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  • Goodbye Star Wars 1313 - Disney Abandons Video Game Trademark

    Star Wars 1313 Cancelled

    There have been so many different Star Wars video games over the years, from Lego Star Wars, a game that started a whole new kid-friendly franchise for Lego, to The Knights of the Old Republic, an RPG that blew the minds of gamers back in the original Xbox days, and it was sad to hear that the recent acquisition by Disney meant that new Star Wars video game projects have pretty much been cancelled and abandoned.

    One of those projects was Star Wars 1313 - a game that took a deeper delve into the story of the origins of Boba Fett, a character that has probably been considered one of the best in Star Wars history, despite not really showing his face in the original trilogy for very long at all.

    The game was planned to be an action adventure title, and details on development had been leaking out since early 2012. Unfortunately though, with the closure of LucasArts, it's future looked pretty bleak.

    This week, Disney abandoned the trademark for the title, which pretty much confirms that Star Wars 1313 is now in the trash.

    This was a bit of a shame to hear, but it was expected. This isn't the end for Star Wars video games though - EA has so far taken rights to develop future Star Wars games, and Disney have decided to let publishers develop games that will appeal to the core market, and the first title to be in that niche is of course Battlefront, which is currently being developed by DICE.

  • Next Hitman Game Will Go Back to it's Roots

    Hitman Next Gen

    Hitman will be making a return to the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, and IO Interactive have unveiled some of their plans for the upcoming Hitman title.

    IO Interactive has stated that players will see "a globetrotting Agent 47 at the prime of his career - the apex predator stalking his prey across the world, with the support of his long-term handler Diana Burnwood and the whole of the ICA."

    IO seems to be focusing majorly on the reasons that made Hitman stand apart from it's competitors, and that of course comes down to the wide range of weapons that can be used to take out targets. Whether it's a playing card or the shoe off of your victim's feet, it's usually possible on Hitman, and IO are banking on this concept for the success of the next Hitman.

    IO are hoping to go back to their roots and make the game feel more like the original than 2012's title.

    "We've adopted an open, non-linear level design approach to the game, ensuring the game will play out across huge, checkpoint-free, sandbox levels. Our aim is to create living, breathing and believable levels which will allow gamers to play around with the AI to create those unique moments every fan of the Hitman franchise loves."

    I expect the next Hitman will be released some time in 2015, but no details have been given on a release window, yet.

  • TitanFall Alpha Extended, Users Upload Clips Under NDA

    TitanFall Alpha NDA

    Although Respawn Entertainment aren't yet sure on the status of a Beta for their upcoming FPS game TitanFall, an Alpha has been going on for the last few days, and a lot of players that have managed to get into the closed alpha are very impressed with the game so far.

    It seems Respawn has loved the positive response to their game so much that they decided to extended the closed alpha to Monday, and whilst most players kept their lips sealed whilst under the NDA that prohibits the recording of alpha gameplay footage, like pretty much every public closed alpha or beta out there, some bad eggs decided to break the rules and record footage anyway, and then upload it to the internet.

    What this means for us is that we get to have sneak peak of the game before it's full release. We get to see unscripted, real, live bug-filled alpha gameplay in all of it's glory, and as expected, it's looking pretty amazing.

    One thing I do have gripes with though is the AI performance - from what I've seen the most common AI, the grunts, are absolutely incapable of landing a kill on you. Instead, they crouch there, occasionally spraying bullets into your back before you have enough time to finish what you’re doing, turn around, and kill them within seconds.

    Respawn has said that the grunts will most likely stay this way, but I'm not sure if many players will be happy with this. Hopefully balancing will be done upon release.

  • New Concept Art Shows the World of Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Dragon Age Inquisition Concept Art

    For some of you, news of concept art might sound a bit boring. It's one of the major milestones in game development though, and you can usually get a pretty good idea of how a game is going to look through concept art.

    Some new concept art has been shown of Dragon Age: Inquisition, and I'm pretty happy to see that the world is shaping up to be pretty magnificent.

    The graphics on the previous Dragon Age games have never been stunning, but they've certainly never been bad enough to put you off playing the game, and I expect that Dragon Age: Inquisition will have graphics that are slightly more impressive than the previous title, even if it has been announced to be released on the Xbox 360 and PS3, along with next generation versions.

    The concept that has been shown gives us the impression the Inquisition will take place in the same grimy & mythical environments as the previous games, and a lot of the huge open atmospheric spaces that you usually find yourself stumbling across will most likely return in Inquisition.

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been planned for a late 2014 release for the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, however it's unclear whether this date is set in stone or not.

    Let's hope BioWare do release Inquisition this year, and hopefully it will be an enjoyable game to play through. We've got a lot of great next gen games lined up this year, but at the moment, there really isn't that much to offer on the PS4 or the Xbox One.

  • Upcoming Killer Instinct DLC Includes New Character

    Killer instinct Spinal

    If you haven't quite found the perfect character for your preferences in Killer Instinct, you may want to check out the new DLC that will be arriving to the game.

    The new DLC includes Spinal, a character that has been around since the origins of Killer Instinct, and, like the rest of the game's current character roster, he has undergone massive changes to his appearance.

    It's still easy to tell it's Spinal though, but the graphics upgrade given to him certainly makes him look like a badass. Spinal can be purchased for $5 as a DLC addition. It's unclear at this point whether it will be included in the $40 Ultra Edition that originally came with the first eight characters, accessory packs, costumes and the original Killer Instinct as an arcade game, but it's likely that you will have to throw out another 5 bucks for Spinal.

    No details have been given on when the Spinal DLC will be available yet, but it's probably going to reach Xbox One before the end of January, along with a new patch that should hopefully address more balancing issues, tweak up ranked play a little, and add a new character to the free character rotation system.

    Hopefully Spinal will eventually be available for a week in the free character rotation system, but there is a possibility that he will disclosed from this because he counts as DLC content.

  • Huge 13GB Dead Rising 3 Update Available

    Dead Rising 3 Patch

    I mentioned a while before about how the digital era of video games isn't quite here, and the main reason for that is because games have got to the stage where they are so graphically advanced, and so full of content that they take up masses of storage space.

    The following news should simply prove my point further that digital downloads will not be able to push the disc format to extinction for at least another 5-10 years, at least where the console scene is concerned.

    The news is that Dead Rising 3 has just received a huge 13GB download update, and to be honest, we're not quite sure why. Xbox Studio manager tweeted out "Wow, a 13GB DR3 update? Holy ... good thing I have 110mbps."

    Unfortunately for those that live in more rural areas, you may have to wait a few hours, or a day, before your update completes.

    One possible reason for this huge 13GB update is that it will patch in the four upcoming DLC packs for Dead Rising 3, which would mean that when a player buys a DLC pack, they'll simply be able to unlock it and play it straight away, instead of having to download it once it has been purchased.

    This would seem to make sense, especially considering the first DLC pack will be released this week.

    Operation Broken Eagle is a story expansion which adds on a subplot to the main game, and follows a different character instead of the main protagonist, as well as adding a few new items to play around with.

  • Xbox One Beta Planned for Project Spark Next Month

    Project Spark Beta february

    Project Spark is an interesting venture for develop Team Dakota - the idea is that you take your typical open sandbox world even further by opening up new options and opportunities for players to turn their world into a unique playing experience that other players can then get involved with.

    Project Spark has been dubbed the video game that lets you make video games - whether or not it’s actually officially considered a game or just a software studio is unclear, but the compelling nature of the games shown within the creator have certainly turned a few eyes.

    To make sure everything is running as smoothly as possible Team Dakota has confirmed that they will be running a beta to test drive everything before full release. The beta has now been announced on their Facebook page to be planned for next month.

    On top of the announcement, Team Dakota’s Facebook page has information on how players can access a beta key, and how they can redeem it.

    For those playing on Windows 8, your key can be used on Xbox One, and the same goes for any Xbox One beta key owners who may want to play the game on Windows 8.

    Project Spark is planned to be a free to play title, but beta access will be limited so that Team Dakota can focus on any issues that arrive instead of a huge surge of new players all at once.

  • Beyond Two Souls Reached 1 Million Sales Last Year

    Beyond Two Souls Sales

    For a game that really isn't that much of a game, Quantic Dream's Beyond Two Souls has done significantly well. Despite critics complaining at the lack of gameplay content and the small amount of punishment that was given for player mistakes, it was all in all quite a nice game, and I think QD reached the goals they wanted to with this title.

    Beyond Two Souls was never really meant to be about the gameplay content, and instead offered a new "cinematic experience" if you will - something that feels like a movie but gets you just a little bit more involved.

    I can personally say I really enjoyed the title myself, and I'm sure a good portion of the 1 million players that bought the game did too.

    Quantic Dreams' previous game, Heavy Rain, has managed to ship an impressive 3 million copies since it's launch in 2010, so it'll be interesting to see whether Beyond Two Souls will be able to do the same.

    Considering that Beyond Two Souls is console exclusive, I really do have to tip my hat off for Quantic Dreams, and hopefully there will be more story-centric games from them in the future.

    Because of the simplicity of gameplay in Beyond, there really was no way for Quantic Dreams to tie in bonus content, DLC or paid extras whether they liked it or not, and that's another reason why I personally liked the game. There are too many developers out there that have money as their main goal.

    For those that are interested in the game but don’t want to splash out for a full copy, there is a free demo available for you to download in the PlayStation Network store.

  • Call of Duty Ghosts: Onslaught DLC Announced

    Ghosts Onslaught DLC

    New information has come in about a brand new DLC expansion pack for Call of Duty Ghosts. So far details are on the low, but a new teaser can get us guessing at what's to come. Infinity Ward have called the new DLC pack Onslaught, and apart from a very quick Instagram video, there really isn't much to know about the new upcoming DLC.

    Fortunately though, there are a couple things that give away what could make it's way to COD Ghosts in Onslaught. The first thing is the name - in FPS games, onslaught is usually given to game types that have waves of incoming enemies that attack a base or shelter, which players have to try to defend for as long as possible.

    The second hint is the Instagram video, which shows a dark and damp trailer park, a player holding what looks to be a hatchet, a few flashes, and that's it.

    Right off of the bat I thought "Zombies." Will Call of Duty: Ghosts ever get Zombies? If it does, the Onslaught DLC pack will be the one for it. If not, then we'll probably get an expansion to the Alien exterminating game mode already in the game.

    On top of the new extra content, we're more than likely going to be greeted with at least a couple of new maps, and if we're lucky, a new weapon and some more gun camos.

    Microsoft has called shotgun on this one, and it will be an Xbox One timed exclusive.

  • More State of Decay Games Planned

    New State of Decay

    State of Decay has become one of the most sold Xbox Live Arcade games in the entire history of the online Xbox LIVE service, making it's way right behind Minecraft in the XBLA charts and has been selling like hot cakes ever since it's release.

    If you didn't already figure out that Microsoft are happy with the outcome of State of Decay by an appearance of a State of Decay t-shirt wearing Phil Spencer at last year's Xbox One reveal, then new information about a partnership with the development team should confirm it for you.

    The developer of State of Decay, Undead Labs, has recently signed a multi-year, multi-title partnership with Microsoft, which suggests that there are going to be a lot of new zombie games from Undead in the next few years, and they will probably be  exclusive to Xbox One.

    Undead Labs previously had plans to make a zombie MMO similar to State of Decay, which had been named Class4, however this new partnership may put a halt to this development.

    Alternatively, this could mean the developers behind State of Decay now have more time and reason to pursue developing Class4 for Microsoft, along with other titles.

    Community manager Sanya Weathers was asked about Class4 and her reply was "We have to agree on where we think the technology is going to be in a few years (since the game will take a few years to develop); we have to agree that we have the same goals; and we have to agree on how we'll collectively run and support the final game. Those discussions are still in progress."

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