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8-BITS OF NEWS

By: Ryan Jenkins & Imran Chaudhry
To keep our readers up to date on the latest news, we’ve rounded up this weeks’ top gaming articles (listed below), for your viewing pleasure. These include the latest releases, downloadable content on existing games and recent developments on long awaited titles.

1. Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 has now got a release date, several trailers and a very disturbing cult. Ubisoft has officially revealed four, yes four separate trailers for Far Cry 5. Three of these are character profiles introducing you to the characters of Hope County, with the last being a full trailer for the game.
The trailer shows a high action setting where a cult have aggressively taken over Hope County, killing people who don’t obey and forcing the rest to join them. Full of high octane action, the question on most people’s lips has been; “how will Far Cry, a usually exotic game set in far away lands, going to work in Montana USA?”. Well the trailer answers that by saying, very, very well. The trailer shows a multitude of vehicles to drive, including a plane, and a variety of animals you will most likely be able to use to your advantage. Whilst the answer to what will replace Ubisoft’s beloved towers to unlock regions, I’m guessing its going to be churches.
Watch the trailer below, and you can watch the other three character trailers for Mary Fairgrave, Nick Rye & Pastor Jerome Jeffries.

 

2. Overwatch Anniversary Event

Has it really been a year already? Overwatch launches their latest seasonal event commemorating the release of the game a year ago and its’ overwhelming success. The event, as expected, brings new legendary skins as well as more than 100 anniversary rewards, but grab them quick as they’ll be locked away when the event ends on June 12th.

3. The Witcher 4 is Happening

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Good news gamers!
The developers at CD Projekt RED have confirmed that they are working on the next title of the Witcher series, currently gathering ideas for a sequel.
As posted on the studio forum, CEO Adam Kicinski stated in an interview with Polish TV station TVN24 BiS that  “It wouldn’t be fair towards the fans. We work within this universe for over a dozen years now and I don’t think it’s going to be the end of it.”
CD Projekt Red are currently focusing their attention on a new title called ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ which won’t be released until after 2017. The studio is currently in the recruiting stage, hiring a development team to work on the project (including quest designers and programmers), while again bringing on board workers from the Witcher franchise; we can expect great things from their next game.
Their long term goal is to have four teams working on games; hopefully, this will later on give them the required manpower to delegate more time and effort to the fourth game.
We’ll keep our ear to the ground for any news developments on the subject.

4. Red. Dead. Redemption. Delayed

To the disappointment of many gamers, Rockstar games has announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 will now be delayed until spring 2018, which was initially due to come our in autumn later this year.
The creators have said that they require more time “to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans.” The head of Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive Strauss Zelnick says that a contributing factor for the delay is that the studio is building this title from the ground up, optimising the game for current gen hardware (specifically the Xbox One and PlayStation 4). This has somewhat divided the gaming community, some stated that RDR 2 is worth the wait.
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The studio have commented on the matter through the official Rockstar website “We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready”

5. Game Pass Now Xbox Live

The brand new subscription service, which appears to emulate Netflix and Playstation Now is officially live on the Xbox store. This is an early access for individuals with gold membership, with a general release dated the 1st June. The Game pass will include a 14-day free trial to gold members, with a £7.99 monthly charge after it expires. So far there are over one hundred title, many of which feature popular backwards compatible titles. Well known titles like the three instalments of the Bioshock series, Lego Batman and Resident Evil 0 are included in their lineup. The service stipulates that you’ll be able to download the games to you’re console. This is a refreshing contrast to the PlayStation Now service, which hinders the user’s experience if they don’t have a reliable internet connection. Hypothetically, you should be able to download the entire library, if your memory can facilitate it. Additionally, there is no ‘always online’ requirement, so you network connection won’t dictate your ability to play the game you want.
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The service will update it’s library with new titles every month, with the pass hoping to cover as many games as possible. The Xbox CMO Mike Nichols confirmed in an interview with GameRadar that “we realise we won’t be able to include every game from every publisher, but we’re always listening to fan feedback when we consider what titles to add to our Xbox Game Pass library.” and “”how things evolve over time, we’ll see. We pride ourselves on listening to customers, and trying to see which things are working and how do they respond to new ideas. So we’ll see how things evolve over time but to start off with our focus is on providing the nice package of games that have been available but people might not have been able to take advantage of them up until this point.”

6. Friday The 13th Game Out Now

Friday The 13th: The Game is finally out, gathering a mixed result in its first few days of release. Whilst many people are raving about the game, with thousands of viewers for the game on Twitch and people comparing it to the popular Dead By Daylight, there are others who are more sceptical.
Daemon Hatfield of IGN has stated in his ‘game review in progress’ that whilst there is immense hype and excitement behind the game especially playing as the sadistic killer Jason, “Unfortunately, the large majority of your time is spent controlling the machete-fodder, who are much less fun.”
Have you played the game yet, are you a Friday The 13th fan? You can buy it on steam here; be sure to tweet us your thoughts on the game @JenChauMedia.

7. Fallout 4 Free Weekend

Free weekends are abundant in today’s day and age, which is definitely a marketing ploy to get us to buy those games we really want but have waited to get, but they’re great none the less. Bethesda are having a free weekend for Fallout 4, with heavy discounts on the game and season pass too.
Intriguingly, the free weekend is only available on Steam and Xbox. Whilst the PlayStation 4 doesn’t have the free weekend, Fallout 4 is still on sale at £14.99
On Steam the game is now £13.19 with the season pass at £23.99.
On Xbox One the game is now £16.50 with the season pass at £23.99.

8. To The Victor Gwent The Spoils

It look’s like lucky gamers who have access to the closed beta for Gwent, the popular Witcher card game that’s going to be released as a separate title, have been provided with a free digital copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition.
Though the closed beta has finished, the open beta was only launched yesterday, accessible on the PC, Xbox and PlayStation 4.
If you’ve played the closed beta, you’ll need to login to the COG account you used on the beta, then redeem the code you’ve been provided here. You’ll have to be quick about it though, as the code is due to expire on the 29th May.
If you haven’t heard about the game yet, check out the game’s footage in the video below:

 

Keep a look every Friday for our ‘8-Bits of News’ articles, so that you don’t miss out on the week’s latest news. We would love to hear from you, so if you have any thoughts on these stories or would like us to tackle a game or film related topic that you find interesting, head on over to twitter and tweet us @JenChauMedia.

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