Too busy to keep up with all the big gaming stories of the week? No problem. This is Pardon the Wrap-Up, where we present the news you need to know over the past week.
Rumors and Leaks Leading Up to E3
As we are getting closer to E3 the rumors and leaks are beginning to rear their ugly heads. This week we saw three big name franchises circled in speculation as leaked images made their way around the internet along with a rumor originating from a Great Falls Tribune article. The two screenshots that got the gaming community frothy were what appeared to be the next installment in the Assassin’s Creed series with an Egyptian setting and the highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2. Neither of the screenshots proved to be that interesting except for the fact that the games in question actually exist. That being said, still the Red Dead Redemption 2 image garnered a lot of excitement for fans clamoring for any kind of information relating to the upcoming game. Unfortunately for them the image has been debunked by PC Gamer when they helped announce a new MMO titled Wild West Online using the same screenshot. At the time of this writing the Assassin’s Creed image hasn’t been debunked and looks like it won’t as it has been verified by 3 other sources. The last game involved this week was Far Cry. Almost everyone jumped to conclusions when in this article it detailed a crew filming in a Montana prairie and was told by producer, Jeff Guillot, that “This is a sequel to an existing global franchise”. Along with the fact that Guillot has worked for Ubisoft before on other games trailers it was assumed to be for the next Far Cry. Although this rumor seems to be debunked as well, but only partially. It was initially thought to be a Far Cry with a western setting, which has said to be not true from multiple sources. It will in fact be in modern times set in Montana. But that only answers one part of the question, is it even a Far Cry game at all? If no other leaks find their way out I’m sure we will surely find out at E3.
Nintendo Lays Out Their E3 Plans
Nintendo has announced their plans for E3 this year, and it looks like it will be carried on the back of Super Mario Odyssey. They will be putting a heavy emphasis on the upcoming and highly anticipated Nintendo Switch title. It will be the first opportunity for players to actually get their hands on the game according to Nintendo. Along with Super Mario Odyssey the Japanese company will also include the Nintendo Spotlight: E3 video presentation, Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3 and tournaments for Arms and Splatoon 2. It is no secret that the Switch’s lineup is thin so they are promising details for new titles coming to the console this year. All of Nintendo’s E3 content can be watched on their dedicated video stream which will be coming live from from the floor starting June 13th and ending June 15th.
Square Enix Parts Ways With Hitman Developer
Square Enix announced this week that they have decided to part ways with Hitman developer IO Interactive. Alongside Squares earnings report for the 2017 fiscal year, which showed a $43 million loss. Their press release read as such.
“To maximize player satisfaction as well as market potential going forward, we are focusing our resources and energies on key franchises and studios,” Square Enix said in its statement. “As a result, the Company has regrettably decided to withdraw from the business of Io Interactive, a wholly‐owned subsidiary and a Danish corporation, as of March 31, 2017.”
Only time will tell what will come of IO Interactive and the Hitman series which went the episodic route with the most recent release. The Danish company is in the process of finding potential new investors to hopefully be picked up.
Mass Effect is Taking a Step Back
Bioware has announced that the Mass Effect series will be taking a hiatus. After a lukewarm reception to the most recent title, Andromeda, the Bioware Montreal developer will be used as a support studio. Along with continuing to patch and support the multiplayer suite in Andromeda, they will also be helping in support of Biowares other games. A portion of the employees have already been moved over to EA Motive to lend a hand in Star Wars Battlefront II. This is not to say that we will never see another Mass Effect game, this is Bioware taking a step back for the moment instead of jumping into development on a followup. I personally think this will benefit both parties, developers and consumers. Walking away from the series for a bit and letting it breath should bring focus back and return the series to its original trilogies glory started by Bioware Edmonton.
Vanquish to be Released on PC
Platinum Games popular 2010 third person shooter, Vanquish will be making its heavily teased debut on PC May 25th. Known for its fast and hectic pace and the use of a slide-boost mechanic, the game should feel right at home on PC screens. If the announcement itself isn’t enough to get you excited, try the promised 4k support, extensive graphic options, full keyboard and mouse support and an unlocked framerate. That is enough to get mouths salivating. Aside from all that performance goodness, anyone who purchased Bayonetta last month will receive a 25% discount on the pre-order of Vanquish. With the release of those two successful games from Sega hitting the Steam shelves one has to wonder if there are sequels in the works. Or Sega saw how well Bayonetta did in the PC market and is deciding to cash in. John Clark from Sega has stated that more ports are likely on the way.