The week in gaming: inc. Star Wars Battlefront, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and more

Posted on 29 November 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 23rd November

To quote Professor Farnsworth, “Good news everyone” as Futurama is set to return as a new mobile game called Futurama: Release the Drones. The game will be a puzzle solver and feature the Planet Express crew battling MomCo. Currently there are no details regarding release date other than it will launch on iPhone, iPad and Android.

Tuesday 24th November

Star Wars: Battlefront’s upcoming free Battle of Jakku DLC, based on the new desert planet featured in The Force Awakens, will add a new 40-player Turning Point experience to the first-person sci-fi shooter. The new level will be set immediately following the events of Return of the Jedi’s conclusion as The Empire is being pushed back by Rebels who must take control of three points.

Dennis Brännvall, DICE’s lead level designer, explained, “The clock is ticking, but if the Rebel team succeeds with a capture additional time will be added and new control points will be available for capture. Moving through these increasingly challenging checkpoints, the ultimate goal is the Empire’s base where the final stand will take place.”

Wednesday 25th November

According to Dead or Alive official Facebook page Xtreme 3, the beach volleyball spin-off, will not receive a western release due to “issues” regarding the representation of women in video games. This news should not come as a surprise given previous Xtreme games or the recent teaser trailers for the upcoming third instalment.

Sony has announced Playstation 4 has now sold over 30 million units, meaning it has become the fastest-selling Playstation console to date.

Dying Light’s next DLC, The Following, has become so big in scope that Techland has announced a price rise. The developers have stated the pack is large enough to be considered as a standalone game however doing so would result in a delay of further DLC packs. Thought the price alteration will not occur until 8th December, the UK price has risen to £15.99 and as a result Dying Light’s Season Pass will rise from £15.99 to £23.99.

Thursday 26th November

Konami have said PES 2016 will finally receive the latest transfers for use in offline modes 3rd December. The transfer update comes as part of data pack two, which includes new international kits for Germany, Italy and Spain, as well as 51 new player likenesses. However there are no details on when the January transfer window transfers will be incorporated into the game, presumably some time after January at least. In further PES news a free-to-play version of the game will release 8th December exclusively on PS4/3.

Jon Hare has cancelled the kickstarter campaign for Sociable Soccer, the spiritual successor to Sensible Soccer, after failing to reach £300,000 goal. Despite this the game has received a lot of media, press and publisher interest meaning Hare will still continual development, a prototype of the game is said to be very well.

Friday 27th November

A new patch for the glitch infested, bug-riddled Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is now available, two months after the game’s release.

File size is 8GB on PlayStation 4 and includes updates such as; new levels, character campaigns and new features. Other fixes included; gameplay and grind mechanics as well as updated textures for “many” skaters.