The famous (or infamous) Cliff Bleszinski is making his way back into gaming. After a small stint away from the industry, Bleszinski is starting development on a new Free to Play arena shooter. Being developed under his new studio Boss Key Productions and in partnership with Nexon, the shooter will be for PC only and is tagged as an old school, sci-fi shooter. No further details have been announced, but knowing Bleszinski, more details will emerge as the game moves further along in development.
With the announcements of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it's no surprise that Secret Bases will be making a come back. However, Game Freak has announced some new features to these secret, customizable hide outs.
Alongside being able to share Secret Bases with friends online (via QR code), players can now cultivate their own mini-gym within their bases. Players choose the types of battles and trainers to allow into the Secret Base to battle it out for their flag. Players can also meet other players and invite them back to their Secret Base, becoming Secret Pals, which gives perks to each player, such as hatching eggs faster or leveling up a pokemon 1 level right away.
It seems that though Nintendo is slowly catching up with the connected world, Game Freak understands how this connectivity is amazing for the world of Pokemon. Trading online was really just the beginning, and it's interesting to see all these new features come into play. Personally, I am totally stoked for these games.
Club Nintendo will be adding more games to obtain. For members of the service, a new game will be added for each platform. On the 3DS, 3D Classics: Kid Icarus will be available for 200 coins. On the Wii, Paper Mario will be available for 250 coins. On the Wii U, Paper Mario is also available, but so is Donkey Kong Jr. for 200 coins. These games will be available until August 3rd, so get on it players!
This is a service that Sony and Microsoft don't have in place yet, and honestly Nintendo needs to run with it. Joining Club Nintendo is free, and players get coins by registering games and consoles bought. These coins are then used to purchase toys, games, and other miscellaneous merchandise. If Nintendo beefed up the amount of games available and kept them around for a longer time period, I think this could be a service that would rival Games with Gold and PS Plus in a very different way.
It turns out that retail Xbox One consoles will not be usable as a development kit, as promised by Microsoft when the console was announced. Talking at the Develop conference today at Brighton, England, Xbox Advanced Technology Group representative Martin Fuller broke the news that the plans for this functionality are off the table. Speaking to Digital Spy at the event, Fuller said "In the end, although that was a very admirable goal, it hasn't happened unfortunately. Can't tell you the specifics of exactly why not."
This is a shame, but not surprising. Microsoft seems to be re-gearing the Xbox One to be more competitive, yet more alike the PS4 to appeal to consumers and catch up to Sony. This is a shame for indie developers with little cash, but the idea was really meant to bring in the really small, hobbyist developers to start development and then work on with Microsoft as they get bigger. Another unique feature out the door.
Also, here's a list of small, self explanatory news stories for your enjoyment:
- Project Spark will be releasing on Xbox One and PC on October 7th.
- Final Fantasy XIV patch 2.3, titled the Defenders of Eorzea, is out now.
- Lords of the Fallen will hit PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 31st. Yay. Another October game.
- Original cast to return via DLC for Alien: Isolation.
- Until Dawn trademark has been renewed by Sony.
- The Evil Within will be less gory in Japan.
- Heavenly Sword gets a straight to DVD movie.
- Rogue Legacy coming to PS3, PS4 and PS Vita July 29th.