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Rare, the developer famous for franchises such as Banjo-Kazooie, Killer Instinct and Perfect Dark is in for a big year according to composer and sound designer Robin Beanland, who tweeted the following:
If you have played any of the Banjo-Kazooie games then you will remember that musical notes were a collectible item. In addition to this Beanland has previously tweeted an image of a broken banjo, followed by a later tweet showing the banjo repaired.
In recent years Rare has worked on various titles for the Xbox Kinect but has hinted at changing its focus after Microsoft decided to stop bundling the Kinect 2.0 with the Xbox One.
The BBC has announced that it will be launching a new Doctor Who game online this week. Titled The Doctor and The Dalek the game will help teach children basic computer coding skills in accordance with the UK’s Key Stage 2 and 3 computing curriculum.
It features voicework from The Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, as well as an original story written by Phil Ford. Jo Pearce of BBC Wales Interactive explained the concept of the game, saying:
Children will be learning these increasingly important new skills while being actively entertained. The idea behind it is simply to use one of our biggest, most popular brands to inspire children to find out more about programming.
The game will be available on the CBBC website from Wednesday, you can watch the trailer below.
Mega Man fans may be feeling a little shortchanged of late with no new games starring the iconic character on the horizon. However Jasco Games have announced Mega Man: The Board Game, an officially licensed Capcom product which may tide fans over for a little while. It may not be a video game but it’s certainly a cool looking product for fans to add to their collections.
Here’s the full press release from Jasco Games:
Fill up your E-tanks and charge up your Mega Buster: Mega Man is coming to table tops everywhere. Players will assume the role of the legendary Blue Bomber or another iconic character and fight their way through dangers and traps, until they eventually come face to face with the Robot Master. Eventually, players will enter Dr. Wily’s castle to put an end to his evil doing once and for all. An officially licensed Capcom product, Mega Man: The Board Game incorporates high-quality, detailed, colored figures, unique character card decks, and a board that hearkens back to Mega Man’s 8-bit beginnings. This project was funded through Kickstarter, receiving an overwhelming amount of support from both board game lovers and Mega Man enthusiasts. The game is anticipated to be shipping around the world Fall 2014.
2K Games is bringing the original Bioshock to Apple devices. The game will work with 4th generation iPads and iPhone 5 or above. Due to hardware limitations it will run at around 30 FPS, however it is still an impressive feat to get this classic first-person shooter running on portable devices.
The final price and release date have not yet been confirmed, although 2K has confirmed that it will be a “premium” title. There are no plans to release an android version as of yet.
Developer Naughty Dog has today addressed the possibility of returning to two of the franchises that helped make their name, Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. Speaking to IGN Naughty Dog’s community strategist Arne Meyer stated:
It’s never off the table. It’s not too much time passing, but it’s the same issues we explored with the Jak game. Is it something that makes sense to us now. I mean we still have people that worked on the Crash games in the studio. We never forget our past and it’d be great for nostalgic reasons. It’d be the same reason as why there isn’t a Jak 4: I don’t know if it’s playing to our strengths right now.
Right now, what’s exciting everyone at the studio is continuing to work on narrative-driven games with strong characters. I think, at least for the time being, we haven’t exhausted the possibilities there, but that could change with something as simple as hardware. That’s what drove it before. I think we’re on to something really good though creating character-driven stories so that’s where our focus is going to be.
It comes back to our decision making process, whether it feels right. With Jak at that time we were really focused on making games grounded in a stylised but realistic world, and if you tried to transfer Jak to that you lose a lot of what made him special. It doesn’t mean though that at no point in the future will we get good at making stylised artificial universes however, and then it’ll work.
While it doesn’t sound like we’ll be getting new entries in either series any time soon, it’s nice to know Naughty Dog hasn’t forgotten about these two franchises, which are both still immensely popular. Naughty Dog has not worked on a Crash game since 1999’s Crash Team Racing, while their last Jak and Daxter game was 2005’s Jak X.
Naughty Dog is currently busy working on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End which was announced at this year’s E3, while The Last of Us Remastered is due for release on 1 August.
Lara Croft is set to return in 2015 after Crystal Dynamics announced Rise of the Tomb Raider at Microsoft’s E3 press conference. A trailer was shown depicting Lara undergoing therapy to help come to terms with the events of the first game. Ms. Croft’s adventuring days are clearly not behind her though as the therapy session is interspersed with scenes of Lara taking on enemies and exploring new locales.
More actual tombs are promised this time round, with a Microsoft representative stating:
In the next chapter of her journey, Lara must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider. Featuring epic, high-octane action moments, Rise of the Tomb Raider will take gamers to multiple locations around the world filled with exploration spaces that are some of the most beautifully hostile places on earth. In addition, after hearing the cry from fans loud and clear, the game will put the tombs back into “Tomb Raider” all in the franchise’s gritty Survival-Action style.
You can watch the trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider below.
Bioware has used EA’s E3 press conference to tease the next game in the Mass Effect series. Some prototype footage of the game was shown as well as brief glimpses of what is presumably the new protagonist (shown above), although his face was covered throughout. His armour shows that he, like Commander Shepard, is N7.
The game will apparently involve exploring “a whole new region of space” which Bioware says was high on fans’ list of demands for the new game according to feedback. The developer seems to be satisfied with how the Mass Effect universe is shaping up on new consoles, commenting that “It looks fantastic”.
Bioware Montreal is developing the game, with Bioware Edmonton working on a completely new IP.