More Remastered Games On The Horizon

The current generation appears to be the time of the “remaster” and it doesn’t show any sign of slowing up…

Square Enix released their annual report yesterday and within the report it laid out their plans to add to the Final Fantasy VII Remake that was announced at E3 earlier this year:

“We will revitalise some of our strong IPs in ways that meet the needs of the modern gaming market. For example, we will take an IP developed for earlier generations of game consoles and recreate it for the latest consoles, while also proactively developing versions for play on smart devices,”

While I don’t necessarily say that all remasters are a waste of time, the fact that Square are having such a strong focus of remasters says to me that they are short of new IP and ideas. If we borrow from Peter Moore’s comments earlier this week, “it feels like pushing stuff out because you’ve run out of ideas.”

One new title that Square Enix has this year is Rise Of The Tomb Raider. In conjunction with Microsoft, Lara returns with her latest adventure next month. To continue the build up to its release, Microsoft has released a new gameplay trailer which show shows the “harsh environments” that Lara must overcome. The trailer is the first of a three-part series titled “Woman vs. Wild.” AS previously seen we witness the huge blizzard along with dangerous wildlife such as a grizzly bear. I think I’ve said this before but I’m pretty excited to play this game. Once my Halo adventure concludes next week, I will move onto Tomb Raider to get me ready for Rise Of The Tomb Raider‘s November 10th release.

Next up, and following the previous announcement that Deep Silver had removed Yager as developer for Dead Island 2, the German developer has finally spoken out about the events. Yager’s managing director Timo Ullmann had the following to say to GamesIndustry International:

“Having a project cancelled in such a late state is a catastrophic event on so many different levels,”

“It really is the worst possible outcome. Everybody involved loses.”

It was also revealed that jobs were lost as a result of the removal. I think Ullmann is right that everyone loses out. There is obviously two sides to this story, but I just wonder how much this has cost Deep Silver in wasted production and how the change will affect the final quality of the game. Whether or not we see Dead Island 2 in 2016 still remains to be seen.

By now you may have heard that you can play your Xbox One games on your Windows 10 device, thanks to the new streaming service available in Microsoft’s latest OS update. Well, now you are able to use your wireless Xbox One controller thanks to the new adaptor that is now available. The dongle allows your Windows 10 computer to communicate with up to eight controllers simultaneously — helpful for those rare local multiplayer experiences. At £20 it is a little bit on the expensive side, but is a nice addition. I’m very close to reverting to Windows, purely so I can play my Xbox One upstairs!

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Closing out the news, the real-world Pokemon dream continues to live on as a Gym is due to open in Japan! The gym, which is due to open November 10th, is being described as a “hands-on edutainment facility.” Within the gym, fans will be able to battle and trade one another, and play Pokemon arcade “training” games. These games, include “Charizard’s Battle Colosseum” and “Gardevoir’s Control Score.” Man this sounds like an awesome place! If I ever visit Japan, and am near Osaka, I’ll be sure to give this place a visit.

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That’s it for today.

Matt