Weekly Roundup: 3/21/16
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This has been quite the… friendly… week. It seems that Psyonix, the makers of Rocket League, have recently seen some news from their Microsoft partners: the Xbox version of the game will be seeing cross-platform play between the Xbox One and PC games. This isn’t an entirely new feature, playing with PC. PS4 owners have had this ability since its release for the console, but this addition to Xbox will be coming soon. The title of this article is what makes this announcement interesting. Along with the ability to play with PC players, the announcement from Microsoft also detailed that the Xbox will also support “cross-network play.” This means that other consoles that also support this feature will be able to play games with the Xbox, and Microsoft has made no secret about who they had in mind. They sent an open invitation to “other online multiplayer networks,” a sly way of inviting their rival to join in the fun. Sony has responded by saying that connecting together shouldn’t be that hard, and they are “happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play.” This could mean an end to the war between the two systems and which one is better. What do you think about it?
VR, also known as virtual reality, is one of the most popular up-and-coming forms of entertainment, and as usual Sony is doing its best to make sure it has a hand in it. PlayStation VR, the name of their virtual reality device, recently had some surprising news in the form of a price announcement. The price of Sony’s newest product is placed at $400. This is the cheapest option so far, as its competitors, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, are set at $600 and $800 respectively. It will also come with the ability to play movies and any “normal” PS4 game. All of the games and movies that aren’t made specifically for the VR will just be seen on a screen in a virtual space if you use the VR device to play them. It will see its own line up of games as well, so no need to worry whether this purchase will be worth it or not. One of the deterrents for some is that the device is not exactly $400; to properly use Playstation VR, you will also need to drop about another $100 for the Playstation Eye and Move (Sony’s camera and motion controllers for Playstation). In total, this device is about $500, and comes out in October.
The spiritual successor to the popular Dark Souls series was one of the most popular games of the past year, and has seen multiple game of the year awards. It seems that the popular title is not done producing content by any means. Along with the recent release of the “Old Hunters” DLC, Bloodborne is also getting quite an interesting spin-off: a card game. The new game was announced by game designer Eric Lang on Twitter. He said that the game will not feature figurines, but will have some “sweet components.” He also said that the game is “risk management with a bit of group think, inventory management/upgrades, and tactical play in an intense 30 minute card game.” The game will play similar to “Chalice dungeon runs,” and will hopefully be a popular item for amateur and professional card game fans alike. There is no current release date for the card game as of yet, but I suspect that a release date announcement isn’t far off.
- Heroes of the Storm is introducing a new one-lane map. This map won’t feature the ability to teleport back to base, and base won’t regenerate health or mana, so there is no point in leaving the battle. “Lost Cavern” will be an all out brawl that comes out with the next update of the game.
- Smite for PS4/Xbox One is receiving the PC update that brought the character Raijin, and along with this comes many skins and small adjustments for balancing issues.
- Tom Clancy’s The Division has been doing fantastic financially since its launch. The game has surpassed Destiny in sales during the first five days by five million (Division= $330,000,000 / Destiny= $325,000,000)
- Gears of War has gotten an extension for its beta sign up. To sign up, simply play the game on either PC or Xbox One by April 11th.
- Shadow Complex, the popular side-scroller from 2009, is seeing a remaster which will be released sometime during May for the PS4 and Steam. It is already out on Xbox One.
- Xbox One Consoles are receiving a $300 sale price for the duration of the Microsoft’s Spring Sale event. Other sales and deals are sure to come, but this one stuck out to me.
Quite the exciting week of news, no? Well, here’s the weekly list to keep you busy.
Sheltered (PS4, Xbox One)
EA Sports UFC 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
Just Cause 3: Sky Fortress (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
There’s Poop in My Soup
Samurai Warriors 4 Empires
Paragon (Early Access)
Infinity Runner (WiiU)
Pokken Tournament (WiiU)
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (3DS)