The Circle is Now Complete
By Matthew Arcilla
They say that in videogames, the more things change the more they stay the same and that time is a flat circle. Well okay, that’s not true. Nobody says that.
But what is true is that videogames are like an ouroboros: sequels beget remasters, ambition desires money which in turn breeds ambition and all brands eventually return to their owners. In the end, it doesn’t really matter, said some nu metal poet once.
An NBA match was host to exclusive God of War footage
It was kind of assumed that God of War’s marketing was going to ramp up in the months leading up to its release, but who expected they’d turn to an NBA ball game for a promo spot? During the halftime of a match between the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors, exclusive footage of the upcoming game was projected directly onto the court.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sales up, active players down
This online multiplayer battle royale game was the surprise sensation of 2017, selling millions of copies back when it was in early access and selling more after release. Unfortunately, player interest is going down, falling from 3 million active players in January to 2.5 million in February. Let’s hope the dip is short-lived.
System Shock remaster was the safest bet in Kickstarter until it wasn’t
A remake of a game with a proven formula and design philosophy seemed like a surefire bet in crowdfunding when it comes to getting your money’s worth. In the case of System Shock, there was even a sweet tech demo serving as proof of concept. Unfortunately, a contrite Nightdive Studios admitted they strayed from the path and spent more than they should have.
Legendary action game Bayonetta and its sequel now on the Nintendo Switch
When Bayonetta 3 was announced as a Nintendo Switch exclusive at E3 last year, it made sense to expect the rest of the games to be remastered or re-released not long before. Well, everything comes full circle, and Bayonetta 1 and Bayonetta 2 are now on the Nintendo Switch, and despite the hybrid console’s conservative horsepower, they play just as great as they did on the PS3 and Xbox 360.