PIXEL COUNT: Video Game News Roundup for November 4th, 2011A game news article
It has been a long week, but we have finally reached that point. It is Friday! The best day to throw away those sneakers, turn on that air humidifier and toast those Pop-Tarts for an all night gaming session, courtesy of DC Universe Online now being free-to-play!
But, before you do that, catch up on the latest video game news and videos in Comics Bulletin and Infinite Ammo's own...
Alan Wake sequel is coming! But, on Xbox LIVE Arcade?!
One of my favorite games from last year was Remedy Entertainment's Alan Wake. I'm not much for survival horror games, but Alan Wake was something special! An episodic storyline that feels reminiscent of Twin Peaks, a writer that could very well be a young Stephen King, all from the makers of the first two Max Payne games (not the upcoming Max Payne 3, which is a solo-Rockstar effort). It was a truly wonderful game that was plagued with numerous delays and low sales, despite being fairly well-received by critics.
So, when I heard that Remedy Entertainment was set to make a sequel, I was elated. But Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson let fans know that the game was going to be released via Xbox LIVE Arcade. That did not go over well with fans. Hell, even I was worried that the new game was going to be but a shell of its former self. But Remedy wants you to know that that is most certainly not the case.
When all hell broke loose on Remedy's forums, Remedy came back. After a specific poster wrote that he was disappointed and was hoping for a real sequel and not a downloadable title that doesn't give you value for your money, Remedy's community manager responded, "You're assuming a lot by the platform it is on. All I can say is wait for the official announcement before making up your mind." He later writes that the new game is "structured like a full release complete with a pretty damn impressive storyline that expands the originals in some interesting ways". Later, CEO Markus Mäki wrote, "'Don't give you value for money...' Heh. Oh, ye of little faith."
While, at first, I thought this to be awful news, it actually makes complete sense for the way the Alan Wake games are structured. The game is divided into "episodes". So, why wouldn't the game be perfect as an XBLA title? Rather than paying retail for all of the episodes, you can pay each episode as it comes in. Telltale Games has been doing this for years with their Sam & Max series and the recent Back to the Future and Jurassic Park games. And I'm sure Microsoft will later put out a "special edition" a few months after the final episode is released with a retail disc version with all the episodes and a few extras. Now, I'm very excited for this game! And I haven't even seen a trailer.
More video game staff layoffs...
It seems that the independent video game studios are all reaching some rough times. It was recently announced that both Gameforge and RockYou are making significant layoffs in an attempt to stay afloat.
The German developer, Gameforge, has laid off 100 of its 450 employees, while social game creators, RockYou, is cutting 50% of its jobs.
Gameforge has just canceled two of its upcoming games -- Mythos and Hellbreed -- and may need to find a co-publisher in order to release their new game, Star Trek: Infinite Space. RockYou will sell its recent acquisition -- Playdemic -- back to its founders.
This is never news that you want to hear. It worries me that we may hit another gaming depression like the one that hit in the 1980s. Let's hope not...
A new Rainbow Six game -- Rainbow 6: Patriots -- announced
Ubisoft has announced that a new Rainbow Six game is in the works over at Ubisoft Montreal! Rainbow 6: Patriots is set to be released for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC sometime in 2013.
Ubisoft creative director, David Sears had this to say about the game:
"Terrorism has evolved, and so has Rainbow 6. In Patriots, all the team play, tactics, and realism that fans of the series love have been coupled with an exciting new narrative direction."
Personally, I have always been a fan of the Rainbow Six series. I wasn't big on Vegas, but I hope this to be a true return to form for the series.
(bit from Edge)
Some insight into the canceled Spielberg/EA game that never was...
Project LMNO was a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and EA games that we knew very little about. We got a nice clip of footage that interested both Spielberg fans and gamers alike, but the game was eventually canceled in October 2010.
A consultant on the game, Jason Rohrer, recently spoke to EDGE on how and why the project was canned.
"Spielberg was of course the big creative vision behind the whole thing but he wasn't even there! He would come in every week or so and meet with them and see what they were doing, but he wasn't there when I was there and I never got to talk to him or see him or anything. He wasn't being very hands-on, so it was kind of [creative leads] Doug [Church] and Randy [Smith] trying to interpret his vision and show things to him and it kind of felt like it lacked direction. That's what I would say. Maybe that's why it kind of failed in the end."
I thought the visual demo they released looked all kinds of cool (no matter how short it was), but lack of direction in anything leads to failure. I'm sure Spielberg knows that, but he is also one hell of a busy dude! Can one really blame him or the developers?
(bit from Edge)
Heavy Rain to get a Director's Cut release next week!
While Alan Wake was one of my favorite games of last year, my #1 choice would have to go to Quantic Dream's excellent Heavy Rain. Well, folks, if you weren't fortunate enough to pick it up, you may have your shot.
On November 8, Sony will release Heavy Rain: Director's Cut! For how much you ask? How about $29.99?! Yessir, you will get one of the best PlayStation 3 exclusive titles with a bunch of cool extras for a mere 30 bones! What cool extras? Here's the list that Sony had provided:
- Complete, original game, Heavy Rain
- Heavy Rain Chronicles: Episode 1 – The Taxidermist DLC
- Heavy Rain Original Videogame Score by award-winning film and television composer, Normand Corbeil (16 tracks)
- New front-end menu and interface with built-in Move support
- A series of 8 “Making of” Bonus Videos
- Three Dynamic Themes (Heavy Rain, Heavy Rain ARI Forest, Heavy Rain ARI Mars)
- 15 additional pieces of new concept art
- 2 bonus Trailers (Thank You Trailer, Love Trailer)
Many spoke of LA Noire being a great detective story. But, in my opinion, Heavy Rain did it so much better! While LA Noire had all the great facial construction, Heavy Rain had a game where the outcome of your case depended entirely on you. If you fucked up, you would not get the exact same ending as your friend who found everything. It gave the game amazing replayability and made you actualy care about each of your characters.
If you haven't yet picked this up, Tuesday may be your lucky day!
(bit from PlayStation.Blog)
Fallout: New Vegas gets a new release with all of its DLC
For those of you who just need something to do after you have completed every quest, every sidequest and combed through every cavern in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda is re-releasing Fallout: New Vegas in an Ultimate Edition complete with all its DLC for $49.99 on February 7, 2012.
Let's hope all the bugs are gone by that time...
(bit from 1UP)
Rayman Origins to get a demo next week! Huzzah!
If you've been reading this regularly, you may have noticed that I am really excited for Ubisoft's Rayman Origins! November 15 could not come slower than it is in my mind. But, Ubisoft has responded to my many e-mail requests and is releasing a playable demo on November 9 on Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network!
Hopefully, this should turn those of you still on the fence. As for me, I'm now waiting for November 9 to hit...
(bit from Game Informer)
FOR ALL YOU STARFOX FANS OUT THERE...
Go ahead, I'll wait.
"Who's That Mustached Man in the Saints Row: The Third Trailer?" OR: "Shh! Don't wake the bitches!"
Yes, another Saint's Row: The Third trailer. Don't pretend you're getting sick of them! You love 'em!
Rayman Origins: 10 Ways to Die
Is it November 15 yet?
Rainbow 6: Patriots -- Early Concept Footage
Oh man! This looks awesome!
Dueling Analogs | Gotta Catch ‘Em All, Charlie Brown
(bit from Dueling Analogs)
Penny Arcade | Retroid
(bit from Penny Arcade)
Brawl in the Family | Four Hearts
(bit from Brawl in the Family)
Nerf NOW!! | Dirty Tactics
(bit from Nerf NOW!!)
Legacy Control | All Good Things
(bit from Legacy Control)
NOTE FROM NICK
Have a great weekend, gamers! Until next week...