Hold up! It’s the next instalment of the Weekly Bite. Yes ladies and gentlemen get ready for another weekly recap of the gaming news and events that have been doing the rounds these last 7 days.
As some of you folk may have seen this week saw Germany’s ubertastic video game show; Gamescom, and naturally there were plenty of interesting things coming out of Cologne. So for some of the big news out of Germany and elsewhere, take a seat and read on.
Metal Gear Survive Announced
I confess I don’t know much about the Metal Gear franchise but from all accounts the new entry in the Metal Gear franchise, announced at Gamescom; Metal Gear Survive, is something quite different to what has happened before. Apparently it’s a four-player, zombie survival co-op game set in an alternate universe right after the events of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. The trailer shown at the event hinted at a barren world filled with freaky, red crystal headed zombies. Initial reactions to the reveal don’t seem very positive so only time will if Survive becomes a welcome addition the franchise. Survive is due to launch on Xbox One, PS4 & PC sometime in 2017.
Mass Effect Remastered
It’s no secret I love the Mass Effect series, many hours I spent with Bioware’s sci-fi masterpiece of a trilogy. Being universally adored and enjoyed by many you would probably think a remastered edition of the series would have happened by now, although it seemed remasters were not high on EA’s agenda. EA’s thinking may be changing however as in a recent interview with Gameinformer during Gamescom, EA Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund speaking on the possibility of a remaster said “What’s changed is that there is proof in the market that people want it, maybe more than there was when we spoke… There were some that did it before, but I think there is even more clear evidence that this is something that people really want. The honest answer is that we are absolutely actively looking at it. I can’t announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done this successfully.” So for those wishing to play as Commander Shepard in “new-gen” glory, may have had their prayers answered. For more from Mr. Söderlund and from Mass Effect at Gamescom have a peek here.
Xbox Scorpio to end “Generations”
According to Microsoft we have seen the end of console generations, as they plan to iterate on the Xbox platform going forward. Speaking with Engadget at Gamescom, marketing head Aaaron Greenberg said Microsoft thinks “the future is without console generations” stating that iterative hardware allows the Xbox platform to continue to build upon its established community and growing library of games. Scorpio, he says, will serves a new entry in “a family of devices” think along the lines of the iterations of iPhones (e.g. iPhone 6, 6S and SE) and that’s sort of what Microsoft are kind of looking at in terms of producing gaming hardware. Greenberg did suggest they plan on using this experience as a somewhat experimental one, one that if successful could pave the way for this approach to console production. Do I think we will see another generation of consoles? Perhaps but what I think is almost certain that if we do, it won’t be for a very long time yet. For more on this story have a gander here.
Zelda:BotW wins Gamescom
The hotly anticipated next instalment in the Zelda franchise; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, scooped up the Best of Gamescom award, helping further peoples hype and expectations for the games launch next March. Other winners include For Honor (Best PS4 & PC game) and Sea of Thieves (Best Xbox One game). For a full list of all the winners at Gamescom check this handy link out.
Super Mario at the Olympics
After competing in many virtual representations of the Olympics, everyone’s favourite Italian plumber finally made the jump to the real thing…well if you count Japans’ prime minister, Shinzo Abe, coming out of a warp pipe and donning the famous red cap during the closing ceremony that is. During the segment in the ceremony where the next host of the Olympics get their moment to showcase their “credentials” Japan used the famous moustached video gaming icon to “promote” and celebrate the games coming to the land of the rising sun in 2020. It’s great to see Mario still is globally recognised… I bet a lot of folk where wondering who that weird blue cat thing in the video was though(poor Doraemon). You can see that particular part of the segment here.
- Half Life 3 announced at Gamescom? – … or not. Advert “trolls” public (source)
- New Overwatch map & animated short – We’re off to Germany and Bastion and his bird friend bring a tear to the eye (source) (animated short)
- Fallout4 Nuka-World DLC coming – Fizzes onto your screens 30th August (source)
- Battlefield 1 open beta set for 31st August – Sharpen your bayonets for the end of the month (source)
- Final Fantasy 15 delayed – delayed to 29th November(source)
- Fez receives one last update – only been 2 years since the last one… (source)
- Facebook teams up with Unity… – … to create desktop gaming platform (source)
- Steep coming 2nd December – Surely a summer release would be more appropriate? (source)
And that’s just about it for this weeks Weekly Bite. Over to you folks now. What did you make of Gamescom this year? Are you excited for MG: Survive? or the possibility of Mass Effect remasters? Was Zelda:BotW deserving of game of the show? And what video game characters would you like to see in an Olympics ceremony and how? All comments, thoughts and opinions welcome below. Thanks for reading, until next time have fun and play games.