By: Ryan Jenkins & Imran Chaudhry
Hello fellow gamers,
Our 8-bit article this week will consist of newly surfaced leaks and rumours, more information regarding upcoming DLC and some highlights for one of the biggest gaming sale of the year. As always, every Friday we summarise the eight most popular stories relating to gaming news, so check back regularly to keep up to date on the latest topics and trends.
1. Steam Summer Sales Top Games
Attention all PC gamers! For the unaware, the most popular gaming sale event of the year, the Steam Summer Sale, was launched yesterday. For some, one of the best methods to use during the sales is to add all of your desired titles to a wishlist beforehand, then check back during the sale to see which ones have been marked down.
To celebrate this event, we though we’d highlight some of the best deals to take advantage of before the sale ends on 5th July.
BioShock: The Collection – £9.99 (Save 75%)
Dishonored 2 – £14.99 (Save 50%)
DOOM – £9.99 (Save 50%)
Hitman: The Complete First Season – £15.89 (Save 66%)
Mafia III – £12.94 (Save 63%)
Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ – £3.19 (Save 80%)
Prey – £26.39 (Save 34%)
Rise of the Tomb Raider – £15.99 (Save 60%)
South Park™: The Stick of Truth™ – £6.24 (Save 75%)
2. Horzon Zero Dawn To Extend To Long-Running Franchise
The beautiful and immersive game that is Horizon Zero Dawn has raised the bar within the gaming industry, having sold over 3.4 million copies worldwide since its initial release back in February, utilising the revolutionary Demica engine to provide truly stunning graphics.
During an interview with The Telegraph, Sony employee Shawn Layden commented on the matter, stating ‘That’s something else you’re going to see from us coming out over the years: how can we better leverage all these franchise IPs that we have?’ and that ‘The reception for the game has been fantastic. Guerrilla Games boss Hermen Hulst has got a very keen mind on where he wants to take ‘Horizon’ and what the roadmap is – and that roadmap is expressed in multiple years. I think we’ll be in the ‘Horizon’ business for a long time.”
The game has quite obviously been thoroughly enjoyed by many and as long that the extended franchise doesn’t negatively impact on the narrative and pace of the game/s (cough, Assassin’s Creed), this news is regarded as a pleasant surprise.
3. Shadow of the Tomb Raider Artwork Leaked
The artwork for the third instalment of the rebooted Tomb Raider series has been leaked, which gives some strong indication regarding its setting and plot.
Sadly, the new title did not make an appearance during E3 a couple of weeks ago, though as discussed in one of our previous posts, the franchise Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie commented on the absence stating that further details will be disclosed later this year, though this unlikely has any relation to the leaks.
One of the banners displayed in the image appears to be depicting Croft Manor burning the background, bring into question the what will happen in the game; many of the images depict what looks like a Mesoamerican step pyramid and jungle vegetation. This hints at a southeastern Mexico and/or Central America setting.
This leak should be taken with a pinch of salt, as even if the material is valid, the direction of the game could change within the coming months. We’ll have to wait for an official announcement from Square Enix to to find out more, though this image provides food for thought in the meantime.
4. Final Fantasy XV DLC
More DLC for Final Fantasy XV has officially been announced, this time for fan favourite Prompto. In what appears to be an origin story, the players will be able to assume control of Prompto as he embarks on a journey to uncover his past. This is the second DLC instalment, following Episode: Gladio’ earlier this year. In addition to this, further DLC, this time for Ignis, is set to launch next, followed by a co-op multiplayer expansion called Comrades. In relation for the FF XV series, a VR experience aimed at the fishing mini game is also in the works. Although the VR game is a bit of a wasted opportunity, we have plenty of material to look forward to.
In the meantime, take a look at the gameplay footage below:
It’s been 20 years since Atari released its last console, and with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft dominating the market it seems ridiculous for any other party to try and join their ranks. Well, Atari is doing just that, but not in the way you’d expect.
According to Venturebeat, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais has confirmed the rumours stating ‘We’re back in the hardware business’ after buying out the company in 2013 when it filed for bankruptcy protection.
This may be another NES Classic coming to the stores, but we will know more as time goes on, watch the teaser below:
6. Sony Exec Plays Death Stranding
Yes, you read that right, while we’ll all have to wait probably well over a year to get our hands on Kojima’s new and exciting game, according to The Telegraph, PlayStation’s Shawn Layden has played some of the prototype levels. He stated that they already have ‘some prototype levels running’ and that he ‘couldn’t explain to you what the game is’. Additionally when asked if the game is as revolutionary as Kojima is promising, he replied saying it will be ‘all that and more!’
7. Skull and Bones
Everyone was surprised at the announcement of Skull and Bones at the Ubisoft E3 conference, taking the much loved naval combat from Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and implementing it into its own multiplayer game. Visually stunning and full of fast-paced action, the trailer left us wanting more and also left us with one big question, will there be a solo campaign? We live in the day and age where lots of games rely heavily on multiplayer to make money and drive sales, and whilst multiplayer games are incredibly fun, solo or local co-op narrative driven games have declined.
According to PC Gamer ‘Skull and Bones will offer a narrative campaign which will be integrated into the game and will not be something aside of the multiplayer experience. In this campaign, players will encounter iconic characters and memorable rival pirates. More details will be shared at a later date’. Whilst this is good news, we hope this won’t be reflective of For Honor’s abysmal and lacklustre campaign, which felt more like single player filler content than an actual solo campaign itself.
8. L.A. Noire Rumours
This week, rumours have surfaced that the beloved Rockstar game L.A. Noire will be getting a remaster, with potential VR support and a first person mode. The rumours suggest that the remaster will be coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and even the Nintendo Switch, with VR options coming to PS VR. Considering it was the fastest selling new franchise ever in the UK, it wouldn’t be surprising for Rockstar to take advantage of the game’s abundant popularity and bring it fully remastered to the latest generation of consoles.
There you have it gamer; that’s this weeks round up of gaming news, we hope you’ll save big in the Steam Summer Sale! However in the meantime, check out our Twitter page and tweet us your thoughts @JenChauMedia.