- Hyrule Hoopla - Nintendo held a direct yesterday to share more information about the Legend of Zelda/Dynasty Warriors mash up Hyrule Warriors.
The first and most exciting bit of news is the announcement that Ganon will be playable. In his Ganondorf form, the lord of darkness utilizes a large claymore in the style of Demise's blade from Skyward Sword. Little else is known other than Ganon can fire long range fire ball attacks.
The next bit of news has to do with a new Adventure mode. This mode will feature a grid based map similar to the map of the original Legend of Zelda. Every grid segment represents a single map that houses a challenge to be taken on. To move forward, players must complete victory conditions. Exploration items can be used in some of these maps in order to open secret areas and obtain secret items.
The final pieces of news include an abundance of DLC costumes and the inclusion of different areas, including Skyloft from Skyward Sword and Lake Hylia from Ocarina of Time.
- Rise of the Rogues - The reveal trailer for Assassin's Creed: Rogues leaked yesterday and confirmed by GameInformer today. Launching on November 11th for PS3 and Xbox 360, Rogues will incorporate the successful formula of Black Flag, incorporating ship travel/battles as well as exploring on land. Leaked footage showed images of the Arctic ocean, and also hints that the players may actually be playing a Templar rather than an Assassin this time around who will hunt down Assassins..
This is not surprising considering Ubisofts comments on not leaving behind last gen and the long rumored iteration releasing as Assassin's Creed: Comet. On the one hand, I'm surprised that Ubisoft hasn't announced this game sooner to garner more excitement for this title, but it also makes sense to ignore last gen and build excitement for Unity in the hopes of getting all of the current gen sales as the last gen title will sell itself (considering there's about 160 million last gen units between PS3 and Xbox 360).
- More Money to the Players - GameStop is overhauling its trade in programs to offer customers more money. According to an article from Kotaku, the program will kick off August 18th and will trim down the complexity of the current trade in program, offering only two options: cash or credit. Customers will receive a bit more for credit, but no longer have to put trade in credit on pre-orders to get the most money from a trade in. The change will result in more money for the games customers turn in, even if it's only a few more dollars.
This is not surprising. As the digital era of gaming is growing, it just makes sense for a brick and mortar store chain like GameStop to try and be more proactive and competitive. This change will help a lot of customers who have been holding onto older titles, but it's only a matter of time before GameStop will have to move towards a digital program.
- Epic Expands Across the Drink - Epic Games is opening a new studio in the UK. To help with the foundation of this new games studio, Epic has acquired Pitbull Studios, which has been helping Epic with games such as Gears of War and Fortnite for years. "Setting up a bespoke Epic presence here and
fully utilizing the Pitbull team as part of that enables us to support
Unreal Engine 4 developers across Europe on an entirely new level," said Epic's Mike Gamble. The newly crowned Epic Games UK will focus on Unreal Engine 4 development, presumably to focus on new games projects to show off the power of the game engine.
In the past few years we've seen studio after studio close down. With the news of Crytek slowly falling apart, it's nice to hear some good news from a strong industry leader.
- Resident Evil Lives Again - Capcom has confirmed today that the original Resident Evil remake for Gamecube will receive an HD re-release. The HD version, coming to PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, boasts better visuals (1080p on current gen and 720p on last gen) and will be digitally released with a new control scheme and aspect ratio, though both can be toggled back to the original settings as well. The game is looking at a release in 2015.
This is great news for fans of the franchise who seem to be very frustrated from the newest iterations in the franchise. I am personally excited because I've never played any game in the series, but have wanted to for a long time, now that my desire to play survivor horror games has grown. Look for more information as Capcom sends out updates on the game.
- Velocity Ultra 2X releases on PS Vita/PS4 on September 2nd.
- New Multiplayer DLC for the Last of Us is out today.
- The Expendables are invading Broforce.
- Evolve delayed to February 2015.