The Votes Have Been Counted

We spoke two weeks ago about the prospect of video game voice actors going on strike. Well, the results are in…

A whopping 96.52% of members of The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have voted in favour of the strike. This means that the board of the SAG-AFTRA can now declare a strike, if it is deemed necessary. The ongoing dispute is with publishers such as EA, Activision, and Ubisoft, and is in relation to how voice actors are paid. I mentioned last time that I was in favour of the voice actors receiving back-end royalties, and my stance still remains. Hopefully this can all be resolved before it becomes an ongoing issue.

We have a lot of AAA news today so let’s tackle this in the order of their release. First up we have Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, which will be available on the PS4 from tomorrow! Naughty Dog has today revealed that, following their own research, as much 80% of PS4 owners have never played an Uncharted game! This stat is what helped Naughty dog decide that remastering the trilogy “would be a good idea.” I am shocked that this number is so high, and also jealous of all those gamers that will get to experience an Uncharted game for the first time. I can’t wait to pick this up tomorrow, be sure to look out for a Let’s Play next Tuesday.

Staying with AAA titles and Halo 5: Guardians has officially gone gold ahead of its October 27th release. To celebrate the completion of the game, Microsoft has published the below infographic that includes a variety of states, namely that the single player campaign will be about 8-12 hours in length. This is pretty standard Halo campaign length and I can’t wait to discover “The Truth.” In the meantime, I am playing through Halo 1-4 — with a Let’s Play dropping every Friday. Incase you missed it, you can check out my Halo: Combat Evolved Let’s Play below.

The final news story for 2015 AAA titles, and the digital pre-order version of Call of Duty: Black Ops III has mysteriously vanished from the Xbox One store. Before anyone begins to panic too much, the physical version is still available (at least it is on Amazon) but this is still a strange event. Microsoft has confirmed that it is only temporary, while Activision claimed it had nothing to do with the disappearance. Until we get something for firm from Microsoft we are left to speculate, but the fact that both PC and PS4 pre-orders are still available only add to the mystery. Remember, Activision and Sony formed a partnership this year that will see all DLC launch first on PS4. This is why physical discs are always better!

Closing the news, and it is some worrying times for the upcoming multiplayer shooter BattleCry after publisher Bethesda admitted to having “concerns” about the quality of the product. The internet was already making up its own conspiracies, following the game’s noticeable absence from event shows like E3 and Gamescom this year. I find it very strange that a publisher would publicly question the quality of its own game, surely this is the type of stories you want to keep out the news. That being said, it does show that Bethesda has strict quality controls on their games, and hopefully the developer can respond in the necessary ways to make BattleCry as good as it can be.

Uncharted day tomorrow!

Matt