Friday, May 30, 2014

Gamer's Source 5/29/2014 - 5/30/2014

Hello and welcome to the Gamer's Source, your destination for gaming conversation. Another week, another round of game announcements for Sony consoles and Harmonix is having to go back to the drawing board with Chroma. So, without further ado, the news:

Number ONE!

Sony has unleashed a deluge of game announcements for all three current systems. War Thunder, a cross platform wartime combat game, will be coming to PS4 June 3rd. Created by Gaijin Entertainment, this free-to-play game will allow PS4 and PC gamers to take on over 150 different multiplayer missions together in over 350 different planes. 

Blue Estate, a brand new rail shooter for the PS4, has also been announced. Influenced by the comic Blue Estate, players will take control of characters from the comic book while playing through old school shoot outs, just like the old arcade games of the 80s and 90s.

Fenix Rage, a 2D indie platformer is also making it's way to PS4. In the same vein as Super Meat Boy, the difficult and crazy game will release for the new console sometime this fall. 

Guilty Gear XRD SIGN is offically coming to the west. The fighting game will be published by Aksys Games and will come out on PS3 and PS4. No release outside the US has been announced.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, the online third person shooter, is also coming to PS3 and PS4. Releasing on August 19th, the current Xbox exclusive will be remote play compatible and split screen co-op on PS4.   

Old school, space age 3D shmup Futuridium EP Deluxe is coming to PS4 and PS Vita this summer. Releasing in July, the shooter contains 50 levels across 5 distinct zones, 5 boss fights and 5 hidden levels. 

The Ratchet and Clank HD Trilogy will finally get a release on PS Vita. Launching on July 2nd (In the US) the game will feature all three of the original games in HD graphics with custom controls for the PS Vita.   

Sony is leading the charge when it comes to game releases. Though AAA games and exclusives are bare for all three consoles, Sony is combating this with more and more release dates for games to come, which helps alleviate some of the sadness. Keep it up Sony. Hopefully the Ratchet and Clank HD Trilogy on Vita is better than the Jak and Daxter HD Trilogy.

Number TWO!!

Exclusives for both new consoles are being pushed back left and right. After news that Sony's The Order: 1886 is being pushed to 2015, we now have confirmation that Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break will not see the light of day until 2015 as well. 

Sam Lake of Remedy Entertainment released a teaser video today showing off 30 seconds of game play footage, but also confirmed that the game would not be shown again until Gamescom in August, officially skipping E3 this year. Lake also explained how the game and show would correspond with one another, stating that players will play the heroes within the game, but get to watch the plans and scheming of the villains in the show.  

The more Microsoft reveals about all of the changes to come, the more I am curious about what it is showing at E3. Details like this seem perfect for the stage show, but if the company is continuously pushing these announcements out of the way, the more likely that the company will be bringing some big things to the show. I can't wait for E3!

NUMBER Three!!!

Lots of changes to Harmonix. It has been confirmed that 37 individuals have been let go as CEO Alex Rigopulos steps down. Steve Janik, the head of publishing and business operations, will be taking over Rigopulos's role. Development of current titles has not been effected and is no way a reaction to Microsoft's decision to stop bundling Kinect with Xbox One.

Harmonix will also be taking its newest game Chroma back to the drawing board as news that the alpha testers did not enjoy the game as much as the developer had hoped. An email to the testers (published by Kotaku) states, "based on the terrific feedback we got from all of you in the community, as well as our own analysis, we have concluded that Chroma will need some substantial retooling to be the game we want it to be."  

This is just some bad news for Harmonix. The company just barely made its recent Kickstarter and the taking out of Kinect on Xbox One is going to affect just how well its newest music game, based on Disney's Fantasia, will sell. Hopefully, with some tweeking, Chroma will be in better shape and Amplitude should help to bring in some revenue. My best wishes go out to those affected by the layoff. 

NUMBER Four!!!!

It looks like we will see another Red Dead Redemption and Bioshock game in the near future. Gamespot has obtained quotes from Take Two head Strauss Zelnick saying "I pretty much know the ones that I can assure you are permanent. It's obvious that GTA is a permanent franchise as long as we keep delivering this incredible quality; it seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise." Zelnick also referenced the Bioshock franchise, which would be picked up by 2K Marin studio.

This is great news. With the change up of Irrational Games, many gamers feared that the Bioshock franchise would disappear. Seeing as how big the games are, I'm not surprised that Take Two wants to make more money off of them. Hopefully, 2K Marin will be given enough time to full flesh out the next game, because Bioshock 2 was definitely a step in the right direction. The confirmation of Red Dead Redemption just seemed obvious, but it's awesome to hear more positive news towards the franchise moving forward.  

AND that's all folks. Excited about all the new PlayStation games coming out? How about Bioshock being handed over to 2K Marin? Leave a comment below. Feel free to share this with your friends and family who enjoy the gaming scene. Thanks for reading and, as always, keep the conversation going. 

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