Last year, Zoink Games released Zombie Vikings on PS4 and later Steam. Now Xbox One gamers will get the chance to experience the "four player co-op stab-you-in-the-guy-a-thon" when Zombie Vikings will release digitally later this year.
The Xbox One version will be coming with some bonus content including two DLC characters (Raybjorn and Frostbjorn), a behind the scenes making-of video, five additional versus levels, and Raz from Psychonauts reincarnated as Raz-ombie. The Xbox One version will also have system specific features such as Hero Stats and will also include all of the content from the Major Update, such as Oink the unicorn pig. Yes...a unicorn pig.
Titanfall was something that started out kinda big, but seemed to fade quickly. I've barely touched the game and I don't know anyone that continued to play it much after a month of it being released. One of the big complaints about Titanfall was the lack of a good single player campaign. Well, Respawn is going to fix that in the next game.
Talking with Forbes, Jesse Stern, who's the lead writer for Titanfall 2, promises that the game will have a dedicated campaign. It'll be inspired by the American Revolution and the game will be on multiple platforms rather than being a console exclusive.
I'm sure we'll get more come E3 time, but it's good to see that Respawn's looking to flesh out the second game more with better multiplayer and a single player option as well.
When developing games for multiple platforms, there are a few good ones out there. Unity and the Unreal engine come to mind quick as an engine with many games developed for and have gone on to great success on various platforms. Amazon is adding their hat into the ring with Lumberyard.
Lumberyard is a fork of the Crytek engine so you know it's got some good visuals behind it. Amazon has gone and added some low level integration with Twitch so you can easily add streaming and chat capabilities to your game if you use the engine. There's also integration with Amazon's web services, which is how they are going to try and make money off of Lumberyard.
You see, it's all free for you to use and develop games. Make any game you wish and don't pay a dime to Amazon. If you do decide to use Amazon's Cloud service though to help with things such as multiplayer, that's where you start paying.
It's a pretty big step to offer the entire package, including source code, for free. You won't see many engines allowing you to compile a game for mobile, console, and PC platforms without paying for it. I'll be on the lookout to see if we can get some good quality games with this engine and if you've been looking for something to build your dream game at a low cost, Lumberyard could be right up your alley.
Nintendo is still rocking out games on the 3DS, and their newest video for Fire Emblem Fates gives us a glimpse into the game in the trailer titled "Life on the Front Lines: The Battle at Hand". Although the video was posted to the official Nintendo YouTube account three days ago, it has only had around 80K views. So take a gander below so you know what to expect and how to play when the game drops on February 19th.
Mad Catz published a Press Release today confirming that significant changes have been made to their Board of Directors and Executive positions within the company. Thomas Brown, who had been serving as Chairman of the board and the Board's Audit committee resigned from the Board of Directors last Friday, February 5th. His replacement as chairman was named as John Nyholt, who has been with the company's board since Oct 2013. In addition, Darren Reynolds, resigned as President and CEO and has been replaced by Karen McGinnis, previously the CFO. And while that would be plenty to shake up a company, there were more changes as SVO of Business Affairs, General Counsel also resigned and former VP of Product Development, Andrew Young, was named to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer.
Now you are probably asking, why should you care? Well, this all occurred ahead of Mad Catz' planned third quarter earnings which are due out today after market close or tomorrow. With the company banking on the return of Rock Band within the quarter, there may be a good chance that the game, along with peripheral sales and DLC content, has not been what was expected. Case in point, DLC has been coming at a regular clip, but the last week of January was skipped, and the recently released list of 10 February artists had six of them announced for this week's DLC. Not saying this is signs that there may be trouble, but there may be some financial issues here with the game. Consider this quote from the press release:
“Looking ahead, we are confident that we have a talented leadership team in place that will enable us to steer the Company on a steady course in its operations and financial performance as we look to grow our business and reward our shareholders.”
That sure makes it seem like the company will not only disappoint on its earnings call, but cause some mild panic. Or it could be something deeper with the way the company was conducting its business practices, I guess we will find out tomorrow when the financials are released. And if it matters to you investors out there, Mad Catz's stock trades on the AMEX and finished the day at $0.29, down 25% ($0.10) because trading was halted prior to the press release announcing the resignations.
Harmonix announced last week what artists were coming in February, but today we received out first peek at what songs would be coming out. With Valentine's Day upon us at the end of the week, it makes sense that the Rock Band 4 DLC would have a distinct love theme to them, with a total of seven new tunes out this week. No bundle pricing, but each one can be bought for the usual $1.99 each. Here is the list, with lots of Bruno (coming off his energetic Super Bowl performance last night) along with some classic rock hits from Joan Jett and The J Geils Band.
•Bruno Mars - "Locked Out of Heaven"
•Bruno Mars - "Treasure"
•Generation X - "Dancing With Myself"
•Joan Jett - "I Hate Myself For Loving You"
•The J. Geils Band - "Love Stinks"
•masaya matsuura - "speed fighter"
•Orleans - "Still The One"
Almost all of the songs are recognizable, so take a gander at the trailer and look for them to pop up in the store some time tomorrow.
Although the game was pushed out until a May 24th release, you can now get a little taste of Mirror's Edge Catalyst with the announcement that the Beta is open for business. The closed beta will be for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platforms, and you can sign up at the official Beta page. You will need an EA account to sign up, so head over and get in line.
Just so you know what lies ahead, a new trailer also was released today entitled "I am Faith." Check it out below, and for those of you waiting for a new Mirror's Edge, the time is almost upon us...
Welp, my hype level has reached it's max. Street Fighter V is only a week away and Capcom has released a new CG trailer for Street Fighter V. If this is the opening that will play every time you turn on Street Fighter V, I will probably watch the intro every single time I play. I love the music as well. Check it out below.
I am really excited for Street Fighter V because I am incredibly excited about the characters that will be available at launch. I never thought we would ever see R. Mika again and I really want to check out Necalli because in my opinion, he looks like the most interesting out of all of the new characters introduced. What I am really waiting for is for my main Juri to return. I know she will be available eventually as DLC. I just hope I don't have to wait too long for her to return.
Be sure to also check out all of the game modes that will be available at launch for Street Fighter V.
Street Fighter V launches next Tuesday, February 16th, for PS4 and PC.
Blizzard Entertainment turns 25 today. Founded February 8, 1991, under the name Silicon & Synapse, the would-be World of Warcraft developer got its start by porting games for other studios. As Silicon & Synapse, it ported games like Battle Chess to Windows 3.x and Commodore 64, and Castles to Amiga (I played the heck out of the both of those).
Silicon & Synapse changed its name to Chaos Studios in 1994, then Blizzard Entertainment after acquisition by distributor Davidson & Associates. Anyway, Blizzard's breakout hit, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, hit the scene in 1994, laying the foundation for a gameworld that has become a cultural touchstone for generations of gamers for over 20 years. Zug zug.
World of Warcraft is past its heyday, as the MMORPG market continues to decline. But with 5.6 million subscribers, it's still the pack leader of a fading genre. Other games series in Blizzard's library, like Diablo and Starcraft, keep themselves relevant and imminently playable to this day. Hearthstone makes collectible card games palatable for those of us that missed the Magic: The Gathering bus. Blizzard All-Stars MOBA became Heroes of the Storm, sending us into multiplayer online battle arenas. And Overwatch gets Blizzard into the first-person shooter game since, well, ever since Starcraft: Ghost was canceled and never released back in 2005. Which is to say, Overwatch is Blizzard's first shooter.
It's safe to say that Blizzard is diversifying its portfolio since World of Warcraft is, in one sense, no longer seated at the top of video games' throne. But, in case you think WoW is down and out, the Legion expansion pack is due this year, and the Warcraft movie will own theaters on June 10 (planting it firmly between the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the new Independence Day).
Happy 25th Birthday, Blizzard. If you were a marriage, it'd be your silver. But at 25 years old, you're already past the major aging milestones. Just keep making excellent video games.
Don’t let the fact that the list of games below appears to be shorter than it has been in previous weeks. This is a week that is all about quality over quantity, even if many of you haven’t heard about some of the games we’re going to highlight.
The Assassin’s Creed title should immediately jump out to everyone, its another spin-off take on a major franchise. This week sees the release of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia, which is the last chapter of the Chronicles trilogy. Set in 1918, this chapter takes players to 1918 Russia in another side-scrolling take on the Assassin’s Creed concept. Plus, now that the entire Chronicles picture has been painted, the three games will now be available in a single package at retail in addition to the digital releases it has been seeing.
Firewatch is another downloadable title that many gamers are excited about. This first-person adventure game has players assuming the role of a volunteer fire lookout after the 1988 Yellowstone fires. It sounds like a strange concept for a video game, but once you see it in action you will immediately understand the draw and charm of the game.
The big retail launches this week bring another Naruto Shippuden game to consoles, as well as the new expansion experience for one of last year’s most enjoyable games, Dying Light. However, there is one that most people probably aren’t familiar with and that is Arslan: The Warriors of Legend. This is a video game telling of the classic Japanese fantasy novel and manga, The Heroic Legend of Arslan. The game follows the manga closer than anything, mixing clips from the series with the patented Dynasty Warriors gameplay. If you are a fan of either, the source material or the Dynasty Warriors franchise, this is definitely something that you will want to check out.
This week’s full lineup: