It took them ages, but Nintendo has finally announced that Minecraft is coming to the Wii U later this month. The game, called Minecraft: Wii U Edition will launch on December 17th for $29.99.
The game will have all of the standard features that fans have come to know and love, though the devs promise that Nintendo-specific content will be coming at a later date. Hopefully that means some Mario and Zelda skins at some point.
The following free and paid content packs will also be available to download when the game launches:
- Battle & Beasts Skin Pack
- Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack
- Natural Texture Pack
- City Texture Pack
- Fantasy Texture Pack
- Festive Mash-up Pack
- Festive Skin Pack
- The Simpsons Skin Pack
- Doctor Who Skins Volume 1
- Doctor Who Skins Volume 2
- Star Wars Classic Skin Pack
- Star Wars Rebels Skin Pack
- Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack
- Mass Effect Mash-up Pack
- Skyrim Mash-up Pack
- Plastic Texture Pack
- Candy Texture Pack
- Cartoon Texture Pack
- Steampunk Texture Pack
- Pattern Texture Pack
- Greek Mythology Mash-up Pack
- Halloween 2015 Mash-up Pack
The episodic format is something that gaming developers are embracing more and more these days, as it not only allows them to get games out earlier but also make more money. It looks like Square Enix could be looking to get in on that action with the release of the Final Fantasy VII Remake, as word from the PlayStation Experience reveals it will not release as a single game.
Square Enix has gone on record saying that Final Fantasy VII Remake will release as a multi-part series, with each part being a unique experience. There was no other information beyond that that was revealed, but it’s pretty self-explanatory so I guess it really isn’t needed. I’m hoping it doesn’t mean that the game is essentially going to become Final Fantasy VII Remake: A Telltale Games Series, but who knows these days.
Final Fantasy VII Remake still has no release window, though Final Fantasy XV will be releasing sometime next year.
For months leading up to the release of the Star Wars Battlefront there was plenty of controversy due to the lack of a dedicated single-player campaign. This being Stars Wars and also being part of a series where all previous games contained them, fans were obviously very upset that the developers were foregoing that part of the experience entirely to focus on multi-player. If the multi-player was packed with depth this would be forgivable, but the game launched in the typical shallow state that most of the games of that ilk do and fans were rightfully disappointed.
Now, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen has gone on record saying that the game lacks the depth that hardcore players wanted. He said the following at the Nasdaq Investor Conference in Europe:
“Star Wars Battlefront is a first-person shooter, but it is [one of] the only teen-rated first-person shooters,” Jorgensen said. “We had designed it to be a much more accessible product to a wide age group.
“So, an 8-year-old could play with his father on the couch, as well as a teenager or 20-year-old could play the game and enjoy it. It is more accessible. And for the hardcore, it may not have the depth that they wanted in the game.”
I guess I can understand what they were going for, but it doesn’t excuse the game’s lack of content. Star Wars is a series that does not have a casual fanbase, but a ravenously hardcore one that obsess over the game’s far-reaching lore and universe. The fact that they basically took a great opportunity to release another great Star Wars game and instead rushed it to come out before the new movie did is a slap in the fact to fans, in my opinion.
Dark Souls III is coming out this April, but thanks to a new bit of info we now know exactly when in April. A new trailer released by Bandai Namco has revealed that the game will be launching on April 12th, 2016.
For those not aware, there is a distinct possibility that this could end up being the last game in the Souls series as the developer does not wish to milk the franchise to death. It’s honorable, but if it is the case I’m really gonna miss the series.
Details for both the Day One edition and Collector’s Edition of Dark Souls III were also released, so be sure to scroll down to check out the details for both of those.
The Dark Souls III Day One Edition will cost $59.99
The Dark Souls III Collector’s Edition will cost $129.99
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won some awards last night at The Game Awards 2015, but the game’s creator Hideo Kojima was nowhere to be found. However, Kojima had every intention of going to the ceremony, but he was blocked from going at the last minute by Konami.
Geoff Keighley made the announcement to let everyone know of the situation at the ceremony. Here’s what he said:
“As you noticed, Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I wanted to tell you a little bit about that. Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s award ceremony to accept any awards.”
It’s absolutely ridiculous that somebody would do something like this, however, seeing as it is Konami I can’t say it’s the most surprising thing ever. The only thing this accomplishes is making people hate that company even more. #FucKonami
Not long after I posted the news that information regarding the highly-anticipated Shovel Knight Amiibo was on the way the info was released by Yacht Club Games! The news was revealed on the Yacht Club Games website, where they announced that the Shovel Knight amiibo will launch in North America on January 8th for $12.99.
It’s a bummer that the amiibo won’t be launching in time for Christmas as it would have made an excellent gift for many people, but the decision apparently came down to supply and demand. They could have released the amiibo early, but they wouldn’t have been able to release enough of them and that would have upset even more people who missed out on it.
As for what the amiibo will do for you, it will unlock a ton of content for the game on both Wii U and 3DS. You can create and customize your own knight and leveling him up by gaining treasure, and it’ll also be compatible with the co-op mode exclusive to Wii U.
Some new challenge maps will be added to both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game, while the 5 new co-op maps will (obviously) only be available for the Wii U version.
This War of Mine originally broke the hearts of gamers everywhere on PC when it told the story of people struggling to survive in a war-torn town, and that experience (plus an expansion) will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This War of Mine: The Little Ones will be available to play on both consoles on January 29th, 2016.
Here’s what Deep Silver had to say about the game:
“This War Of Mine: The Little Ones provides an experience of war not from an elite soldier´s point of view but from the perspective of a group of civilians that are trying to survive.”
And a snippet from the trailer’s YouTube description:
“Struggling with a lack of food, limited or no medical supplies and under the threat of constant danger from the world around, players will need to make life-or-death decisions just to make it through another day.”