Is Microsoft Planning To Save Silent Hills?

A huge (HUGE) rumor is going around that was started by YouTube channel The Know that claims that a deal is in the works between Microsoft and Konami to save Silent Hills.

The channel claims that this information comes from an anonymous yet reliable source. Here’s what they claim:

– Microsoft is trying to buy Silent Hills and the entire franchise and make it an Xbox One exclusive

– Konami wiping the P.T. demo from the PlayStation Store was a show of good faith to Microsoft

– They are trying to get it finalized for an announcement at E3

– Silent Hills is 80% complete

– They are planning release the game in March 2016

– Microsoft going to fork over billions of dollars for the franchise

Now, I would want for this rumor to be true as much as anyone, but considering all of the above points it seems EXTREMELY unlikely. It seems crazy to me that Microsoft would pay billions of dollars for a franchise that really hasn’t been hugely popular in years. I also find it hard to believe that the game is already 80% and would be released in March of next year. From what we heard the game was in the very early stages when the P.T. demo was released last year, with the tentative release date being 2016/2017. Lastly, how the hell would Sony ever let Microsoft get away with this?

Again, I would love for this to be true, but we’re just gonna have to wait and hear from the big guys themselves regarding these rumors. If they are true and Microsoft has the announcement for E3, they would win the entire show with that news alone. Check out the video detailing these rumors below.

Big Rise Of The Tomb Raider News Coming June 1st

Square Enix is teasing some big news regarding Crystal Dynamics’ upcoming action adventure game Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Taking to the official Tomb Raider Facebook page, the publisher posted the following brief message:

“Mark your calendars for Monday, June 1.”

Considering E3 is just around the corner, I’m curious as to what exactly they would want to talk about before that. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

Konami Isn’t Completely Ditching Console Games For Mobile Games

Konami has been the center of a lot of controversy lately over the recent handling of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the complete abandonment of Silent Hills and the announcement that they would be focusing on the mobile gaming market aggressively.

While all of this has been a major blow to Konami’s reputation, the president of Konami, Hideki Hayakawa, has come out to clear the air a bit. Here’s what he said regarding the recent shift to mobile games:

“We often hear the term ‘mobile first,’ and I want to specify that Konami’s idea of mobile first is not at all to focus purely on mobile games. Our aim is to continue to build up a comprehensive portfolio of console, arcade, and card game titles for each IP while also making the best possible use of the mobile devices that accompany our customers in their daily life.”

He then goes into detail regarding the dramatic internal shifts that the company has been going through lately:

“Until now, in addition to game development duties, our creators were handling a wide range of responsibilities including managerial roles. This can be a helpful approach when a studio concentrates on progressively specializing in a specific style of product, but we have found that a sudden market shift can render that specialization invalid and leave the studio unable to keep up.

“We faced difficulties in taking advantage of market shifts in areas such as licensing, with expansion of IPs outside of the games themselves, and also in leveraging IPs between different devices such as from consoles to the mobile platform.”

“Based on these lessons, we have changed our approach to instead have managerial staff thoroughly focus on strategy and how their individual skills can be best applied, with that strategy then being executed together with the creative staff.”

While this puts me at ease a little bit for the future of Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill, it’s still a bummer that Silent Hills isn’t going to be happening. Hopefully some more info will come out regarding what they have in store for both series.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Will Launch Before April 2016

It’s still next year, but thankfully it will launch within the year’s first 3 months.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End got one of the year’s most disappointing delays when it was pushed from its Fall release to 2016. However, news has dropped that reveals that we wont have to wait too long as the game will be releasing within the first quarter of next year.

Via an annual Investor Relations Day conference, the President of PlayStation Andrew House claimed that Uncharted 4 would be out before their fiscal year comes to a close, which ends on March 31st, 2016.

This is great news, as with how solid the Uncharted series is nobody wants to have to wait any longer to play what may end up being the series’ final game. Bring it on!

Here Are The Free Xbox Games With Gold For June 2015

PlayStation fired first yesterday with its batch of free games for next month, and now Xbox has returned fire. As always, gamers will be getting two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games absolutely free if they are a Gold member of Xbox Live.

As for what the free games are, just scroll down for the complete list along with descriptions straight from the Xbox website.

Massive Chalice ($19.99 ERP): Available from June 1-30 on Xbox One

First up, for Xbox One, we have the all-new Massive Chalice, from fan-favorite developer Double Fine Productions. An early Kickstarter success, Massive Chalice is a tactical strategy game set in an epic fantasy world. You step into the shoes of the Immortal Ruler, and your goal is to defeat a mysterious enemy known as the Cadence, in a war that will apparently last 300 years. Yes, that’s a pretty freakin’ long time, but you’ve got plenty of troops to command, marriages to forge, and bloodlines to uphold. An immortal’s gotta keep their multi-generation war machine fit and fresh, after all!

Pool Nation FX ($13.99 ERP): Available from June 1-30 on Xbox One

** This game has been available for several months now, so no description was provided. It’s a pool game, what more do you need to know!

Just Cause 2 ($14.99 ERP): Available from June 1-15 on Xbox 360

For Xbox 360, June sees the addition of Just Cause 2 to the lineup, which means players should prepare for oodles of acrobatic insanity. Equipped with a grappling hook, a bevy of weapons, as protagonist Rico Rodriguez you’re set loose on the fictional island nation of Panau in Southeast Asia to find and kill your one time friend and mentor. To accomplish that you’ll have to cause chaos and destruction, jump parachute-less from planes, take on entire armies single-handed, and disarm cruise missiles that are in-flight… and that’s if you stick to the story missions. In between you’re free to roam around the huge 400 square miles of rugged terrain with hundreds of weapons and vehicles to wreak havoc or just enjoy the view… right.

Thief ($29.99 ERP): Available from June 16-30 on Xbox 360

Games with Gold also provides a sneakier option in Thief, 2014’s first-person action-stealth caper. Step into the silent shoes of Garrett, a dark and solitary thief with an unrivalled set of skills. The most challenging heists, the most inaccessible loot and the best kept secrets: nothing is out of your reach.  Explore the sick and troubled City, from its shady back alleys to the heights of its rooftops. Sneak through the streets, infiltrate heavily-guarded mansions and lurk in every dark corner… unnoticed and unsanctioned. Use Garrett’s arsenal to take down guards silently with your blackjack, use multiple arrow types to manipulate your environment and the enemies within them or use your newly acquired focus abilities to increase the effectiveness of your thieving skills. What kind of Master Thief will you be?

Alright, so compared to PlayStation’s free games I would say that things are pretty even for the month of June. Just Cause 2 is a fantastic game for the Xbox 360, and even Thief is an underrated game that I feel deserves another look from some people. I don’t know much about Massive Chalice, but from what I hear it’s something worth getting excited about.

Then there’s Pool Nation FX. Yeah… moving on!

Ultratech Head Aria Closes Out Season 2 Of Killer Instinct

The head of Ultratech will serve as the closer for Killer Instinct’s season two.

Killer Instinct is continuing to be a pleasant surprise on Xbox One, being a free-to-play fighting game that has great mechanics and a lot of content for those interested.

Now the devs have revealed that the game’s second season will end with Aria, who is the ultimate boss of the series being the head of Ultratech. She’ll be available to download on May 29th for Ultra Edition owners and June 4th for Combo Breaker Edition owners.

Check out the trailer for Aria below!

Looks Like Deep Silver Is Publishing IGA’s Bloodstained

Nothing is official, but Deep Silver could be making Bloodstained a reality.

Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night‘s Kickstarter smashed the campaign’s goal of $500,000 as it now inches its way closer to the 3 million mark. However, that original $500,000 was only going to cover a fraction of the game’s actual cost, with IGA claiming that the game will be 90% publisher funded.

So who is the mystery publisher that will be making the majority of this thing happen? According to a recent trademark filed in the United States bearing the game’s name, it looks like Deep Silver/Koch Media. Gaming website Destructoid reached out to Koch Media and got confirmation from their attorney that the trademark was indeed filed on their behalf.

Still, nothing is certain until an official announcement is made, so we’ll just have to wait and see how this one pans out!