December 16

Kojima Forms New Studio, Partners With Sony

After months of speculation Hideo Kojima has officially left Konami, and he has wasted no time in announcing his next project…

In an announcement video, which you can see below, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House announced “a new partnership with one of the most celebrated game developers in history.” Following the introduction, the camera pans to Kojima who reveals that he has established a new independent studio, and that the first game from the studio will be “a collaboration with PlayStation.” Kojima goes on to add that he is “thrilled to embark on creating a new franchise.” Well, that didn’t take long for Kojima to land himself a new job, and the collaboration with PlayStation is not surprising given their history and national ties. Before people start fan-boy wars, this is an independent studio, Kojima isn’t working directly for Sony. Still, this is definitely good news for PS4 owners.

In more news that is sure to start arguments on the internet, Bungie has announced level upgrade micro-transactions for Destiny. For the cost of £25, players will be able to purchase a boost to level 25 for the game’s three character classes: Titan, Warlock, and Hunter. The release follows the single boost that new joiners got with recent expansion, The Taken King. While still way below the level cap of 40, some will still consider this as a shortcut. I personally think the boost pack is fine, but what I would like to know is why would someone purchase the game and then pay even more money to not have to play the game as much. I also believe you could get to level 25 fairly quickly, but would be interested to hear what Destiny player think of this.

More micro-transactions for an Activision game have been revealed, this time it’s Call Of Duty: Black Ops III. Items like weapons, outfits, camos, cosmetic attachments, and taunts will all be available to buy. If you are playing the latest Call Of Duty on the old generation, then you are out of luck, these items are only available on PS4, Xbox One and PC. There is not much more to add really here, if you like to purchase these sort of things then I guess this is good news, otherwise move on.

We have talked about the Final Fantasy VII Remake quite a bit recently, included the latest news that the game was going to be a “multi-part series.” Well, according to Famitsu, the scenario for the first part in the series is already complete. To clarify the “scenario” is the equivalent of a screenplay, so don’t expect an imminent release but it is nice to hear that progress is being made. To be honest it sound further along than I expected, we could even expect to see this first part release some time in 2016!

Today is the highly anticipated released of Ark Survival Evolved on Xbox One, via the preview program. In addition to its release, Studio Wildcard has announced that the console version of the game will support local two-player split-screen. The couch co-op feature will come through an update to the game in early 2016. As a gamer that grew up playing local split-screen, I am happy to hear that there are developers that still want to try and support this dying feature. I look forward to playing some Ark: Survival Evolved in the coming days.

Until tomorrow,

Matt