As of today, Nintendo has announced a Mini NES micro console, releasing on November 11th and coming bundled with 30 games and a controller. America has a price of around $60, so barring the pound falling any further, I’d have wagered a £40-50 price tag.
Inside is a horror based platforming game by Playdead Games. Their previous game, Limbo, is an excellent addition to any library, a game with a simple aesthetic and gameplay that doesn’t demand too much time to enjoy. With Inside, as before in Limbo, they’ve created a deeply unsettling platformer, starring a young boy who wanders through a steadily more unpleasant environment, solving puzzles and doing basic platforming challenges. If you’re good at something, might as well just iterate on it.
Pokémon in the real world. The dream since 1998. This app is so close to being that. And yet also so very far away. Pokémon Go is an app for IOS and Android phones. Developed in Co-operation with Niantic, the game uses their experience with Geo-Caching (placing marks on a real map to interact with gameplay) in order to simulate the experience of travelling and catching Pokémon. The game is not a replication of the mechanics of the handheld games, instead choosing thematic and simplified versions of the systems to work for this much larger, multi-player and publicly accessible game.
All day I’ve been trying to be calm. Just try and step away and let this whole miserable day happen. Try and stay collected and approach this with restraint. Letting the people who voted leave have their moment, see how things evolve in the day ahead. But I can’t. Everything I see is so utterly frustrating. So many people seem to have fundamentally misunderstood what this referendum was about.
So Ubisoft then. Well, No Assassin’s Creed this year. Doesn’t mean no teaser, but don’t expect any gameplay. The same can be assumed for Far cry as well. South Park, The Fractured But Whole, For Honour and Ghost Recon: WIldlands are all but guaranteed to be getting release dates and big features, I would also expect another look at the Division expansion. Maybe we will see Watch Dogs 2. But I want to hope they’re keeping that all to its little announcement ceremony before E3 proper. Because otherwise it’s just likely to give people snark to work with. And there’s always the persistent hope that Beyond Good and Evil 2 and Prince of Persia will appear.
Bethesda had their first conference last year, and it was easily one of the most impressive. But that was largely due to the presence of Doom and the hype for Fallout 4. Now, can they match up?
Pre-E3 Pre Amble. Not technically going with a conference this year, EA is hosting EA Play Events in Los Angeles and London, but also broadcasting their new trailers in a timed message around about the same moment. So nothing really changed then for the majority of the audience watching at home.
All of the following times are UK. As is my tradition, recaps and reactions are going to be going up shortly after each one is completed.
So E3 this year has begun early, with multiple new titles all being unveiled in the weeks prior to the event. The thinking behind all of this is that the games won’t be lost in the crush of the main conferences, or get overshadowed by bigger, more entertaining announcements. So in that respect, let’s look at this crush of games that all hit at once and that I’m gonna lump together.
Directly to you. Through me. So shall we try that again? No Pokemon to steal the show this time. Nintendo Direct for the 3rd of March 2016, covering all the games of spring and summer. Presumably this will be taking us right up to E3 and the NX announcement. Speaking of which, no news here. They’re holding off on that, even more so than expected. This does mean that if we don’t hear too much about Zelda WiiU here, I’ll be putting more faith in those rumours about the NX and the double platform launch.