Here are some of the main talking points from in this edition of The Week in Gaming.
Monday 16th November
According to Blake Jorgensen, EA financial boss, the upcoming game headed by Jade Raymond, former Ubisoft executive who joined EA to found Motive, will be an ‘Assassins Creed’ style open-world title. In an interview with Gamespot Jorgensen stated, “”We recently hired Jade Raymond, who was behind the Assassin’s Creed franchise for Ubisoft and she will be building an action genre for us through a studio we’re building out in Montreal right now. So a lot of excitement around the action genre.”
Tuesday 17th November
Ubisoft has announced Rayman Adventures will be available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices 3rd December. Those who own Apple TV can play the game now. Adventures is somewhat a sequel to Legends, the consoles title released some years ago, as they are both set within the same world.
Zombi, the previous WiiU exclusive, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC version will receive a physical release 21st January 2016.
This version will include updates to both graphics and gameplay mechanics due to the consoles not having the WiiU’s gamepad.
Wednesday 18th November
Eidos Montreal has announced Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is to be delayed to 23rd August 2016, meaning a six month wait for fans. The Publisher immediately apologised, citing the extra time will be used for “post-production” improvements. David Anfossi, Eidos Montreal boss, explained “we are now playing through the game in full we can see that it will require more time in post-production for tuning, iterations and refinement to meet our high standards.”
The Rainbow Six Siege open beta will be available from 25th-29th November. It can be accessed a day earlier but only for those who entered the closed beta. The open beta will include; three maps, three game modes and fourteen diverse Operators. One negative is any data from the open beta will not transfer into the Rainbow Six Siege retail version when it launches 12th December. To increase hype Ubisoft has released a TV spot featuring Idris Elba.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 episode one is now free to download on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One/360. The episodic download style game originally launched this year and received positive reviews from critics who noted the game is creepy and similar to early entries of the franchise rather than focusing on action sequences ala Resident Evil 5 and 6.
Thursday 19th November
Telltale has announced the third episode of Minecraft: Story Mode, entitled The Last Place You Look, will launch next week on PC, Mac, Xbox One/360, PS4/3, iOS and Android.
In order to appease fans, whom have grown annoyed by ‘delayed’ content update, Konami have revealed Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 will receive “undefined” EUFA Euro 2016 content for free.
In an official statement Erik Bladinieres stressed, “It has been a difficult few months for the fans in how we have been delivering content in our recent Data Packs with some items missing that our consumers expected […] The PES production team appreciate their fans’ support and want to reward their support and bring back confidence in the Data Pack releases. With this announcement, we hope we can regain their trust.”
Friday 20th November
EGX, the UK’s foremost video game convention, has announced the event will return to Birmingham next year and the dates are; Thursday 22nd 2016 to Sunday 25th September 2016.
The developer of Afro Samurai 2 has removed the game after admitting it was a commercial and critical failure. Playstation 4 and Xbox One ports of the title are no longer listed and full refund will be given to those who purchased it on Steam.
In one of the biggest news stories of the day, Sony have confirmed work on emulating PS2 titles to PS4. Technically this is not full backward compatibility. Sony are currently remaining silent regarding plans for the project, however a release statement, via Wired, says, “We are working on utilising PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation.”