Konami Calls Game Over On AAA Titles

Monday is here :-(. I spent my weekend finishing off Until Dawn, which, disappointing twist aside, is a very good horror game that you should all check out. Anyway, the news…

The big story that broke late last week, and we discuss briefly on the GOTW Show, was a report that Konami will be halting AAA game production, except for PES. This would mean no more Metal Gear, no more Silent Hill, or no more Castlevania, in the AAA space at least. The  report came from French site Gameblog, and follows the news that Julien Merceron — the Fox Engine overseer — had left Konami. This news doesn’t really surprise me, but it is still sad to hear that we may not see so many great IPs in the console space again.

From one Japanese company to another, Sony has revealed some more information on the PlayStation VR.  According to Andrew House – CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment – the VR headset will be priced as a “new gaming platform.” In short, this means expect it to cost you £300+. In addition to this, it was revealed that we can expect 10 games for the platform over the next year. Taking both these points into consideration, I think PlayStation VR now becomes a tough sell. I understand the tech isn’t cheap, but that is a lot of money to spend to only experience a few games. Maybe I’ll be blown away by the headset if/when I get a chance to experience but, right now, I’m not a day one buyer — and that comes from someone who owns a PlayStation, PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, PS Vita, and PlayStation TV.

Let’s stay with Sony, and a couple of PS4 bundles have been announced for those looking to pick up a new gen console for the first time.  First up is probably a pretty obvious one, Naughty Dog’s Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will come bundled with either a 500GB PS4, or a 1TB PS4, for £300 or £330 respectively. If you decide that you are going to pick up this bundle, don’t cheap out, that 1TB hard drive is vital in this digital age — I’m so glad I upgraded my hard drive on day one.

If one game isn’t enough for you, then you might want to consider the Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate bundle. This comes with a physical copy of the game, a digital code for Watch Dogs and a 1TB PS4. This bundle comes in at a slightly more expensive £350, which actually makes it a less attractive deal — Watch Dogs is currently priced at only £17 on Amazon. Bundles are great, but there are inevitably more to be announced. Just wait until the rest have been confirmed, that way you can ensure you pick up the best deal.

Closing out the news, and we now have a release date for the Xbox One Elite Controller. The premium controller will be available on October 27th, which, by almost certainly no coincidence, means that it falls on the same day as Halo 5: Guardians. While I do like the look of this controller, and the customisable nature of it is definitely something pro gamers will be happy for, I’m not sure if I can convince myself to spend £120 on a controller. That is 3 extra games I could be buying…

Until tomorrow,

Matt