Software-wise 2014 was a great year for the Wii U with the likes of Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8 and Donkey Kong Country all playing their part, however fans were more than hopeful 2015 could have been even better for Nintendo’s little white/black box thanks in large part to the release of the much anticipated Zelda U and you know what, it just might have been, had Eiji Aonuma producer of the Zelda series not revealed this weekend that the “number one priority” for him and his team was no longer for the game to be released this year but instead to create the “ultimate Zelda game.”
Needless to say Mr. Aonuma’s news was met with near universal disappointment however Mr. Aonuma wasn’t actually done there as he then compiled the disappointment with the news that Zelda U won’t only miss it’s launch but the game won’t even be at this year’s E3 as Nintendo wish to use the show as a showcase for 2015 releases and 2015 releases alone. I think I’m suffering withdrawal symptoms already.
Despite the fact it launched lass than a year ago and has since been downloaded more than a million times, Sony’s free to play, Vita exclusive RPG Destiny Of Spirits will cease to exist this June.
No firm reason as to why the game is to be taken offline was given by either Sony or developers Q Entertainment however Sony did thank the fans for having supported the game and promised they would continue to do so themselves right up until the game’s servers are shut down. Destiny Of Spirits players will now have until April 28th/29th in Europe and Asia while American players will have until June 30th to spend any remaining Destiny Orbs they might have.
Despite the fact Nintendo rocked the industry only a week ago with confirmation they would indeed be entering the mobile games market it was news of a different kind which stole many a headline. That news was of course in regards to Nintendo’s new hardware codename the NX, and while very little was then or has since been revealed about the new hardware, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has in an interview with Nikkei revealed the company are looking to “surprise players.”
“In the past few years, the idea of what encompasses a gaming platform gradually changed, if you only expand upon existing hardware, it’s dull. In some shape or form, we’re always thinking about how we want to surprise players as well as our desire to change each person’s video gaming life.”
Mr. Iwata went on to point out that Nintendo would need to “start over from zero” in regards to the concept of the NX and that there was always a possibility the “transition” between hardware, much like in the case of the Wii to Wii U can alienate customers.
Like everyone else it seems Warner Bros. are now looking to cut themselves a slice of the re-release pie, a bat shaped piece at that. Well that’s according to IGN Italy anyway who claim Warner Bros. are gearing up to release Arkham Remastered, a two game box-set for the PlayStation 4 and XBox One featuring “remastered” versions of both the original Arkham Asylum and sequel Arkham City, but strangely no Arkham Origins.
The news of Arkham Remastered comes in the same week Warner Bros. revealed the fourth game in the series, Batman: Arkham Knight, won’t be ready for it’s June 2nd release but will instead now be launched on June 23rd for PC, PlayStation 4, XBox One, Linux and Mac.
WaterMelon Games, the team behind Pier Solar and Sacred Line have revealed footage of their next 16 bit effort, a self titled RPB (roleplaying beat’em up) codenamed Project Y.
Taking it’s cue from the likes of Streets of Rage and Final Fight, Project Y promises retro gamers not just an instance, side-scrolling action experience but one driven by a deep story which revolves around a group of nuclear war survivors as they struggle against gangs and corrupt corporations alike. Project Y has yet to be given a release date but WaterMelon are aiming for significant progress in development throughout the year.
While Konami remain suspiciously silent in regards to the status of Hideo Kojima within the company, the Japanese publishing giant has been more than willing to comment on the future of the Metal Gear franchise itself, revealing that a brand new Metal Gear title is already in the planning stages. Note that the statement says “Konami” will continue to develop Metal Gear while making no mention of series creator Mr. Kojima. This is also the first time a MGS title was been revealed before the imminent release of another.
“Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. will continue to develop and distribute top-quality content in the METAL GEAR series following ‘Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain’ We greatly anticipate and deeply appreciate your ongoing support for METAL GEAR.”
One of the PS Vita’s most praised titles, the gravity defying action adventure Gravity Rush is to be remastered and re-released on the Playstation 4 later this year according to a listing discovered on the Korean ratings board, a body which have listed many an unannounced title which then quickly gets announced.
Fans will now be hoping that not only does the listing turn out to be true but that this remastering can secure enough attention and more importantly sales to see Sony finally take a serious look at a Gravity Rush 2.
To Celebrate the God of War series’ 10th anniversary Sony have decided to “remaster” the series’ third entry and re-release it on the Playstation 4 on July 14th and 17th in North America and the UK respectively. They’ve even released a trailer to tickle your interest.
Yesterday wasn’t suppose to be a day of any great significant, it was Thursday after all and nothing ever happens on a Thursday right? Well apparently no one ever told Konami that as yesterday the Tokyo based publisher began removing the name of their most famous employee, Hideo Kojima, from numerous places around the net, including the official Metal Gear Solid 5 webpage which once read, “A Hideo Kojima game”.
The strange didn’t end there however as alongside the erasing of Hideo Kojima’s name Konami have also shut down both the Kojima Productions website and Kojima Productions Twitter account, and all this without a word of explanation from Konami at all, so what on earth is going on? Well in all honesty we don’t know, everything from Kojima quiting in order to startup his own studio to Konami letting him go as they felt that the Kojima brand was beginning to eclipse their own has been speculated on however in truth only Hideo Kojima and Konami know for sure but it’s clear something has driven quite the wedge between the two.
When Microsoft lifted the lid on Windows 10 late last year they revealed a number of intriguing facts surrounding their newest operating system, the most intriguing of all perhaps being that Windows 10 will, for it’s first year at least, be freely available to all Windows 7 and 8 users who wish to upgrade, and when Microsoft say “free to all” they really mean it, as a spokesman for the company has confirmed that “free to all” includes anyone running a pirated version of either Windows 7 and 8 as well as legit.
“Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Window 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows. We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies.”
The move marks a considerable change in tack for Microsoft who had until now been unwavering in their anti-piracy stance, however it appears the ever changing landscape that is the OS market has somewhat forced their hand.