2015’s metroid-vania platformer Ori And The Blind Forest was not only stunning to look at, but also a joy to play, and critically praised. No suprise then, that after many months of speculation we’ve finally been treated to a trailer for it’s follow-up, Ori And The Will Of The Wisps.
Ori And The Will Of The Wisps will be available on Xbox One & Windows 10 PC. A release date has yet to be announced.
Crytek, best known for the games Crysis, Ryse, and more recently PSVR’s Robinson The Journey are to close their studios in Hungary, Bulgaria, South Korea, China, and Turkey, the developer said today.
This news comes following reports that employees in some Crytek studios haven’t been paid for months.
Crytek will retain only two studios, Frankfurt, Germany and Kiev, Ukraine,
as the company plan to “refocus on its core strengths of developing innovative games and game-development technology.”
In a press release, Crytek said that they’ve “put plans into action to secure jobs and to ensure a smooth transition and stable future” for those who will lose their jobs as part of the studio closures.
“Undergoing such transitions is far from easy, and we’d like to sincerely thank each and every staff member – past and present – for their hard work and commitment to Crytek,” said Crytek managing director Avni Yerli in a press release. “These changes are part of the essential steps we are taking to ensure Crytek is a healthy and sustainable business moving forward that can continue to attract and nurture our industry’s top talent. The reasons for this have been communicated internally along the way. Our focus now lies entirely on the core strengths that have always defined Crytek – world-class developers, state-of-the-art technology and innovative game development, and we believe that going through this challenging process will make us a more agile, viable, and attractive studio, primed for future success.”
As always, thoughts go out to all those talented folks effected by the studio closures.
The Game Awards have kicked off in LA, and Xbox have given us the first glimpse of new DLC for Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch is due in early 2016 and features “hours of new gameplay”, expanding the story of the main campaign with Lara facing deadly new adversaries, exploring a new puzzle filled tomb, and solving a decades old mystery, all culminating in a showdown with an ancient and mythic evil.
Those who’ve already purchased the season pass for Rise Of The Tomb Raider on 360 or Xbox One will receive this new DLC free, however the stand alone price is currently unknown.
Yesterday Nintendo Of Japan put out a 30 minute Direct stream, and then, earlier today, Nintendo America surprised us with a slightly shorter than usual ‘micro’ broadcast.
Both feeds have their own bits-and-bobs, alongside some repeated gameplay footage, although obviously, for the majority of western readers, the American video is the one that’ll be most beneficial.
Catch the full American stream below, or, skip over to a bit further down where I’ll break down the key points of what was on show in both streams.
And now, those streams broken down…
Perhaps unsuprisingly, the majority of information coming out of these Direct presentations is pertaining to 3DS titles, so, that’s as good a place as any to start.
- There’s a new Chibi Robo game, Zip Lash, which is due on the handheld some time later this year. The side-scrolling platformer will also feature its own amiibo to give you extra abilities. The amiibo has been confirmed as being exclusive to a special edition bundle in the US (and presumably elsewhere).
- Dr. Mario Miracle Cure is also heading to 3DS, via the eShop. Miracle Cure is an updated take on the old favourite with “new in-game medicines” in both single & multiplayer. The game also features co-op & download play. That’s available now in Japan, and on June 11 in the US.
- Rather catch Pokémon than a cure for the common cold? Then you’re in luck. We’re shown the first footage of Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (3DS) which lands in Japan on September 17 2015, and in the US “this winter”.
- Customisable battle robots by the name of LBX are also coming to 3DS August 21 (US). The game’s based on an apparently hugely popular franchise of toy robots and anime. I’ve never heard of it, but it looks like it could be midly entertaining in a Transformers-meets-Pokémon type way.
- Bravely Second, the follow up to Bravely Default is confirmed as coming west in 2016.
- Fire Emblem IF was also on display, ahead of it’s June 25th release in Japan. The big thing of note here was that all current Fire Emblem amiibo – that’s Lucina, Robin, Marth and Ike – will be supported by the game in some capacity.
- Still with 3DS, and while we talk of amiibo, there’s Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer, a game which will utilise the previously discussed amiibo trading cards to unlock extra content. The game, cards, and a stand alone NFC portal for old-3DS users will launch in Japan on July 30th. Fans of the series will also be able to pick up an exclusive Animal Crossing printed 3DS, & new-3DS faceplates on this date.
- Coincidently, July 30th is also the Japanese release date for the lovely looking Dr Mario, Bowser Jr. & Captain Olimar amiibo.
- Japanese cell-shaded RPG Dragon Quest VIII will be hitting Japanese 3DS’ August 27th.
- And finally for 3DS, we were treated to two new Monster Hunter games. Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village & Monster Hunter X. While X is a more traditional Monster Hunter game, Poka Poka Airou Village is a quirky looking series spin off, coming from none other than From Software. It even features bonfires…
- Heading to both the 3DS & WiiU there’s a new Mario & Sonic Olympic Games title to coincide with the Rio 2016 games, featuring all the sports you’d expect and a few more, it’ll also have some exclusives depending on which version you pick up – such as Rugby 7’s on the U, and Golf on the 3DS.
- Also on the WiiU, there’s a new Art Academy game, Home Studio, heading to the eShop at the end of June (US).
- Art’s great and all, but Craft is where the fun’s at, right? There was some sickeningly cute new footage from Yoshi’s Woolly World showcasing a multitude of new Yarn Yoshi designs, as well as the shapshifting abilities afforded to the little chap thanks to certain amiibo.
- Other good news for classic Nintendo fans was the reveal that Super Mario Galaxy is heading to the WiiU eShop (in Japan at least) in 2 weeks time. The Wii version of Punch Out is also due this month.
- And as if all of the above wasn’t enough, Bandai Namco gave us the first glimpse of Katsuhiro Harada’s Free To Play 4-player co-op action game Project Treasure for WiiU.
Blimey! Anyone would think it was nearly E3.
Nintendo have rolled out a small update to the recently released Wii U eShop title, NES Remix – adding support for new control methods including the Wiimote, Wii U Pro Controller & the Classic Controller.
Curiously, when the title launched earlier this month the only controller input for the re-imagined 1980’s classics was the Wii U’s newfangled table-like GamePad – which whilst allowing for some intuitive input, did feel a bit out of place when playing the likes of Excite Bike, or Donkey Kong.
A couple of new PlayStation 4 viral advertisements have popped up online.
The first, Hadouken Cabs is full of Street Fighter nostalgia and secrets, whilst the second peeks behind the shopfront of E. Kenway & Sons Bespoke Tailors, which has been “the number one destination for sartorial pirates since 1715”, and is obviously a reference to the characters from Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, a game which we know is coming to PlayStation 4.
Check the videos out below:
In July Capcom – the company behind Street Fighter – stated there were no plans for that game on next-gen consoles.
The Eurogamer Expo this past weekend was the first UK consumer outing for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but, if you were not fortunate enough to join us at Earls Court and would like to get your hands on Microsoft’s next-gen offering, fear not, for the company have just announced the Xbox One Tour.
The promotional event has two parts; “Area One” brings the likes of Forza 5, Ryse and Dead Rising 3 to some of the world’s biggest cities, including London, whilst a series of smaller “Test Drive” booths will be popping up at 175 locations worldwide, including shopping centres, university campuses and festivals.
The complete list of Area One Tour dates are as follows:
- Philadelphia: 3rd-6th Oct.
- Paris: 10th-13th Oct.
- Toronto: 10th-13th Oct.
- Chicago: 17th-20th Oct.
- Vienna: 17th-20th Oct.
- Atlanta: 24th-27th Oct.
- Dallas: 31st Oct.-3rd Nov.
- Berlin: 31st Oct.-3rd Nov.
- Phoenix: 7th Nov.-10th Nov.
- San Francisco: 14th Nov.-17th Nov.
- Dublin: 14th Nov.-17th Nov.
- Los Angeles: 21st Nov.
- London: 21st Nov.-24th Nov.
Microsoft have also promised that fans in Italy, France and Spain will be able to experience Xbox One at their booths during Milan Games Week (25th-27th October), Paris Games Week (30th October–3rd November.) and Madrid Games Week (7th-10th November).
The exact dates and locations of the smaller pop-up “Test Drive” events are currently unknown.
The Xbox One is due to launch in the US and UK on November 22nd.