The week in gaming: Arkham Knight, Allison Road and more

Posted on 5 July 2015
By James Brookfield
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Monday 29th June 2015

In 2014 Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog to pursue a new career with EA Visceral. Since then it has been confirmed she is directing a new, secret Star Wars game. Following up on this, voice actor Nolan North (fame for roles including Unchartered’s Nathan Drake) told a Metrocon 2015 audience, “If you’re a big fan of Amy Hennig and her styles of story: the big thing about her is that she’s gone to EA and is going to reboot a brand new Star Wars franchise in the style of Uncharted.”. The game will not be 1313, the cancelled project, but will be similar in some aspects.

Bethesda have clarified ‘super-sized’ phones such as iPhone 6 plus will not fit into the limited edition, wearable plastic Pip-Boy that comes as part of the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy edition. The company stated, via a blog, “The Pip-Boy included will have foam inserts that fit iPhone 6, iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 4/4S, Samsung Galaxy 5, and Samsung Galaxy 4 […] In addition, using the customisable foam insert you should be able to fit most other popular smartphone devices.”

Tuesday 30th June 2015

Nolan North set the internet ablaze by confirming The Last of Us 2. In response to a question, at Metrocon 2015, regarding his involvement with any other Naughty Dog projects following Unchartered 4 he said, “Not yet. I know they’re doing The Last of US 2.” However when Troy Baker, The Last of Us lead voice actor, was asked the previous weekend he stated, “I know nothing. I don’t know if we’re gonna do another one or not.”

Shovel Knight, the retro inspired indie download game, is set to receive a physical release this October on all major consoles and PC. This retail edition will include: the full game, its upcoming Plague of Shadows expansion and a Challenge mode with more than 50 gauntlets for players to progress through.

Wednesday 1st July 2015

Corey Marshall, original English voice actor of Ryo Hazuki, has confirmed he will reprise his role for Shemue III. Marshall also revealed he will leave you a voice message for a £1000 pledge.

According to a Kotaku report, Warner Bros. were allegedly aware of Arkham Knight’s PC issues for months prior to release. The full report can be viewed online but Kotaku insiders suggest the game’s failures has, “been like this for months and all the problems we see now were the exact same, unchanged, almost a year ago. Another source believes only 10 QA testers were assigned to report on the PC version.

Thursday 2nd July

For the many, many gamers left disappointed at Konami’s decision to cancel Silent Hills/P.T. there is news to be excited about. Gameplay footage of Allison Road, dubbed P.T.’s spiritual successor, has emerged. The game is very similar in terms of visuals and gameplay, even small references to P.T. are included.

The plot is also comparable as players control a man who awakens in a home, with no memory of how or why. As the game progresses the central character experiences; disturbing voices, flickering lights, walls beginning to bleed and a ghostly entity. Differences to P.T. are; the male protagonist comments on his surroundings and can interact with items, suggesting a minimum combat level. Also the game will support Oculus Rift to create an even more tense atmosphere.

Friday 3rd July

Warner Bros. Interactive will release Arkham Knight story DLC Batgirl: A Matter of Family 21 July on PS4 and Xbox One. Unsurprisingly there is no release date for the PC edition, mainly due to the on-going attempts to fix the multiple technical issues.

The add-on has been priced £5.79 but free for Season Pass holders, whom will also receive the DLC a week earlier. The story is set before the events of Arkham Knight and feature Robin too.