Yuji Naka, who's credited with programming and helming the original Sonic games and basically pioneering the Blue Blur's definitive gaming experience, is now working with Final Fantasy publisher Square Enix on something new.
While Naka didn't actually jump from SEGA to Square Enix--he left the company in 2006 to start up his own indie studio called Probe--the move is quite interesting to say the least. Square Enix is gearing up for a number of games in its next fiscal slate and beyond, some of which we actually know about (Final Fantasy VII: Remake, another NieR game, Octopath Traveler, the new Marvel Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy game, etc) but Yuji Naka's project might be one of the mystery ones left in the dark.
"Just a quick note to let you know, I joined SQUARE ENIX in January. I'm joining game development as before, and strive to develop games at SQUARE ENIX. I aim to develop an enjoyable game, please look forward to it," Naka wrote on Twitter.
Stardew Valley, the beloved Harvest Moon-esque game of growing crops and managing a ranch, has become the best-selling game download on the Nintendo Switch in 2017...beating out the games-makers own titles.
Stardew Valley was the most downloaded Switch game of last year--that's according to a new report published by SuperData's senior analyst Elena Fedina. The firm highlights that the indie sensation has sold over 3.5 million units to date, and in January 2018 alone the active playerbase has jumped 13% year-over-year to 700,000 players.
What's the secret to Stardew Valley's success? Dedication, love, and scratching a particular itch gamers have been feeling for years. "[The game's] success is also the result of an incredible amount of work and dedication," Fedina writes in the report.
The global video games industry could pull in a staggering $170 billion this year, according to a new report released by analyst firm DigiCapital.
In DigiCapital's latest forecast report, the firm foresees the games industry continuing to grow at a rapid pace up until 2022, which should converge with a new generation of games consoles and a litany of fresh new games across the full hardware spectrum (not to mention new iterations on the service game model and other lucrative business strategies). The firm says the global video games market, which includes hardware, software, peripherals and components across the entire world, could reach as high as $170 billion in 2018 - a big jump from the $108.9 billion that Newzoo predicted would be earned in 2017.
Mobile gaming will take the biggest part of the earnings pie with up to $60 billion earned in 2018, representing about 35% of the maximum prediction for the year, and could reach a huge $90-$95 billion by the end of 2022. Given how steadily mobile gaming has risen in the wake of free-to-play microtransaction games across the globe (especially in Asia where they're particularly popular and profitable) this certainly makes sense.
As we wait patiently for the release of the new God of War, Cory Barlog, the director at Sony Santa Monica Studios has taken to Twitter to announce that the game will not be featuring a season pass of any kind.
Just last week we saw what the God of War Collectors Edition would provide fans and now to keep the hype moving forward we have now learned that the game will have "No season pass" according to Cory Barlog.
This doesn't mean that the game will not have a DLC as this could still be a possibility for the PS4 exclusive. Single-player game fans can now rest at ease knowing that their "wide linear" single-player game will not harbor the modernized money making traits that most AAA title games do these days.
No season pass. As for the story questions - you will have to wait and play the game to see how it all shakes out. I just finished another play-through last night around midnight and it was still awesome! I'm totally biased, though.— Cory Barlog (@corybarlog) January 17, 2018
A trailer for Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition has been released showcasing the upcoming Nintendo Switch release.
Originally the game was a 2014 release on the Wii U, the Definitive Edition contains the full game from the Wii U and all expansions, including Yuga and Ravio from A Link Between Worlds.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition for the Nintendo Switch will feature two player local multiplayer which can be accomplished by giving each player a Joy-Con controller. The Definitive Edition will release sometime this Spring, as there is no official confirmation date for release.
COLORFUL has quickly become one of the best AIB partners making GeForce graphics cards, with the Chinese giant now expanding into the eSports market with their new COLORFUL Games Union (or CGU). This isn't their first CGU, but COLORFUL has bigger and better plans for its eSports event, something it's now detailing.
COLORFUL plans to develop CGU into a "global event to further highlight the company's position as a dedicated gaming company that delivers products and experiences targeted for gamers".
The company explains that "eSports becoming more and more ingrained in Chinese culture, COLORFUL decided to unite the figures that make eSports exciting: the teams, casters, celebrities, products and other IPs form together to bring COLORFUL Games Union which debuted in 2013. This event saw the birth of the now famous professional team Snake and COLORFUL intends to become key a partner in seeking and establishing budding teams and talents and bring them into the global spotlight".
Cygames, the publisher for Granblue Fantasy, have released a video showcasing the work that Platinum Games has put into their upcoming action RPG.
Cygames has released a video onto their YouTube channel showing the very interesting and beautiful art style that they have chosen for Granblue Fantasy Project Re:Link.
Not only do we see the colors that are used throughout the main character walking around the village but also we get a full scale Platinum Games developed battle scene. According to the videos description we get to witness "a battle sequence in which the characters Katalina, Io, Percival and Rackam each make use of electrifying special abilities culminating in a Chain Burst attack."
DICE and EA have come forward and shared news about their upcoming DLC for Battlefield 1, "Apocalypse." The DLC is going to be adding a range of new maps, guns and concentrates on aerial dogfights.
The new expansion is due to arrive next month, with the developer detailing the DLC with a new mode called Air Assault. The mode will feature aerial dogfights but sadly will only be available to play on two maps, "On London Calling and Razor's Edge."
DICE have not forgotten the ground troops either though, as the DLC is also bringing a new range of anti-aircraft weapons to the game. The DLC patch notes mentions the adding of the "the Assault Class's AA Rocket Gun" which "arms infantry soldiers with a way to assist airborne team mates and deliver serious damage to enemy aircrafts."
Players that want to get their hands-on the Apocalypse DLC will have to have a Premium Pass as this DLC is not free.
Epic Games community coordinator, Edgar Diaz has taken to the sub-reddit of their MOBA, Paragon, announcing that the company has doubts towards the path they have laid out for the aspiring success of the game.
The sub-reddit post details that the company has been trying to push the MOBA out into the mainstream view but has failed with updates since its release to early access back in March last year.
The post continues to elaborate why the playerbase is not growing, saying "of new players who try Paragon, only a small number continue to play regularly after a month. Though Paragon has evolved, no iteration has yet achieved that magical combination of ingredients that make for a sustainable game."
One of the most classic real-time-strategy games ever made has been completely revamped and is on its way back to the world of PC gamers. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition has been confirmed to be arriving on February 20th.
According to a post on Major Nelsons website, Microsofts Creative Director, Adam Isgreen confirmed that Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is due for a release on February 20th. The price of the remastered game is quite appropriate coming in at just $19.99.
The Definitive Edition will feature a modernized 4K graphical upgrade, a re-recording of the original soundtrack, campaign narration for every mission and even support for the classic LAN play.