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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.
Rocksteady today announced that the release of Batman: Arkham Knight has been delayed until 2015. The final entry in the Arkham series was originally due for launch on October 14 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. No official reason has been given for the delay, but it will give the developers extra time to polish the game to perfection.
Softening the blow from this bad news somewhat was the release of a new trailer showing off how the Batmobile will look in the game. You can view it below.
This marks the first time the player has been able to get behind the wheel of the iconic vehicle in the Arkham franchise – it has previously only appeared in cutscenes. The Batmobile has two modes – pursuit and battle – which can be swapped between at will.
The vehicle can also be controlled via remote control, regardless of the distance between Batman and the car. This will be useful should you get in any tight spots and is also necessary for some of the game’s puzzles.
More of the game will be shown at E3 next week so be sure to check back for updates.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will not feature platform exclusive content according to Marcin Iwinski, co-founder of CD Projekt Red – the game’s developer. Despite this Iwinski hinted at “marketing co-operation” with one platform, though he did not divulge whether this would be with PS4, Xbox One or PC.
We are treating all gamers equally. We’ll not deliver exclusive content to any of the platforms, nor will we artificially delay release of the game on any of the platforms because somebody’s paying us money for that. It’s definitely against our values. We are not doing that.
What we are doing in terms of marketing co-operation, you’ll see that at E3.
The Witcher 3 was featured on Microsoft’s stage at last year’s E3 and the game will be returning to the show this year, though it remains to be seen if it will again be part of Microsoft’s conference.
Iwinski also said that there will be some kind of online connectivity in the game, though this will be in the form of social sharing rather than multiplayer. More details will be revealed “when the time comes”.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set for release in February 2015.
CD Projekt Red has shown off a new logo for upcoming RPG game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The design cleverly incorporates the mask of general Eredin, one of the leaders of the titular Wild Hunt, into the ‘3’ of the logo.
The Polish developer has also released a description of the Wild Hunt for those not in the know:
The Wild Hunt has always been thought to presage war, great plagues and death. Their origin unknown, these ghastly riders instilled fear in the hearts of men and are believed to be able to steal people’s spirits that would later join the ghastly cavalcade. They come at night, in the winter and their appearance is always preceded by the aurora borealis.In The Witcher 3, the Wild Hunt are not mere bosses at the end of a corridor. They’re part of the lore, part of the system of folk beliefs, they’re both something that children say stories about to scare each other and an entity that can wipe out entire villages in one night. The Wild Hunt is essential to the whole Witcher universe and in The Witcher 3 it will finally take center stage.
We are rebels and rebels are free. Just like birds. The Northern Cardinal, or REDbird, is what we see ourselves in the industry: intrepid, bold and confident; flying high and aiming even higher. The color, cardinal RED, is something that connects it with another bird, a mythological creature close to our cultural roots and heritage—the Rarog, a small firebird believed to bring luck to people. RED stands for energy, the inner fire that drives us; it represents something very close to everyone here in the studio—the creativity and passion we harness from within ourselves to make the best RPGs in the world.
Bioware’s hotly anticipated RPG game Dragon Age: Inquisition has been given an official release date. The third game in the popular series will be hitting stores on October 7 in North America and October 10 in Europe. It will be playable on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. You can see the trailer below.
Bioware will be showing off the game in more detail at this year’s E3 in June.
Rocksteady has released three new images from Batman: Arkham Knight. The images, posted by Game Informer, show some familiar villains from earlier Arkham titles but they have been given a lick of paint for their debut appearance on next-gen consoles.
David Hego, Arkham Knight’s art director, explained the thinking behind the fresh designs:
We tried to add something to the characters, so you’re still excited about them even after meeting them for the third time. How can we make these guys exciting, even after seeing them again? Every time, we make them look better and better and better, but at the same time, how can we improve the story behind them?
Arkham Knight’s main villain, Scarecrow, unleashes a chemical attack on Gotham during Halloween, which influenced some of the changes to character designs. Speaking about Penguin, lead character artist Albert Feliu said:
This time, we went for autumnal mafia. We took the coat off, and the concept of Penguin was more of a dirty dude. Obviously his shirt is rolled up and sweaty, and he has food stains on it. But still, he’s really powerful. He’s got a golden chain, as well. We had to be a bit crazy with this character, and working with his design. And we shaved his head. He’s proper filthy, you know
Based on the screenshots the character who has changed the least is Two-Face, with Rocksteady already satisfied with his established design. “We just rolled up his sleeves and made him look really next-gen”, Feliu said, “He was already a really strong character, so we tried to push it, and keep going that way. We didn’t want to change it that much.”
The final character shown in the trio of images is the Riddler, who will have a more prominent role than in previous titles, “This time around, you see him throughout the game, and he evolves” Feliu Said.
The Riddler’s appearance will change throughout the game, similar to how Batman has shown signs of damage and fatigue as the adventure has gone on in previous games. The Riddler will go from dapper to dirty and become visibly distressed as his plans are continuously ruined by Batman.
Ubisoft has released a short teaser trailer, comprised of alpha game footage, confirming the existence of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The trailer also confirms that Unity will be set in Paris, which was suspected after screenshots of the game were leaked showing various famous locations from the French capital. Ubisoft stated that they “weren’t quite ready to show you our full vision for a next-gen only AC”, but presumably the leaks changed their minds. You can view the trailer for yourself below.
The game has been in the works for 3 years and will be released for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC towards the end of the year. Another Assassin’s Creed game, subtitled ‘Comet’, is rumoured to be in the works for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, but Ubisoft has not yet made an announcement regarding that title.
Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has revealed he still has desires to complete Mega Man Legends 3, the 3DS action RPG that was cancelled by Capcom in 2011 to the disappointment of many fans of the franchise. Talking to US Gamer, Inafune said:
If somebody asked, even right now, what’s the game you want to create most? It’s still Legends 3. I put so much effort into that game, so much passion into that game, but it didn’t happen. It’s always a regret in my mind. Even now…
We all know that’s not going to happen, though, as long as Capcom holds the IP. But if they asked me to make that game, I could still gather most of the original team, even right now. Some of them have quit Capcom, some of them are still at Capcom, but I believe that team would be passionate enough to come back together and create that game. So…we’ll see what’s going to happen. You never know.
Let’s say that, if we have all seven Dragon Balls right here, right now, and Shen Long comes up and says, ‘What’s your wish?’ My wish would be, give me all the right tools, people, and environment to create Legends 3.
Inafune has since moved onto other projects away from Capcom, including what many consider the spiritual successor to Mega Man, Mighty No. 9. However it would surely be to the delight of many fans if Inafune was to get his wish, although it remains a somewhat unlikely prospect.
Meanwhile, if you don’t feel like waiting around for Mega Man Legends 3, you can check out this trailer for Mighty No. 9 which was shown at this week’s Game Developer’s Conference.
The extra content will comprise of a series of episodic story missions, entitled ‘Paper Trail’. Developer, Sucker Punch, described the side-story as an “innovative online and in-game story arc”, with players tasked with uncovering the full story behind the D.U.P.’s occupation of Seattle. Players can also delve into “web-based investigations” through viral website, enjoyyourpower.com. The new content will me made available to players directly through the game each week, for six weeks.
A well as Paper Trail, the 300mb update includes the Cole’s Legacy content pack which is free to those who pre-ordered the game.
Besides the extra content the update also makes tweaks to difficulty, NPC density and graphics.
InFamous: Second Son is a Playstation 4 exclusive and releases tomorrow, March 21.