Last Week in Videogames:
Cheater, Cheater, Grade Repeater
By Matthew Arcilla
We take a look at the week in videogaming: the noteworthy and naughty, the wonderful and the weird and of course, the fails of the famous.
Red Dead Redemption II gets a definitive release date
Source: The Verge
The highly anticipated sequel to 2010’s open world Western has been moved back from the middle of the year. It’s now set for October towards the holiday rush, when a dozen big franchises tend to launch their titles at the same time.
PS4 sales have fallen since last year
On its fifth year into the current generation of gaming consoles, it’s quite possible that Sony might be running out of people to sell PS4s to. The multinational conglomerate that brought us The Emoji Movie sold less PlayStations over the 2017 holiday season than it did in 2016.
All hands are on deck for Anthem at studio Bioware
The pressure intensifies at the studio behind Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Mass Effect and Dragon Age as they prepare to focus on their biggest project yet: a massive shared world action game in the vein of Destiny and Tom Clancy’s The Division.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is now on PC
Source: Rock Paper Shotgun
This re-issue of the PS2 cult classic arrived on PS4 last July and is now on PC with all the bells and whistles. In addition to the usual remaster improvements, The Zodiac Age swings for the PC fences with uncapped frame rates and even keyboard and mouse support, if that’s a thing you wanted.
Dragon Age producer responds to concerns about ‘live elements’
Though unannounced, the people at EA and Bioware have been candid about the existence of the next Dragon Age. Studio producer Casey Hudson addressed concerns about reports of the game’s ‘live’ elements by saying players will be “relieved” to know the game is “story and character focused.”
Star Wars Battlefront II’s controversial microstransactions are definitely coming back
In the wake of weaker than hoped for sales for Star Wars Battlefront II, the chief financial officer for EA confirmed that microtransactions will return. This was all in a conversation with the Wall Street Journal, so you know it’s practically a promise.
Atari co-founder was to be honored, until he got called out for misogyny
Source: Too Much Gaming
The Game Developers’ Conference was going to give an industry pioneer named Nolan Bushnell an award for being an industry pioneer. Unfortunately, many other game developers were quick to remind the GDC of his public record of the toxic misogynist culture he promoted at Atari, so they changed their mind.
Arcade champion’s high score stricken from the world records
Arcade legend Billy Mitchell, who rose to notoriety in the documentary The King of Kong, had his high scores stricken from the record books amidst allegations of faked data. The gist of it is that either Mitchell misrepresented his footage or more likely, he flat out cheated.
The scandal comes mere weeks after revelations of other fake scores. What makes this story extra saucey is that Mitchell is infamous as an aloof braggart, so it delights even the most impartial arcade aficionados to see him taken down a peg.
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