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  • Batman: Arkham Knight Delayed

    Batman: Arkham Knight has been delayed. The game’s official twitter, twitted out earlier that the game was delayed by three weeks from the already delayed released date which was June 2.

    This is not the first time that Warner Bros. and Rock Steady have pushed back a release date back. The game was originally planned for release on October 14 last year, then it was delayed to June 2nd . This new release date confirms that the game has been officially delayed for eight months

    "We're a developer that hates to make any compromises, so we are sorry to say this means it's going to be just a little bit longer until you can play the epic conclusion to the Arkham trilogy," stated the game director Sefton Hill. "As a reward for your patience and understanding, and to make the wait even more unbearable, we are pleased to whet your appetite with a new gameplay video."

    The newly released video, shows seven minutes of gameplay from the game and shows Batman chasing after an armored vehicle with links to Scarecrow.

  • Nintendo: Major Game Announcement Incoming

    According to the latest issue of Famitsu DS+Wii, a major game announcement is headed to Nintendo Platforms.

    Famitsu, the Japanese gaming magazine teased a game reveal, which is Nintendo-related which is coming in its next issue. The translation of the article doesn’t specify which platform, so we are only left to assume that the phrase used “Nintendo platforms”.

    Hopefully this indicates a launch across both the Wii U and the 3DS. It could be Dragon Quest seeing that it is a very popular to say the least in Japan. Others have also speculated that it could be an addition to a franchise.

  • Kojima Leaves Konami Because of "Power Struggles"

    There has been news regarding the situation between Kojima and Konami. But Hideo Kojima has said that metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be the last official entry to the series. He has said this many a times but this time maybe he really means it.

    There seems to be quite a drama between Kojima Productions and the owning Publisher, Konami. According to inside source that told GameSpot, that senior staff at the developer has been restricted access to corporate internet, emails and even phones.

    Even some "key developers at the studio," including Kojima himself, will have limited opportunities to help promote the game. This "Power struggles" are resulting in drastic changes and the source claims that once MGSV is done, the management will be gone:

    "After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December."

  • Square Enix Bringing a JRPG for Consoles

    Nikkei Trendy in a recent interview with Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda.

    Matsuda first said that new JRPG news will begin with Final Fantasy XV's release; after that, "I think we'll have a little surprise, too." He clarified that it was a "JRPG for home game machines", No other detail or information was given.

    It comes as a little surprising because Square Enix has really only known solid success publishing outside titles like Deus Ex: Human RevolutionSleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider. Their JRPG prowess has long since fallen off.

    So what will it be a new I.P. or a resurrection of an old classic?

  • PlayStation Vue Details

    The PlayStation Vue is currently available in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Sony plans to expand as quickly as possible

    Eric Lempel SNE’s Vice president during a recent interview explained further:

    "Everything we've launched usually comes out by country. In this case, because we felt local programming was important to the users, we wanted to make sure we got those deals signed so that it involves the local affiliates individually. But this year, we will be delivering a lot of new markets, so it's something that will evolve very quickly."

    Lempel also dubbed Vue as "a complete TV offering" and it should be given the price. The prices vary ranging from $50, $60, or $70 per month, depending on different subscription.

    While those values seem higher than Netflix and Hulu. Sony says that they are competing with cable companies such as Comcast. Lempel responded to some questions regarding different bundles:

    "We looked at that ... But you'll quickly see that if you choose a few of those, you'll be at a price much higher than our tiers. In our research and talking to consumers, they really did want that bundled offering. ... I think we'll continue to see this space evolve and similar to what we've done in the past, this product will evolve. We're adding new networks on a regular basis; we're in talks with a lot people."

    For those wondering, PlayStation Plus is not required for access to Vue, PlayStation Vue will also be accessible simultaneously across via three different devices at no extra.

  • Deep Down: Capcom Planning a 10 Year Lifespan?

    In a recent interview with Teruki Miyashita, the Senior Manager of consumer Games Development, it was revealed that Capcom fully intends to deliver a top-quality product. They in fact, want this free-to-play game to offer a much more "realer than real" experience by providing players with amazing technical elements.

    He also spoke about the audio:

    "Creating a feeling of realism is critical, and this holds true for the sounds. For instance, the voices of the 'mementos (emotions)' come from the TV speakers at first, but after you pick up a certain object, you hear the voices coming from the controller in your hands. Say you put something in your pocket, you'll hear the sound right there near you--we can now offer you that kind of a 'realer than real' gaming experience. This feeling of being 'fully immersed' is of utmost priority to us."

    Deep Down will be a free-to-play, online-only game so it has potential to keep growing. Miyashita also stated that he hopes that the game will have a lifespan of ten tears, which is very similar to Activision’s plan for Destiny

    Lastly, he stated that the game "boasts a brand new gaming experience which is unlike a traditional dungeon-based game." But he didn’t go into details.

  • Club Nintendo Elite Status Awards

    Finally the Club Nintendo Elite Status awards are here. As many expected they are all digital. The options available are for Wii U and 3DS games, including Virtual Console classics.

    The following is the list of rewards for Platinum members (those who collected 600 coins):

    1. Mario Party: Island Tour for 3DS
    2. New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS
    3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf for 3DS
    4. Mario Golf: World Tour for 3DS
    5. Mario Kart 7 for 3DS
    6. Yoshi's New Island for 3DS
    7. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U
    8. NES Remix 2 for Wii U
    9. Punch-Out!! for Wii U
    10. Pushmo World for Wii U
    11. Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii U
    12. Ultimate NES Remix for 3DS

    Both Punch-Out!! And Galaxy 2 are recently introduced downloadable Wii introduced by Nintendo. The following games are the list of game available for both Gold and Platinum members:

    1. Crashmo for 3DS
    2. Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! for 3DS
    3. Pushmo for 3DS
    4. Super Mario Bros. 3 for 3DS
    5. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for 3DS
    6. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages for 3DS
    7. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons for 3DS
    8. Mysterious Murasame Castle for 3DS
    9. Advance Wars for Wii U
    10. The Legend of Zelda for Wii U
    11. Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga for Wii U
    12. Metroid Fusion for Wii U
    13. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels for Wii U
    14. Super Mario Kart for Wii U
    15. WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgames! for Wii U
    16. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 for Wii U

    If you are one of those who still have not used the coins for prizes you still have time till June 30th. Although new codes are unfortunately not being accepted so if you haven’t achieved Platinum dreams, I am sorry to say that you’re already a little too late.


  • FFXV Director Says They Wanted A "Boys Will Be Boys" Attitude

    For some reason people are taking a lot of interest in the fact that there are no girls in Final Fantasy XV. I guess people want to figure out whether this is a sexist move on Square Enix’s part.

    In an interview with Gamespot, FFXV director Hajime Tahata explained that they wanted to represent the "boys will be boys" attitude and it's "the story we wanted to tell",

    "Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable for players. Even the presence of one female in the group will change their behavior, so that they'll act differently. So to give the most natural feeling, to make them feel sincere and honest, having them all the same gender made sense in that way."

    As for how far they are in the developmental phase, they said they were approximately 80 percent complete done. A few weeks back in February he said it was only 60 percent finished, but he clarified that it was an estimate related to the demo. Tabata continued,

    "To clarify on that 60 percent figure, it's the playable demo that represents the 60 percent, which is what [I] was referring to in February. The main challenge right now is taking all the lessons we learned from making the demo and turning them into something positive to bring to the full game."

  • PS4 Update "Yukimura" Details

    Highly anticipated update for the PS4, 2.50 aka Yukimura, is finally out. It adds a lot of new improvements to the PS4. Following are the details of the update. Here is what John Koller, Vice President of Platforms Marketing, had to say about their plans of supporting the PS4 in the future with such updates:

    "With more than 20 million PlayStation 4 systems worldwide, PlayStation gamers are the foundation for our success. We are constantly listening to feedback from our growing community regarding improvements to make their PlayStation experience even better. We continue to focus on making PS4 the best place to play with friends. That's why we're delivering features like Facebook Friend Finder, Suspend/Resume to get into gaming quicker, a more streamlined Party and friending process, and new ways for users to see what their friends are playing so they can immediately get in and game together."

    Details of the update according to the press release:

    Jump Back Into Games Faster with Suspend/Resume

    Suspend/Resume, which will be supported by nearly all PS4 titles, will allow PS4 owners to spend less time waiting for games to load and more time playing. Gamers will be able to suspend their game by putting their PS4 system into Rest Mode, and then quickly resume the game where they left off by pressing the PlayStation button on the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, which wakes their system.

    Back-Up and Restore Hard Disc Drive to External USB Drive

    "Yukimura" allows PS4 owners to back-up and restore the hard disc to and from an external USB drive. Hard disc drive data includes settings, saved data, screenshots and video clips as well as games, patches and download data.

    Find and Connect with Friends

    PS4 owners will now be able to search for Facebook friends with their linked account. Friend requests and Real Name requests can be sent together in one step when adding a friend on the PS4 system. The update will allow users to easily view what their friends are playing by adding a "Friends Who Play This" section on each game detail page, while also highlighting which friends are currently online and playing it. The process to create a Party has also been streamlined with a reduction in the number of steps required. Additionally, the What's New section will now feature a section where users can see what their friends are currently playing enabling them to join in the game if they own it or find out more on PlayStation®Store.

    Share Your Earned Trophies and Trophy List Enhancements

    PS4 owners have been sharing their most impressive gaming moments since the launch of the system, and with "Yukimura," a screenshot will automatically be captured when a Trophy is earned, making it easy for users to share their favorite gaming moments with their friends. The update will also make it easy for players to share Trophy information to Facebook, Twitter or via Message by pressing the SHARE button. Additionally, users will now be able to sort their Trophy list by "Earned Date," "Not Earned," and "Grade," as well as the option to remove games from the Trophy list that have zero percent completion.

    Improved and Expanded Accessibility Options

    "Yukimura" introduces new options to customize the user experience with the PS4 system, making it easier for gamers with impaired vision and limited manual dexterity to play. Customized button assignments for DUALSHOCK 4 and a zoom feature for displayed pictures and inverted colors will be available for all system functions, apps and games. Text-to-speech and enlarged text will be available across the graphical user interface, including Message and Party, and enlarged text will also be enabled for use in the system's browser. Bolder fonts and higher contrast UI will be available for all system applications but will not apply to games or third-party applications.

  • Metal Gear Online Maps and Balancing Detailed

    Metal Gear Online is making a comeback with the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Till now only a short gameplay video of Metal Gear Online existed. Recently a lot details were revealed at Metal Gear Informer. Here is what we know now:

    The studio is working on ways to counter cheating

    No three team modes are planned

    They can’t say much about Ga-Ko and Kerotan, but added that they aren't the only mascots of the series, there will be new ones in the game

    When a player leaves, the match will continue

    The studio is exploring a weapon switch option outside of the d-pad

    Maps are designed to be used across multiple modes

    The kind of info you get during a CQC interrogation depends on the mode

    The team is still having discussions about aiming, and is considering all factors (specifically talking about aim angles)

    They can’t confirm right now whether there will be a beta for the game, but did note that it would ‘definitely help with feedback’ [Seems like there is a pretty good possibility there will be a beta at some point]

    At launch the game won’t have more clothing options than MGO2 had when it closed, but ‘the customization is quite varied and will grow’. [That last part makes it sound like they plan to add more though DLC]

    Some people seem to be concerned the game will be more like Call of Duty, but the studio assures there is no risk of that. The game was never designed to be like that

    Dedicated designers and fans of previous MGO titles are working in it (among which key individuals who also worked on MGO2), and they’re listening to feedback from fans

    Another things that worries some people is the leveling system, but the studio said it wouldn’t use the phrase ‘linear’ to describe progression in the game

    ‘Balance and sense of fun throughout are paramount to a good multiplayer experience regardless of intent’

    As for the unpredictability of players, the studio said that’s a given for every multiplayer, and they try to design for both intent and contingencies

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