Leaked images of the Amazon Bluetooth controller have emerged
We have known that Amazon has had plans to develop their own gaming console for quite some time now, but we haven’t heard nor seen anything of this mysterious box since around last year. Now, images of a controller have shown up online bearing Xbox 360 thumbsticks, Android-style navigation buttons and of course, the Amazon logo. This would fit into the image Amazon described of a Android based system for their console. With the news that Amazon has bought Double Helix (Strider,Killer Instinct) as a developer to produce games under them, things certainly seem to be falling into Amazon’s hands for a interesting new addition to this current console war.
Tomodachi Collection gets a stage for 3DS version of Super Smash Bros
In some pretty odd news, a new stage has been shown off for the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros, but it’s a hell of an obscure one for us European gamers. This new stage is based on the life-sim, Mii title that was released on the DS and 3DS, Tomodachi Collection. These games are an odd combination of Animal Crossing with the Nintendo Mii’s and some mini games mixed in. Sakurai posted this on the usual Miiverse post, stating “Looks like someone’s enjoying the bachelor life in this pad.”
Tales from the Borderlands finally gets more information at SXSW
This week at SXSW, Telltale and Gearbox sat down on a panel to talk about the new point and click title based in the Borderlands world, Tales of Borderlands. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon (The Indoor Kids) hosted the panel, along with Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2 writer), Matthew Armstrong (Borderlands Director), Kevin Bruner (Telltale President), and Harrison Pink (designer). The panel gave us some interesting new details about the game, including the plot. You shall be playing as two different characters, Rhys (a Hyperion company man) and Fiona (A con-artist) as they make their way across the tough land of Pandora. An interesting point is that the story will actually be told from the two different characters’ perspectives, so their facts will conflict and play off of each other. In theory, you will be playing with an untrustworthy narrative, which is something that never really happens with video games. The game will be a comedy, which to many would seem odd seeing as Telltale have been associated with dark and depressing stories as of late, but then again they did start their company by making the excellent reboot series of Sam and Max. The game will also feature shooting, but “it will be done in a Telltale way” according to the developers.
HearthStone Goes live
As I covered last week, HearthStone has finally been taken out of beta, and is now officially released to the masses. An Android, iPhone and tablet version is currently in development. Blizzard has also started a celebration for the launch of Hearthstone; if you win three games, you can win a new special mount for World of Warcraft.
You can check out our review here
Shovel Knight hits some delays
One game I have really been looking forward to has to be the Metroid-Vania NES inspired platformer, Shovel Knight by Yacht Club games. Sadly though, the game will no longer release March 31st, but instead release a number of weeks later. The reason is simple; it needs more time. Developers stated “Make sure it’s a world class experience, and can release on all platforms simultaneously.” No release date has been given as of yet.
Shovel Knight will release on Wii U, 3DS and Steam.
WildStar to release in June
The newest Sci-Fi MMORPG by Carbine has garnered itself quite a bit of hype over the last few months, blending quest design of GW2 and the humour and feel of something like WOW or even Ratchet and Clank. Now we finally have a release date of June 3rd. If you decide to pre-order the game, you will be able to start playing on May 31st though. The game will have a subscription model and there are many different pre-order options to choose from. The game looks great, as the art style and tone really isn’t something you see every day with an MMO.
Mercenary Kings launches on PS4 on April 1st
If you have been aching for something to play on the PS4, then I would most certainly point you in the direction of Mercenary Kings. The Metal Slug inspired shoot ’em up title has been on Steam Early Access but the game will be releasing for the PS4 on the 1st of April. The game offers large maps, weapon crafting and some of the most detailed 16-bit pixel art I have ever seen.
New trailer for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls shows off more of the Crusaders
Reaper of Souls is the latest expansion for Diablo III, and along with a lot of new changes, gear, loot and maps, a new class is being added; the Crusaders. Blizzard released a new trailer based on the history and abilities this new class is capable of.
The class is a heavy damage but slow paced character, but can add buffs to party members before going into battle. The Crusader looks like a interesting new addition to the roster.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will release March 25 on PC and Mac.
Mighty No.9 update shows off new art work
After last years massive Kickstarter success, Inafune and his team have been chugging away at development for a while now. In a new update, the team showed off a piece of concept art and along with it, Inafune asked for feedback from the community and the backers of the project. The main question was ‘what should pop up at the beginning of a level?’. Inafune wants something a little more interesting then the usual standard text. The blog post also showed off some background images. It’s certainly interesting that Inafune and his team are sharing so much on their development blog, but it’s a great personal touch. It’s nice to see the team interacting with the backers, giving them great opportunities to help out with the game.
You can read the full blog post here.
Alien: Isolation gets a new trailer
Creative Assembly have released a new trailer for Alien: Isolation which focuses on the iconic Xenomorph. The game will be going back to the survival horror feeling of the original film. Creative Assembly have never made a title in this genre, so it’s going to certainly be interesting.
Alien: Isolation will release in late 2014 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360
Heroes of the Storm gets a Technical Alpha trailer
Access to the technical alpha of Heroes of the Storm has finally gone live. Along with this, Blizzard released a brand new trailer for the title which showed off the online interface, quest and experience systems and the party system. The game is certainly shaping up to be the Super Smash Bros for Blizzard, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.
Joel Green, inspiration for That Dragon, Cancer passes away
The young child that sparked the project; That Dragon, Cancer has sadly passed away at 5 years old. Joel Green had been suffering from terminal cancer for his entire life and inspired his father to devote his life to making the game, That Dragon, Cancer. My thoughts go out to Joel’s family, and I wish the development team all the best in capturing his life and soul into the game.
That Dragon Cancer will release on Ouya some time this year
For more info on the project, click here.
Phoenix Wright creator believes “the series should not continue”
The creator of the long running Phoenix Wright series, Shu Takumi, has revealed that after the third game he believed the series should not continue.
“I felt that Phoenix’s story had been told, and that the series should not continue”. “Knowing when to end a story is very important and I wanted to avoid dragging it out and having it become a shadow of its former self.”
It’s interesting to hear that Shu Takumi was unsure of the series to continue, especially after the recently successful Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies. We also found out that he was also unsure about Phoenix even showing up in Apollo Justice.
“Years later, when it was decided within Capcom that Ace Attorney 4 would go ahead, my position was that we should change the main character and tell a new story. I didn’t plan to have Phoenix in the game, but my colleagues said they wanted him to appear in some form, which is why he ended up being the accused in the first case in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.”