August 13

Rockstar To Take On America?

Hey Everybody! So it appears over the last couple of days the GTA VI rumour mill is making the rounds again, and there are some pretty big claims being made.

First up is the speculated 2018 release date. Such a release date is definitely something that is within the realms of possibility, especially at it would result in a five year life cycle between GTA V and GTA VI — the same time period between GTA IV and GTA V. The second part of the rumour is where it gets really exciting. Earlier this year there were rumours that GTA VI might be based in Portland, Oregon, but now the talk is that the game could go countrywide and include a playable-version of the whole of the USA. We have already seen playable-USA in racing game The Crew, so this wouldn’t be the first time it has been done. Personally I don’t think I would want them to do down that route. the size of San Andreas in GTA V was more than big enough, I’d rather they focus on making a world even more immersive — like entering more buildings etc.

Moving on to some more factual news, and we now have confirmation of which territories will be getting first use of Xbox’s TV DVR. USA, Canada and the UK are the lucky early adopters for the service which is due to launch in early 2016. Since its announcement at Gamescom, we have learnt that you will need a separate external hard drive — luckily Microsoft has announced a Xbox-branded 2TB Hard drive. All of a sudden this free service is going to set you back at least £50. Still, I think its a very cool feature, and the ability to have your TV shows on any Windows 10 device is appealing.

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Next up and multiplayer horror game The Flock is officially launching on August 21st. What makes The Flock stand out to other horror games, or any game for that matter, is that it has a limited life. The PC game will allow for 215,358,979 in-game player death until the game goes off sale, and only the remaining players will experience its finale before disappearing completely. Vogelsap confirmed that the game had been made with limited players in mind, and it will only change if the game comes to console. I am very intrigued by this game’s concept, and wonder how long the game will last.

Let’s close with a couple of new stories. First up and some more bad news for Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks star has recently been in the news for the wrong reasons, after allegations of a sexually assaulting a girl came to fruition earlier this month. In light of these recent allegation EA has decided to remove Kane from the NHL 16. The announcement, which was made via Twitter, means that Jonathan Toews is left as the sole star on this year’s cover. This is a no brainer for EA. We should all believe in innocent until proven guilty, but imagine the PR nightmare if they released the game with Kane on the cover and then he was found guilty.

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Closing out today’s news, and Turn 10 has revealed their weekly batch of new cars for Forza Motorsport 6. The full list can be found on their website, and includes the crazy 2014 BAC Mono, and a couple of powerful muscle cars — the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona HEMI, and the 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator. This list is ever growing and I can’t wait to experience so many of these different rides next month.

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That’s it for today. Until tomorrow.

Matt