It’s been a busy couple of weeks filled with new game announcements, success, failure and intrigue. Miss any of it? Fear not, we’ve rounded it up for you in all new News Blast!
We start with the news that the Unreal 4 Engine Skipping Wii U. Sad face. Epic Games president says the next-gen technology won’t be available for developers on Nintendo’s latest console. – This has caused some controversy with Wii U owners, as it’s believed their ‘Next-Gen’ has come too early. Speaking of shiny new engines, Battlefield 4 has been confirmed for autumn 2013. DICE’s new shooter arriving later this year for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC; runs on the strong Frostbite 3 engine. A new 17 minute gameplay trailer has been released: Go check it out, it’s sure to be a big hitter at the end of the year just like Lara Croft’s recent adventure; Tomb Raider sets franchise sales record. Crystal Dynamics reveals first-week sales of action adventure game, Tomb Raider are better than any other entry to date. We all know the game was fantastic, and we also knew there was slight controversy from fans over the reboot; however, it seems the game sold amazingly – 1 million sales within 48 hours, and thus far has obtained an estimate of 3.4 million copies sold; let’s hope they make a new one now.
From success to failure as Gear of War: Judgement and God of War: Ascension have both underperformed in comparison to the last games in their franchises. With the time of the year to the Tomb Raider/BioShock Infinite double-whammy being blamed, we think it’s more likely people aren’t that keen on franchise spin-off’s. Also, were gamers crying out for another Gears/God of War title? Probably not.
Some positive news for Nintendo next as what people are calling the best 3DS Game, Luigi’s Mansion 2, has finally see the light of day! The delightful puzzle game, a sequel to the 2002 GameCube cult-classic, in which Mario’s younger, less fat brother trembles his way through haunted houses in search of ghosts and treasure. Also coming to 3Ds and current-gen (with next-gen likely) is Batman: Arkham Origins. The much anticipated announcement of the sequel to the triple A Batman franchise is now confirmed for October 2013! But it’s not a sequel…? Oh, we see – Origins! It’s a prequel to the Arkham Batman franchise! – Check out the gorgeous screens online.
More exciting Nintendo 3DS news today with the news of a sequel to the highly acclaimed SNES classic, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The game still more than stands up today and we can’t wait to see what Nintendo have in store for us the winter.
A whole flurry of titles were confirmed this week, Ubisoft have confirmed that Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon will launch May 1st and will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Ubisoft says the spin-off contains around eight hours of original content. The game features a single open-world island to explore, with many of Far Cry 3’s gameplay systems and mechanics making a return, such as the hunting, the gathering millions of collectibles (sorry, Matt) , and liberating outposts. What do you think?
Hot on the heels of that announcement was the first Dark Souls 2 Gameplay Footage! Fans of the franchise will be pleased to see the return of Dark Souls being surprisingly similar to its predecessor. Very similar. Check it out now online. Another returning franchise was Saints Row 4 – which received a mixed reaction. The return of the increasingly OTT series comes with reassurance that it will be bigger and better than ever… We are now super heroes. – Look out for the community piece on Saints Row here. The big news however was the inevitable reveal of EA’s ALL CONSUMING FIFA 14, coming to every format on the face of the planet – next-generation included!
Speaking of which, the Next Xbox/Durango/Xbox 720/WHATEVER is going to be revealed May 21st according to EVERY source in the gaming industry. Microsoft are remaining tight-lipped, as they are about their is it/isn’t it “Always Online” plans for their next-gen console. Those resourceful sources have shed more light on this too – though predictably no-one has paid much attention as it is SENSIBLE! According to the chatter, the Durango will be “Always On” IF it is connected to the internet – much like the Wii and Wii U are. If you don’t have the internet, the console will play games as normal. Oh, and it WON’T block pre-owned games. Truth? We have 5 weeks to go before we find out…