Headlines For 31st May – 6th June
In a move that is arguably long overdue given the increasing influence video games have had over modern culture, a world first Video Game Hall Of Fame has been set up at The Strong National Museum Of Play in New York. To coincide with this, a first class into the Hall Of Fame has also been selected commemorating games that have displayed longevity, icon-status, expansive geographical reach and influence – the six games which have been inducted are Pong, Pac-Man, Tetris, Super Mario Bros, Doom & World Of Warcraft.
“The games in the inaugural class of The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame span multiple decades, countries of origin, and gaming platforms, but all have significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general” – The Strong commenting on its selection
It’s pretty hard to argue with the selection, but at the same time one wonders if Space Invaders or Elite could have made the cut as well. Anyone is free to submit a nomination for a game to enter the next class into the Hall Of Fame, so long as a claim is submitted before March 31st 2016 on The Strong’s website.
Long rumored and much desired by…pretty much everyone come to think of it, Fallout 4 is now indeed a reality.
Rather than leaving everything until its E3 press conference on the 14th June, Bethesda decided to release a first trailer well in advance confirming that the game will take place in a post-apocalyptic version of Boston, Massachusetts and that for the first time in the series the main character will be voiced. No release date has been set (with rumors circling that it might just be out before the end of the year), but the game will be coming out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One only – Bethesda have confirmed that PS3 & Xbox 360 hardware is not up to the task of running the game.
With both the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One closing in on two full years on the market, it was always highly likely that both consoles would receive a tweak to their innards sooner rather than later – that change has now materialized in the form of bigger hard drives for both consoles
After being leaked by an Amazon listing, Microsoft have now confirmed that a 1TB model of the Xbox One bundled with a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be available on June 15th (the same day as Microsoft’s E3 press conference) while the 500GB model will now retail as standard at $349. Eagle eyed fans meanwhile have spotted that Sony have submitted two new certification documents to the US Federal Communications Commission referencing a higher HDD capacity for future production of the PS4.
With games now clocking in at nearly 50GB as standard (and with the per-requisite of needing to be installed before the disc will run), it seems a bit daft that 1TB hard drives weren’t considered from the off – at least a manual upgrade of the PS4 seems easy enough if you want to risk your warranty.
Microsoft is due to release the full version of its Windows 10 operating system on July 29th 2015. As previously reported, any customer currently running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 will be given the option to upgrade their system for free as Microsoft attempts to boost the adoption rate of the new software.
Windows 10 will include the Cortana search application, Microsoft Edge (the much needed replacement for Internet Explorer) and application interaction with the Xbox One as standard.
In a move that will nicely build up the hype for Uncharted 4, Sony have unveiled the existence of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection – the game mistakenly appeared on the North American Playstation Store before being confirmed by Naughty Dog. Being helmed by accomplished port studio Bluepoint Games, the game will feature the single player campaigns from Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves & Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, running at 1080p 60fps with improved lighting and subtle tweaks to original gameplay.
Slated for a UK release on October 9th 2015, a purchase of the collection will also grant users access to the multiplayer beta of Uncharted 4.
In related PS4 release news, the MMOFPS Planetside 2 has been lined up for release on June 23rd – players will not require a PS Plus subscription to get online which is a welcome perk for those already used to the record breaking PC version
Nintendo have confirmed that Lucas from Mother 3 will be joining the Super Smash Bros roster on July 14th as DLC. Available for £3.59 on either 3DS or Wii U or £4.59 for both, Lucas is the second character to be added to the game following the addition of Mewtwo a couple of months ago; a fan poll is still running to determine future characters to be added to the game at a later date.
In addition to Lucas, a set of character costumes based on Splatoon and a Miiverse stage will also be added to the game on the 14th, with Nintendo also running a 20 minute Nintendo Direct broadcast immediately prior to the content release.
Speaking of Splatoon, Nintendo’s heavily advertised paint-em-up multiplayer title has become the fastest selling new Wii U franchise in the UK (beating the record set by launch title ZombiU) – this is despite a setback where a lorry carrying Special Editions of the game featuring the rare Green Squid Amiibo were stolen while on route to GAME’s UK warehouse.
It was not enough to displace The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from the top of the UK Game Sales Charts however; CD Projekt Red’s critically acclaimed RPG has sold over four million copies worldwide in the two weeks since its release.
Headlines For 18th – 30th May
For the first time in this history of the long running sports franchise, FIFA 16 will include female national teams.
Over a dozen nationalities will be featured including the top ranked teams from Germany, the United States and Brazil, as well as England, France and Canada (who are currently hosting the 2015 Women’s World Cup).
YouTube now allows users to stream live footage at 1080p and 60 frames per second, as the video sharing site continues the game streaming arms race with its rival Twitch.
The options are available to anyone using a HTML5 compatible web browser, and playback has also been integrated allowing users to skip backwards or use 1.5/2x speed to get up to date.
The former executive producer of BioWare, Casey Hudson (who most notably worked as project director on the Mass Effect series) has joined Microsoft Studios as a creative director. Speaking on the Xbox Wire, Hudson stated that he will be working primarily with the HoloLens headset, but would also be involved in ‘innovative new Xbox titles’.
Finally, over 24,000 players have been banned from the early access zombie-MMO H1Z1. Most of the affected players were banned for utilizing a hack that allowed them to see the locations of other players. The President of Daybreak Game Company (who develop the game) was also very careful not to mince his words when talking about the situation: