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Xbox boss Phil Spencer has nothing but praise for Nintendo it seems, where he recently talked with Eurogamer at Gamescom 2015 saying that Nintendo has "the best first-party on the planet".
Spencer was asked if console-exclusive games can still be system sellers, where he said that the Wii U has the best exclusive games. But, the Wii U sales haven't been too strong, even with those kick ass first-party games, where Spencer deflected criticism over Wii U sales. He reiterated that publishers still can't beat "the strength of IP that Nintendo has". He added: "On the Wii U, I think people downplay how many units they've sold".
He continued: "I've got a Wii U, I think there's some great games on there. I think Splatoon's a really nice game and I don't think there's a first-party out there that has the strength of IP that Nintendo has. They're always a beacon to me when I look at what it means to build a first-party portfolio of products, they've done a great job".
While eSports is being recognized by some high schools and pushed into their curriculum, eSports giant ESL has announced that it has banned the use of marijuana during competitions after it ushered in new anti-doping policies.
ESL said last month that it would be introducing the policy, promising that it would be "fair, feasible and conclusive while also respecting the privacy of players". ESL's Head of Communications, Anna Rozwandowicz, said that ESL will be matching the list of prohibited substances that German agency Nationale Anti-Doping Agentur (Nada) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) have.
Rozwandowicz added: "Upon further investigation and consultation with the authorities, we came to the conclusion that saliva tests are better fit. Tests will be performed at our discretion at any time during tournament days, and will take place in a designated testing area. Naturally, players' privacy comes first". The new laws are coming into effect after the use of Adderall was found by pro-gamer Kory "SEMPHIS' Friesen, where Friesen freely admitted to using the drug during a competition.
Following years of interest from gamers, it looks like Capcom will deliver the goods by remaking Resident Evil 2. Resident Evil HD Remaster producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi will lead the project, which has been approved "thanks to your incredible passion and support."
There has been no talk of what platforms will support Resident Evil 2, or when gamers can expect to play it, but everyone now at least has confirmation.
"You've been telling us for years that you want Resident Evil 2 to be remade, and we haven't been able to make it happen... until now! We at R&D Division 1 will do our best to take on your feedback and deliver the gameplay experience you've been waiting for."
Twitch may be the king of eSports live streams, but YouTube is proving to be a popular outlet to watch previously recorded gaming matches. The No. 1 video website has billions of hours of eSports and video game footage viewed by users every month, despite increasing popularity of livestreaming sites.
League of Legends, Counter-Strike, FIFA, and Call of Duty - four popular eSports titles - make up the top 10 list of all-time game videos viewed on YouTube. Some viewers prefer to watch events live, but there is plenty of previously-aired eSports footage available on YouTube and other video sharing websites.
"Twitch clearly has the lead in video game livestreaming and eSports, but if all game-related YouTubers start using YouTube to do livestreaming, they could be back in the game soon," said Peter Warman, CEO of the Newzoo global market research firm, in a statement to Fortune. "Often gamers can choose between Twitch or YouTube streams when it comes to eSports events."
It's possible the Blizzard RTS team could take another look at Warcraft, but only after StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is finalized. There hasn't been official confirmation by Blizzard, but it looks like the game studio hasn't fully closed the door to future Warcraft RTS action in the future.
"This isn't the end of StarCraft, but it's end of this story for these characters," said Tim Morten, producer of StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, in a statement to IGN. "We don't have any specific plans, but I'll say that the universe has so much potential for more stories, clearly other stories could be told."
Blizzard has never been in a huge rush to release games, and moves at its own pace - in an effort to create a gaming experience that players will fully embrace.
With the rise of professional eSports, games like League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive would not have taken off, at least not to the point where they are today. These games have tens of millions of very, very dedicated gamers with tournaments that have tens of millions of dollars being thrown at gamers.
This means it shouldn't come as a surprise to most that some Swedish high schools are now introducing eSports into their curriculum, just like some physical sports are. The eSports subjects will be handled just like physical education subjects, with rooms dedicated to practicing games like DOTA 2 and League of Legends, with guest lectures being given by professional gamers and personalities from within the eSports community.
Magnus Alehed, a principal at one of the high schools offering eSports as a subject said that the idea behind it was to get rid of the negative stigma behind video games and mainstream society. You know, how they think gamers all sit around with a controller in their hands blasting expletives at their TV. Alehed said: "We're looking to dispel the myth that this would be a bad thing and it is about respect for this group of students".
It looks like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will have watered down graphics, with the producer on the game, Oliver Proulx, talking with Eurogamer explaining that the final build of the game should look close to the suped up graphics we saw from E3 2015 earlier this year.
Proulx explained: "In terms of the graphical fidelity we're very mindful of what we wanted to show at E3 that we don't show something that's impossible to achieve later down the road, and it was really discussed with the team". He continued, talking about the smaller changes that the studio will make to Mankind Divided, with improvements and compromises, but the quality we see should be mostly the same.
"We're confident what we showed, what you'll see when the game comes out, is going to be very consistent in terms of graphical quality", he continued. "Obviously the game goes through iteration and the debugging phase, so you can pick up some differences there - some improvements, maybe some other compromises - but it's going to be pretty much what we've got".
It looks like Final Fantasy XV will be the first game in the series to receive a simultaneous game launch across the world. It's one of the many changes gamers can expect to see after game director Hajime Tabata took over the position from Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura.
"This may be something that we are a little bit embarrassed to talk about, but really, this is the first time that we've done a packaged, standalone Final Fantasy game with a simultaneous global launch, so we didn't have the setup to deal with that, really," said Tabata, in a statement made to GameSpot at Gamescom.
"The first thing we had to do was rearrange our internal structure to create something that could do that. That was the first important work on the project." When Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII was released in Japan in November 21, 2013, it was a three-month windows before the title was available worldwide.
Electronic Arts could offer backward compatibility so EA Access members can play Xbox 360 game titles on their Xbox One game console, according to a recent tweet from the official EA Access account:
@metalgamerpops We're investigating adding backwards compatible EA games to EA Access in the future. Stay tuned.— EA Access (@EAAccess) August 7, 2015
The EA Access subscription offers access to EA games, DLC discounts, and early access to game titles - and while the game collection is for Xbox One titles - it looks like Xbox 360 games could be thrown into the mix.
Larian Studios, the developers behind the acclaimed Divinity series, today announced a new sequel to the PC CRPG hit Divinity: Original Sin will enter development following the success of a new Kickstarter campaign.
"For a long time, we've dreamed of making something even bigger, better, and more engaging than Divinity: Original Sin, and now it might finally be within our reach," Larian Studios said on its Kickstarter page for Divinity: Original Sin II. "However, we can't reach that dream without your help. As Swen says in his latest blog post, 'Divinity: Original Sin wouldn't be the game it was without the input from our Kickstarter backers ... without having that same community on board, it's going to be very hard for us to achieve the goals we have for Divinity: Original Sin 2.'"
Larian has opened up its forums and encourages the community to provide ideas and feedback for stretch goals and pledge rewards to help shape the game's development. The studio also affirms that a hands-on demo of Divinity: Original Sin II will be playable at PAX Prime from August 28-31, and we'll likely see some screenshots and a trailer in the coming weeks.