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Here is what has been making news: New Releases, PlayStation Network, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, A Voyeur for September, World of Warcraft & Robin Williams, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Ascend: Hand of Kul, The Last of Us Remastered, Disney Infinity, Minecraft PS4, Wasteland 2, Xbox One Promo.
August 24th – August 30th
Monday, August 25th
The Golf Club will be available for the Xbox one, PS4 and PC.
Super Time Force Ultra will be available for the PC.
Tuesday, August 26th
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re-Birth 1 will be available for the PS Vita.
Metro Redux will be available for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Madden NFL 15 will be available for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4.
Infamous: First Light will be available for the PS4 (PSN).
Lichdom: Battlemage will be available for the PC.
Zen Pinball – The Walking Dead will be available for the PSN.
Madden NFL Mobile will be available for the iPhone and Androis.
Dark Souls II: Crown of the Old Iron King will be available for the Xbox 360 and PC.
Wednesday, August 27th
Lethal League will be available for the PC.
Zen Pinball – The Walking Dead will be available for the Xbox 360 and PC.
Thursday, August 28th
Zen Pinball – The Walking Dead will be available for the Wii U, iOS and Android.
Life Force will be available for the Wii U.
Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter will be available for the 3DS.
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin F – Coffin of the End will be available for the PS3.
Tappingo 2 will be available for the 3DS.
Medarot 8 will be available for the 3DS.
Meikyuu Cross Blood: Infinity Ultimate will be available for the PS Vita.
SteamWorld Dig will be available for the Wii U.
Donkey Kong Jr. Math will be available for the Wii U.
Friday, August 29th
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright will be available for the 3DS.
Chronicle Keepers: The Dreaming Garden will be available for the PC.
Madden NFL 15 will be available (in UK) for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4.
Metro Redux will be available (in UK) for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Azure Striker Gunvolt will be available for the 3DSE.
Down for maintenance on Monday
Sony recently announced that the PlayStation Network will be down for scheduled maintenance on Monday August 25th between 9:40 PT / 12:40 ET / 17:40 GMT until 16:50 PT / 19:50 ET August 25th / 00:50 GMT August 26th.
During the maintenance time you will not be able to access the PlayStation Store, Account Management or Account Registration services. However, if you have logged into the PSN after August 20th, you will be able to access entertainment services like Netflix of play games online.
Phil Spencer, Xbox boss, assures us that Microsoft’s deal with Square Enix to bring Rise of the Tomb Raider as a timed exclusive for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One for the 2015 holidays isn’t an affront on PlayStation, or any other platform. While he understands that some will be upset by the deal to bring the game to Xbox before other platforms, he believes it is a “win/win” situation for everyone.
According to Spencer, “It really was nothing against any other platform. It’s just looking at our portfolio next holiday and saying, this is a great game for us, and we can go really big with it. If we look back on the franchise and this release, it can raise the elevation of what it means in gaming. I’ll be happy to be part of that.” Spencer added, “This wasn’t an attack against anybody else. It was an opportunity that came up for us that fit really well.”
He also assured us that this deal was only made for Rise of the Tomb Raider, there haven’t been any decisions regarding potential future installments. “I knew there would be some push back when we came out. Certain people won’t believe this: it doesn’t come from an evil space. It comes from a space where there’s an opportunity that maps really well with what we need in terms of the genre, and a partner that’s looking for a partnership. Other people can do the deal, but it was a deal that fit well with us. And I think it could help the franchise in the long run and help Crystal and Square and us.”
The concern was that this timed exclusive was Microsoft’s way of “sticking it to” Sony because of their exclusive Uncharted series. While Spencer states he does see the comparison between the two games, he also believes that having Rise of the Tomb Raider as a timed-exclusive is one way to compete against the launch of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End in 2015.
Spencer admits, “I’m a big fan of Uncharted and I wish we had an action adventure game of that ilk. We’ve started some, and we’ve looked at them. But we don’t have one today of that quality. This [deal with Square Enix for Rise of the Tomb Raider] is an opportunity.”
He adds that “The games business today is an expensive business to be in. If you’re going to build shows like [Gamescom], and IP, and marketing budgets, in certain instances a partnership is a good way for a publisher to find a way to get to the level they think they need to break out. Just look at this year and the October lineup. It’s crazy. If you’re one of the people who wants to make noise around the game you have, there are opportunities out there to partner with platform holders, with sponsorships and other things to make it big. This was one of those opportunities for Crystal and Square, and I think it can help take Tomb Raider and make it even bigger. We want it to be big, given what we have coming to the Xbox in the way it is.”
Big games such as Rise of the Tomb Raider are, according to Spencer, “good for the [video game] industry.” He believes that if these types of games get even bigger, it can only benefit the industry. “This business, the console gaming business, only stays healthy if people are all making money. It’s a hits-driven business, so 30 percent of the things will go great, and 70 percent of the things won’t.”
If you are a Resident Evil fan who is anxiously waiting for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter movie, you are going to have to wait a bit longer. As a result of Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy, the filming has been delayed. Jovovich, who plays Alice in the movie, reported on her Facebook page that pregnancy and Zombies just don’t mix well. “After a lot of discussion, we thought it would be in everyone’s best interest to wait till the baby is born before we set out to try and tackle a Resident Evil movie. Between the stunt work and what will become my ever-expanding belly, we didn’t think pregnancy and zombie killing are the best combo! Lol! I imagine the only thing I’ll be killing in the near future is an endless supply of cupcakes. Yikes…”
Jovovich’s husband is Paul W.S. Anderson, the series’ director. He and Jovovich stressed that they want to make “the best movie possible,” admitting it would be difficult to do in her current “condition.” Jovovich hopes to return to filming next summer, where at least part of the movie will be shot in South Africa.
As the title suggests, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, could be the last entry in the movie series that is based on Capcom’s action-horror franchise. Over the years, several Resident Evil movies haven’t been all that well received by critics, however, the most recent entries, Retribution and Afterlife, grossed $240 million and $300 million respectively worldwide.
As we wait for the move to arrive in theateres, there are several new games coming up, including a Resident Evil remake coming out early 20 15 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC. Additionally, there was a recent leak indicating that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and a seventh additional game were being worked on.
Debuting at PAX Prime
There isn’t much of a wait for Super Meat Boy fans, according to Team Meat’s recent announcement at PAX Prime about their new title A Voyeur for September. They also recently released a teaser trailer for the game, which they call a “live-action stealth game.”
You can see the trailer on the official site, it is a grainy live-action piece with someone, or something, peering into a house, watching as daily events unfold. Currently the site only sports the trailer.
A Voyeur for September will be available for the PC, MAC, Linux, iOS, and Android. PAX Prime will be running from August 29th through September 1st in Seattle, Washington. We expect to get more information about the game at that time.
Tribute to Robin Williams
Along with a few other additions to World of Warcraft, Blizzard may be planning to immortalize late actor Robin Williams in game as a genie. This was discovered in by datamined files from the latest beta build. The genie will apparently be named, Robin the Entertainer.
Some of the comments posted have suggested that the genie figure gives way to the possibility for him to shape-shift into other forms. One popular suggestion was a troll called Jumanji.
Some other forms that have been spotted include a human female, thought to be a reference to Mrs. Doubtfire, and a human male, thought to be reference to Mork. However, given that there has been no confirmation by Blizzard, we don’t yet know if any of these characters will be featured or if there will be any quests associated with such figures.
It should be noted, since we have Robin Williams on our minds, that he himself was an avid gamer, both casual and hardcore. Just a few of the games that we know he enjoyed were WarCraft, admitting he enjoyed the WarCraft lore and characters. He played Call of Duty, any Call of Duty game. He had made several Twitter posts over the years admitting he loved playing the game. His favorite gaming genre was first-person shooters. He didn’t play the game online however, admitting he wasn’t very good at competing against other gamers.
Williams also enjoyed puzzle games such as Portal, and during the 80s and 90s enjoyed pen and paper RPGs, so it’s no wonder that he enjoyed playing Wizardry, a lot. He stated that his purchase of the Apple 2 was “worth it” because of the game.
As recently as ten months ago he spoke of playing Batttlestations: Pacific “I’m playing a game called Battlestation Pacific. I’m looking forward to the next Xbox. I can’t imagine the graphics being any better. It will be like these characters are living in your house. I’ll have to be doing duck and cover just to get to the bathroom! For the WiiU or the PS4, at this point I haven’t seen them yet but I might have to check into the cyber wing at Betty Ford.”
A few other games that he has mentioned enjoying over the years are Half-Life, Day of Defeat, and The Legend of Zelda. In fact, he regarded The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as his all-time favorite game and even named his only daughter, Zelda Rae Williams, after the princess in the series. Now that was one serious gamer.
We wish Robin’s family and friends all the best, may he rest in peace.
Not planned for Wii U
Recently, using his Twitter account, Sledgehammer’s CEO Michael Condrey wrote, “no, no WiiU. That was an Activision decision. We are focused on XboxOne, PS4, and PC.” The statement was prompted by one of his Twitter followers asking if Call of Duty: Advanced Warefare would be coming to the Wii U. The last two Call of Duty games, Black Ops II and Ghosts, were both launched on the Wii U.
While Sledgehammer focuses on those three platforms, High Moon Studios is focusing on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Advanced Warfare will be the first Call of Duty game released after a switch to three year development cycles.
Activision explains that the change will give developers more “freedom to fail,” which will only serve to encourage improvements to the series in the long-run. “For the first time, this year’s Call of Duty game, and future Call of Duty games, are being built on a three year development cycle. There are several advantages to doing this, the first is, of course, quality. This will give our designers more time to envision and to innovate.”
Discontinued on Xbox
Ascend: Hand of Kull, a free-to-play RPG was withdrawn by Microsoft from Xbox Live Marketplace and game support canceled. The game was released less than a year ago.
Developer Signal Studios reports that the decision was Microsoft’s and made without notifying the developer. The studio was alerted to Microsoft’s action when they started getting complaints from the game’s fans. In response they stated “Signal Studios must regretfully announce that despite our best efforts and the games success, Microsoft has discontinued support for Ascend: Hand of Kul on the Xbox 360 and removed the game from the Xbox Live Marketplace. This surfaced to us while investigating various issues players have been experiencing over the weekend.”
Ascend: Hand of Kul was one of the first free-to-play games on the Xbox 360. It featured a unique multiplayer system which let gamers invade each other’s worlds in an ongoing battle for land control.
In effort to give to their fans, Signal Studio decided to make a free beta on Steam for the PC version of the game. The PC version contains “a wealth of gameplay improvements where the community can still enjoy slaying trolls and converting altars.” Signal is also giving a gift of in-game currency to new and existing players of the PC version. ”In appreciation of our fans, Signal Studios will grant all new Ascend PC players a starting bonus of souls totaling 25K which can be used to purchase gear, spells and buffs. All existing Ascend PC players will receive a 10K soul bonus just for playing.”
Following Signal’s gesture of good will, a Microsoft spokesperson made a statement that Ascend: Hand of Kul will be playable on the Xbox 360 until November 18th when the servers will be shut down. “We can confirm that effective November 18, 2014, ‘Ascend’ on Xbox 360 will close. Players will still be able to play ‘Ascend’ on Xbox 360 and use any content they have already acquired until the game closure date. This only applies to ‘Ascend’ on Xbox 360 – ‘Ascend’ will continue to be available on the Steam gaming platform. We thank Signal Studios and its community of gamers for their support and look forward to welcoming them into our other gaming communities.”
Sadly, we have no indication from Microsoft regarding why the game was being pulled.
Free multiplayer maps
To thank their fans for enduring long matchmaking times in The Last of Us Remastered, Naughty Dog Software is giving away two free multiplayer maps. The content was teased last July with a peek at new maps for Factions.
Naughty Dog stated, “We’ve decided to release these two maps for free on both the PS3 and PS4 in appreciation for all of your continued patience as we work to resolve matchmaking issues.” Recently the studio launched LiveUpdates and Patch 1.02 in effort to ease the matchmaking issue, however, they have recognized that there is still more work they need to do to fix the problem. Naughty Dog can’t didn’t give a date for when the issue will be fixed but did state it would be “on the short side of weeks, rather than months.”
Naughty Dog advises gamers having problems with matchmaking, stating, “if you find yourself waiting to get into a match, the best thing you can do is exit matchmaking and select ‘Find Match’ again.”
Free for download on Wii U
If you already have the accessories, and you are eager to jump into Disney Infinity as a Wii U gamer, you are in luck. The downloadable version of Disney Infinity is free to download on the Wii U eShop. All you really need is a compatible Disney Infinity base and at least one figure to access the game.
Additionally, the U.S. eShop has added two new games this week, Life Forece and Mega Man 6. Next week’s update will include Mega Man X3 as part of the month long partnership between Nintendo and Capcom.
May likely be delayed
4J Studios recently confirmed that the PS4 version of Minecraft will be delayed, stating on Twitter, “Sony found some issues we have to fix in their final test of #MinecraftPS4 We’re fixing, but we need to go through the process again.” The studio also stated that they were working to have the Xbox One, PS Vita and PS4 versions ready for launch before the end of the month.
However, given that the last PS Store update for August in the U.S. is the 26th and for the E.U. is the 27th, it isn’t very likely that the game will be ready in time. In addition, the process for Sony’s approval can take up to two weeks from the day of submission.
4J Studios wasn’t clear regarding how the delay will affect the PS Vita release, although all other versions are expected to release as planned.
Coming next month to PC
We often state that a particular sequel has been a long time coming, when the actual wait was only a year or two. Wasteland 2, the sequel to the 1988 released Wasteland, really has been a long time coming. Finally, there is confirmation that Wasteland 2 will be available on September 19th for the PC.
Recently on Twitter, Brian Fargo, founder of InXile Entertainment, announced, “Official Wasteland 2 release date… September 19th! The 20+ year wait is soon over.” Actually, this year marks the 26th anniversary of the original game’s release.
Fans of the game made the 2012 Kickstarter campaign a huge success, pledging nearly $3 million. Wasteland 2 was scheduled to launch this month, however, it’s launch date had to be pushed to September. The game has been playable through Steam Early Access for some time now as developer InXile made updates, improvements and bug fixes.
Fargo directed the original Wasteland as well as Wasteland 2. At the time he was working for Interplay Entertainment, where he also developed the “spiritual successor” to Wasteland, Fallout.
Free Play Day info leaked
An apparent leak, posted on Reddit, suggests that Microsoft will be offering a new promotion to Xbox One gamers called “Free Play Day with Gold.” It is suggested that with an Xbox Live Gold subscription, you will get 24 hours of access to select Xbox One games.
One of the first games of the promotion is rumored to be Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. It does appear that the Xbox Support Twitter channels may be confirming the Free Play Day with Gold promotion, suggesting there will be an official announcement soon. We don’t know yet what restrictions will be set in place or even if you will be playing the full game or a demo of the game.
The Xbox Support Twitter channels appears to confirm the Free Play Day with Gold promo, suggesting that it will be officially announced soon. It is unclear if there are any restrictions on Free Play Day with Gold titles, or whether or not you’re playing the full game or just a demo.
Microsoft has responded by stating, that the promotion was posted in error. “A promotional tile for Max: Curse of the Brotherhood was posted briefly on the US dash in error yesterday. We apologize for any inconvenience. We’re constantly exploring different ways to offer more benefits to our Xbox Live Gold members and will keep them updated when special offers become available.”
Yet, Microsoft has made comments like this before and the “error” turned out to become a reality. I guess we can only wait to see what happens next.