THE BIG STUFF:
The PlayStation 4’s newest firmware update, 4.00, came out this week. Among other things, it added folders (hooray!) and introduced the ability to see the details for hidden trophies. Update 4.00 also added HDR support for all PS4s–not just the new PS4 Slim models.
Battlefield 1’s beta was a huge success. EA announced this week that more than 13.2 million people tried it across all platforms. That’s a new record for an EA beta; by comparison, Star Wars Battlefront’s beta had around 9 million players and was the previous record-holder.
The Last Guardian was delayed again this week, extending the game’s already length development cycle even further. Previously expected to debut in October, the game is now slated for December. Sony’s Shuehei Yoshida said this latest delay is to give the development team more time to fix bugs. What’s two more months?
Hideo Kojima shared some new details on his mysterious PS4 and PC game, Death Stranding, this week. He revealed that the game will be in the action genre and that it will be open world, with “a degree of freedom.” Death Stranding will also have online elements. Kojima spoke of his wish to give gamers a way to be connected via these “strands,” or elements that are different to the usual multiplayer teams.
There won’t be a new mainline Assassin’s Creed game this year, but Ubisoft is still putting out a “new” game for consoles in November. The Assassin’s Creed Ezio Collection for PS4 and Xbox One comes with new versions of Assassin’s Creed II,Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed Revelations with “enhanced graphics.” You also get an $8 movie voucher for the Michael Fassbender Assassin’s Creed movie.
THE OTHER STUFF:
A new IGDA study released this week shed some new light on industry statistics. For one, 10 percent of men reported earning more than $150,000, while only 3 percent of women said they made that much. Additionally, 31 percent of the workforce declared they had some form of a disability. You can see all the results from the survey here.
The developers behind PSVR game Battlezone announced this week that the game will feature a four-player co-op mode. Learn lots more about the new mode in the extended trailer below.
Nexon and This Game Studio this week launched Oz: Broken Kingdom, a mobile RPG that puts players into a “reimagined” world of Oz. This time, the happy world has been overtaken by a “Great Darkness.”
“Players are introduced to newcomer Ophelia Shen, who joins familiar but now legendary Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow on an epic quest to battle the new evil and restore Oz to its former glory,” reads a line from the game’s description. You can grab the free game now using these links: App Store, Google Play.
PlayStation and Taco Bell are at it again. The latest partnership between the two companies encourages you to eat tacos for a chance to win a PlayStation VR device. What a time to be alive.
You can now play an unreleased Warcraft adventure game. Go to Eurogamer to get all the details on the 18-year-old Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans.
You can basically count on death, taxes, and new Sims expansions. EA this week announced the newest expansion for The Sims 4, called New City Living. It comes out on November 1, and like the name suggests, it features content themed around city living.
With the release of NBA 2K17 coming up, you might be wondering what’s new in terms of gameplay. You’re in luck, then, as 2K Sports has published an in-depth blog post that covers everything that’s new.
Digital Foundry has posted its video analysis of Forza Horizon 3’s new Xbox One demo. How does the racing game hold up from a technical perspective? Watch the video to find out:
Rolling Stone has a great interview with Ken Levine, who talks about the pain and difficulty of making what would become a celebrated and best-selling game.
Could StarCraft II get announcer packs? Blizzard is apparently gauging interest in that in a new survey, according to Eurogamer. What do you think?
People really do like getting Gears of War tattoos; here’s the newest video in Microsoft’s Gears Ink series, spotlighting how Gears of War brought two people together and more.
The next Hitman Elusive target has been announced; it’s the game’s 10th and it challenges players to murder a pharmacist.
Capcom has released its newest yearly report–it’s not for everyone, but if you enjoy diving into the nitty-gritty of how a big company runs and operates, this might interest you.