3DS owners are in for yet another Shin Megami fix as Atlus have revealed the latest in the long running RPG series, dubbed Shin Megami Tensei IV Final is to be released on Nintendo’s handheld next year. Unfortunately further details surrounding the game are a little thin on the ground as of right now however Satoshi Oyama, Chief Programmer on Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne, and the Digital Devil Saga has been confirmed as the game’s director while Kazuki Yamai will be producing and Masashi Doi will design the game’s characters.
Microsoft have announced that they have acquired the software company Havok from Intel. If you’ve played almost any big name game in the last few years including the like of The Elder Scrolls, Assassin’s Creed or the Uncharted series you’ll have seen the Havok logo at some point as the company has provided a physics engine for all these titles and some 600 odd more, a service Microsoft claim they will continue to offer for the foreseeable future.
Barely a week seems to pass of late without Capcom revealing yet another Street Fighter V combatant and this week differs only in the fact we’ve had two outed, the first, the retuning series legend Zangief and the second a brand new Brazilian fighter by the name of Laura who specializes in jiu-jitsu.
Street Fighter V is scheduled for release in early 2016 on both the PC and Playstation 4.
One of the biggest issues facing modern day gaming is without question games actually working as they should at launch, in fact this issue has become so troublesome of late, sales of Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham Knight were actually suspended on the PC while the developer fixed the game’s many problems and soon such drastic steps may become common place, in the UK at least, where consumer rights have changed as of today and now any game sold which doesn’t, “work as it should” can be returned up to 30 days after purchase for a full refund. Had such laws been in place a little earlier the likes of Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, two titles which suffered many problems at launch would have been prime candidates for refunds and many of this year’s biggest titles (I’m looking at you Fallout) could suffer the same face.
Or developers could simply make games that work, just a thought.
The Arkham series may have come to a close but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Batman. Oh no, in fact Warner Bros. claim the franchise possesses, “endless possibilities.”
Speaking to the PS Blog Ames Kirshen, vice president of product development at Warner Bros. revealed;
“Batman is one of the cornerstone IPs for Warner Bros. and with the Arkham series we were finally able to realize the full potential of the character however, we don’t have anything to talk about at this time but the possibilities are endless with a character as dynamic and beloved as Batman,”
So there’s plenty more Batman to come, now let’s just hope the new game is more Arkham Asylum than Arkham Knight.
The handheld market has always been a tough nut to crack, Sega, SNK and even Bandai found that out the hard way and it looks as if Sony may have come to the same conclusion if, comments made by the company’s president, Shuhei Yoshida, are anything to go by.
Fielding questions during EGX 2015 last week, Mr. Yoshida was asked if Sony had any plans for a Vita 2, to which he replied;
“People have mobile phones and it’s so easy to play games on smartphones and many of these games are free, or free to start. I myself am a huge fan of PlayStation Vita and we have worked really hard on designing every aspect. Touch-based games are fun – there are many games with really good design but having sticks and buttons make things totally different. So while I hope, like many of you, that this culture of playing portable games continues the climate is not healthy right now because of the huge dominance of mobile gaming.”
So there it is, no new Sony handheld until this smartphone trend dies downs. No new Sony handheld ever then?
After a disappointing delay and some less than positive press, Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 has finally received some good news this week by way of a new February release for both North America and Europe (February 9th and February 12th respectively).
On a bit of a sour note, 3DS and PS Vita versions of the game have yet to be given a release date but at least PC, PS3, Ps4, XBox 360, XBox One and Wii U owners will be glad to see Mighty No. 9 finally heading their way.
While a fair few gamers have already taken the next gen leap, not all are ready to turn in their 360s and PS3s, that said should these hangers on be Call of Duty fans now might be time to think about a new console as Activision have revealed the latest in the long running FPS series, dubbed Call of Duty Black Ops 3, won’t feature any single-player campaign what so ever. Scope of course is being blamed for the lose of content with Activision claiming there is simply no way they could fit all of Call of Duty Black Ops 3 on to the PS3 and 360, however it’s more likely they just didn’t think the fans of the game would miss the campaign all that much.
EA are forever looking for new ways of parting gamers from their cash and it looks as if their latest scheme may take it’s inspiration from none other than Netflix.
This particular rumour comes courtesy of a survey issued by EA themselves which asks participants if they’d be interested in subscribing to an online rental service which provided titles from the likes of Ubisoft, Take Two Interactive, Activision and Bethesda. The survey goes on to ask participants how much they’d be willing to pay for such a service and if they’d expect a discount, however it makes no mention of platform, or time frame for release.
IO Interactive have announced that Agent 47’s latest outing, simply titled Hitman, is to miss it’s planned December 2015 release in favour of a March 2016 one.
The team, who are also responsible for the Kane & Lynch series sighted the need for more time to “add content” to the core game while at the same time admitting they had greatly underestimated the sheer scope of the game which is, they claim, the biggest game they’ve ever made.
Hitman is schedule to appear on PC, playstation 4 and the XBox One next year.