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Weekly News Update: 3/1/2015

Posted by: Cooper | Filed Under News, Weekly Articles, Weekly News Update | 2 comments 
2015
Mar 1

A lot happened this week within the games industry, and we are going to try and cover the most important topics here. Keep reading to see what happened in gaming for the week of 3/1/2015!

3_1_2015Batman Arkham Knight receives M rating

In an interesting change for the franchise, Batman Arkham Knight has received an ‘M’ rating from the ESRB. Now before you start to cry foul and say that they are just pumping blood and guts into the game for the sake of blood and guts, consider the fact that Rocksteady has stated that they haven’t changed their approach at all when making the game. When speaking to IGN, the game’s director Sefton Hill stated that they love the story of the game and don’t want to jeopardize it. We think this is great because this means that they are willing to possibly lose their younger audience in order to keep artistic integrity over the license. Rest assured, though, that the Arkham games you know and love haven’t changed or become too mature, this is just where they would naturally end up considering that the stories continually got darker and darker. We look forward to Arkham Knight and its release in June. Here’s the newest trailer for the game, released shortly after this news hit:

GTA Online Heists coming soon, but PC version delayed

Rockstar giveth and Rockstar taketh away. Earlier this week, Rockstart announced that heists for GTA Online would finally be released on last-gen and current-gen consoles on March 10th, but in the same statement, it was announced that the long-awaited PC version of the game would once again be delayed, this time to an April 14th release date. Once you look deeper into this announcement overall, nothing here is really all that good of news. Heists, while finally on their way, were promised on release of GTA Online back in October of 2013. Since then, we have only gotten “soon”’s from Rockstar until now. It turns out that Rockstar had been changing heists constantly in that period of time, and what we are going to end up with is completely different from what was promised almost two years ago. On top of that, the PC version of the game continually gets delayed, for reasons that Rockstar refuses to divulge. Some PC gamers are losing faith that the port will be worth the wait. One thing to consider, though, is that Rockstar has set a standard for itself and they know that there is a certain level of quality that they must reach. Much like Bethesda cancelling Prey 2, Rockstar doesn’t want to release a product that doesn’t meet their standards or doesn’t work right, especially with all of the problems that they had with GTA Online’s launch. We will just have to wait and see, but we are willing to bet that the port for GTAV on PC, being handled by the team who ported Max Payne 3 to PC (which was a great port), will be of that quality standard. We just have no idea when it will actually get to us.

TwitchPlaysHalo

Just over a year after the huge internet phenomenon that was Twitch Plays Pokemon, streamers have launched a Twitch Plays Halo channel to try and repeat its success. Unfortunately, the random nature of the game doesn’t translate well, and the stream has failed to make any considerable ground within the game itself. The stream has been going on for a little over three days as of writing this article, and the most commenters have been able to do is continually fall off of a ledge. Something may come of it, but we won’t hold our breath. You can check out the stream yourself here.

Dying Light receives $250,000 collector’s edition

It was announced earlier this week that Techland would be releasing a $250,000 “My Apocalypse” version of Dying Light as a special collectors edition. This version of the game includes everything listed in the picture below:

Yes, you read that right, it comes with adult diapers.

Yes, you read that right, it comes with adult diapers.

Taking the same route as the infamous Saints Row “Million Dollar Pack”, which only cost $1,000,000, was only available to one person, and included a flight into space as well as a Lamborghini Gallardo among other ridiculous perks. We wonder if a trend is starting here and if more and more publishers will be willing to release ultra-expensive versions of their games just to gain some public attention. Rest assured, as long as nobody is actually buying this stuff, it may be a trend that will quickly die out.


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