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Recent Articles: Gamescom 2013
During last week’s Gamescom expo, Microsoft announced two additional bundles for their free-to-play reboot of Killer Instinct If fans want to obtain all eight characters, they’ll want to purchase the “Combo Breaker Pack” or the “Ultra Edition” (which also included an emulated version of the original Killer Instinct. But these eight characters (which include Jago, Chief Thunder, Sabrewulf, and Glacius) will only comprise “Season One” of Killer Instinct.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Microsoft’s Ken “GoldenEye‘s Klobb is Named After Me” Lobb revealed that eight additional characters will be released for the game in 2014 as part of “Season Two.” Both sets of characters will be able to battle it out together in Killer Instinct and Lobb hinted that a complete collection of Season Two characters would also be priced at $19.99.
Finally, Lobb revealed that Jago wouldn’t be the only free character in Killer Instinct. Currently, the plan is to switch the free character every three months. “[I]n that sense you can play for free over years and sample more than just Jago,” he Lobb.
Not content with just offering the normal difficulty setting, Nintendo has announced that The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will feature an additional difficultly setting called Hero Mode. The higher difficulty setting, also seen in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, will remove healing hearts from being found in the environment, forcing Link to seek out fairies or potions. Not only that, but enemy AIs will dish out double the damage they do in Normal Mode.
This new feature is one of several to be added to the original game, including Swift Sail, which allows players to control the King of Red Lions ship directly, rather than indirectly changing direction by controlling the wind. The GamePad’s second screen will also allow players to effectively play the game as an FPS, in a similar way to Link’s Crossbow Training on the Wii. Along with the improved HD graphics, this version of Wink Waker is shaping up to be a must-own game.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will be available in October.
Sony has announced that Heavy Spectrum Entertainment Labs, best known for its PlayStation mobile titles Bullion Blitz and Puzziball, is reviving the old Amiga classic Shadow of the Beast. Originally developed by Reflections Interactive and released in 1989, it was published by Liverpool firm Psygnosis, which was later enveloped into the Sony brand as SCE Studio Liverpool. Although that studio was shut down last year, Sony still retains the rights to the game.
The original side-scrolling game was well known for its then-superior graphics and high quality score composed by David Whittaker, who is now Head of Audio at Traveller’s Tales. Other than the brief CGI teaser trailer, very little else is known, although Sony may be looking at this title to carry on the God of War crown. Hopefully Heavy Spectrum will find a way to make the material fresh as well as paying homage to the original.
Now all we need is for Sega to revive Altered Beast!
Speaking to Polygon during this weekend’s Gamescom expo, Game Director Josh Mosqueira hinted that Diablo III: Reaper of Souls wlll likely come to consoles at some point:
“Our philosophy has always been we work on one project at a time,” said Mosqueira. “We’ve got Diablo 3 on PC, we released it and then a small team splintered off to work on Diablo for the current consoles. Now the team’s really focused on Reaper of Souls for PC. So if you look at the past, you can probably infer what the future might bring. We don’t have any announcements at this point.”
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is currently on track for a 2014 launch and it is the first expansion to the PC version of Diablo III, which was released in May 2012. The PS3 and Xbox 360 editions of Diablo III will be released next week. So it might be a while before Reaper of Souls does any reaping on the PS3 or Xbox 360.
Bringing Gran Turismo 6 to the PS4 has always been part of the plan at Polyphony Digital. But if Kazunori Yamauchi has his way, that may not entirely be accurate.
Speaking to Joystiq, Polyphony’s CEO said that when Gran Turismo 6 finally does come to the PS4, it may actually be retitled to Gran Turismo 7. Aside from saying that a PS4 version of the game wouldn’t be released for a very long time, Yamauchi said that the “vision” of the game might not carry over, requiring the numbering change.
So Gran Turismo 6 is likely coming to the PS4, and it won’t be happening anytime soon. But it might be called Gran Turismo 7. So now I wonder, why did Yamauchi even say anything?
Sony has announced that Rain, their stylish puzzle platformer in development at Sony Japan, will be released on October 1. In North America, the game will be priced at $14.99.
In addition to the release date news, Sony has released a new Developer Diary for Rain focusing on composer Yugo Kanno and vocalist Connie Talbot.
Say hello to the villains of Lego Marvel Super Heroes
In honor of this year’s Gamescom expo, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released a new trailer for Lego Marvel Super Heroes. In addition to confirming the game will also appear on the PS4 and Xbox One this Fall, the developers at TT Games have given us our first look at some of the game’s many villains. They include (deep breath)…
Dr. Doom, Doctor Octopus, Magneto, Sandman, Arnim Zola, Green Goblin, Sabretooth, Abomination, Loki, Mystique, and Galactus. There’s also blink-and-you’ll-miss-it glimpses of Cyclops, Storm, and the Silver Surfer.
Unless I missed him, I’m still holding out for Lego Blade. But I love that we’re getting Lego Punisher, even if he wasn’t in this trailer.
February 2014 is starting to get crowded. Speaking to Polygon, a Sucker Punch spokesperson has revealed that InFamous: Second Son will be released for the PS4 sometime in the second month of 2014.
Second Son is the first game in the series to be released after the death of original protagonist Cole McGrath in InFamous 2. Sucker Punch has created a new main character, Delsin Rowe, to star in the sequel.