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In Topic: The Video Game News Thread

Yesterday, 11:33 PM

Honestly, even EA themselves were still making interesting games back in that period. That was the era of stuff like Mirror's Edge, Dead Space, Syndicate, SSX, Alice, Spore; EA actually published video games back then. If they'd had the Star Wars licence back then we might have had some good stuff.


Instead, their getting the licence coincided with this move of theirs to the model of trying to establish microtransaction platforms instead of making video games, while publishing one or two indie games a year to maintain the illusion that they aren't all bad. They've chased profits so doggedly that they're now in this corner where the shareholders will revolt if they make anything other than sports games and shooters because that's where all the money is. And because you can't make a Star Wars soccer game, and apparently they can't make an open world game either, that only leaves Star Wars shooters.


Because if there's one thing I think of when I think of Star Wars, it's mindlessly shooting dozens upon dozens of people in the face!

In Topic: The Video Game News Thread

15 January 2019 - 11:45 PM

I don't know if anyone has any energy left for the latest twist in the tale of what was once Amy Hennig's very own Star Wars game, but here goes:


They cancelled it again.


So, for those of you playing along at home, this is the game that has its roots way back in the first version of Uncharted 4 back when Amy Hennig was at Naughty Dog. Some kind of thing went down and Amy Hennig ended up leaving/being forced out of Naughty Dog under circumstances that have never been revealed, and she and her writing partner Todd Stashwick found themselves at E3 working with Visceral Games on what basically seemed like the original Uncharted 4 draft transplanted into Star Wars. We saw exactly this much footage of it back at E3 2016:




Following that, the game was conspicuously absent at E3 2017, and later that year we found out that EA had apparently half-cancelled the game, fired poor Amy Hennig again, shut down Visceral Games and fired everyone of them, too, and handed the game off to EA Vancouver to retool it as some kind of open world thing.


Of course, we didn't see it at E3 2018, either, and now today we get the news that it's been cancelled for good. From the Kotaku article:


Since the publication of this article, I’ve talked to several more people familiar with EA Vancouver’s now-cancelled open-world Star Wars game. This project, which was code-named Orca, was very early in development but would involve playing as a scoundrel or bounty hunter who could explore various open-world planets and work with different factions across the Star Wars universe.



Welp. Hopefully this leads to EA losing the Star Wars licence sooner rather than later. I really can't imagine Disney is happy with this; they've had it since 2013 and have still only managed to put out two widely-disliked first person shooters.

In Topic: The Movie News and John Wick Appreciation Thread

15 January 2019 - 09:58 PM

Spider-Man vs. Jake Gyllenhaal looks pretty cool and I'm into it, but I would push Jake Gyllenhaal's handsome face out a window to get to that John Wick 3 trailer. Did you see those guys on motorbikes with SWORDS? Did you see Laurence Fishburne about to go Morpheus on some bad guys? DO YOU THINK HE'LL HAVE A SWORD, TOO?



In other excellent news for Ocelot, Christopher McQuarrie has just closed a deal to direct TWO BACK-TO-BACK MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE MOVIES. We are in a golden age of Mission: Impossible, and for my money Christopher McQuarrie gets it better than any of the other M:I directors so far, so I'm delighted that they're going to be cranking out as many as they can while Tom Cruise still has some cartilage left in his knees. The day Cruise Missile can't do the Cruise Run is the day Mission: Impossible dies, so let's strike while the iron is hot, baby. The current schedule is for M:I 7 and 8 to come out in 2020 and 2021, respectively.


And finally, on this Excellent Ocelot News day, the Criterion Collection releases for April include FULL 4K RESTORATIONS OF JACKIE CHAN'S POLICE STORY 1 & 2! This is something I never even dared dream about, but it's happening. Two of my absolute favourite movies ever, and look at these incredible cover arts they've chosen:



In Topic: Game of Thrones: What about Ygritte, Jon?

13 January 2019 - 09:56 PM

Hey remember that show that was popular about three decades ago the last time they made a new season? Well it's coming back:



I don't remember who any of these bozos are, but I'm still a little bit excited.

In Topic: The Video Game News Thread

10 January 2019 - 05:49 PM

That's great news! It's so rare that the story of a developer shacking up with one of the big publishers ends in anything but "Everyone was fired and they closed down the studio and the IP is dead now". I wonder what this means for Destiny 3, whether it might end up being a lower budget thing with fewer microtransaction scandals or what.


In other news, Catherine is now on Steam for $20:



It's Catherine Classic, mind you, which is not the Catherine: Full Body Edition that's about to release on PS4. That one has extra content, and this one seems like it's just the original PS3/360 game on PC. Still, though, that's pretty cool. I bought Catherine on PS3 for like $6 years ago, and of course never got around to actually playing it. Oh well, one of these days :P


And speaking of ports of Japanese games, the Final Fantasy re-releases coming to Xbox One and Switch have release dates now. April 16th for FFX/X-2 and April 30th for FFXII. I'm a big fan of big long RPGs coming to the Switch, because that's the only way I'm ever going to get through such long games. Now we just need that Persona 5 port and I'll have like five years worth of Switch backlog :P


And finally, a playable demo for Resident Evil 2 Remake is rolling out on the PS4 and Xbox One stores. It's time-limited, though: you only get 30 minutes to play through to the end of the demo. It looks like people are finishing it in well under that, though, and you can obviously play the demo once each on multiple different accounts if you want to.




EDIT - Also, Dragon's Dogma is coming to Switch in April and Yoshi's Crafted World comes out March 29th. All these little announcements of Nintendo games really make it seem like there might have been a Nintendo Direct scheduled for around this time that got cancelled, or something.