Greetings NAGultians, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. It was a pretty slow news week all around, but I’ve scraped the barrel to find a new ambitious project from a former Rockstar dude, Square Enix announces two new projects, an old-school classic is getting a sequel that doesn’t suck, Seagate ups their hard-drive game, a new game documentary surfaces for your viewing pleasure, Overwatch hits a big milestone and a certain cartoon bird creator has something new to destroy your life. All that, some videos and highlights from the week, after the jump.
Former Rockstar heavy announces new game
Did you know Amazon had a game development platform? I definitely didn’t, but it exists and it’s called Lumberyard, apparently. Cute.
The former big cheese of Rockstar North, Leslie Benzies, has announced a new game using said platform called Everywhere. It’s just a temporary title, and there is basically zero details on the game as of yet. We don’t know the genre, the gameplay or even the platforms.
What we do know, is that the title has the goal “to create a platform where players can be entertained, and also entertain others while blurring the lines between reality, and a simulated world.”
The studio also aims “to create a new type of game that was never before possible for today’s massive gaming communities.” Sounds cool enough, I can get on board with that.
Square Enix announces two new projects
So you may have seen on the site that Square Enix announced a multi-game Marvel partnership, beginning with an Avengers title, after teasing a big announcement yesterday on Twitter.
But that wasn’t the only thing they had up their sleeves, they also announced Lord of Vermilion IV. I haven’t played the old Lords of Vermilion, but I’m sure someone out there is excited.
You can see more at the game’s official website right over here.
New Double Dragon game coming next week
Most of the poor hash-job sequels to the epic original Double Dragon have been pretty damn poor, but this new one actually looks like it may not suck.
It’s got some proper fighting game pedigree with Arc System Works, the people behind the likes of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, oh and also the original freakin’ game from 1988.
You can check out some gameplay in the trailer below, and the game will be available on Tuesday on Steam and PS4. Nice.
Seagate promise 16TB hard drives in the next 18 months
Back in 2013 Seagate made a prediction that they would have 20TB hard drives available by 2020, with the use its SMR tech.
Right now the best they have on offer is 10TB, but in an earnings call this week Seagate promised investors that within 18 months they’ll have 14TB and 16TB options available. If they make that milestone, 20Tb by 2020 starts to look pretty attainable.
HDDs might have been losing ground to SSDs in the consumer space, but data demands are higher than ever. Seagate highlights the surveillance space as a data hungry business that demands bigger and better. Besides, I’m sure some of the peeps at rAge are pulling 20TB of stuff off that server.
Pillars of Eternity “making of” documentary now free
Gaming documentaries are cool. They’re a rare gem, but I’ve found almost every one I’ve watched to be entertaining, giving an inside look into parts of the industry I wasn’t aware of before.
What began life as a Kickstarter reward, then a one dollar buy, is now free for all you cheap mofos who couldn’t fork out the R14. Just kidding, you probably, like me, weren’t even aware this thing existed till now.
In case the title didn’t give it away I’m talking about a full-length feature that details how RPG The Pillars of Eternity got made, and all 90-odd minutes of it is on YouTube for your enjoyment. Check it out.
Overwatch hits 25 million players
This isn’t the most reliable statistic, as it came from the Overwatch Twitter and doesn’t account for things like free weekends of duplicate accounts, but it’s still a pretty staggering number.
Across all platforms Overwatch has managed to get 25 million people to give it a try, and as a full-priced game it’s safe to say Blizzard has made a tidy profit – not to mention all the in-game spending as people frantically open those loot crates looking for something shiny.
These numbers bode well for the game’s eSport potential, where it has already picked up a lot of support very early on in its life. As an avid (and bad) player myself, I’m all for more people joining the fray.
Flappy Bird dev has a new game
The creator of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, has decided he isn’t quite ready to stop printing money with crappy mobile games that are way too hard to put down. Although he did pull Flappy Bird for being “too addictive”, a clear indication he has no idea how fickle mobile fads are.
His latest is the absurdly titled Ninja Spinki Challenges!!, which I think is the most upsetting title I’ve ever seen, purely because of the double exclamation marks. One I can scarcely abide, three is obnoxious but common enough, but two? Stop this madness, Dong.
He’s collaborated with another studio this time and they’ve gone all out, with instead of one annoyingly difficult mini-game, you’re getting six. That explains the plural, but nothing explains those damned double exclamation marks.
Anyways it’s free, go check it out.
Wanting to buy Resident Evil 7 but not sure which platform to go for? Check out this handy comparison video.
Nintendo knows exactly what you’re really going to do with that Switch.
How about a deep conversation between two men in absurd costumes? Injustice 2 delivers.
I can’t help it, I have to share one of these absurd cooking videos again. This one sounds promising, actually.
Best of NAG
Alright big spenders and window shoppers, this is your week. Check out Mr Fick’s System Builder’s Guide which covers the drool range, R25,000 – R30,000.
Next up, I take a look at the eSports scene, and share some ideas on why it’s dominated by PC.
And now for something completely different, Dane eats popcorn on camera.
As always, relax those tired eyes with the NAG Online Podcast.