The week in gaming: Deadpool, Star Wars Battlefront and more

Posted on 6 September 2015
By James Brookfield
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Here are some of the main talking points from in this edition of The Week in Gaming.

Monday 31st August

Deadpool is the latest video game to receive a remastered edition. Originally released on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 in 2013 The Merc with a Mouth will now port to the current generation. Undoubtedly this is due to the hype surrounding the upcoming film, featuring Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed titular character, due February 2016 and the game quietly returning to steam earlier this year.

Tuesday 2nd September

EA has announced Star Wars Battlefront beta, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, will available early October. DICE divulged further information regarding content, which includes; Walker Assault on Hoth, a 40-player battle featuring Rebels and the Empire, as well as Survival Mission on Tatooine. A new mode called Drop Zone will also be a part of the beta but DICE did not give details.

Unchartered 4: A Thief’s End will release 18th March 2016. As expected the game will be available in various packs such as; Special Edition, Libertalia Collector’s Edition, Standard Digital Edition, Deluxe Digital Edition, and the Triple Pack Edition. This last edition is the most interesting as it includes future access to the first ever single-player story add-on for the Uncharted series.

For those who have yet to download Resident Evil HD and are anticipating Resident Evil 0 HD Capcom has revealed Resident Evil Origins Collection for PlayStation 4 PC and Xbox One. The pack bundles the two games together on a disc and is due out 22nd January 2016. Capcom also confirmed Wesker Mode for Resident Evil 0, a new addition to the game wherein players finally take on the role of the most famous villain of the franchise who has powers such as teleport.

Wednesday 2nd September

Hideo Kojima released a heartfelt goodbye to Metal Gear fans and the series in a YouTube video, which can be watched via the official channel. The first half of the video features high amount praise toward Kojima from those involved throughout the franchise. The second half sees him visit the home of a Sean Paul Gillespie, a Metal Gear fan who contacted him before dying from cancer aged 21. Kojima concludes the video with a personal message to fans.

Undead Labs, developers behind State of Decay, have decided to close the servers of Moonrise 31st December 2015. Jeff Strain, Undead Labs Boss, cited the reason is due to the game’s failure to prove popular enough to keep running. Up until the date the developers focus is on altering the game to make it better for existing players, a new update is already available.

Thursday 3rd September

According to a rating board it seems XCOM may either be ported or receive a brand new game on Playstation Vita.

Warner Bros. has stated Mortal Kombat X will get four new DLC characters early of 2016. NetherRealm Studios has not revealed any information to follow-up this statement other than a shrouded promotional image.

BBC has released the debut trailer for The Gamechangers, a drama focusing on the creation and controversy of Grand Theft Auto. The programme sees Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, Rockstar chief creative, and Bill Paxton as anti-video game lawyer Jack Thompson.

The 90-minute film goes behind the scenes of Grand Theft Auto circa 2002, to tell the story of a three-year period “of intense controversy in the history of this iconic game’s development”.

The drama has not been authorised by Rockstar, instead created based on court documents and interviews with people involved with the real events.

Friday 4th September

Warner Bros. has released the “interim” patch for Batman: Arkham Knight on PC patch, the game still remains off sale. Earlier in the day it had been removed but is now here to stay

The patch notes are; reduced frame-rate hitches, optimisations for system memory and VRAM usage, improved performance on all GPUs (requires the latest drivers), more comprehensive in-game settings, fixed low resolution texture bugs and fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD).

Warner Bros have said the company is continuing work on improving the game via future updates.