2/26/2017 - News This Way Comes...
Welcome to your weekly update of the week’s gaming news!!
February 18 - Square-Enix revealed a new job for Final Fantasy XIV. As part of the coming Stormblood expansion for the Final Fantasy MMO the Samurai class will be added to the game. The new class shares and aesthetic with Auron of Final Fantasy X fame and will not be associated with the existing job progression system. New Samurai characters will start at level 50 roughly 20 levels short of the new expansion’s level cap.
Also announced as part Stormblood:
New overworld combat sections.
A new social space.
Another new job the Red Mage. (previously announced)
February 22 - Fox Interactive announced a partnership with TinyCo to make a new Futurama mobile game. Outside of the game’s title, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Fox Interactive said little about the the game. There is a website to sign up for updates for die hard Futurama fans.
February 24 - The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences held there annual D.I.C.E. awards in Las Vegas. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End led in the nominations with nods in ten categories. It was Overwatch, though, that took home the Game of the Year Award along with three others.
Game of the Year - Overwatch
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction - INSIDE
Outstanding Achievement in Game Design - Overwatch
Immersive Reality Technical Achievement - Eagle Flight
Immersive Reality Game of the Year - Superhot VR
Mobile Game of the Year - Pokémon GO
Handheld Game of the Year - Pokémon Sun and Moon
D.I.C.E. Sprite Award - INSIDE
Outstanding Achievement in Online Gaming - Overwatch
Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year - Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
Sports Game of the Year - Steep
Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year - Dark Souls III
Racing Game of the Year - Forza Horizon 3
Fighting Game of the Year - Street Fighter V
Family Game of the Year - Ratchet & Clank
Adventure Game of the Year - Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Action Game of the Year - Overwatch
Outstanding Technical Achievement - Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Outstanding Achievement in Story - Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design - Battlefield 1
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition - DOOM
Outstanding Achievement in Character - Trico, The Last Guardian
Outstanding Achievement in Art Design - INSIDE
Outstanding Achievement in Animation - Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
February 24 - Zenimax, parent company of Bethesda, filed for an injunction that may halt the sale of some Oculus products. After winning a lawsuit claiming Oculus stole technology from Zenimax and being awarded $500 million, Zenimax now claims that the initial reward is insufficient to force Oculus to stop their infringement. The injunction would halt the sale of Oculus mobile and PC developer kits and some software which integrates the headset with development engines. If the injunction is denied Zenimax has asked for a cut of the revenue from sale of the same Oculus products.
For their part, Oculus and their parent company Facebook are already planning to file a motion to set aside the original $500 million verdict and appeal the initial jury’s decision. If either of these efforts were to prove successful it would be unlikely that Zenimax’s latest injunction would be honored.
February 26 - A NeoGAF member using the handle DeathByBacklog discovered a listing for the sequel to Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor on the Target international website.The listing has since been removed but revealed the game’s title, Middle Earth: Shadow of War, and a release date of August 22.
Additionally the listing contained a “Gold Edition”of the game including the following:
Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion
Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion
The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion
The Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion
Gold War Chest
Over $125 in total value
That about does it for this week’s news.
Anyone else surprised the Shadow of Mordor sequel managed to stay under wraps this long?
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