The week in gaming: inc. Apple TV, Pokemon Go and more

Posted on 13 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 7th September

Ubisoft has announced plans to open a theme park in Malaysia, specifically Kuala Lumpur, in 2020. The attraction will be indoors, span over 10,000 square meters and feature; rides, performances and “other attractions” based around Ubisoft video games. RSG, Malaysian theme park developer, will own and operate the theme park in conjunction with Ubisoft Motion Pictures, who retains creative control.

Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed Pikmin 4 is very close to completion. As there are no details on a release date the game could launch on the Wii U but may debut on Nintendo’s NX project, currently which has been delayed until 2016.

Tuesday 8th September

Capcom has announced Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, originally released for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, is to be ported onto PC. The epic fantasy RPG will be released January 2016 priced at £23.99/€29.99/$29.99.

Wednesday 9th September

Apple have joined the video game industry by unveiling an Apple TV update, due October 2015. The new controller is very similar to Nintendo’s WiiU touchpad, in terms of performance and appearance.

During Apple’s special event, Harmonix, the people that brought you Rock Band, showcased a new game entitled Beat Sports, the game is an Apple TV exclusive that resembled Nintendo’s WiiU Sports. The game showed off an avatar hitting balls with a bat in time to music; the player motions the controller to swing the bat while swiping the touch-pad to move the avatar. Other games announced include; Guitar Hero Live, Disney Infinity 3.0 and an Apple TV version of Crossy Road.

EA have detailed Drop Zone, Star Wars: Battlefront take on the classic ‘king of the hill’. Located on iconic planets such as; Hoth, Tatooine Endor and Sullsat this new mode sees two teams of eight players battling for control of pods that drop through the atmosphere.

A team wins if five pods are captured, or at least controlled in a majority, within a ten minute time limit. If a pod is constantly changing possession, with no team able to defend it successfully, another pod will release meaning two pods for teams to fight over and, hopefully, break the stalemate.

Thursday 10th September

Pokemon Go, an augmented reality mobile app, is in production. The game will be created in collaboration between The Pokémon Company, Nintendo and Niantic Labs. An announcement trailer revealed players can experience the much-loved franchise within the real world; capturing Pokemon using location tracking data, trading with friends and encouraging users to venture outside. Pokemon Go will launch on Android and iOS devices in 2016.

Bethesda has announced the season pass for Fallout 4 will cost £20/$30 and those who purchase will receive all future DLC created for the game. The developers have also launched a new web-series to tie in the with Fallout 4’s S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats system. Starring Vault Boy the first episode shows him learning the importance of “S for Strength”, in order to survive the wasteland.

Friday 11th September

Versus Evil have confirmed Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma will debut on PS4 and PC, 22 September 2015 with an Xbox One port to be confirmed. The game is a three-part third-person combat adventure focusing on Kuma, previously known as Jino, a cybernetic samurai who wears a Teddy bear mask and blames his former friend Afro for the death of his family.

Producer Lance James stated that players will save 20% on the full game if they purchase the Trilogy bundle and PS Plus members will save an additional 10%.