Square Enix almost always have things to shout about whenever TGS rolls around but this year they seem to be shouting a little louder than usual and nearly exclusively in regards to the Final Fantasy series confirming, not just a release date for Final Fantasy Type-0 on the PS4 and XOne (March 17th, 19th and 20th in North America, Japan and Europe respectively), but also that Final Fantasy Type-0 will come packaged with a download code for a Final Fantasy 15 demo, the very same demo Square Enix wowed the fans with at this year’s TGS.
Away from the next gen console scene, Square Enix also had Final Fantasy offerings for both PC and PS Vita owners at this year, in the form of two further ports. The first is a port of Final Fantasy 13, which is set to become available through Steam next month, with 13-2 and Lightning Returns eventually following, while PS Vita players can look forward to Final Fantasy Agito, a smart phone title which Square Enix released in Japan last year and will now re-release under the name Final Fantasy Agito+ but as of writing only in Japan. All in all if you’re a Final Fantasy fan, this year’s TGS was a good one for you however if your not a fan of spikey hair and big swords Square Enix showed little to get excited for.
Koei Tecmo have revealed their plans for Hyrule Warriors going forward and those plans feature a lot of DLC. Beginning this September and continuing all the way through until February, Koei Tecmo will be bringing not fewer than 5 DLC packs to the eShop, the first free of change while the other 4 can be pre-order for either $19.99 or €14.99 depending on where you live, with Tecmo to reveal individual price points closer to the pack release. Details on each of the packs can be found below.
Hyrule Warriors Characters (Free, September 30) – Three new playable characters (Cia, Volga, Wizzro).
Master Quest Pack (October 16) – New weapon, scenario, adventure map, and two costumes.
Twilight Princess Pack (November) – New character, weapon, adventure map, and two costumes.
Majora’s Mask Pack (January) – Two new characters, adventure map, and three costumes.
Fans of the Silent Hill series have been patiently waiting to see where Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro are taking their beloved horror series, and while that wait goes on, a brand new Gamescom trailer for the game has shed a little light on where things might be going, though if you’re not a fan of the freaky you might want to steer clear. If not clicky here.
Popular Japanese gaming publication Famitsu have reviewed the controversial Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2 scoring Platinum Games’ latest offering an impressive 38/40 score. The review system over at Famitsu see four of the magazine’s critics independently scoring games out of 10 before combing their scores to get an ‘out of 40′. In the case of Bayonetta 2, two of the Famitsu critics scored the game 9 out of 10 while the other two handed out perfect 10s giving the game an overall of 38/40.
The Famitsu review is also noteworthy because it comes in the wake of a eurogamer article which claims they found during a recent hands on with Bayonetta 2 that the game was far from the most technically impressive game ever created, sighting lacklustre texture filtering and frame rate issues but apparently Famitsu didn’t find any of these issues to be severe enough to mark the game down. You’ll be able to decide for yourself next month upon the game’s Western release.
As was widely reported last week, Microsoft have tied up a deal to acquire Mojang, the studio behind Minecraft for a cool 2.5 billion. The deal will now see, first and foremost, all merchandising revenue related to Minecraft heading straight to Microsoft’s bank account while simultaneously ensuring any and all future Mojang IPs, including the inevitable Minecraft 2 will be released exclusively on Microsoft platforms.
Despite the dazzling Mojang acquisition yesterday was not an exclusive good news day for Microsoft. Shortly after the Mojang announcement broke word trickled down that the man behind Minecraft, the game’s creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson wouldn’t be sticking around to help this new Microsoft/Mojang relationship but instead would quit the company he founded immediately and take off with the lion’s share of the 2.5 billion received in the buyout and who can blame him. All eyes will now turn to Microsoft to see what the Windows maker now does with one of the most popular games today.
With less than a month till it’s release Bethesda has decided to treat us to a brand new trailer for The Evil Within which you can see for yourself right here. Shinji Mikami’s latest fright fest has been delayed a fair few times over the course of it’s development. However as the game’s October 14th release draws ever closer anticipation is steadily building for what could be the best survival horror in years. Roll on October.
Last week a number of gaming sites began reporting that the 3DS exclusive, Monster Hunter 4 would at some point be ported over to the Wii U much in the way Monster Hunter 3 was ported to both the 3DS and Wii U last year. Yuri Arauj, a Capcom community rep, has flat out denied any such port is in the pipeline.
“It’s a mistake (and) we’re working on a proper message to diffuse it, so we should have something more public and official out soon.”
The Monster Hunter U rumour began after a poster for the game was pictured featuring both 3DS and Wii U logos.
While it’s safe to assume most Smash fans will need little convincing when it comes to picking up a copy of Super Smash Bros. Wii U later this year, the success of the 3DS version of the game is less assured given it’s the first time ever the series has appeared on a handheld, however Nintendo have plans to ensure the pocket brawler does well with the release of a demo this Friday. Traditionally Nintendo are no fans of demos, a quick rummage through the eShop will confirm as much but it appears in the case of Super Smash Bros. 3DS they’ll be pulling out all the stops to see this year’s biggest 3DS title do well. Super Smash Bros. 3DS will be released in full this October 3rd.
Over the past couple of weeks Capcom have been drip feeding us bits of information here and there surrounding Resident Evil Revelations 2, but this week the Mega Man maker decided to spill one of the games biggest beans by revealing Revelations 2 will be released episodically. Oh yes you read that right, Resident Evil Revelations 2 is going to be released in 4 chapters over as many weeks, each costing $5.99 or you if your feeling flush you could go with $24.99 and bag yourself a Complete Season Pass with some, as yet unidentified additional content.
Those suffering from a touch of digital phobia will also be catered for as Capcom have insisted they will definitely going to bring Resident Evil Revelations 2 to retail as well but bar the price point of $39.99 and the platforms (for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC) they wouldn’t yet be drawn on anything else, including exactly when that release will happen.
If any of that interests you or even if it doesn’t, why not check out the game’s first real trailer if only to see what Claire Redfield looks like now.
According to a number of sources, Microsoft is currently holding talks with Minecraft developer Mojang with aims to purchase the company with insiders claiming a deal worth around the $2 billion mark has been tabled and could be accepted by Mojang as early as next week. If such a deal does go through it’s unlikely to effect Minecraft in the near future however any sequels or new IPs by Mojang would in all likelihood only see release on Windows and or XBox platforms.