The Revolution Is Coming This May!

Closing out a busy first week back we have another possible release window for one of 2016’s hotly anticipated titles…

Following up on yesterday’s Mafia III leak, we have another of those pesky pre-order cards revealing a previously unannounced release date. This time the card was found at US retailer Target, and appears to indicate that Homefront: The Revolution will be coming on May 17th. We do know that Deep Silver‘s open-world shooter is scheduled for a Spring 2016 release, so whilst the release date isn’t official we could reasonably believe it to be accurate — Target has no reason to print a pre-order card with a fictitious date. I am happy to see that this much-troubled project is finally coming to completion.

I have one more release rumour for all you beautiful people to enjoy. This one is almost a dead certainty as it comes from the champions of game leaks, Amazon France! The listing appear to indicate that Bethesda‘s FPS reboot of the DOOM franchise will be arriving on June 30th. It is possible that this is a placeholder, Bethesda had previously stated that DOOM would be coming in the first half of 2016, but based on Amazon France’s track record I believe it could well be accurate — the date  is also a Thursday, which is the European release day for video games. I am interested to see how this game turns out, I haven’t played a DOOM game since DOOM 64 almost 20 years ago!

I spoke at length yesterday about the price reveal for Oculus Rift and what it meant for the device. Well it now seems that reports are flying around the internet about the price of PlayStation VR, and it looks like it is going to be more of the same. Firstly a research group by the name of SuperData (what a great name) has stated that they expect the headset to cost between $400-$600. Then, earlier today, Amazon Canada listed PlayStation VR at CAD 1,125 ($800, £545). Sony has since stated that the Amazon listing was an error, which I truly hope is the case. Either way, any hopes of a $300/£220 price point appears unlikely. I don’t want to repeat myself but I truly believe that PlayStation VR becomes a tough sell when it costs more than the PS4 itself!

It may sound crazy but the next Far Cry is just over a month away. Ubisoft is taking us back to the stone age with Far Cry Primal, and we have now discovered that it will be a single-player only experience. Speaking in the Steam forums, community manager Jason Paradise gave the following reason:

“We are focusing entirely on creating the best possible Far Cry experience for our fans. Bringing the Stone Age to life and providing players with a strong gameplay experience based off of the Far Cry legacy meant we had to reinvent our core gameplay loop. This was definitely not a small undertaking. Our focus was on delivering this fantasy which required clear priorities for the team. Therefore, in the early stages of the project, we made the difficult choice of focusing our efforts on the single player experience.”

As a single-player gamer I will say that this news doesn’t bother me, but I will admit that the co-op and multiplayer functionality in Far Cry 4 was done well. I look forward to experiencing this game on February 23rd.

We close the week with the latest game releases. They are as follows:

 

 

Have a good weekend!

Matt