With over a million copies sold around the world already it should come as no real surprise to learn that From Software are busy beavering away at yet more content for the sensational Bloodborne but what will this new content be exactly? Well according to Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, the time isn’t quite right to reveal in detail what’s in store for Bloodborne however he did revealed via Twitter that fans can look forward to an“expansion” to be showcased later in the year.
Hopefully the word expansion means the same thing to Mr. Yoshida as it does to your average gaming.
Doom is expected to have a pretty big presence at this year’s E3, with Bethesda finally lifting the lid on the series reboot however things could have been very diffident had developers Id chosen to back a forth installment of the age old shooter instead of the reboot and this trailer proves it. Thought to be all that remains of the now cancelled project, Doom 4 looks far less like Doom and far more like a Call of Duty knock off.
Needless to say Id clearly did the right thing in putting Doom 4 down when they, a fact made all the more apparent with the latest glimpse of the new Doom.
GungHo Online Entertainment have revealed that they are currently hard at work on a remastered port of Grandia 2, which they hope to release in the not to distance future via Steam.
The game itself will be a port of the Dreamcast version as opposed to the PC or PS2 versions and will feature improved visuals, mouse and keyboard support and Steam achievements.
PQube have finally confirmed the highly anticipated visual novel Steins;Gate is to be released across Europe on both the Playstation 3 and PS Vita this June 5th.
Steins;Gate had been previously listed on Amazon for a May release however PQube insists that date didn’t come from them, the publisher also went on to reveal the game’s North American release couldn’t be confirmed yet but as soon as Steins;Gate passes Sony’s State-side submission process a US launch for the game will promptly be set up.
While the wait for Dragon Quest XI continues Square Enix have decided to fill the gap, in Japan at least, by re-releasing the previously Playstation 2 exclusive Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King on the 3DS this August. The game itself will remain largely true to the PS2 original however a number of scenarios will be added alongside two new party member, weapons, equipment and StreetPass functionality.
As of writing Square Enix have no plans to release Dragon Quest VIII 3DS in the West.
Last week Nintendo teased the release of a video which, apparently, would reveal fresh details surrounding the Mario factory’s plans for this year’s E3 event, cue rampant speculation among fans who began predicting the video would surely contain everything from a trailer for the new Star Fox game to a glimpse of Metroid Prime 4, well here it is, Nintendo’s Get Ready for E3 2015 trailer. Along with the humour-full but detail less video Nintendo also issued the dates and time for their E3 appearance which again like last year will be a Direct Event.
Nintendo E3 2015.
Sunday, June 14th – Nintendo World Championships 2015.
Tuesday, June 16th – Nintendo Digital Event (9 am PST).
Nintendo Treehouse Live (details TBC).
Despite the fact Microsoft got their hands on the Gears of War franchise some time ago, nothing in regards to their plans for the franchise has yet been divulged, thankfully the rumour-mill is more than happy to fill in the blanks and with E3 just around the corner there really isn’t a better time so here goes. According to a listing on the Brazilian ratings board a title dubbed “Gears of War Ultimate Edition” is waiting in the wings, however unlike say, the Master Chief Collection, Gears of War Ultimate is to be, according to a number of sources, just a remastering of the original Gears of War as opposed to a collection. The Gears of War Ultimate listing comes in the same week as a listing for “Dishonored the Definitive Edition” was uncovered however neither Microsoft or Bethesda would comment on either title. I guess we’ll just have to wait for E3 to see if there’s anything at all behind the rumour.
In a move that’s surprised no one, former Castlevania director Koji Igarashi has revealed he is indeed at work on a spiritual successor to the much loved vampire slaying series and he’d like your help in getting it off the ground. Seeking initial funding of $500,000, plus stretch goals asking for well over a million, Bloodstained Ritual of the Knight promises to deliver the classic metroidvania style gameplay fans of the Castlevania series have come to expect, stunning, Unreal Engine 4 powered 2.5D visuals, the inclusion of David “Solid Snack” Hayter to the voice cast, local co-op and a physical release to top it all off.
That said it’s not all roses for Bloodstained as Mr. Igarashi himself has stated he’ll need 2 years to deliver on the promises listed above and even with that he’ll only do so on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as the Unreal Engine 4 isn’t supported on the Wii U, 3DS or Vita, (oh boo!) If a lack of Nintendo love hasn’t put you off, or you just want to keep up to date with Bloodstained Ritual of the Knight’s kickstarter campaign direct your browser to the game’s page here.
Spiritual successors appear to be the in thing right now with the like of Banjo & Kazooie, Megaman and even the Castlevania series all about to be succeeded, however it’s not just a bunch of dormant franchises in the for spiritual treatment.
Case in point, Shouzou Kaga, the mind behind the Fire Emblem series has revealed he and a 10 man strong team are currently hard at work on a brand new strategy RPG title much in the vein of the Fire Emblem series, which the team hope to release free of charge upon completion. Sadly beyond the game’s announcement and a request from Mr. Kaga for fans to support the project nothing, including the game’s title, is known. Still, given that Shouzou Kaga’s other spiritual successor to the Fire Emblem series, the Tear Ring Saga was so similar to it’s possessor that Nintendo took legal action against the game and the fact that SRPG Studio (think RPG Maker but with an S) is the development tool of choice used in creating the game, all Fire Emblem fans really should be very excited about Mr. Kaga’s latest project.
Nintendo have announced a swing in the company’s earnings, posting a profit for the first time in 4 years. The profit of ¥40 billion came in no small part down to the continual success of the 3DS which added another 8.73 million units to the 45 or so million handhelds already sold, and of course Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire which shifted some 9.94 million units combined.
Mario Kart 8 also lent a hand by shifting over 5 million copies while the Wii U itself managed to sell another 3 million more consoles worldwide, bringing the systems lifetime sales up to 9.54 million.