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Konami is facing management in-fighting and other problems, which led to the cancelation of Silent Hills, and it looks like Guillermo del Toro's foray into video games could be over. Hideo Kojima has reportedly left the company - though was helping with the Silent Hills project - but the budding friendship between Kojima and del Toro had to be placed on hold.
"Well, you know, I've tried twice and I don't know if I'll ever come back to the form," del Toro recently said when asked by reporters. "In one instance, the company went down, and in the second, the completely unexpected happened, which was Kojima and Konami separating. It's kind of left me reeling."
It's a shame that Konami seemingly can't keep its act together, as Norman Reedus, Kojima and del Toro were all reportedly "super happy" with the progress made in Silent Hills. However, del Toro's Crimson Peak will be released in theaters this October, so he has plenty to help keep him busy outside of gaming.
God of War fans are going to wait to stand up, with God of War III: Remastered set to arrive on July 15 in the US, and two days later in the UK and Ireland.
In order to get the hype train rolling faster, Sony has unleashed a new trailer for God of War III: Remastered in 1080p 60FPS. It shows off the Kratos vs Hades Boss Battle on the PlayStation 4. Some new features such as Photo Mode will let God of War gamers to freeze the action in the middle of the action, where a camera can be used with creative options like lighting changes, and then sharing that image with friends.
The developer continues: "It's been ten years since Kratos took the throne as the God of War. With the God of War III Remaster on the horizon, we are eagerly looking forward to reliving the legend and we hope you are too. For those PS4 players new to Kratos' epic tale of betrayal and revenge, welcome. You're in for one hell of a ride".
SolarFall games has just unveiled a new video for Umbra, its new CryEngine 3-powered RPG that makes great use of Quixel's more-than-impressive Megascans technology.
The studio explains: "This video shows some of the environments of Umbra, and how it impacts the gameplay. You can modify it, or use it as a weapon. On the technical side, our game is fully Physically based, and we are the first indie studio to use the Megascans library". Umbra has both single and multiplayer sides, where you have no limits on your character development, with gamers having the choice of creating their own weapons, armor and spells.
SolarFall Games continued: "Umbra melds much-loved hack-and-slash gameplay with state-of-the-art graphics, and underpins it all with a truly modern AI. Inspired by the classic Diablo 2 game, Umbra aims to deliver an intense and rich action RPG game. Personalization of your character build is free, deep and highly customizable, and many secret are hidden in the world".
Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox division at Microsoft, has advice for Xbox One gamers interested in Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs): just keep asking for them.
"Keep asking," Spencer urged gamers:
@Stevo_safc It's a good and fair question. Keep asking until we show you something you like. I can't share specific plans now, sorry.- Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 15, 2015
In late 2014, Spencer promised that gamers "will see JRPGs on Xbox One," but didn't offer additional details. However, gamers have asked for titles similar to Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, and other popular JPRGs - though have been disappointed with a lack of adequate game titles.
It's no secret that PC and console gamers tend to love energy drinks, guzzling the highly caffeinated drinks to extend gaming sessions. Traditional energy drinks are under increased scrutiny due to deaths and medical issues suffered by binge-drinking the sugary and caffeinated drinks - with some companies releasing what they say are healthier alternatives.
Products such as GungHo and G Fuel, designed as "gamer drinks," promote being sugar-free with increased levels of vitamins - a rare alternative over traditional energy drinks.
"Sales of caffeinated energy drinks have grown dramatically without adequate consideration of the cumulative intake of caffeine by teens and adolescents and, due to the law governing food additives, without any premarket review by FDA," said Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the FDA.
Grand Theft Auto 5 Story Mode DLC could be arriving at some point after all, as Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick reportedly misspoke during a recent conversation with an analyst.
Here is what Zelnick said to the analyst after being asked about the Story Mode DLC: "No, we haven't discussed any story-based downloadable content. We did talk about the Heist and they've been released."
Rockstar posted a statement last April that mentioned the GTA V Story Mode DLC, promising "some very exciting Story Mode DLC," even though it was never officially announced by the company.
Fans of the Need for Speed franchise should begin to set their excitement levels to 'moderate' with news that there's a new Need for Speed in development by Ghost Games, and has been described as an "experience built on a foundation we know you'll greatly look forward to".
A teaser shot has arrived saying "May 21. Subscribe to see the first look at the return of NFS" with a link to the YouTube page for Need for Speed. With the gamma increased in the photo above, you can see in the photo below, that there are two cars being shown off - which means we could expect Need for Speed: Underground, or Carbon.
If EA was to released Need for Speed: Underground 2, it would have a very large base of fans super excited. With E3 2015 right around the corner, we could expect a big tease in the next few days, followed by a full unveiling at E3 next month.
Sentimental towards the news of this closure, founder Guy 'Yug' Blomberg added his own thoughts on Facebook: "And so ends a wonderfully crazy experiment. I'm proud of what we started, I'm proud of what Cormac [current owner] tried to do, and I'm proud of all the video game bars popping up all over the world now." "[I] would love people to share any of their stories at the bar below," the PAX Australia facilitator added.
The quote as seen in the image above was posted by the official Mana Bar Facebook page, accompanied with the text "Excerpt from Seeress of Kell epilogue by David Eddings. Mana Bar will be closing its doors effective this Sunday the 24th of May. Thanks to everyone who's made it the sweet ride it was."
Bethesda has published a short teaser video ahead of E3, getting gamers excited about the new Doom video game. There is just three seconds of actual game play, with Bethesda building hype for its June 14 showcase in Los Angeles.
Doom game play footage was shown during QuakeCon last year, but the footage wasn't available to the rest of the world - and while there is no release date for the title - it is expected to launch on the PC, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4.
"An earlier version of Doom 4 did not exhibit the quality and excitement that id and Bethesda intend to deliver and that Doom fans worldwide expect," said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing and PR at Bethesda, in a statement made earlier in 2015.
Somewhat debated female-only leagues and competitions are still going along strong with ESWC announcing a $15,000 prize pool for its CS:GO female contingent of the upcoming event.
Held on July 9-12 and boasting a $75,000 male CS:GO tournament, the old 3DMAX squad is the fan favorite to take out the female event while on the search for a new home as their organization packed up last month.
Four of the competing teams will be decided through an open qualifier for European and North American teams (two each), alongside an application to decide the last three placings - one of which will be French.