Greetings NAGininus and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming for your scoop of the week’s juiciest gossip. This week have a new Dead Island game possibly in the works, one franchise comes back in 2016 to nobody’s surprise and one doesn’t (to everyone’s surprise), we talk video game movies and Xbox One fans getting salty over game exclusivity, an indie developer makes good on his promise and Kanye West thinks he can make video games now. All that, more news, videos and highlights from the week inside.
Dead Island gets a new instalment
It seems a lot of game releases these days aren’t so much announced or even leaked, but rather unknowingly spoiled by some dim-witted third party.
This time it’s the Australian videogame classification people, whom we already know are dim-witted as they have a habit of banning anything with blood and boobs from seeing the harsh light of the Australian day.
Anyway, they recently listed a new game called Dead Island Retro Revenge, somewhat shockingly slapping it with an “M” rating for bloody violence and, hilariously, “online interactivity”. Show me a child under the “M” cutoff who plays videogames and doesn’t have access to the internet.
The game is being developed by Deep Silver’s Empty Clip Studios, whose claim to fame is the indie success Symphony. Hopefully they can pull something good together since after Dead Island 2 was a disaster and the Dead Island MOBA was put down before it got out of the starting blocks, Deep Silver really need a mark in the win column for this franchise.
Stop the presses – a new Call of Duty arrives in 2016
Another year, another several hundred million up for grabs for Activision’s biggest franchise. We know absolutely nothing about this instalment yet, but we do know for sure that it will be coming – it was confirmed in an investor call this week.
The only piece of info we do have is that it’ll be being developed by Infinity Ward. Back when the Respawn guys were the IW guys, that was a good thing. Now Infinity Ward is generally considered to be the weaker studio for Call of Duty, with Treyarch taking the top spot as the most all-round solid developer.
After all, the last thing IW gave us was Ghosts, and that was a real turd sandwich. They’ll no doubt be looking to re-establish their legacy on this one, so we’ll just have to wait and see how they plan on cloning Modern Warfare this year. I’ll tell you what I’d really like to see is a return to World War Whatever. Modern Warfare was amazing when it came out, but I kind of miss the rattle of my carbine clip.
Xbox fans salty over a Quantum Break PC release
As if we needed any more proof that platform exclusivity and rivalry is ruining gaming, here it is. A bunch of very vocal Xbox One owners took to Twitter with their pitchforks over the announcement that Quantum Break will also be coming to PC, with many saying they’ll be cancelling their preorders.
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer hit back on Twitter, saying it’s absurd to cancel an order for a game because somebody else gets to play it too. Many took issue with how late the announcement was, while others said quite simply, “What’s the point in buying an Xbox One if not for exclusives?”
That’s a dangerous way to think, and part of the reason I feel like this exclusivity thing has gotten so toxic. Consoles should be competing based on the merits of the hardware, that’s it. As Spencer rightly shot back, high end PC rigs are a helluva lot more than a console, and offer a totally different experience.
Play what you want to play, buy what you want to buy because you like it, and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing.
Kanye West makes video games now, apparently
Kanye West has gained notoriety for overestimating his abilities in basically everything, and yet having the success to back it up anyway. The dude certainly isn’t short on confidence, and has this week revealed that he’s making a video game – about his Mom going to heaven.
The game is called “Only One”, and he released a trailer of sorts. There’s no indication of platform or release date, and no indication of how this game plans on being anything but hilariously inappropriate. Get your first glimpse of this AAA masterpiece below.
Assassin’s Creed takes a year off, “benefits the movie”
As you may have read this week, AC is taking a year off on their annual releases to “re-examine the franchise” and try and prevent another horror-show like Unity.
I like to bag on Ubisoft, but credit where it’s due – this is a solid decision. They’ve recognised they’re running the franchise into the ground with the insane release schedule, and are taking a dip in profits for 2016 for the long-term health of the game. There’s a lot of ways they could have rationalised still releasing this year but promising it would be better anyway, and they didn’t, so credit to them.
According to CEO Yves Guillemot, the production team behind the movie is thrilled about the news too.
“The movie guys are extremely happy we don’t have a new game because they will have the full-year marketing space and they feel they will be able to do a better job at promoting the movie,” Guillemot said.
He also has high hopes for the movie, pointing to the all-star cast and veteran production and distribution team of New Regency and 20th Century Fox. Which is hard to argue with – does this flick have the power to break the curse of video game movies? At least it has a real budget, a real cast and a real director – not Uwe Boll and some swimsuit models.
Five Nights at Freddy’s World re-releases for free
Scott Cawthorn’s RPG spin-off of his hit indie franchise was met with a ton of backlash. The criticism was so bad in fact that he pulled the game, offered everyone refunds and promised to keep working on it but make it free forever.
Basically, Cawthorn is a stand-up guy. It’s hard to imagine a better, more sincere and honest response to criticism over a release. He’s made good on his promise too, re-releasing the game for free this week on GameJolt.
“This is the first updated version FNaF World, featuring a remodeled overworld and many other new features,” Cawthon said. “More updates to come!”
I’ve never played it myself, old or new, so perhaps some NAGlings can give us some feedback in the comments.
Anonymous hacks South African government database
Hacker group Anonymous has set its sights on South Africa for its latest exploits, leaking the details of over 1500 government employees after breaking into a database. This includes names, e-mail addresses and hashed passwords.
This is part of their latest campaign, “Operation Africa”, which is apparently all about child labour and government censorship on the continent.
Considering the capabilities of the group, it’s hard to imagine any of our government systems can withstand a full-scale attack. For those of us living here it’s certainly an interesting prospect – we know corruption is a rife issue, and having a group like this expose something could have a real impact.
I’m kind of torn about giving this attention because it’s so hilariously stupid. The people behind Hatred are making a new game that has you gunning down muslims as a stationary gunner. Seriously. You must “defend the old continent” from “the Islamic State”. Look at this garbage:
Conan Exiles is a newly announced game that isn’t at all what you’d expect from a Conan game. Check out the first dev diary:
Unique horror title Layers of Fear is releasing next week, so here’s a trailer to get you prepped.
Finally, check out this reveal trailer for The Wild Eight, a cool looking co-op survival game.
Best of NAG
Let’s kick things off with a bit of Fick Jnr, with his review of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India.
Then we’ll move right into Fick Snr (phrasing) with his Laptop Buyer’s Guide, this week looking at the cheapskate price range.
Then it’s yours truly, with my discussion of the biggest con artists in gaming.
Finally, Miklos has a go at The Witness, the indie puzzle game that’s been making waves.