Following multiple departures of high-profile developers, Gamers are concerned about Halo 6. But there's more to the story, and 343 Industries says everything's on track.
Halo: Infinite (aka Halo 6) sounds like the most ambitious Halo game to date. It aims to capture the sci-fi mystique of the original FPS while deliver high-end graphics and performance on Microsoft's next-gen Project Scarlett console. It'll be a feast for the eyes, and more importantly for Microsoft, it'll tap right into live service engagement with lots of online content.
But how's development faring? With more than a year left to finish the game, 343i has been understandably quiet, leaving gamers to extrapolate info from industry trends. One of these trends is departures. First Halo: Infinite creative director Tim Longo left 343i, prompting worry from the Halo faithful (myself included). Now that worry has been kicked up a notch as producer Mary Olson, who was supposed to take charge of Halo 6's campaign team, leaves the project.
Runescape shows no signs of slowing down, raking in millions every month from memberships, microtransactions, and passes.
Runescape is quite a profitable IP. In the last 18 years, the MMO has generated more then $1 billion in revenue and enjoyed over 260 million player sign ups. But how much money is it making now? According to analyst firm SuperData, Runescape pulls in roughly $10 million every single month throughout 2019, culminating in about $100 million in earnings.
These numbers include a variety of digital spending, from cosmetic purchases to monthly memberships and the new RunePass system. Some big spenders shell out over $60,000 on in-game items, prompting lots of controversy. Jagex's earnings are set to inflate even more with Runescape's impending mobile port, which allows gamers to seamlessly switch between PC and iOS/Android with full cross-progression saves.
The re-introduction of Old-school Runescape is another big win, and has attracted millions of players to its nostalgic roots.
Jagex is also working on another Runescape game, one that could come to consoles at some point.
Riot Games will announce a new League of Legends mobile game during its big 10th anniversary event, but there's some conflicting reports on what it'll be.
A League of Legends mobile game has been in the works for a while now. Now fully owned by Chinese titan Tencent, Riot must diversify into gaming's biggest billion-dollar market (mobile gaming) to chase Tencent's never-ending thirst for revenues. But there's a few ways it could do this.
Sources tell esports consultant Rod Breslau that Riot will unveil a new collectible card game called Legends of Runeterra for mobile. No details were announced yet of course, but expect it to be like Elder Scrolls Legends, Gwent, and of course MTG Arena.
But Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad says the mobile game will be a MOBA that mirrors everything the PC version offers. Ahmad, who focuses closely on the Chinese games market and cites a now-delisted sign-up page for the game, says League of Legends Mobile is basically the PC MOBA brought to on-the-go devices.
Indie studio Ruffian Games confirms Rockstar is working on multiple new titles, which could include Grand Theft Auto 6 and Bully 2.
Like most big game developers that work on huge multi-year projects, Rockstar outsources a portion of its games development to independent developers. In this case Ruffian Games, the team who's responsible for remasters and is also helping make Halo: MCC on PC, has stepped in to help with Rockstar's next titles. Ruffian is currently hiring for seven high-profile engineer jobs ranging from UI to graphics and even a multiplayer systems specialist (likely for GTA 6's online portion).
Instead of buying a house or a dream car, one big-pocketed gamer spent over $150,000 on a mobile Transformers game. Yes, really.
Mobile games are juggernaut bread-winners that rake in hundreds of millions every year. Reliant almost universally on in-game microtransactions, these games monetize every part of the experience. The idea is the same as coin-op arcades: Want to keep playing? Stick in another quarter. One quarter becomes four, four becomes 16, and before you know you've spent $150,000 on digital items.
That's what one "whale" (the term used to describe big spenders on microtransactions) did in Transformers: Earth Wars, an online-only RTS-style mobile game. According to Earth Wars publisher Yodo1, someone spent over $150,000 on microtransactions in the game. That's over double the massive $62,000 spent on Runescape. The big reason to spend is to make it easier to unlock new Transformers, making the mobile game into a kind of old-school collect-them-all toy scheme.
At first Blizzard wrote off the Nintendo Switch, but with Diablo III the studio became a believer. And now the Overwatch team has fully embraced the platform thanks to its surprising versatility.
Overwatch is coming to Switch as a digital-only game. With over 36 million units sold, the Switch is hard to ignore, and remains a lucrative re-release and remaster platform. Although that wasn't always the case, and some devs like Blizzard shrugged the system off for a while. But Blizzard's decision isn't all about the Switch's install base--the platform has some distinct advantages, like transforming to and from a console to a handheld.
Now Blizzard's Overwatch team discusses why they've changed their minds on the Switch. For one, they can monetize players on-the-go thanks to the Switch's portability. And two, they can utilize extras like intuitive gyroscopic motion controls for immersive aiming when playing portably or docked at home.
Legendary movie director, Martin Scorsese recently gave his opinion on how massive comic book movies such as the Marvel Cinematic franchise has affected cinema. Lets just say Mr. Scorsese isn't thrilled about the idea.
He spoke out at a press conference this past Sunday accompanied by Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, for the closing-night screening for his upcoming movie 'The Irishman'. The director compared today's theater expereince to that of an "amusement park" and called for cinemas to "step up and show films that are narrative films".
Scorsese went on to say that Marvel films are "not cinema" and that "We shouldn't be invaded by it. Theaters have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don't invade everything else in that sense. That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type of film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It's not my kind of thing, it simply is not. It's creating another kind of audience that thinks cinema is that."
It has almost been a decade since the release of the massively popular MOBA League of Legends, and to celebrate the 10-year mark Riot are planning some streams.
According to a blogpost on the League of Legends' official website, Rioters around the world will be spending the entire day doing celebratory live streams. Riot says that many "of our regional offices are also planning in-person events and activities" and that to tune into the streams players or fans should check their local League of Legends channels on the 15th of October.
Riot will also be hosting a main event that will be starting at 6 PM PDT. This event will be the 10th Anniversary Edition of Riot Pls and will show the first look at this year's SR preseason update and TFT's "set two" content. Below i have provided dot points listing all of Riots events, happy birthday League of Legends!
In a hugely surprising move (maximum sarcasm enabled), Blizzard has cancelled its Overwatch Switch launch party that was about to kick off at Nintendo in New York City. Overwatch launches on the Nintendo Switch later today, October 15.
Overwatch is about to launch on the Nintendo Switch, with its NYC-based launch event taking place at NintendoNYC on October 16 abruptly cancelled by Blizzard. Nintendo NYC explained in a tweet that the event had been "cancelled by Blizzard" and that it apologizes for "any inconvenience this may cause".
Blizzard has been in super-hot water over its treatment and silencing of professional Hearthstone player 'blitzchung' who voiced support for the protests going on in Hong Kong. Activision-Blizzard banned him from the game, and took his prize money -- then started throwing out 1000-year bans to anyone talking about Hong Kong and China on its forums.
Mega Man fans will be first excited, and then disappointed with the news of this massive Mega Man collection for the Nintendo Switch... as it's only available in Japan.
The huge Mega Man collection includes Mega Man 11 booklet, a 30th-anniversary art piece, and copies of Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 + 2, Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2, and Mega Man 11. Yeah, that's a lot of Mega Man -- and unless you're in Japan, you'll be missing out.
The new Mega Man collection for the Nintendo Switch is listed on Amazon Japan right now for ￥10,989 which works out to around $100. The huge box set will be available on December 19, right in time for Christmas.