The week in gaming: inc. Assassin’s Creed, Kerbal Space Program and more

Posted on 30 August 2015
By James Brookfield
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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has dominated most of the headlines so here are some alternate talking points from The Week in Gaming.

Monday 24th August

Grand Theft Auto V is set to receive Rockstar Editor Mode, on Playstation 4 and Xbox One, sometime in September. The new mode will allow players to add sound effects and audio tracks from a samples library.

Also the new Director mode will improve control on time of day settings as well as spawn air or water vehicles.

Tuesday 25th August

Although Galak-Z is not due for release on consoles for a few months the game will also be available on mobile devices during 2016. Entitled Galak-Z: Variant Mobile the developers have promised it will be a separate experience, in comparison to consoles versions, and be optimised for mobile devices with an updated UI and touch screen controls.

Players will control A-Tak, a pilot, through five campaigns in an attempt to return to earth in order to warn of an imminent alien invasion.

Sony has confirmed the company will host its annual Tokyo Games Show PlayStation press conference on 15th September at 4pm Tokyo time (8am UK time).

Wednesday 26th August

Both YouTube Gaming, Google’s streaming website dedicated to video games and game-related video content, and the accompanying app launched today. No doubt this is retaliation to Amazon purchasing Twitch following a failed bid from Google. This is evident due to vast similarities but also the future inclusion of one feature, that Twitch does not have, called ‘DVR Mode’ which automatically captures the last four hours of a livestream, for re-watch and re-wind purposes.

Rovio, the publisher most famous for Angry Birds, has confirmed the company will lay off 260 people citing “fundamental changes” as a reason.

Bethesda has allowed some of its DRM-free games to be purchased for the first time via Some of the titles include: Fallout 1, Fallout 2, Fallout: Tactics and numerous instalments from the Elder Scrolls franchise.

Thursday 27th August

Nintendo has revealed Kerbal Space Program, the loveable space-flight simulator, will land on WiiU. A release date is yet to be confirmed.

Though it is mostly film news an official image of Michael Fassbender dressed in his Assassin’s Creed assassins costume surfaced today. Fassbender plays modern day Assassin Callum Lynch, who relives the genetic memories of Aguilar, a 15th Century Spanish ancestor.

The plot is an entirely new story but will, somehow, link to the overall story-arch of the Assassins Creed games.

Friday 28th August

In another announcement from Nintendo, Shovel Knight will become an Amiibo. This means that Shovel Knight is the first indie game to receive this virtual toy-based video game honour and further displays Nintendo’s support of smaller developers.

Vive, the virtual-reality headset device created by Valve, is still slated for 2016 release. However Valve said HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a “limited quantity” of community and developer systems later this year.