An important information this week is both the Civilization VI growth or the truth that EA’s inventory lost $3 billion in value due to Battlefront II. However hey, there’s additionally a number of Future 2 ne—wait, come again!
Okay, there’s additionally new footage of Okami HD, Star Citizen’s began promoting off fictitious land titles to fund improvement, Sq. says Deus Ex may not be fairly useless but, Jazz Jackrabbit hit GOG.com, and Battlezone II is being remade for 2018. That is gaming information for November 27 to December 1.
Get this: I unintentionally paid $120 to play XCOM: The Bureau Declassified, that mediocre third-person shooter 2K pressured out a pair years in the past. I rented it from GameFly after which…forgot to ship it again. For like, virtually a yr. Now, courtesy of Humble, you’ll be able to keep away from my mistake and grab a copy for free.
You may as well take a look at Elder Scrolls Online free of charge this weekend—truly, till December 6. That is the core recreation, not the more nostalgic Morrowind remake from earlier this yr, however that is on sale for half off, too. A warning, although: The ESO consumer is an 80GB obtain. Higher get began.
Star Citizen’s raised roughly eleventy-billion in crowdfunding to date, however it’s not sufficient. (Will it ever be sufficient?) This week the narrative acquired much more weird although, as Cloud Imperium announced it is going to begin promoting plots of land for $50 and $100—land that doesn’t even exist but. $50 will nab you a 16 sq. kilometer “lot” whereas $100 will get you 64 sq. kilometers, labeled an “property.”
The odd half is you’re not likely getting a lot else—no calling dibs on a plot, as an example. You simply get a ticket that claims “In the future, assuming Star Citizen isn’t a pipe dream and finally ends up being an truly respectable recreation, I can trade this for land.” So uh…nicely, have enjoyable everybody.
Life is Unusual: Earlier than the Storm is sort of wrapped up—the third and ultimate episode is meant to reach earlier than the tip of the yr I believe. Turns on the market’ll be a bit extra Life is Unusual after the third episode although, with a Max-centric bonus episode titled “Farewell” imagined to arrive early subsequent yr.
Final yr’s Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was nice…up till it wasn’t. Which is to say: Sq. principally launched half a recreation. Simply when the plot began rolling, so did credit. Then, to make issues worse, Sq. put Deus Ex on hiatus and assigned Eidos to work on Marvel video games, as if to indicate that as a result of no one preferred their half-game, we wouldn’t be getting one other.
By no means say by no means although. Sq. CEO Yosuke Matsuda instructed GamesIndustry.biz this week that “We’ve by no means stated something about discontinuing that title [which means Deus Ex]…What I can say is Eidos Montreal has all the time developed Deus Ex and the problem is we should not have limitless assets.”
So uh…perhaps sometime.
Looks as if GOG.com can get any outdated recreation restored as of late. Working example: This week GOG.com added 1994’s Jazz Jackrabbit and its 1998 sequel plus Epic Pinball to the shop. For many who weren’t round again then: This was what Epic did earlier than Unreal Match, Gears of Conflict, Fortnite, and earlier than Unreal Engine grew to become a family identify.
Individuals don’t point out Jazz Jackrabbit as typically as Sonic or Mario however those that adore it, adore it a lot. Glad to see it again on sale and simply accessible. It’s an essential a part of PC gaming historical past.
The wonderful thing about selecting an artwork model apart from “photorealistic” is that while you come again to the sport and remaster it a decade later, the outcomes can nonetheless be gorgeous. Working example: Okami HD, which is because of arrive December 12. Capcom dropped some new trailer footage this week and you understand what? It appears prefer it might’ve launched this yr from some indie studio. Beautiful.
Relaxation in peace, Marvel Heroes. Current information had intimated that Marvel Heroes could be shut down on the finish of 2017, however apparently somebody higher-up stated “Why wait?” and pulled the plug immediately. Everybody at developer Gazillion was laid off the day earlier than Thanksgiving (gross) and the sport was then shuttered on Tuesday with little warning. A tragic ending to what was once one of many PC’s finest free-to-play video games.
When in Rome
Whole Conflict: Rome 2 launched waaaaay again in 2013 and Artistic Meeting’s made three separate Whole Conflict video games since then—Attila, Warhammer, and Warhammer II. However uh…apparently Artistic Meeting can’t settle for that no one loved Rome 2, and has determined to place out one other growth for the sport. That’s proper, not an Attila growth. A Rome 2 growth, titled Empire Divided and targeted on the ultimate years of the Disaster of the Third Century in 270 AD.
There’s a trailer, or you can find it on Steam. Protected to say should you preferred Rome 2 and need extra (who?) you’ll take pleasure in this. When you didn’t, nicely.
One other battle
Final yr Rebel printed a remaster of 1998 RTS Battlezone, then this yr redesigned the original Battlezone arcade game for VR. When you guessed that 1999’s Pandemic-helmed sequel Battlezone II would get the re-release therapy subsequent, congrats—Battlezone: Fight Commander is scheduled for 2018.
Okay, I’m placing all of the Future 2 information on the backside for a cause: As a result of there’s a whole lot of it, and should you don’t care about Future 2 you’ll be able to shut the window now.
Fairly a bit occurred this week, beginning with the invention over the weekend of a hidden XP-scaler Bungie carried out and by no means mentioned. Mainly, Reddit customers found out that the quantity of XP the sport was reporting was not consistent with how a lot the XP bar was growing—Bungie was throttling ranges. And, since ranges in Future 2 are tied to getting free “Vivid Engrams” that function the sport’s premium loot boxes, the furor grew fairly a bit bigger than it would’ve in any other case. Bungie ditched the system, however within the course of raised the quantity of XP wanted for leveling.
For many individuals this discovery was apparently the straw that broke the Reddit’s again, with the neighborhood devolving into pandemonium. Bungie then canceled its final Curse of Osiris livestream to as a substitute put out a lengthy blog post detailing quality-of-life modifications coming to the sport quickly—extra end-game content material, higher loot selection, and so forth.
And so they nonetheless have an growth releasing subsequent week.
However better of all—better of all—is Thursday’s information of a partnership between Amazon’s Alexa wiretap house assistant and Future 2, the “first-ever Alexa voice integration in a reside recreation expertise” to cite the press launch. Right here’s a style:
“The Future 2 Ghost Talent serves as a premier companion for Future 2 gamers, creating brand-new methods to work together with the sport, gamers can say, ‘Alexa, ask Ghost to…’ with quite a lot of utterances—from ‘…inform me which mates are on-line,’ to asking ‘…what ought to I do subsequent?’ giving suggestions for what to play subsequent based mostly on gamers’ real-time present progress, to ‘…name for again up,’ which affords a straightforward option to work together with mates of their clan to reinforce the social expertise of Future 2, to ‘… equip my Raid loadout,’ equipping gamers’ favourite weapons and armor for various completely different gameplay actions, to studying extra concerning the world and characters of Future 2 with a request like, ‘…inform me who’re the Pink Legion?’”
And if Alexa’s not sufficient, you too can order this $90 Ghost speaker to finish the expertise:
That’s it—it’s only a speaker. No Alexa inside. You’ll want to purchase a kind of individually. Simply an…costly, in all probability unhealthy WiFi speaker.
Video video games, eh?