In a move that sent shock waves throughout the XBox fan base, Microsoft announced this week that they’ve decided to shut down development of Platinum Games’ action-RPG Scalebound, completely. Unveiled to noteworthy fanfare during Microsoft’s 2014 E3 conference, Scalebound was at one point billed as a AAA title for the XOne, making the game’s cancellation and Microsoft’s subsequent vague reasoning for such all the more unexplainable. At least director Hideki Kamiya has shared his sadness for the game’s demise via twitter and the fact that he was truly sorry to all the fans awaiting the game.
Retro-Bit have done well in establishing themselves as the brand when it comes to retro gaming in a modern setting and the hardware producer is hoping to build on that growing recognition with the Super Retro Boy, a Game Boy inspired device that offers up to 10 hours of play time and compatibility with all your favourite Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games.
No solid price or release date as of yet but toward the end of 2017 is being whispered.
The Nintendo Switch is drowning in a sea of rumours at the moment and the latest of these revolves around Ubisoft’s long awaited Beyond Good and Evil sequel and it goes a little something like this.
Jade and Double H’s next adventure is now not only heading to the Nintendo Switch but its heading there exclusively for a whole year and will be showcased at Nintendo’s big Switch event next week. Now of course this is a rumour and should be taken with a pitch of salt but given that Ubisoft have already pledged to strongly support Nintendo’s next console as well as Beyond Good and Evil 2 being in the works, this might indeed be one of those rumour that turns out true.
Back in 2013 Tequila Works announced, in conjugation with Sony, that the team was developing Rime, an Ico inspired adventure for the PS4. Four years on and Tequila Works are still hard at work on Rime however having managed to acquire the rights to Rime, lock, stock and barrel the game is now coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and the Nintendo Switch.
Alongside Rime reannouncement Tequila Works also gave IGN a closer look at the game and a release date of May this year.
The Arkham series has done more than its fair share in establishing Warner Bros’ place in the games industry but what does the publisher do now that Rocksteady’s series is over? Well a number of would be successors to the Dark Knight series have been rumoured over the years from the Flash to Superman titles but the smart money has always on a game starring DC’s Suicide Squad, or it was until last week when reporters began to claim that Warner Bros. had decided to cancel Suicide Squad the game and set developers Warner Bros. Montreal to work on a new Batman title featuring the son of the Dark Knight in the lead role. Why Warner Bros. pulled the plug on the Suicide Squad title and why they have chosen to pursue a Damian Wayne game remains unclear but with so many interesting properties at their disposal, it seems a waste to only utilise Batman.
The Wii U’s days are numbered, you know it, I know it & it seems Playtonic Games know it as the Yooka-Laylee developers have confirmed that their highly anticipated platformer won’t be coming to the Wii U after all. Yes despite being funded via kickstarter specifically for the Wii U the Nintendo edition of Yooka-Laylee ran into, “unforeseen technical issues.” According to a statement from the developers however its far more likely the pending arrival of the Switch was the cataWii Ulyst for the game’s cancellation.
Yooka-Laylee will be released this April 11th, 2017 for PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Capcom made a lot of noise about the return of the Marvel vs. Capcom series last week and this week the Japanese publisher is making a bit more revealing that they plan to revive more dormant franchises.
In a brief press release Capcom announced that the company will be implementing a new strategy of reviving a classic franchise from the company’s past, one every fiscal year. They didn’t however go as far as to reveal which classic Capcom series will be next for revival but with the likes of Dino Crisis, Viewtiful Joe, Power Stone and Captain Commando on Capcom’s books, there’s no shortage of choices.
Crash made a welcome appearance at this year’s PlayStation Experience with the first real trailer for the forth coming remastering of the iconic trilogy however the bandicoot wasn’t the only classic Sony franchise in attendance as PaRappa the Rapper, Loco Roco and the Patapon series will all be remastered and re-released on the PS4 at some point next year.
Capcom have revealed that the fourth entry in the Marvel vs. Capcom series is on its way to the PC, PS4 and XOne next year. Featuring the likes of Mega Man and Captain America, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite promises to continue the refinement of the long running series while improving both the single player and online experience. Here’s a brief look at what’s in store for the game as well as a trailer.
Reborn Rivalries: Universes collide once again in this all-new crossover clash for the ages, where players select their favorite Marvel and Capcom characters and engage in accessible and action-packed 2v2 partner battles.
Infinite Power: Pulled from classic Marvel lore, unique and game-changing Infinity Stones can be implemented into players’ strategies as a way to influence the outcome of battle. Each Infinity Stone provides a unique advantage to the player and represents a different aspect of the universe: power, space, time, reality, soul, and mind.
Iconic Heroes: Choose from a diverse roster of fan favorite characters pulled from Marvel and Capcom universes, including Iron Man and Captain Marvel from the Marvel side, and Ryu and Mega Man X from Capcom. Many more playable characters will be revealed in the future.
Cinematic Story: Heroes and villains battle for supremacy in a timeless struggle set in the Marvel and Capcom universes. The original storyline answers the questions regarding the new clash and lets players step into the shoes of classic characters from both sides as they wage war against powerful forces in an attempt to defeat a new villain.
Accessible Single Player Content: In addition to the cinematic story experience, players can hone their skills in a variety of accessible single player modes, including Training, Mission and Arcade modes.
Vast Multiplayer Features: Robust online modes and content including ranked and casual matches, global leaderboards, and online lobbies with spectator mode deepen the overall experience.
Graphics: Unreal Engine 4 technology pushes the cinematic visuals and next-gen realism into a new era.
With Nintendo’s next home console getting closer and closer everyday, publishers everywhere are beginning to come out and endorse the potential of the Switch with both EA’s Chief Competition Officer Peter Moore and Take-Two’s president Karl Slatoff stating that they were both very “optimistic” in regards to the Switch and while Karl Slatoff wasn’t optimistic enough to confirm support for the console Mr Moore on the other hand reiterated that a major EA title is on its way.
In other Switch news Developers ConcernedApe have revealed that Stardew Valley, the Harvest Moon inspired farming simulation will no longer be appearing on the Wii U but will now make its way to the Switch.