Even though we don’t know much about Ready At Dawn’s first PS4 project, The Order: 1886, the game’s strong visuals and irresistible hook (werewolves in a futurist-Victorian London!) has lead some gamers to already anoint it 2014′s “Game of the Year.” While I’m not ready to go that far just yet, Ready At Dawn’s Andrea Pessino and Sony Santa Monica’s Tim Moss have narrowed down the launch window. Not surprisingly, The Order: 1886 is currently on track for a Fall 2014 release:
Before The Order: 1886, Ready At Dawn was best known for developing both God of War games on the PSP. Sony Santa Monica, which created the God of War series, is assisting Ready At Dawn with The Order: 1886′s development.
Black Friday may be over, but Amazon always saves the best deals for Cyber Monday. And this year is no exception. I suggest swinging over to Amazon’s Cyber Monday Deals page and checking out some of the great all-day deals they’ve got going on (including The Last of Us for $35, Call of Duty: Ghosts for $45, Grand Theft Auto V for $40, and Batman: Arkham Origins for $40) as well as this interesting schedule of Limited Time Deals:
8:10 AM (Eastern)
- Skylanders Giants – Portal Owner Pack (3DS)
9:10 AM (Eastern)
- Rage (PC)
- Family Party 30 Great Games: Obstacle Arcade (Wii U)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition (PC)
10:10 AM (Eastern)
- Resident Evil 6 Archives (Xbox 360)
- Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (Xbox 360)
11:10 AM (Eastern)
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Vita)
- Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii)
12:10 PM (Eastern)
- Eve Online: The Second Decade (PC)
5:10 PM (Eastern)
- Dead Space 3 (PS3/Xbox 360)
- Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device (PC)
- The Secret World (PC)
- NCAA Football 13 (PS3/Xbox 360)
7:10 PM (Eastern)
- Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PS3)
- Brave (PS3)
8:10 PM (Eastern)
- Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure – Starter Pack (Wii)
- Skylanders Giants Triple Pack
9:10 PM (Eastern)
- TriMount (PS3/Xbox 360/Wii)
3:00 AM (Eastern)
- Moshi Monsters: Moshings Theme Park (3DS)
I admit, the Limited Time Deals are less than stellar (though Amazon has promised to add more throughout the day), but the all-day deals feature some of the best prices you’ll see on some of the biggest games of 2013 this holiday season.
Would you like a little ridiculousness for your Sunday? TMZ is reporting that Lindsay Lohan is planning to sue Rockstar Games over the unauthorized inclusion of her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V.
TMZ’s sources didn’t know which game character the actress believes is based on her, but they point to a few possibilities, though none match up very well with Lohan:
- The “Blonde Girl” used in a lot of the game’s advertising. TMZ discounts this choice as the blonde bikini model is based on a real person named Shelby Welinder.
- Lacey Jonas, a blonde actress who stars in “romantic comedies and cheerleader dance-off movies.” Jonas appears in an optional mission where she asks the player to drive her home after an encounter with the paparazzi. It’s unlikely Jonas is meant to be Lohan as she never rises above the level of “generic actress” during her scant three minutes of screentime.
- Poppy Mitchell is probably the best (and worst) guess. She is a tall, dark-haired actress described as “America’s Sweetheart.” When the player meets Mitchell in the game, you learn that she is dating a blonde-haired teen heartthrob named Justin (a rather obvious Justin Bieber stand-in) and that she is staying at the Gentry Manor Hotel, which is based on the real Chateau Marmont Hotel. The mission ends with Mitchell crashing her car into a construction site. While Lohan has crashed her car several times and has previously lived at the Chateau Marmont, she’s neither tall nor dark-haired. And I don’t think she’s ever dated Justin Bieber.
Since Mitchell’s appearance in the game doesn’t resemble Lohan in the slightest, the only thing Rockstar could have “stolen” from the actress is a few facts from her life. And sadly, she isn’t the only actress in Hollywood with a poor driving record.
No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…
Are you still exhausted from this Thursday’s bird-eating/non-stop shopping-stravaganza? Hopefully you’ve had a chance to rest and, if you’re sane, you skipped shopping at all stores this week except for ones with “DOT COM” in their name. Thankfully, we’ve got some tasty rumors for you to gobble (gobble) up…
Electronic Arts has likely tasked Visceral Games and EA Canada on an open world Star Wars game. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain likely won’t be released for a long time. And Telltale Games might be working on a Game of Thrones game adaptation.
We’ve also talked to Stasis developer Christopher Bischoff about his upcoming game and published more news (and a few more rumors) after the break. (more…)
Just one new game will be driving its way towards a retail release this week: Gran Turismo 6.
The Polyphony Digital-developed racer will likely be the last game in the famed franchise to be released for the PS3. Kazunori Yamauchi, Polyphony’s CEO and the main driving force behind the series, recently revealed that Gran Turismo 7 is in development for the PS4. Instead of creating a brand new game from scratch, Yamauchi stated that Gran Turismo 7 would likely be a souped-up version of Gran Turismo 6 and could be out as early as next year.
Something to think about as you contemplate a Gran Turismo 6 purchase later this week when its released on December 6.
It’s no secret that EA Games owns the exclusive license to publish Star Wars games. Whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen. The Worst Company in America two years running now, EA’s stock has been on a serious decline, as far as gamers are concerned. Maybe a strong franchise like Star Wars is exactly what EA needs to boost sales and prove to people that they can get the job done. With these things in mind, it should put into perspective just how important EA’s newest project, an “open world Star Wars game,” is.
We know that EA has farmed out two Star Wars titles to DICE LA (Star Wars: Battlefront) and Visceral Games (an untitled and rather mysterious Star Wars game). Despite three decades of Star Wars games, gamers have never gotten their hands on an open-world title. With the great success of open world titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, there’s little doubt that such a title could work if done properly. Open world titles are extremely ambitious in and of themselves, but Star Wars titles bring in a whole other list of challenges, the first and foremost of which is making the game feel like a Star Wars game. You can slap the name Star Wars on anything, but if players don’t feel immersed in a world of battling political philosophies, opposing Force powers, and corrupt Hutt lords, then it’s not really a Star Wars game.
To that end, it looks like EA has expanded the scope of Visceral’s Star Wars title and brought EA Canada aboard to help with development duties. Scanning job postings released by EA Canada, it looks like this “open world Star Wars game” is the same one currently in the works at Visceral. So two world class developers… one great license… this can’t fail, right? Right?
Sega and Atlus officially merged back in September and according to Naoya Tsurumi, Sega Sammy’s Chief Operating Officer, the melding of the two companies has gone swimmingly.
Speaking to Famitsu Magazine (via Siliconera), Tsurumi stated that Atlus will continue to exist as a separate publishing label and that the developers under the Atlus brand will operate independently of Sega, just as they do now. Tsurumi also revealed that Atlus has been given access to Sega’s “dormant” franchises and is free to use them to build new games if they so choose:
Famitsu: It must be reassuring to have added a group capable of making great RPG titles.
Tsurumi: While we have no intention of forcing this, we’d definitely love to have them utilize any of Sega’s dormant IPs.
Tsurumi didn’t specify which franchises he considered “dormant,” but this might be good news for fans of long-forgetten franchises like Space Channel 5, Shenmue, Jet Set Radio (all three of which last saw new entries in 2002), and many others.