The week in gaming: inc: Pokemon Rumble World, Jazzpunk and Batman

Posted on 6 December 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 30th November

Strong rumours suggest Platinum Games, well-known for titles such as Bayonetta, The Legend of Korra and Transformers Devastation, will begin developing a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. Entitled Mutants in Manhattan, the game will be published by Activision if, of course, the stories are to be believed.

Tuesday 1st December

WB Games Montreal is currently recruiting for two new DC Comics-based games. The official statement reads, “We are a growing studio with two AAA projects in development focused on expanding the DC Comics universe in the interactive space.” Some commentators believe it may be a new entry to the Arkham series, as Rocksteady claimed Arkham Knight would be their last game; however the focus could shift toward two different DC Comic characters.

Wednesday 2nd December

Metrico, the Vita infographic-based puzzle-platformer, is the latest game to receive a remaster edition on PS4. Digital Dreams has announced the game, now called Metrico+, will not be a straight port of the original. Interestingly the new version offers two different endgame worlds in its endgame. Furthermore the developers have altered the pacing, improved visuals and created new animations in order to “to be less annoying to players getting stuck longer than usual.”

Nintendo has confirmed Pokémon Rumble World, the free-to-play 3DS title, will get a physical edition. Set for 22nd January 2016 this new version also entirely removes microtransactions.

Thursday 3rd December

Jazzpunk is to debut on PS4. Necrophone Games also announced the Cold War parody game will also contain new content such as; new levels, unlockable characters and more. Full details are limited as creative director Luis Hernande said, “We will be adding some new content to the single player game, but I don’t want to give too much away about those, just yet”.

One confirmation is Wedding Qake, a mode contained in the original game which parodied 90s first-person shooters, will now be expanded upon into a complete, splitscreen multiplayer mode.

Friday 4th December

Telltale Games is making an episodic Batman series. A teaser trailer was shown during The Game Awards. Information is limited other than the first episode will release some time in 2016 on home consoles, PC/Mac and mobile devices.

Ubisoft has announced those who purchase Far Cry Primal Collector’s Edition will receive an additional 45 minutes of gameplay via three missions. The appeal is players will undergo these missions as a mammoth to, “feel the power to stomp its enemies and defend its herd from other beasts and humans”.

Gameplay missions require the player to; battle a rhino, crush human hunters who have kidnapped your leader only to hunt then hunt them down.

Bandai Namco has confirmed Dark Souls 3 UK launch will be 12th April 2016. There are three different special editions on offer; each containing different add-on content.

Hideo Kojima was contractually unable to attend The Game Awards due to his employment contract with publisher Konami. This action taken by Konami has faced immediate controversy and negative reaction.

Following Kiefer Sutherland accepting MGSV’s award for best Action/Adventure game, host Geoff Keighley addressed the audience live to inform them of the legal battle between Kojima and Konami saying; “As you noticed, Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I wanted to tell you a little bit about that […] Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s award ceremony to accept any awards.” The crowd instantly booed and jeered the unfortunate news.