1/15/2016 - News This Way Comes...
January 8 - A UK based retailer Littlewoods may have accidentally leaked the release date for Red Dead Redemption 2. The launch date, according to the leak, is October 2, 2017 which would be within Rockstar games’ official release window of Fall 2017. Of course, the ten months between then and now is a long time in game development and Rockstar has never been afraid to delay a game if it isn’t ready so take this news with a grain of salt.
January 9 - In response to rumors first reported by Kotaku, Microsoft Announced the cancellation of Scalebound. The game was one of the first original intellectual properties announced as exclusive for the XBOX One in 2014. Since then the game has fallen into development hell while developer, Platinum Games, has been focused on other titles.
January 12 - The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) has announced the nominees for their annual D.I.C.E. awards. Several games received multiple nods this year but it was Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End that lead the pack with ten nominations. Other games acclaimed by the academy included Inside with nine nominations, Battlefield 1with eight nods and The Last Guardian with seven. A full list of the nominees can be found at the AIAS website.
The award winners will be revealed at the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony on February 23 hosted by Greg Miller of Kind of Funny Games and Jessica Chobot of Nerdist News. The ceremony will also induct Fallout and The Elder Scrolls director Todd Howard into the AIAS hall of fame.
January 12 - Nintendo held an event to announce new details about their next console, the Switch. Going into the event we knew the Switch would be a hybrid console and handheld device that would connect to your TV and also utilize a tablet to let you play on the go. But some key details were unknown. Here’s what we learned brace yourselves there’s a lot:
The Nintendo Switch will be released on March 3 worldwide with an MSRP of $299.99. The New console will be region free and will feature a paid online service including online play and the ability to pair a smart device with the console to invite other players to your game, chat and various other online activities. The online services include one free classic per month which will be removed at the end of the month, also known as a rental.
The Switch will be playable in three modes: TV mode, in which the Switch operates like a normal console. Tabletop mode, in which the Switch tablet is set up on a kickstand and games are played with the controllers detached. And finally, Handheld mode, in which the “Joycon” controllers are attached to the sides of the tablet and games are played in the fashion of a classic handheld. Outside TV mode, the Switch will operate on battery power with an estimated lifespan of between 2.5 to 6.5 hours depending on the game. The Tablet will work while charging and the batteries will be replaceable.
The new controllers, including the pro controllers, for the Switch will continue to support Nintendo’s toys-to-life Amiibo figures. The controllers will also feature a share button which will allow players to capture and share screenshots at launch and video at some point in the future. The detached Joycon sections of the controllers can be used for motion controls much like a Wii-mote, but can also be used as standard controllers making each Switch controller a two in one affair. The controllers also sport upgraded IR sensors and rumble tumblers enabling hand gesture controls and more complicated feedback respectively. Controllers in neon blue and neon red colors will be available for purchase separately for $80 as a pair and $50 separately. That’s not a mistake, a spare controller for the Nintendo Switch costs $80.
Of course, a console is nothing without games and Nintendo revealed several new games for the Switch as well as confirming details about some previously announced games. So you know what that means. It's trailer roundup tiiiiimmmmeee!!
The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild was revealed to be a Switch launch title releasing March 3 2017.
Super Mario Odyssey was announced for Holiday 2017
Splatoon 2 was revealed for Summer 2017 release.
Xenoblade 2 was announced with no release date given.
Fire Emblem Warriors, a game in the style of Dynasty Warriors set in the Fire Emblem Universe
1,2 Switch, a Johann Sebastian Joust-esque party game was revealed.
Arms, a sort of motion control based long ranged boxing game was announced.
Super Bomberman R was shown as part of the presentation’s sizzle reel.
Competitive puzzle game Puyo Puyo Tetris was shown.
Sonic Mania was confirmed for the Switch
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was revealed.
In addition to these games the following were shown in some form or another.
- Dragon Quest 10 & 11 confirmed for Japan
- Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2
- A new Shin Megami Tensei
- Project Octopath Traveler
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- An Unnamed No More Heroes Sequel
- Later this year
- Just dance
- Street Fighter 2
- NBA 2k
$80 for a controller. Man Nintendo is serious about not selling hardware at a loss, huh?