Ubisoft’s creative director, Marc-Alexis Cote, recently revealed that his team’s latest project just wasn’t possible until this game console generation.
This week has seen a number of announcements regarding the PlayStation Vita, both in Japan and here in the west. Instead of giving each one a separate post, it was deemed appropriate to combine them all. Now that time has passed since some announcements, more information may be available.
Publisher CD Projekt RED confirms The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as the final iteration of the series, set to take place in a large open world environment. To celebrate, the publisher has put previous Witcher titles on sale for three days.
CD Projekt RED announced the latest iteration of their The Witcher franchise this evening via press release. The new title, named The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, will be the “final Witcher game from the studio”. The press release does not confirm if this will be the final The Witcher title, however.
Players will take the role of a witcher who seeks to “save his loved ones.”
The press release also notes that the game will feature an open world environment, describing it as, “larger than any other in [role-playing game] history.” Players will be able to sail ships, as well as take advantage of horses to traverse the landscape. There will also be no quick-time events.
Head of CD Projeckt RED, Adam Badowski said, “Players will freely travel through woods, lakes, mountains, cities, and villages. Each region is inhabited by distinct populations with their own customs, legends and problems. The world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is [thirty] times bigger than The Witcher 2.” Badowski continues, adding that, “[Y]ou can explore freely with no artificial boundaries. The war-ravaged world is so huge that to reach further places you will need to ride a horse or sail a boat to get there. A world where your choices have truly epic consequences.”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released in 2014. It will be launched on “all high-end platforms”. The press release does not identify the specific platforms that CD Projekt RED define as “high-end.”
Both The Witcher titles will be on sale on both GOG and Steam for half price for seventy-two hours. Xbox 360 owners will be able to purchase The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition for £19.99/€29.99/$29.99, which has been reduced to these prices permanently.
Sony has announced the details of what PlayStation Plus subscribers can expect for the PlayStation Vita. North American subscribers can expect six free games on November 19th, whilst European members will receive four free games on the 21st of November. The support will be included amongst other new features of the 2.00 Update.
Mark Pincus, CEO of the social gaming giant Zynga, announces that the company is laying off five percent of their entire work force.
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The “highly anticipated” title, Euro Truck Simulator 2 is due for release tomorrow: October 26th, 2012. As part of a partnership with SCS — “leading experts in the trucking simulation genre” who “have developed such hit titles” of the likes of UK Truck Simulator, Euro Truck Simulator, and SCANIA Truck Driving Simulator — Excalibur Publishing will be publishing the title.
For those excited about Euro Truck Simulator 2, the title boasts a detailed map of Europe that “has taken years to create”. The title also includes business management, and better graphics than before.
Set to launch tomorrow, the title retails with a recommended retail price of £24.99.
Platinum Game’s upcoming multiplayer, third-person brawler title, Anarchy Reigns, is finally getting released in the west. Players can finally expect the title to launch in the second week of January, on their respective region’s usual day of the week.
Announced last year, Anarchy Reigns was eventually released earlier this year during the Summer in Japan, and was intended to launch in the west shortly after. Unfortunately, even though the game’s localisation was finished and ready to ship, the title’s publisher, SEGA, decided to delay it instead. Presumably, SEGA wanted to launch Anarchy Reigns during a better period.
“SEGA are hugely proud of the work Platinum Games has put in to creating a video game with such a unique and engaging vision”, said Chief Operations Officer for SEGA Europe, Jurgen Post. “Gamers will soon be able to experience the full adrenaline rush that comes from competing in the explosive multiplayer matches of Anarchy Reigns.”
Announced on Friday was the brand new release date for the game. North American players can expect to be able to pick it up on January 8th, 2013 — for as low as $29.99. Europeans can expect the game come January 11th, 2013. Similarly, they can expect to pay the low cost of £19.99/€29.99.
“Focusing on online play with Anarchy Reigns presented a new challenge for us here at PlatinumGames,” said Atsushi Inaba, Executive Director and Producer at Platinum Games. “Very few games fall under its genre of a melee-based online multiplayer brawler, so I think we’ve been able to supply a new kind of excitement that you can’t find anywhere else. While some time has passed since its Japan release, I look forward to having gamers in North American and Europe enjoy the Anarchy!”