GAME’s Splatoon Stock Squidnapped Pre-Launch

A lorry transporting stock of the forthcoming Wii U exclusive shooter Splatoon between Nintendo & GAME has been hijacked en-route, the UK high-street retailer has confirmed.

Specifically, the currently unaccounted for stock relates to pre-orders of the game’s Special Edition, which bundled the disc & a Squid Inkling amiibo.

“We can confirm that the lorry transporting the Splatoon stock from Nintendo’s European warehouse to GAME UK has been stolen,” Nintendo said in a statement.

“Included as part of this delivery was GAME’s allocation of the Splatoon + Squid Inkling amiibo and as a result we are unable to honour pre-orders for this item in GAME.”

GAME told customers that due to “extraordinary circumstances” the item will not be available, and are instead offering to substitute the special edition for the standard version (with a £10 discount) and free first class post, should they so wish.

Splatoon is released in the UK and North America this Friday, May 29th.

GAME’s Splatoon Stock Squidnapped Pre-Launch

Rainbow Six Siege Launch Date Announced For October 13th

Ubisoft have today revealed the release date for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege as October 13th 2015. The game will launch worldwide on this date, across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

Today’s announcement came alongside the rather smashing new teaser below:

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is inspired by real world counter-terrorist organisations, and puts players in the middle of lethal close-quarters confrontations. For the first time in a Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six game, players will engage in sieges, a new style of assault where enemies have the means to transform their environments into modern strongholds while Rainbow Six teams lead the assault to breach the enemy’s position.

We’ve also got details of the games available special editions for Europe, which are as follows:

  • The Art of Siege Edition – which includes the full game, a collector’s box, a Gold Skins Pack for all in-game weapons and an exclusive 120 page Tactical Guide, detailing each Counter Terrorist Unit, Operators, weapons, and maps.
  • The Gold Edition – which includes the Standard Edition and the games Season Pass.
  • There’s also a Uplay shop exclusive edition, The Tactical Elite Edition, and that will include all the content from the Art of Siege Edition as well as the Season Pass.

Finally, we’re reminded to pre-order, to obtain guaranteed access to the Beta “at a later date this year”. Those pre-ordering the physical version of the game at the Uplay Shop will also receive an exclusive numbered steel book when the game is released.

Rainbow Six Siege Launch Date Announced For October 13th

Yooka-Laylee Developer Shows Us Their Trouser Snake

Back in 1998, the 3D platformer Banjo-Kazooie first appeared on Nintendo 64 – with a sequel coming two years later – and an Xbox 360 re-release some 8 years after that. That game was the masterwork of developers Rare Ltd, who had previously worked on the Super Nintendo’s seminal Donkey Kong Country games, and for years since has been held in high regard with both critics and consumers alike, many of whom have asked for a new buddy-duo based adventure from the team at every available opportunity.

At long last, it appears all that pleading and praying may have come to fruition; while Rare themselves have moved onto different things – such as Kinect Sports Rivals – a healthy handful of the team from the Donkey Kong & Banjo-Kazooie golden-era of the studio have since departed, and formed Playtonic Games – who are now Kickstarting what they call a “spiritual successor” to the title.

The new game, Yooka-Laylee, has already smashed passed it’s funding goal – securing more than £1.5million in under two weeks – which, not only secures various stretch goals such as Day One Release Parity across PC, Mac and home consoles, as well as the promise of free DLC content if £2,000,000 is reached (it will be), but also goes to show just how much excitement there is for the upcoming project.

And now, to explain that title: Earlier today, Yooka-Laylee’s first support character was introduced to us, and, well, he’s an… uhm, trouser snake. To be exact, he’s a snake in shorts named Trowzer, but, for the sake of comedy, let us not be pedantic.

Playtonic’s MD, and Yooka-Laylee’s creative lead, Gavin Price explained the character’s role in the game, saying:

“Trowzer is a business-snake whose career never took off. Not that he knows it – the smug, serpent salesman thinks he’s the bee’s knees (not that he has knees), and for a little dosh he’ll teach you some of the slick moves he picked up on the high-stakes sales floor.”

“He’ll take your money and count it (he’s an Adder…) and because he knows best he’ll even demonstrate the moves you just bought for you to replicate… if you can follow his jiggling.”

Character artist, Steve Mayles, who also holds the birth certificates for Banjo, Kazooie and the modern Kong family, joined Gavin on Playtonic’s website, and tried to explain the creative thinking behind his latest creation:

“I didn’t want him to be a snake in the traditional sense, and when Gav suggested he should have shorts on (do I have to add shorts to all of my characters?!), a great idea for this was his body could curl back up through the other leg hole. So he’ll move with a certain springiness, which will be fun to animate.”

So, there you have it, a seemingly one-eyed shorts wearing snake, named Trowzer is going to be joining a Chameleon and a Bat in the platforming adventure you’ve all been waiting for!

Yooka-Laylee is currently scheduled for an October 2016 release on PC, Mac, Xbox One, Playstation 4 & Wii U.

Yooka-Laylee Developer Shows Us Their Trouser Snake

Ubisoft’s The Division Delayed Until 2016

The Division has been pushed back to early 2016, it has been revealed. The Xbox One, PS4 and PC open-world shooter is now scheduled for a release during the first quarter of 2016.

An update to the game’s website said the delay was to “ensure the game not only meets our high expectations but also those of our fans and players alike.”

The developer has promised to show more on The Division next month at E3.

Ubisoft’s The Division Delayed Until 2016

Guitar Hero Live Tracks Revealed Pre-Launch

Guitar Hero Live promises “hundreds” of playable tracks when it launches later this year, and developers Freestyle Games are slowly releasing the tracklist via their facebook page pre-release.

The tracks revealed so far are as follows:

· Judas Priest – “Breaking the Law”
· Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”
· Alter Bridge – “Cry of Achilles”
· Rage Against the Machine – “Guerrilla Radio”
· Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Higher Ground”
· Sleigh Bells – “Bitter Rivals”
· System of a Down – “Chop Suey!”
· Black Veil Brides – “In The End”
· The Pretty Reckless – “Going to Hell”
· Broken Bells – “Leave it Alone”
· Alt-J – “Left Hand Free”
· The Rolling Stones – “Paint it Black”
· My Chemical Romance – “Na Na Na”
· Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
· Green Day – “Nuclear Family”
· Pierce the Veil – “King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”
· Blitz Kids – “Sometimes”
· The Black Keys – “Gold on the Ceiling”
· The Killers – “When You Were Young”
· Gary Clark Jr. – “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
· The War on Drugs – “Under The Pressure”
· The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
· Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
· Skrillex – “Bangarang”

Guitar Hero Live Tracks Revealed Pre-Launch

Nintendo & Universal Studios Partner To Create New Theme Park Attractions

As we’ve seen recently with the news of forthcoming Smartphone games and the launch of toys-to-life figurines amiibo, Nintendo are continuing to expand and develop their business, and approach instantly recognisable characters in new, non-traditional ways. With that said, Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts have today announced plans to bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks.

Together, these two storytelling giants will create spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds.

The agreement brings two icons of entertainment together and represents a significant partnership for Nintendo as it expands the reach and popularity of its characters and intellectual property.

Universal theme parks offer incredibly popular, innovative themed family entertainment experiences based on compelling stories and characters – using powerful storytelling and innovative technology. Nintendo has created remarkable and imaginative worlds filled with captivating stories and beloved characters.

Now, for the first time, those stories and characters will be brought to life in entirely new ways—only at Universal theme parks.

The immersive experiences will include major attractions at Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most famous characters and games.

There’s no more detail available at the moment, but having recently visited Universal Studios and having seen the licensed rides and areas, specifically walking Diagon Alley in The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter & drinking at Moes in Springfield, it’s fair to say whatever they come up with, if the concept’s good, the execution will surely be a money-spinner for everyone involved.

Nintendo & Universal Studios Partner To Create New Theme Park Attractions

New Assassin’s Creed Game Teased, Full Reveal Next Week

Ubisoft have updated their website, teasing the next game in the hugely successful Assassin’s Creed franchise. Set for a full reveal next Tuesday, the accompanying press release simply says “Join us at 5pm UK time on May 12 for the World premiere of the next installment of Assassin’s Creed.”

So, not much more to say until then, but, with a cane, knuckle-dusters, and good-ol’ british weather on show, this is surely the rumoured Victorian London outing, Assassin’s Creed, isn’t it?

New Assassin’s Creed Game Teased, Full Reveal Next Week