Red Dead Delayed.

The long awaited sequel to Rockstar’s epic take on the wild west, Red Dead Redemption 2 won’t be riding on to either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One this year after all. The brains behind the Grand Theft series have sighted the need for extra time to produce the best experience possible adding that the studio firmly believed in delivering a game only when it is ready.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is now set for a Spring 2018 launch.

Contract Terminated.

In an unexpected move publisher Square Enix have decided to end their involvement with developers IO Interactive, the studio best known for their work on the Hitman franchise.
In a short statement Square Enix sighted the need to focus all resources on key franchises and studios alone going forward & the fact that IO Interactive’s had underperformed leading to a substantial loss of “intangible assets”.
The statement went on to state that while Square Enix would be seeking out new investors to take IO Interactive on, they could not say at this point in time how successful any such negotiations would be & were they not, liquidation of the studio would fallow.
What lies ahead for the likes of the Hitman or the Kane & Lynch franchises will be up for debate but unless Square Enix chooses to offload the IPs alongside IO Interactive, the Final Fantasy factory will remain in control of them.

Project Rap Rabbit.

What happens when Masaya Matsuura, the mind behind PaRappa the Rapper and Keiichi Yano of Gitaruu Man fame get together? Well a brand new rhythm-action adventure game is born of course.
Currently going by the code name Project Rap Rabbit, little is known about the new game and even less will be revealed for the remainder of the year apparently but at least we have a teaser trailer featuring a sample of the music we’ll be treated to whenever & where ever Project Rap Rabbit turns up.

Think BIG.

The task of rebuilding the once mighty house of cards Sega crafted for themselves back in the 90s remains the Sonic factory’s driving ambition & while such success may still remain a fair ways off, the company at least feel they have a plan to get there & that plan may even feature some familiar faces.
Holding a recent corporate get together, Sega outlined the company’s strategy for the next four years and while nothing seriously substantial was revealed what was clearly stated by the company was the desirer to acquire more established IPs (like the Persona series) while at the same time carefully selecting classic franchises from the company’s large back catalogue for revival.
It was also stated that the company would be looking to release more titles on PC, the first of which being Vanquish.

Darksiders III.

Once billed as little more than a darker, edger Legend of Zelda, the Darksiders series has gone on to establish itself as so much more than just the inspiration Link & co. have lent the franchise & now as the third instalment of the series nears, publisher THQ Nordic have the chance to continue establishing Darksiders as a premier action adventure title.
Set during the events of Darksiders 2, the third game of the series promises to offer the same intense level of action and brain testing puzzles that helped establish the previous games while shaking things up a fair bit with the addition of a brand new lead character in the form of another of the Four Horsemen this time Fury.
Darksiders III will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4 & Xbox One next year, until then here is a trailer.

New Nintendo 2DS XL.

Having outlived the traditional 5 year lifespan afforded most game systems, the 3DS has earned itself yet another face lift, this time in the from of the New Nintendo 2DS XL.
Coming in a black/turquoise or white/orange colour finish, the New Nintendo 2DS XL system is, in a nutshell a New Nintendo 3DS XL system minus the 3D feature and around $50. If you’ve yet to invest in a console with well over 500 games to its name & some real classics perhaps the newest member of the DS family will be worth a look.

Friday the 13th The Game.

Jason Voorhees is gearing up and getting ready to begin a brand new murderous rampage in just a month’s time (May 26th). Oh yes it’s true, the Crystal Lake killer is indeed head to the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a game which offers gamers the chance to either take control of the axe wielding maniac himself, spanning a number of his incarnations, or a group of ill prepared campers who must kill or escape his monstrous clutches. Whether you prefer playing the predator or would be pray Friday the 13th The Game aims to offer two distinctly different play styles in hopes the players needed to insure the game remains, viable keep coming back for more. If your still on the fence perhaps a trailer will help.

NES Classic Is History.

The NES reveal is over, Nintendo’s mini NES is no more. Yes despite being adored by fans, largely praised by critics and most importantly of all sold out for the duration of its lifespan, Nintendo have decided to cease manufacture of both the NES Classic Edition and it’s Wii/Wii U compatible classic controller.
Nintendo issued a short statement apologizing to fans who have found the console hard to find since its release last year, however the actual reasoning behind the demise of the NES Classic was notably absent from the statement leaving gamers to speculate, could Nintendo be putting an end to the NES Classic so to add value to the Switch’s inevitable Virtual Console & or the “free” monthly NES/SNES games that will come with the Switch’s monthly subscription? We’ll probably never know for sure but what we do know is April is the last NES Classic shipment and the last chance to get one at a fair price.

Return To The Old Republic.

Before BioWare created their own sprawling Sci-Fi universe in the form of the Mess Effect series they lended their talents to the Star Wars universe creating what is still widely considered the greatest Star Wars game of all time, Knights of the Old Republic. A lot of time has past & much has changed since then however one thing which remains much the same is the fans’ wishes to see the Old Republic continue. Well that wish may be about to come true with rumours rumbling that BioWare Austin are indeed at work on a re-imagined of sorts of the original Knights of the Old Republic.
Sadly, beyond the rumour itself there is little to say about the future of the Old Republic franchise however on a side note, original developers BioWare Edmonton are said to be working a new, Destiny inspired IP of their own code named “Dylan”. Expect E3 to shade light on both rumours.

9 Lives just Not Enough.

Mad Catz have been making gaming peripherals for well over 30 years, heck they’ve even produced a console of their own in the form of the Mad Catz Mojo however neither the company’s collective history or experience have saved them from the bankruptcy they filed this week.
The road that inevitably lead to this collapse is almost as long lived as Mad Catz themselves & surely began back in the company’s earlier years when their peripherals were not considered to be of the highest quality, pair that uncertainty surrounding the brand with a number of poor investment choices in more recent years and perhaps Mad Catz’s fate wasn’t quite as out of the blue as it first appeared.