This Week in Xbox One News - Day-Z delayed, new Fallout 4 screens, Legacy of Kain to return?
This week we're looking at the possible return of Legacy of Kain, new Fallout 4 screenshots, Overwatch for Xbox One, Assassin's Creed Syndicate's sales struggles, Day-Z's Xbox One delay and more!
Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!
We'll still be posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed. However, I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumors and talking points into one handy post every weekend. You can also rely on this weekly column to keep up to date with all the latest game releases too.
So without further ado, here's the latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate sales impacted by damaged consumer confidence
Although most outlets seem to regard Assassin's Creed Syndicate as a return to form for the franchise, the sales thus far have been disappointing according to a recent investor's call. While discussing Ubisoft's quarterly financials (which included a general 57.2% hit in revenues for the first half of its fiscal year), Ubisoft outlined the problems Syndicate has been facing in the marketplace (via Gamasutra):
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot added:
Guilletmot didn't respond to questions about whether Syndicate was outperforming Unity across the same two week period. Instead, he emphasised Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag as an example of a title that beat its predecessor after a slow launch. I haven't had chance to try out Assassin's Creed Syndicate myself, but I've heard pretty good things. If you've tried it, how does it stack up against the previous titles? Let us know below.
Bethesda detail some of the improvements made to their Creation Engine for Fallout 4
Bethesda recently released a blog post detailing some of the improvements they've made to the engine powering Fallout 4.
The blog post also delivered a ton of new screenshots, showing the way different weather effects can impact a scene's mood.
Can excessive hype be fatal?
Fallout 4 lands next week on November 10th, for PS4, PC and Xbox One.
Bioware teases Mass Effect Andromeda with a celebratory N7 day video
Mass Effect Andromeda is likely to be one of the crown jewels for 2016's holiday game line-up. We don't know a great deal about the new title, besides the fact it'll use the Frostbite engine, focus on a human-led expedition into the uncharted Andromeda galaxy, and it'll feature a big focus on exploration. To celebrate N7 day (November 7th, with N7 being the brand name of Shepard's iconic armor), Bioware released the above video narrated by the female version of Commander Shepard.
In the video, Shepard effectively passes the torch to the new cast of characters, saying: "We will say goodbye, and you will look back one last time and know, that wherever you go, we will be with you."
There's every chance the video is just a nod to fans of the series, but as far as I know, it could also mean that the Andromeda expedition launch was overseen by Shepard her/himself, possibly taking place some time before the end of Mass Effect 3. Who knows?
Blizzard explains why Overwatch isn't free to play
At Blizzcon, Blizzard revealed that Overwatch is coming to consoles in addition to PC. They also revealed that the game isn't a free-to-play title, despite sporting a MOBA-like hero-based gameplay model. When asked by Polygon, Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan explained that character switching mid-match is too central to Overwatch's gameplay to lock heroes behind pay walls.
When asked if Blizzard will include more heroes as DLC, Kaplan explained that Blizzard has yet to decide:
Overwatch appears to blend elements of MOBA games with team-based shooting mechanics seen in the likes of Team Fortress 2. There are tanks, high damage characters, ability counters and ultimate attacks. Team-play appears thoroughly paramount, more akin to League of Legends than Call of Duty.
How do you feel about Overwatch being a fully-priced title? Let us know below.
Overwatch launches on June 21st, 2016 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Star Wars Battlefront gameplay launch trailer shows off Boba Fett, Emperor Palpatine
Star Wars Battlefront is almost here, and EA have launched this slick trailer to remind us. Battlefront is an accessible first and third person multiplayer shooter that EA touts as the "ultimate" Star Wars experience. Players can collect power-up tokens that spawn randomly on the game's sizable maps to take temporary control of iconic vehicles, super weapons or staple franchise heroes.
Regardless of how Battlefront reviews, the game is likely to sell in ridiculous quantities. Launching on November 17th, Battlefront shares a general marketing push with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is wholly likely to be the biggest cinema event of the past decade.
I have mixed feelings after playing Star Wars: Battlefront's open beta test a few weeks back. While I enjoyed my time with it, I found the mechanics to be a tad simplistic, and for me, the mash up of Star Wars heroes served to break the fantasy rather than enhance it. What do you guys think?
Star Wars: Battlefront launches on November 17th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Day-Z for Xbox One delayed
Microsoft announced at E3 that Day-Z would be hitting the Xbox One Preview Program some time in 2015, sadly that no longer seems the case. The game's developer, Bohemia Interactive, confirmed the news on Twitter back on November 4th.
Day-Z is an MMO tactical shooter hybrid that puts players in a zombie apocalypse sandbox. Players are tasked to manage their survival while running the risk of being murdered and looted by other players within the game's world. The game begun life as a mod for ARMA 2, highly praised for its emergent, dynamic gameplay. It was later being picked up by the ARMA developers themselves to be built into a stand-alone title - expected to be completed in 2016.
Rise of the Tomb Raider developers are considering reviving Legacy of Kain
Crystal Dynamics have quite a storied history as developers, responsible for classic titles like Gex and Pandamonium. Besides their work on Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics are perhaps best known for the Legacy of Kain action-adventure series.
Rise of the Tomb Raider's senior designer, Michael Brinker, said to Finder that a franchise revival was possibly on the cards.
As someone with fond memories of Soul Reaver (whose World of Warcraft character is named after the game's protagonist), the possibility is more than enticing. Who knows, perhaps Microsoft could step in to save another Crystal Dynamics project in exchange for another controversial exclusivity period! Maybe. Maybe not.
ICYMI - Some of Windows Central's biggest Xbox articles of the week
- Overwatch: Origins Edition and Collectors Edition contents revealed
- Some Xbox One Call of Duty: Black Ops III gamers hit with DLC download issues
- Some Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition pre-orders have been cancelled by GAME in the UK [Update]
- Blizzard's Overwatch coming to the Xbox One in Spring 2016
- Battleborn gets hit with a delay, will now be released on May 3, 2016
- Sky TV in the UK confirms its app is coming soon for the Xbox One
- Review: Divinity: Original Sin brings immense co-op roleplaying for Xbox One & PC
- Fallout 4 launch trailer shows the people and places of post-apocalyptic Boston
- Quantum Break director teases PC version, confirms Alan Wake 2
- Preview: Hands-on with Rise of the Tomb Raider's first few hours (spoiler free)
New Xbox One game releases for the week ending November 8th, 2015
The Peanuts® Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure (opens in new tab) - Action & Adventure - Activision
"Take Snoopy on a grand adventure through amazing environments, created in his imagination, as he tries to find Charlie Brown and all his friends."
Need for Speed™ (opens in new tab) - Racing - Electronic Arts
"Become the ultimate icon of today's urban car culture in Need for Speed™, featuring Five Ways to Play and a huge open world to race and explore from dusk 'till dawn."
Call of Duty®: Black Ops III (opens in new tab) - Shooter - Activision
"Call of Duty: Black Ops III combines three unique game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer and Zombies, providing fans with the deepest and most ambitious Call of Duty ever. The Campaign has been designed as a co-op game that can be played with up to 4 players online or as a solo cinematic thrill-ride."
And that's a wrap!
This week I've been hitting Divinity: Original Sin pretty hard, trying to finish it off before Fallout 4 lands. It's not Xbox related, but I've been watching the World of Warcraft expansion news coming out of Blizzcon quite intently, wondering if Blizzard will ever be able to recapture the magic that led WoW to 12 million subscribers at its peak. I also interviewed Xbox OS development lead Mike Ybarra last week, and I'll be posting that up tomorrow, you won't want to miss it!
How do you guys feel about this week's Xbox One news? What have you been playing? Let's discuss it in the comments!
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Uhh... So how come the pc version is still just as broken and useless as it was one year ago? They keep saying they're working on it but the pc version has LITERALLY seen zero improvement so far.
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