The week in gaming: inc. Star Wars Battlefront, Minecraft and more

Posted on 11 October 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 5th October

Armature Studios have announced a new twin-stick shooter entitled Dead Star, set for release on PS4 and PC early next year. The game offers 10 vs 10 multiplayer matches taking place on an array of procedurally generated maps.

Star Wars Battlefront’s design director Niklas Fegraeus has addressed fans concerns regarding the potential of microtransactions within the game. Fegraeus assured no actual currency will be used however Battlefront does contain in-game currency stating, “The credits that you use to buy things in the game are earned. You play the game, complete challenges, and that’s how you get credits.”

Using a 15-second video of a cave painting, Ubisoft teased the upcoming Fry Cry Primal. The game is said to a spin-off of the main franchise and it is unclear if Primal will be a full game, DLC for Far Cry 4, or a smaller standalone spin-off ala Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

Tuesday 6th October

Sonic Lost World is to receive a PC port due 2nd November; prior to this the game was a Nintendo exclusive. Included in the port are; the Nightmare DLC, full controller support, Steam Achievements, Cloud Saves, online leaderboards and interchangeable keyboard prompts. Those who pre-order this new edition will receive Sonic and All Star Racing Transformed, at no extra cost. Sonic Lost World PC is priced at £19.99 / €22.99 / $24.99.

Jose Bravo de Mansilla, aka Boker, is remaking the original 1987 Metal Gear title. Dubbed Outer Heaven de Mansilla is utilising the Unreal Engine 4 and states the game will combine the original game’s plot with the isometric camera of Metal Gear Solid and the gameplay mechanics of modern entries.

For those who are unaware the plot follows iconic protagonist Solid Snake’s on his first outing as a rookie member of Foxhound, a special operations unit sent to investigate the disappearance of missing squad member Gray Fox and research a rumoured weapon known only as Metal Gear.

Currently there is no official word from Konami regarding the project.

Wednesday 7th October

In an unsubtle message to fans, via a new blog post, Team Meat’s Tommy Refenes teased a Super Meat Boy version for Nintendo’s WiiU console, “To the fans we’re still excluding I’ll leave you with this […] Wii haven’t forgotten about U.” In the post Refenes celebrated the launch of the game’s new PlayStation 4 and Vita versions, currently free for PS Plus subscribers.

Capcom has released new gameplay footage of Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps, the third-person competitive multiplayer shooter which serves as a spin-off from the main Resi series. The video showcases One Life Match Mode, a 3 vs 3 team-based deathmatch wherein players endure a three minute time-limit and inability to respawn after death.

The big feature of the mode is the opportunity to destroy an opponent’s ‘jammer’ which, once done so, attracts the attention of zombies walking around the map.

Minecraft is set to receive a new PC update in the form of a cape, allowing players to fly around their crafted worlds. However the cape cannot be crafted but instead must be located. Players can already fly in Creative Mode though the cape will add a realistic sense of soaring through the air such as diving and swooping.

Thursday 8th October

Telltale has confirmed the final Tales from the Borderlands episode will launch 20th October for PS4/3 and PC/Mac. Xbox One/360 owners will receive the game a day later while iOS and Android devices can purchase two days later.

The first episode is available for free, in full, on iOS and Android devices.

Friday 9th October

Playstation Now, the game-streaming subscription service, has finally launched in the UK. Currently 100+ PS3 games are available to stream on PS4/3 and PS Vita.

Each individual game is £2.99 to rent and users can first experience the service via a free week’s trial. Following the trial Playstation Now will cost £12.99 a month.