Monthly Archives December 2016

Halo Boss Talks About Innovating Without Losing Franchise's "Core Spirit"

Halo boss Bonnie Ross has spoken up to discuss how developer 343 Industries thinks about making games that longtime fans can enjoy while also appealing to new players to help grow the brand.

In a Q&A for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Ross said deliberate efforts are made with every Halo game to ensure the “core spirit” of Halo remains intact, no matter what additional elements are being added.

Halo Boss Talks About Innovating Without Losing Franchise's "Core Spirit"

“While we certainly look for ways to branch out and innovate, we’re also careful not to lose the core spirit that makes Halo what it is,” Ross said. “Fans are our heart and soul, and this universe was built for them. We do listen to fan feedback…”

Ross went on to say that she is “really encouraged” by the positive reception to the story and characters, including the new Brute leader,...

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Tomb Raider Reboot Writer No Longer Working on the Franchise

Writer Rhianna Pratchett, who wrote for the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot and its 2015 sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, is no longer working on the franchise.

Developer Crystal Dynamics made the announcement today on its Tumblr page.

“Crystal Dynamics and Rhianna Pratchett are announcing today that Rhianna is off to pursue new adventures separate from the Tomb Raider franchise,” reads a line from the statement. “Rhianna was instrumental in helping us find Lara’s voice in the 2013 origin story, and through Rise of the Tomb Raider she shaped Lara into the evolving heroine we know today.”

“The entire team thanks Rhianna for her dedication and tireless efforts on the games. Please join us in wishing Rhianna the absolute best in her next adventure.”

Pratchett sounded off on the news today across a ...

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Robinson: The Journey No Longer PlayStation VR Exclusive

Dinosaur-themed VR title Robinson: The Journey is coming to Oculus Rift in January, publisher Crytek has announced.

The game has been exclusively available on Sony’s PSVR since its release in November 2016, but will now be available on PC. No solid release date or price have yet been announced.

Robinson launched to mixed critical reception, with most praising its visuals but some criticizing its puzzles and short play time. Here at GameSpot, we awarded it a 7/10; critic Jason D’Aprile called it “one of the most immersive, engaging games to hit PSVR,” but did note that occasional poor frame rates can cause motion sickness. For more, take a look at our full Robinson: The Journey review.

Meanwhile the game’s publisher, Crytek, recently shut down five studios across Europe and Asia due to fin...

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Game of the Year Nominees and More Revealed for Game Developers Choice Awards

2016 might be over, but the year’s games are still being celebrated. The organizers of the Game Developers Choice Awards today announced the nominees for this year’s show.

Game of the Year Nominees and More Revealed for Game Developers Choice Awards

Leading the way was Playdead’s Inside, which picked up six nominations, including Best Audio, Best Design, Best Narrative, Best Visual Art, the Innovation Award, and Game of the Year.

Games that received five nominations each included Overwatch and Firewatch, while Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End picked up four nominations; all of those were nominated for Game of the Year, alongside Bethesda’s Dishonored 2. A complete rundown of categories, nominees, and honorable mentions can be found below.

To be considered, a game had to be released and made available publicly during the 2016 calendar year...

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New Image From Stephen King's "It" Movie Is Incredibly Creepy

A new image from the upcoming film version of Stephen King’s horror novel It has come online–and it’s scary. We see Pennywise the clown emerging from a sewer pipe, lurking like the terror he is.

See Pennywise in his unnatural habitat in a new #ITMovie photo: https://t.co/NAvt9tX4Sn

— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 26, 2016

Hemlock Grove‘s Bill Skarsgard plays the murderous clown in It. It is an adaptation of the 1986 King novel of the same name. There was a previous TV adaptation which featured Tim Curry as the diabolical clown Pennywise. Skarsgard told Entertainment Weekly that he’s going to take a different route with the character.

“Tim Curry’s performance was truly great, but it’s important for me to do something different because of that,” he said...

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PlayStation Store's Most-Downloaded Games of 2016 Revealed

Sony today announced the most-downloaded games of the year for the PlayStation Store for 2016–and the No. 1 game might surprise you.

PlayStation Store's Most-Downloaded Games of 2016 Revealed

Psyonix’s hit soccer-with-cars game Rocket League, which was originally released in 2015, came out on top for PlayStation 4 in North America, outperforming 2016 blockbusters like Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Unlike those games, Rocket League is a $20 game that was discounted a number of times during the year.

Rounding out the top five best-sellers on PS4 were Battlefield 1, Minecraft, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and The Division.

On PS3, the top five best-selling games, in order, were Minecraft, The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto V, LittleBigPlanet 3, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Job Simulator was the most-downloaded PlaySt...

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Alien: Isolation Never Got a VR Version, But Alien: Covenant Will

Alien: Covenant will be getting a VR companion experience at some point this year.

As reported by The Verge, the virtual reality app is being produced by the film’s director, Ridley Scott, who also directed the original Alien in 1979. It’s apparently a collaboration between Scott’s production company RSA Films, VR production house MPC VR, and Twentieth Century Fox’s in-house VR department, the Fox Innovation Lab. The latter describes the experience as “a dread-inducing journey into the depths of the Alien universe.” There’s currently no news on which platforms the experience will be available on.

This isn’t the first time the Alien universe has been playable in VR. Alien: Isolation, the 2014 Creative Assembly game, had a pre-release VR demo, but that never materialised into a final commer...

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$2000 Statue for Kojima Productions Revealed, Only 150 Being Made

The mascot for Hideo Kojima’s new studio is getting its own real-world statue. Kojima Productions and Prime 1 Studio have announced a 1/2 scale statue of the mascot, Ludens, who is wearing some kind of extra-vehicular activity (EVA) suit. Ludens also holds a flag that has the Kojima Productions logo on it.

According to the statue’s official description, the design “has a high-tech feel, giving him a nostalgic ambiance. The surface of his EVA suit has ‘Turing pattern’-like elements that slightly rotate, inspired by the Turing machine.” It was designed by Metal Gear designer Yoji Shinkawa.

The statue is incredibly rare, as only 150 are being made, and they’ll be signed by Kojima himself. It stands 63 inches tall and has LED lights on the helmet.

You can preorder one right here on the Side...

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Kojima Reflects on 2016 and Starting New Studio — "Everything Was From Zero"

On this the last day of 2016, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has reflected on the year that was.

Writing on Twitter, Kojima thanked fans for their support in the year that his new studio got off the ground. “Everything was from zero except your warmest support,” he said on the social media site.

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Year 2016 for me was the prep year for the new journey. Everything was from zero start except your warmest support. pic.twitter.com/ubWH1FlBMC

— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) December 31, 2016

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I could done only because there’s a hope. Thank you. Have a good new year for everyone who dreams, who supports the dream to come true. pic.twitter.com/QYkr9vFbTG

— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) December 31, 2016

After two decades at Konami, Kojima left the publisher in 2015 to st...

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Acer's Crazy New Gaming Laptop Costs $9000 (or More)

With this year’s Consumer Electronics Show getting underway, Acer has made a number of announcements, including one regarding its previously announced Predator 21 X gaming laptop. You can probably safely assume right now that you won’t be getting one anytime soon.

Launching in North America next month, the Predator 21 X costs $8,999. Or, more precisely, prices start at $8,999 and go up from there, depending upon the particular options. In EMEA regions, prices start at 9,999 Euros.

Acer's Crazy New Gaming Laptop Costs $9000 (or More)

As you’d expect, the Predator 21 X boasts some high-end hardware: It comes with an i7-7820HK processor and two GTX 1080 cards running with SLI. Going along with that, it has 64 GB of DDR-2400 memory, a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive, and as many as four 512 GB solid state drives...

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