Now that Disney has acquired Disney and shut down LucasArts, they wasted little time in licensing out the exclusive rights to Star Wars games to EA in a multi-year publishing and licensing deal.
EA first announced titles are being developed by Visceral Games, best known for Deadspace, DICE, best known for Battlefield, and BioWare, best known for Star Wars the Old Republic. Hey, wait! Does this mean we can FINALLY get the Star Wars the Old Republic SINGLE PLAYER RPG we wanted all along?
Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels, had this to say:
"Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe. Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay."
In other EA news, The Sims 4, the next incarnation of the popular series, is in development at Maxis. Wait, Maxis? So this means it is going to be an always online game? Calm down! EA confirmed this title will have both online and offline modes.
Maxis had this to say about the announcement:
"For The Sims 4 we took a look at the history of the series and we pinpointed what we believe is the core of the experience. So we're listening to fans like you, and we're going back to our roots, the Sims, themselves. We felt it was important to unlock new ways for your Sims to interact with one another. So we're focusing on the complexity of Sim-to-Sim interactions and they way your Sims behave."
Looks like EA is going to have lots to show and talk about at this E3!
Eternal Darkness is one of my favorite survival horror games of all time. Sadly, Silicon Knights was never able to create a sequel to the GameCube cult classic and the studio has now all but ceased operations after several disastrous releases and a failed lawsuit against EPIC over the Unreal Engine. Denis Dyack, Former head of Silicon Knights, and now CCO of the new Precursor Games studio, is out talking about their new crowdsourced project, and spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness, Shadow of the Eternals.
CEO of Precursor Games, Paul Caporicci, had this to say:
"Precursor Games intends to leave no stone unturned in order to create an unparalleled experience for gamers. We have a talented team, incredible technology with CryENGINE and a new business model where we directly integrate the fan base into the development process, allowing for new possibilities and game direction."
In a page that mirrors Kickstarter, Shadow of the Eternals seeks 1 and a half million dollars to produce a planned twelve episodes of content that would release, in rapid succession, in late 2014. You can learn more about the project here.
In our next installment of Will The Next Xbox Be Online Only, Microsoft has allegedly said it will offer offline access for single player games and Blu-ray movies according to a leaked internal email.
"Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet. There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should 'just work' regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game."
So will it be online only? Will it be up to the Developers/Publishers? Will Microsoft be able to flip a switch, in the future, and make it online-only later?
Speaking of switches, apparently the PlayStation 4 will allow Developers and Publishers to turn off the Share button for all or portions of their titles. SCEA Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida had this to say:
"There will be parts of a game that the maker does not want people to be able to see. For example, on Vita, developers can in certain scenes disable the feature that lets users take a screenshot, and (the Share function) will have a similar mechanism. The creator may not want to make video of the final boss sharable, for instance."
The sixth playable character for the popular First Person Shooter, Borderlands 2, has been revealed by Gearbox for release on May 14, 2013. Krieg the Psycho Bandit will join the roster and did so via this message: "exCiTeD tO mEAT NEw FrIEnDs sOon."
Are you ready for more Plants vs Zombies? Take a look at this video and tell me we aren't all addicted.
Good news is the sequel is coming May 20! That is even before we learn the official details of the next Xbox!
Bethesda has revealed the next title they will Publish: Wolfenstein: The New Order. The title, Developed by MachineGames, will reboot the franchise and take it into an action-adventure shooter that will release in Q4 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, the next Xbox, and PlayStation 4.
Jens Matthies, Creative Director at MachineGames, said this:
“We are excited to bring a new chapter of Wolfenstein to gamers everywhere. As fans of the series, working on this game is an honor, and our team is driven to create an unforgettable action-adventure experience that will make FPS fans proud.”
Henry Gribbohm has come to fame by becoming a victim of a local carnival game. He spent his life savings, or $2,600, trying to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect that could have been purchased for a fraction of the cost. Instead, he got a life-sized banana. Gribbohm filed a police report but the carnival packed up shop and left.
Fortunately this story ends happy. A website called College Humor decided to give Henry Gribbohm his $2,600 back along with an Xbox with Kinect in exchange for the banana. Now let this be a lesson to you kids--don't play those carnival games or you might lose all your money!