GTA Tokyo Almost Happened!
Our daily news updates have returned and we kick off with the reveal that GTA Tokyo almost became a real game!
According to a recent source, Rockstar Games considered making a “full” GTA game set in Tokyo, and even went as far as sending staff to the Japanese city on a research trip. The unnamed source told TechRadar that the trip took place several years ago, during the PS2 era of GTA III and GTA: Vice City. The reason the project never progressed was due to the “problematic” road system, and that Rockstar had “firmly embedded itself” in the the USA. The second reason can lead us to believe that GTA VI, which has commenced “preliminary” work, is unlikely to be outside the United States. I would love to see an updated Vice City, but I trust Rockstar implicitly to make another great GTA. First and foremost though… give me a Red Dead sequel!
Talking of sequels, we have recently been learning more about Gears Of War 4 thanks to Game Informer’s cover exclusive. However, in a new Game Informer report, it has been revealed that Epic Games did actually commence work on Gears of War 4 before selling the franchise to Microsoft. Epic completed more than six months of preproduction on the game, and while the exact differences between Epic’s original vision and The Coalition‘s current project is not clear, it is known that Epic came up with the idea for the fourth entry in the series to be set in the future with Marcus Fenix’s son in a lead role. Considering the franchise was sold to Microsoft back in January 2013, this does provide some interesting insight into how long Gears 4 has been in the works, one way or another.
Watch Dogs 2 was initially confirmed at Ubisoft‘s investor call back in February, and we still wait for any firm details regarding the game itself. However we have learned a little more about the PC version today, which will make use of DirectX 12 and be “highly optimised” for AMD GPUs. This is particularly interesting due to the fact that open-world games have been favouring Nvidia GPUs for the past few years now. I would imagine we will set a lot more of Watch Dogs 2 at E3, if not before. I’m excited for the sequel as the original game had some very good ideas.
One game that is on the closer horizon is Doom. The iconic FPS franchise returns in May, and Bethesda has released another trailer to wet our appetites. The new trailer showcases the shooter’s demons, power weapons, power ups and more and you can check it out below. If you can’t wait until May to play this game, remember that a beta will be running from March 31st until April 3rd. Details can be found on the official website.
The final item of the day is for you hardcore Mortal Kombat fans out there. If you have ever wanted to own a replica of Reptile you are in luck as Pop Culture Shock has announced the 1:3 replica statue, which you can see below. While there is no doubt that the statue looks impressive, it does come with a hefty price tag of $750! For those that can afford such a purchase, pre orders are now live but you will need to act fast as only 350 are being made! I personally don’t think I could ever justify this much money on a statue, but I’m sure I’d sound very different is money wasn’t an issue!