In a recent interview with Business Insider, Xbox’s Phil Spencer suggested that COVID-19’s impact on the game industry will be felt much worse in 2021 as opposed to 2020. The good news, however, is that delaying the Xbox Series X is still entirely out of the question for Microsoft.
To understand why 2021 will be worse on game development than 2020, a period where just about everyone is working from home, you have to take into consideration what goes into creating a AAA video game – things like motion capture (MOCAP) and Audio composition, for example, can’t be done from home, Most of the games set to launch this year have already been through the majority of motion capturing. Games coming next year, however, are a completely different story.
“Through the summer, early fall? I feel pretty good about those games. Games that were targeting a year from now or beyond? There'll be some impact, but they'll be able to react.”
If you don’t know what Crucible is, we can’t really blame you – we kind of forgot about it too. It’s Amazon’s first major step into shooter territory, and it’s scheduled to launch on May 20 as a free-to-play game. There doesn’t appear to be any annoying pay-to-win scheme going on, but there will surely be a battle pass or something similar. With the launch set to happen in a week, three new trailers have been launched to show off the games three play modes.
Crucible – Harvester Command
As you’ll see from the video above, Harvester command is and 8v8 game mode set in a tower defense type of play. It’s quite similar to domination in Call of Duty, as you’ll have to acquire harvesters and defend them to earn points or, as they call it “essence.” The more harvesters you control, the more points you get.
Crucible – Heart of the Hives
In a statement to Eurogamer Portugal, Ubisoft has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will run at a minimum of 30 FPS at 4K on the Xbox Series X.
"Currently, we can guarantee that Assassin's Creed Valhalla will run at least 30 FPS. Assassin's Creed Valhalla will benefit from faster loading times, allowing players to immerse themselves in history and the world without friction. Finally, Assassin's Creed Valhalla will benefit from improved graphics made possible by the Xbox Series X, and we can't wait to see the beautiful world we're creating in stunning 4K resolution."
Ubisoft went on to point out that this is just the current estimate. That means things could change between now and when the game is released. And, to be honest, chances are that Ubisoft is being very careful not to set expectations too high after that nonsense that was 3 seconds of gameplay during the May Inside Xbox live stream. That said, 30 FPS falls far short of the 4K60 targets that...
Capcom recently published its latest quarterly financials report, and while most of it is of little importance to us, there was something very intriguing hidden away in it. That something is that “multiple major new titles” are currently in development, and there’s a good chance that they will likely launch before March 2021.
So, while Capcom has been busy promoting a digital strategy in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak and trying to boost sales of games like Resident Evil 3 remake and Monster Hunter World, it’s also been putting together some new major games. The term “multiple” could mean two or it could mean 10 – at this point nobody knows outside of Capcom, but what will these games be?
Well, we have it on good authority that at least one of the new games will be the long-rumored Resident Evil 8 with a number of other games potentially drawing from Capcom’s IP library. With that in mind, think about remastered games like Dino Crisis...
Bethesda’s Senior VP of Global Marketing, Pete Hines, has firmly ruled out, with prejudice, that The Elder Scrolls 6 will be launching anytime soon. In fact, he went so far as to indirectly give a time frame of “years from now” for details, which puts a potential launch at, well, your guess is as good as ours.
This firm announcement that The Elder Scrolls 6 is so far out comes via Twitter where one user tweeted Pete Hines, saying “let’s cut the sh$t, when can we expect some info on #TheElderScrollsVI? Well, as it turns out, Pete Hines really did cut the shit and squashed any hope of The Elder Scrolls 6 happening anytime soon.
It’s after Starfield, which you pretty much know nothing about. So if you’re coming at me for details now and not years from now, I’m failing to properly manage your expectations.— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) May 10, 2020
Obviously, this statement...
Despite the fact that the Nintendo Switch is selling like crazy amid lockdown, and the recent rumors that Nintendo could release remastered version of its older Super Mario games, the fact of the matter is that the list of announced games is running pretty thin. In fact, outside of games like Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition that’s coming later this month and Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics that should launch in June, nothing else even has an official release date. Be that as it may, there’s apparently more games coming that we don’t know about.
Of course, Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4 are still coming, but they are still at least a year out. There are other titles, though, that we’ve learned could materialize out of nowhere. The work comes from none other than Nintendo President, Suntaro Furukawa, during an investor Q&A call earlier this week. During that call, Furukawa was adamant that the company has “games that are scheduled to release during this period...
Microsoft’s May edition of Inside Xbox might have been a big letdown in terms of gameplay presentation and, while we’ve already discussed why you shouldn’t be that disappointed, we can largely agree with everyone that there should have been more gameplay. Thankfully, IGN has managed to come up with 12 minutes of gameplay from The Ascent, one of the very games that was announced during the Inside Xbox stream.
The gameplay you see above backs up previous thoughts that The Ascent is an action-RPG set in cyberpunk world. It looks like a blend between Diablo and Judge Dredd while the city itself reminds a lot of Blade Runner (old and new.) The gameplay you see here is based on solo mode, but IGN has said that there will be a co-op mode so that you can play along with others.
The Ascent is a launch title for the Xbox Series X, but it’s also set to be available for the...
First off, the May Inside Xbox live stream was, based on set expectations a disappointment. I know a good majority of people watching were expecting to see some serious Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay. I have to admit that Ubisoft should be ashamed of itself. We were promised gameplay, of which we got about three seconds mixed in with more cinematic trailer. That aside, I’ve seen a lot of complaining about graphics of the games shown off during the event, but nobody seemed to pay attention to the fine print.
I understand that a lot of people were hoping to see some next-gen graphics during the event, and it didn’t happen.
There’s a good chance that we’ll see exactly that in July when first-party titles are shown off, but the games that we saw during this month’s presentation were far from indicative of what the Xbox Series X is capable of. It was all in the fine print that, seemingly,...
Horizon Zero Dawn 2 could just be called “Horizon,” which was confirmed by a now-edited recent job posting that also tells us Guerrilla Games is aiming for “industry-benchmark graphics.” Of course, this will only be possible on the best PCs and the PlayStation 5. The listing originally referred to the game “Horizon” but has since been edited to remove that reference. Fortunately, the internet doesn’t forget anything:
This listing says that Guerrilla Games is looking for a technical vegetation artist that will focus on creating “lush and stunning vegetation” so that the studio’s world-dressing team “can deliver our immersive world with industry-benchmark graphics.”
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the fact that the studio has been trying to push its graphical dominance since the original Killzone was launched. And, since that latest reports say that Horizon Zero Dawn 2 will be a PS5 exclusive, the job listing makes even more sense. The odd thing here is that before...
We haven’t really heard much about Lord of the Rings: Gollum since it was announced back in March of 2019, and now – seemingly out of nowhere – a handful of new high-resolution screenshots have surfaced online.
The new screenshots come via a German website known as GameStar. Thanks to the title, the expectation is that the game would focus on the journey of Smeagol as opposed to the hobbits from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the new screenshots suggest exactly that. Of course, we still don’t know much about actual gameplay, but some of the screenshots suggest that there will be some element of stealth to it.
Looking back at an interview with Daedalic’s CEO, Carsten Fichtelman, back in 2019, it seems as if the game has been coming along quite nicely. Back then, the studio hadn’t even settled on graphics or how the game would differ from the movies:
“We are still discussing many things;...