed dates and subscriber initiatives for Knights of the Fallen Empire, with Chapter X: Anarchy In Paradise arriving February 11th. Now they’ve release a short trailer which you can catch below – I’m afraid Bioware’s choice of thumbnail kind of ruins the ‘Firebrand’ surprise. 

Just before Chapter X launches, subscribers as of February 1st will get access to a HK-55 inspired jetpack on February 9th, that’s the same day as Chapter X subscriber early access.

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(Via Dulfy).

You Can Tell They Really Care

On the other end of the post-release spectrum, Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation Black Ice expansion got delayed to February 2nd, it was original expected to release January. Black Ice will add two new operators; playable characters that will be unlock a week earlier for season pass holders, and one new map. Yup, just one, with three more being released over the course of the year. To be fair there’s also “a handful of new weapon skins…” and the enigmatic “gameplay upgrades”.

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Interestingly, and rather distressingly, Ubisoft determined in a November blog post that to unlock one of the new, post-release operators without paying real money, a player would need to play approximately twenty-five hours of Siege. That’s as they estimated between two-to-three weeks of play for the “average FPS player” who notches between eight-to-ten hours per week on their “favourite shooter”.

Dear lord… Siege is really the kind of game I’d advise reading about before picking it up, handily enough I reviewed it!

Schrier Crosses Ubisoft’s Rubicon (Again)

Rumours concerning the next Assassin’s Creed title surfaced in multiple places, but for the purposes of this piece I’ll defer to Kotaku’s Jason Schrier, the man whose been poking leaky holes in big publisher’s release cycles for years now. The next game apparently codenamed ‘Empire’ and will be set in Egypt, according to rumours and “sources speaking to Kotaku”. Furthermore, it won’t be released until 2017, meaning no main-line Assassin’s Creed this holiday, breaking the six year tradition. The sources stated that it was delayed after 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity suffered a brutal launch.

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Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Schrier claimed that multiple people in the know at Ubisoft last year claimed that the game would be set in “ancient Egypt”, this was later corroborated before he broke this story by two other “independent sources”. Another source, months ago said it would also feature ancient Rome.  All this talk of the ancient civilisations is intriguing, upon hearing the name ‘Empire’ I guessed rather cynically that it would be set in British-occupied Egypt, perhaps during World War I, but these leaks indicate otherwise.

Exciting stuff, hopefully that year gap will result in something spectacular or at least a hell of a lot cleaner than Ubisoft’s recent releases, and it sounds like rather than continuing to step forward through history, we could be venturing further into the past than the series has ever gone before. Maybe Octavian is a Templar and we’ll end up running errands for Cleopatra? Or maybe all the Egyptians will be white men with American accents, you just never know!

(Via Kotaku). 

A Desert Of Bones, Ship Bones

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, the Homeworld prequel got a new story trailer designated ‘Primary Anomaly’, which you can catch below. I took away this; there’s going to be a lot of sand, a ton of ‘protect the mother/carrier vehicle’ missions, and hopefully a strong soundtrack!  

Desert of Kharak releases in just a couple weeks on January 20th, only on PC.

You Probably Shouldn’t Store Parasites In The Armoury

Halo developer 343 Industries moved to a new studio, stole the tables and benches from the Forward Unto Dawn live action set, and most importantly, teased this month’s update; Infinity’s Armory.  The update is set to release towards the end of the month and bring with it; new maps and REQ Cards, so weapons, armours and so forth. That’s all the detail they gave for the moment, but they did share a glimpse of one of the hot looking upcoming maps.

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Marketing Is At It Again

Lightning, the star of the rather muted Final Fantasy XIII series spruced up her look by donning items of Louis Vuitton’s spring-summer 2016 women’s collection, title ‘Series 4’, and striking her most iconic poses. She’s in there alongside real life models including Jaden Smith, yup Will Smith’s son slipped into a skirt for the shoot – he looks great by the way.

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The collection apparently demonstrates a preservation of tradition whilst also reaching for new, revolutionary ideas, which are values shared by both Louis Vuitton and Final Fantasy. Nicolas Ghesquière, the artistic director of the women’s collections described the themes behind the Series 4 campaign:
 “It’s clear that the virtual aesthetic of video games is predominant in this collection. If we push the reflection about heroines, or what might constitute the nature of a woman whose actions can be so courageous that she becomes superior and iconic, it becomes obvious that a virtual entity integrates with the founding principles of the Maison. Lightning is the perfect avatar for a global, heroic woman and for a world where social networks and communications are now seamlessly woven into our life. She is also the symbol of new pictorial processes. How can you create an image that goes beyond the classic principles of photography and design? Lightning heralds a new era of expression.”
Lightning is without a doubt my personal iconic heroine, I know I always look up to her when I need to express myself, and that’s gotten me far in life…

(Click to enlarge).

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It’s not the first time Final Fantasy characters including Lightning have taken to the catwalk, in 2012 they modelled part of Prada’s summer collection (Kotaku).

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