Crash Bandicoot was one of the most popular games of the original PlayStation consoles, and is receiving the usual remastered treatment with the upcoming Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy... except it has gone N. Sane with the HDD space required.
The upcoming Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy requires a huge 23GB of HDD space, and considering the original games arrived on CDs that used 650-700MB, that's quite the jump. The collection will include remastered episodes of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, which were all released on the PS1 between 1996 and 1998. The days before DLC, firmware upgrades over the internet, and when games went gold... they were 100% finished.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy launches on the PS4 on June 30, so you don't have long to wait!
Gears of War series creator Cliffy "CliffyB" Bleszinski is working on his new game with his new studio, and starting today LawBreakers will be entering its closed beta form on the PC for select GeForce Experience members.
LawBreakers' closed beta will kick off on June 28 and end on July 3, with 20,000 GFE members receiving their LawBreakers closed beta keys. Winners will be notified through the GFE client, if they've got communications from NVIDIA allowed. If you haven't heard of LawBreakers, here's a rundown:
GRAVITY - DEFYING - COMBAT
- Choose your role from a cast of unique characters, each equipped with distinct movement skills, battle abilities and weapon combos. Fight in dynamic gravity ravaged arenas that offer players a breathtaking vertical team-based battle royal.
Based on current industry market trends, analyst firm DFC Intelligence predicts that Microsoft's Xbox One family of consoles will break 63 million units sold in four years.
While Sony's PlayStation 4 family of systems has recently broken the 60 million sales milestone, Microsoft's own Xbox One iterative console trio isn't expected to deliver similar sales performance until 2021. In a new report, DFC Intelligence forecasts that the Xbox One console line--which includes the 2013 Xbox One, the 2016 Xbox One S, and 2017 Xbox One X--will reach cumulative sales of 63 million units by 2021. The $499 Xbox One X is expected to sell 17 million units, or 27% of total console sales, versus 46 million combined sales of the original Xbox One and revamped Xbox One S.
DFC Intelligence also predicts the video games industry will rake in $102 billion total earnings in 2017, up 8% year-over-year. Despite this strong growth, the firm notes the Xbox One has been underperforming.
"Xbox One X is an expensive system designed to appeal to a fairly narrow demographic of gamers who want high quality graphics but do not want to spend money on a high-end PC," said DFC analyst David Cole.
"The challenge is that is a fairly small addressable market, even as sales of 4K television sets start to soar. Both the Nintendo Switch or Sony PlayStation 4 offer a very strong value proposition that consumers seem to be flocking towards."
Ubisoft reveals its fourth Assassin's Creed mobile game, but this one has potential to be its biggest yet.
Mobile games aren't inherently exciting, especially when compared to games like Assassin's Creed: Origins. But mobile games are an important facet of the industry that have a tremendous impact; mobile gaming is expected to rake in $46.1 billion in 2017 and make up 42% of all revenues, according to Newzoo. So when Ubisoft reveals a big mainline free-to-play Assassin's Creed mobile game with the potential to rake in millions in microtransactions, it certainly piques our interest.
The new mobile game is called Assassin's Creed Rebellion, and is a F2P strategy RPG for iOS and Android devices. The game appears to have a very real hook that could pull in strong MAUs and ARPMAUs for Ubisoft. So what's the hook? Ubisoft says AC: Rebellion allows users to "build their own Assassin Brotherhood" while managing a key strategic fortress (likely RTS style) along with stealth missions against templars. The game will let players recruit over 40 assassins, many of which are staples from the series including Ezio, Aguilar, Shao Jun, Claudia and Machiavelli.
Ubisoft's founding Guillemot family has increased its stake of claim and voting rights within the company in an attempt to shield against the looming threat of a Vivendi takeover.
Following its latest acquisition, the Guillemot family now holds 13.6% of Ubisoft's share capital and 20.02% of the company's voting rights, Reuters today reported after viewing an AMF stock market regulation filing. Ubisoft, who's best known for making million-dollar blockbuster games like Assassin's Creed, has been embroiled in a battle for against French media giant Vivendi, who owns a considerable stake in the company. Vivendi has forcibly taken over Gameloft, one of the Guillemot family's companies, and the family fears the conglomerate will do the same to Ubisoft.
Vivendi currently holds 27% of Ubisoft's share capital and 24.5% of its voting rights, and experts believe that a hostile takeover could happen this year.
Anthem, BioWare's new IP, is a massively ambitious genre-melded online multiplayer shooter, but don't expect it to be like Mass Effect.
BioWare unveiled Anthem at E3 2017 to global fanfare, kicking off a big turning point for the studio. Known for making mega blockbusters like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, Anthem is a different sort of game than we're used to seeing from the Edmonton-based studio, and BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn asserts that Anthem will be more like Star Wars' science fantasy than the high-concept science fiction found in its high-tech Mass Effect series.
"You are part of humanity and you're a member of the Freelancers, who are out there to save and protect humanity on an alien planet far away. It's in a genre we call science fantasy, very much like Star Wars and the Marvel Universe where you see lots of amazing things happen but you don't worry too much about how or why they're happening or the science of it. Mass Effect is our real hard-core science fiction IP, and this one is much more about having fun in a game world that is lush and exotic and really sucks you in," BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn said in an interview with Edmonton's CBC Radio.
Nintendo pledges that its new $80 Super NES Classic Edition will have dramatically increased stock compared to 2016's woefully under-shipped NES microconsole.
Last year Nintendo enraged millions of gamers and retail workers across the globe with its impossible-to-find NES Classic Edition. The mini-console, which was meant to be a special holiday item, was very rare due to Nintendo massively underestimating demand and only shipping 2-5 consoles per store during the holiday season. Now the Japanese company says it's learned from its mistakes and that its new $80 SNES Classic Edition, which includes 21 Super Nintendo games and two controllers, will have boosted supply shipments.
"We aren't providing specific numbers, but we will produce significantly more units of Super NES Classic Edition than we did of NES Classic Edition," a Nintendo spokesperson told Kotaku.
PC gamers have been able to enjoy 4K gaming for years now, with consoles finally catching up in some ways with the PS4 Pro, and in a bigger way with Xbox One X... but what about Nintendo?
During an interview with The Verge, Nintendo US boss Reggie Fils-Aime said that gamers interested in 4K are still too limited, instead, the company wants to access as many customers as possible. Fils-Aime said: "The Nintendo mission is to reach as many consumers as possible and to have them engage and have fun with our [intellectual property]. That's what we try and do. So inherently, we go for a more mainstream audience. Inherently, we want our products to be affordable. We want our products to be easy to pick up and experience, low learning curve. We want our IP to shine as we deliver these experiences".
He continued: "That's the way we approach it. And so, what that means is, a sweet spot of $300 for the Nintendo Switch, a platform that has Mario and Zelda and Splatoon. Going against a more limited consumer pool, a higher price point, requiring investments in other ways - 4K TVs, what have you - that is a strategy that for us, candidly, is a bit too limited".
Sony's next-gen PlayStation may hearken back to the original console cycle instead of pushing forth the new iterative family of consoles cadence.
The rhythm of the console market has changed. Console-makers like Sony and Microsoft haven't hit the reset button on the current generation, and have instead embraced an iterative cycle of systems which allows for better hardware revisions while ensuring full software compatibility at the cost of newer consoles being held back by parity regulations. But eventually this new cycle could shift back to the old cadence to ensure true next-gen performance. The first shift away from iterative consoles could be Sony's PlayStation 5.
Shawn Layden, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, told German website Golem.de some interesting new tidbits about the next PlayStation successor, hinting that the system could herald a new console gen and not an iterative system held back by its previous older-generation kin. The website asked Layden about the PS4 Pro's software parity via the iterative cycle, and if Sony is "more likely to rely on a real PS5" in the future. Layden affirmed with a simple "yes" but warned that the new PlayStation won't be released for "some time."
Nintendo officially announced the Super NES Classic Edition with a hiked price point of $79.99 and a total of 21 SNES games pre-loaded.
The Super NES Classic Edition includes many golden age classics like Donkey Kong Country, F-Zero, Final Fantasy III, EarthBound, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Mega Man X, Super Metroid, Mario Kart, Secret of Mana, and even the unreleased Star Fox 2 (yes, really). The mini console will cost $79.99, up $20 from last year's NES Classic Edition, and includes less games than its predecessor (21 SNES games versus 30 NES games on the NES Classic Edition). However, the SNES mini-console comes with an extra SNES controller for multiplayer action.
The SNES Classic Edition is slated to release on September 29, 2017 for $79.99. Let's just hope Nintendo has made enough units this time...back in 2016 retail stores only received 2-5 units per store, leading to a widespread catastrophe for brick and mortar retailers.