It is, perhaps, an end of an era, both literally and figuratively. Double Fine has finally revealed when it will be shipping the second and final act of its historic adventure game Broken Age. This puts a cap on three years of some quite public and dramatic game development, a game that changed the landscape of Kickstarter forever, and one who may decide the fate of a small studio like Double Fine. The game has been in the hands of backers 24 hours before the fated April 28 launch, and the reviews that will be soon out will probably be as sensational as the game's history.
If you’re a Five Nights at Freddy’s fan, you’re likely well aware of all the hoopla that happened last week when that blank image — an image of nothing — appeared, hinting (at least many thought) that a new game was going to happen. Such hope was met with good news this evening, with a fourth iteration of the game being made official. There might be a bit of disappointing news wrapped up in it all, however — the game’s name hints that we might have finally reached the end.
Earlier this year, Minecraft players got a The Simpsons skin pack for Minecraft…if they were using an Xbox, that is. We did a mini review of sorts to give a look at the skin pack, and now those on the PlayStation 4 who have been waiting will also be able to get it. The DLC is set to drop this week, and if all goes as anticipated, we’ll be seeing it hit the PlayStation Store on April 28 (that’s tomorrow).
This week several facts have come to light with big implications for Konami's future. One has to do with their upcoming (axed) horror game "Silent Hills". Another has to do with the New York Stock Exchange. A third fact surfaced this past May - and we'll see it pop up again soon: Konami's profits. They're not going away as a company - they've got their business spread out well enough not to have to worry about that. But they might be leaving the USA.
One bit of bad news, one bit of good. First, Silent Hills has been cancelled. In a statement this morning, Konami has suggested that while they will remain "committed to new Silent Hill titles," Silent Hills will be no more. This is the project that was announced recently through a tiny game called "P.T.", short for "Playable Trailer." This terrifying miniature tale had the user walking through a hallway time after time until they'd found a way out of the darkness. A title lie therein.
Gamers are always on the lookout for accessories to make gaming more realistic and enjoyable. A group of engineering students from Rice University has created a haptic glove that allows gamers to feel objects they see in the virtual world. The glove is called the Hands Omni and is being sponsored by a company called Virtuix and may become a retail product.
The launch of a new console generation is usually an opportune time to relaunch well-loved titles, tweaked a bit to the technology of the present age. We've seen that happen with the rather contentious Halo: Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One. And now it seems that Gears of War will be getting that same treatment, but to a lesser degree. Screenshots and whispers of a remastered version of another iconic first person shooter have been going around the net, though many of the missing puzzle pieces have yet to fall into place.
Game developer Treyarch has removed some of the fog that surrounds Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and suffice it to say, fans will be in for another treat in this installment. Aside from a date to look forward to later this year, the developers behind the popular game line has let out hints of what gamers can expect once the it lands in their hands. With a feature pool that includes local or online co-op campaigns, heavy character customizations, and new movement mechanics, Black Ops 3 is poised to become yet another hit in the long running franchise.
For a company that relies so much on the legacy appeal of its much-loved former games and consoles, Nintendo appears surprisingly eager to cut ties with the past. Nintendo Virtual Console for the Wii U has long offered a selection of classic Super Nintendo titles for those wanting to do a little SNES reminiscing. Now, though, it seems the digital shelves will no longer be stocked with new (old) games, as attentions move elsewhere.