Let The Games(com) Begin!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend and are ready for the new week — only 5 more days until the Premier League! Anyway, I am here to talk video games, not football, so let’s kick off with some early Gamescom news…

Xbox has a large presence at this year’s German event, and first up is some good news for fans of Gears Of War. Anyone who purchases Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition, and plays it online before the end of 2015, will obtain free copies of Gears Of War, Gears Of War 2, Gears Of War 3 and Gears Of War: Judgement for the Xbox 360 — all of which will be playable via backwards compatibility. This is a really smart move on Xbox’s part as it is a great franchise to launch backwards compatibility with, and it gives gamers a real incentive to purchase the Ultimate Edition. If you don’t want to purchase the Ultimate Edition, you can still pick up the titles on the 360 store. I can’t wait to play all these games again!

 

 

Staying with Xbox, and Phil Spencer has teased that a release date for Quantum Break is imminent. Remedy Entertainment‘s latest action game was initially due for release in 2015, before being pushed to “early 2016”. In response to a fan on Twitter, Spencer said “You’ll see on Tuesday. I think you’ll be happy.” I think this all but confirms a release date is coming, and you’re hearing it here first — January 29th (26th for US). This is just a stab in the dark, and will more likely be March/April, but it would be awesome if it came out early and became 2016’s “Dying Light“. I’m very excited to get my hands on this game.

So we found out a couple of weeks ago that Rise Of The Tomb Raider is only a timed-exclusive for Xbox One and will be coming to PS4 in holiday 2016. In a recent interview with Chinese site Gamecores, Phil Spencer made it clear that Xbox’s future focus will be on first-party exclusives.

“My strategy is more around our own first-party franchises, and investing in franchises that we own and probably fewer deals for exclusive third-party content. I want to have strong third party relations, but paying for many third-party exclusives isn’t our long term strategy.”

This makes sense to me, in the long run I can’t see how much money there is in a timed exclusive. I remember hearing Spencer talk about the Xbox library in categories, and that Xbox didn’t have a game like Uncharted or Tomb Raider. This was a good stop-gap, but maybe now something like ReCore will fill the third-person action-adventure hole. We shall see.

Talking of Uncharted, Sony has revealed a Special Edition of the upcoming Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. In addition to the first three Uncharted games — remastered for the PS4 — the bundle includes a 48-page art book, a steel case, and some stickers. As far as special editions go this is a pretty simple one, but one that I’m sure some Uncharted fans will enjoy. I will most likely stick to the standard version as steel-book cases always look out of place on my shelf!

 

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Will back again tomorrow with more Gamescom news!

Matt