The Week in Videogames:
Return of the Comeback
By Matthew Arcilla
The week in videogames has been a weird confluence of comeback stories. Whether it’s the quiet resurrection of long dormant brands and franchises or the stealthy return of those that were forgotten, it’s been a reminder that in videogames anything might go down, but nothing is ever trulyx out.
8. Square Enix teases the return of Valkyrie Profile hard
Square Enix sneakily launched Twitter account for Valkyrie Profile and used it to announce they’ll begin to “share information” on Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth. They also released a mysterious teaser trailer. Speculation right now is a re-release of the original Valkyrie Profile for current platforms. The cult classic combined side-scrolling dungeon crawling, rhythm-based combat and a sweeping operatic story about star-crossed lovers and the end of the world.
7. Yakuza 6 was fully playable, then taken away
Eyebrows were raised when the eagerly anticipated demo for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life was a massive 37GB download. While the demo was just supposed to be the prologue, it turns out that it was the entire game, and players quickly found ways to access the rest of the playable content for the open world crime action game. Sega pulled the demo, confirmed the error and apologized.
6. Killer7 won’t stay dead as it ‘collabs’ with Let It Die
As a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio announced that Killer7-themed content would be added to their free-to-play action game Let It Die. It’s being called a “collab,” which suggests something more exciting than cosmetics or whatever for this love-it-or-hate-it classic. With months lead time, fans are excited to see what else will materialize.
5. Overwatch’s new hero looks straight out of Paladins
Since 2016, first-person MOBA Paladins has contended with accusations of copying team shooter Overwatch, thanks to similarities that were noted between their characters. The tables have turned with Overwatch’s latest hero, Brigitte, a tanky healer that looks a lot like Ash, a tanky front-liner from Paladins. The creative lead of Paladins has been a good sport, saying, “At the end of the day, we all stand on the shoulders of Team Fortress 2.”