A fan group has started work on recreating the original Metal Gear game in the 3D. The group of modders, going by the name Outer Heaven, are using the Alien Swarm engine in order to bring the game from the pixelated style it had on the MSX and Super Nintendo to 3D models. Konami has given the group a go ahead, stating only that "You cannot use our copyrighted material to promote a product you are selling or making any profit from."
The only reason I bring this story to light is how awesome Konami is being about this recreation. Most publishers shut these projects down immediately, either afraid of losing money on a commercial project it originally created or out cry from fans wanting these games made when the publisher doesn't want to spend the money. I personally am really excited to see what the final product looks like. For more info on the game, go here.
Mario Kart seems to be pulling the Wii U out of the grave. Since launch, the Wii U has gone up %666 in sales thanks to the release of Mario Kart 8 and its bundle. Of the sales, %82 of the sales come from the Mario Kart 8 bundle.
This is exactly what Nintendo was banking on, and it seems to be working. The Wii U bundle with Mario Kart 8 is a pretty good deal, coming with a Wii controller and Mario Kart 8 as well as the ability to register the game and download a free game with it. I personally have thought about buying this bundle just to get the Wii U and Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD. I'm curious to see what the sales are here in the States.
The lawsuit between former NCAA players and EA may finally be winding down. After being forced to settle last year, EA will be paying out $951 per player per year the player's likeness was used in the game. Overall, EA will be paying out over $40 million. Hagen's Berman's Steve Berman, MD at the law firm which represented the students, states that this is the first time in history that a partner of the NCAA will have to pay out compensation to students for using their likeness.
There is a movement in the sports world to start treating college players like employees rather than just a student organization, and this lawsuit seems to be a great example of this. With the amount of time, energy and damage sustained by these students, it is plain wrong to not compensate them for the work they put into the team, especially when the school earns so much money off of the team. Hopefully this trend will continue.
Here are some other stories that are pretty straightforward, but news none the less:
- New Assassin's face revealed by game store promo.
- Watch Dog's now fastest selling game in the UK.
- Next Mortal Kombat to be named Mortal Kombat X.
- Forza: Horizons 2 announced.