According to a NeoGAF post, Ubisoft will be holding their 2014 E3 Press Conference on June 9th in the Orpheum Theatre. It will start around 3:00 PM. It’s not yet know if Aisha Tyler (host from 2012 & 2013) will be returning for this year’s event or not.
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NeoGAF member Zoc provided a rough translation of a Nikkei article claiming that Nintendo’s CEO & President Satoru Iwata will be facing a big test in June. According to Zoc’s translation, Nintendo once again has dismissed the idea of producing games for mobile devices essentially claiming that there is not much profit to be had from such games. A Chinese firm had been hired to analyze Nintendo and they recommended that Nintendo do a better job of utilizing their IP and characters. There were rumors that a theme park idea had been discussed but this has apparently been quietly canceled.
It is believed that investors are frustrated with Nintendo’s lack of finding new revenue sources. This is combined with Nintendo reporting a loss of ¥35,000,000,000 (yes that’s billion) for “consolidated profits and earnings for the fiscal year ending in March,” which is roughly equal to $338,275,000 (nearly half a billion in USD). This means Nintendo has posted losses three straight years when combined with their ¥36.4 billion loss last year. Iwata-san said regarding the losses: “Only after playing the Wii U is it possible to understand its appeal. Low sales are due to the console being not well-enough known.” I agree with his point there and IMO the console definitely needs to be played to understand, especially for a game like Nintendo Land for example.
The problem is two-fold to me. Nintendo garnered a lot of support from less traditional types of gamers, the so-called “casual” market with the Wii. At the same time they also put less emphasis on the “hardcore” type of gamer. The “casual” type of gamer is likely content with Wii and sees no need to upgrade to a new system which (to them) is essentially the same thing (this thought is reinforced by the decision to allow use of Wii peripherals with the Wii U). Meanwhile, the “hardcore” types abandoned Nintendo and went with Microsoft and/or Sony and thus they didn’t feel they could trust Nintendo with the Wii U after seeing what happened with Wii. This combined with the fact that a lot of people seem to think that Wii U is just the Gamepad and that it’s an accessory for the Wii means that the system suffers from a lack of interest, appeal, awareness, and thus sales.
Back to the article now. Nintendo is said to be discussing ideas about how to play Wii U, perhaps trying to come up with new gameplay concepts. They reportedly have over ¥500 billion in cash reserves, which is roughly equal to $4,827,655,000 (nearly $5 billion). Iwata-san’s time as the top man at Nintendo may be coming to an end in the near future as he only received 77.26% of the votes for reappointment in 2013 versus 92.89% back in 2011, a 15.63% drop in 2 years. If this rate continues, Iwata would have less than half of the vote in 2 more elections/appointment votes.
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It appears Nintendo may be planning on announcing a 4 person multiplayer version of the Grand Prix Mode for Mario Kart 8, the upcoming Wii U entry in the popular kart racing series. There’s also rumors that there will be additional news about the game on this coming Thursday, April 3rd as apparently that is when an embargo Nintendo has placed on the game will be lifted. We shall see if this turns out to be true or just an April 1st made-up story.
If you’re itching for more Assassin’s Creed action, you might just be in luck because it looks like there is not one, but two new Assassin’s Creed games on the way this Fall. The first is being called (for now) Assassin’s Creed: Unity or perhaps Assassin’s Creed Unity. According to the rumors, Unity is set in Paris during the French Revolution and the protagonist will be an assassin named Arno. It appears this will be set after the Ezio timeline, as the NeoGAF poster reported the character brandishing a handgun. Scenery in the game appeared to be of the Victorian Era style, which would be a few years after the real life French Revolution. You will have your own villa which might be Ezio’s villa from Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Arno’s assassin’s clothing is blue with hints of red, similar to what the knights wear in The Order: 1886. Unity is set to release on PlayStation 4 & Xbox One.
According to Kotaku, there is also a second Assassin’s Creed game in the works called (for now) Assassin’s Creed Comet or perhaps Assassin’s Creed: Comet. This is apparently a different game from Unity and it is for PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360. One or both titles might see release on PC, but that is up in the air. There is no news of Wii U versions for either game.
In the thread linked below, NeoGAF members have been posting about graphical issues in Dark Souls II compared from earlier versions of the game to the final retail version. This in turn led to the subject being discussed on social media and thus warranted a response from From Software. Their statement regarding the issues is:
“Throughout the game development process, a game is constantly being balanced not only in game playability, but also in the realm of resource management. A developer is always challenged with creating the most rewarding gaming experience while delivering continuity in graphical quality, gameplay dynamics, and balance within the game. The final version of Dark Souls 2 displays the culmination of this delicate balance and we’re very proud of the positive media and fan reception for the game.”
Breath of Fire 6: Guardians of the White Dragon (AND, iOS, & PC) – Logo, Artwork, Screenshots, Official Website, & Game Details
- Will feature touch controls
- You control your own character, party members are AI-controlled
- No “complex command menus”
- Battle system is based around combos with your character & AI party members
- The terrain where the battle occurs will have some sort of effect as well
- The growth of characters will be handled differently from previous BoF games
- Online play includes rebuilding the village and you can travel to other players’ villages and help them repel invaders
More details are available at NeoGAF below.
The graphics of Get Even are achieved by using 3D scans of real locations and people. To develop this innovative technology, our studio works with research institutes and independent specialists. This will mark the first time where this technology is used on such a scale in video games. The technology present in Get Even by The Farm 51 has been first presented to the audiences during the Paris Game Connection where it has been well-received.
Get Even also strives to offer a fresh approach to game mechanics. The developers plan to remove the arbitrary barrier between single and multiplayer modes by linking them together in a unique way. In the single player campaign, other players will be able to join the game at any moment to take on the roles of enemies previously controlled by the AI. Thanks to this, the singleplayer campaign, often schematic and predictable in other games, enters a new dimension where the player has to face the most dangorous of all foes: another player who has his own reasons and tools to stop you from reaching your goal.
The approach to story telling in Get Even also strives for innovation. The player is given the chance to experience the events that transpire in the singleplayer campaign from the perspective of two opposing protagonists. What is more, gameplay will differ based upon the choice of a side and the story of the game will be told through elements of gameplay, exploration, and interacting with the environment rather than the standard usage of cutscenes and dialogues.