The week of E3 was jam packed full of news from top to bottom. We had all sorts of massive announcements, updates and release dates rolled out for some of the biggest and most hotly anticipated titles of this generation. This included the unveiling of the new God of War, the official release date for The Last Guardian, and some big revelations for the newest first-party Nintendo IP, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
It wouldn’t be a week in gaming without a bit of drama and controversy, though. Katsuhiro Harada from Namco revealed that their VR game about flirting with a young girl while they learn a new language called Summer Lesson won’t be coming to America due to SJWs. And some shady indie devs are using bots to boost up their games with fake positive reviews. Oh yeah, and Microsoft announced a new console. These stories and so much more in this June 18th, 2016 edition of the Weekly Recap.
Bots Flood Bad Games On Steam
Games that would otherwise never get any attention at all have been receiving plenty of attention and a lot of loving from review bots, enabling these bad games to get higher rankings in the search and recommendation sections. Persona 5 has been pushed out of its summer release and dragged all the way to February 14th in 2017. The reasons for the delay fall into the category of polish, but some are questioning if some last minute “localization” might be taking place. Bethesda unveiled Prey for the second time, only it’s not the game that we all that it was. Quake: Champions was also announced, and it’s making a return to form… at QuakeCon. FIFA 17 will be running on the Frostbite 3 and will feature an actual story mode this time around. And Titanfall 2 has a full single-player mode that can be played offline. The game is also due to drop at the end of October this year.
Xbox Scorpio Coming 2017
Microsoft dropped a megaton in the form of two new Xbox units, including an Xbox One S due out this fall and an Xbox Scorpio due out next year, which will support VR headsets and run media at 4K. The release date for Ghost Recon Wildlands has been revealed as March 7th for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Crackdown 3 has been delayed, with the multiplayer alpha having gone MIA while the game has been pushed back into 2017. Kojima Productions revealed their new game Death Stranding, which stars Norman Reedus. We get to see The Walking Dead actor in the buff, which should give the media a little bit of something to talk about regarding the title. Resident Evil 7 was unveiled by Capcom during Sony’s conference and a new IP that’s like Sons of Anarchy meets The Last of Us has been announced and it’s called Days Gone.
The Last Guardian Release Date Set For October
Sony finally put a real release date to the launch of The Last Guardian and gamers can expect to get their hands on it at the end of October. There’s also the matter of For Honor getting its release date set for Valentine’s Day next year for the home consoles and PC. That’s the one game that I’m genuinely excited to play this gen. Ubisoft also unveiled a new miscellaneous extreme sports game that’s due out this winter called Steep. The localization of Persona 5 is actually much harder and more challenging than you may have first thought, well… that’s according to one of the translators from the localization team. A new game called Bound is on the way, and a brand new E3 trailer was released to give you an idea of what it’s like. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a wildly ambitious take on the classic adventure game series, with all new combat, exploration, questing and adventuring to be had.
Paper Mario Battles Against Corruption
Nintendo managed to include a parody of #GamerGate in Paper Mario: Color Splash. Speaking of Paper Mario, the new game will arrive on the Wii U later this year in October. Rebellion had to delay Sniper Elite 4 as they finish up the development of Battlezone for the PlayStation VR. The sniping title has been pushed back into early 2017. Battleborn has lost a heck of a lot of its player-base and so Gearbox has decided to remedy the situation by introducing microtransactions. And the release date for Dragon Quest Builders has been set for PlayStation owners in the West.
Summer Lesson Skipping America Due To SJWs
Bandai Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada doesn’t want to deal with the Social Justice Warriors of the West, hence he’s forfeiting the release of Summer Lesson outside of Japan. While that news was devastating to VR aficionados and potential PlayStation VR owners, there is some good news for gamers in the form of the Deus Ex robotic prosthetic from Open Bionics. They’re releasing their new device starting in 2017. A new game called The Surge is on the way, and it features exo-suits and mechs fighting to the death. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will sport all new content and will allow for up to 300 players to be roam around in a single instance. And a cool looking gladiatorial game called Versus: Battle of the Gladiator will arrive on Steam starting June 20th.
Gawker’s Conflicts Of Interest Discovered With NerdWallet
Gawker was caught once again with ties to another company that highlights their conflict of interest when it comes to business promotion and content generation. Diggers on Reddit discovered 54 different conflicts of interest between Gawker and the finance consultant, NerdWallet. Nintendo has revealed that they won’t be getting into the VR race just yet. In fact, they’re waiting for VR to go mainstream before they commit to anything serious. Some new DLC is on the way for Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, this time featuring the legendary Space Marines. The public version of Cemu 1.5.2 has been made available and they have a no audio version for those who want to play Super Smash Bros at stable speeds. PsychSoftPC announced new high-end 4K VR-ready gaming PCs running Nvidia’s latest GTX 1080 and 1070s, but they’ll run you a very hefty $4,800 if you want to get the PCMR version. And Vice is getting into the gaming arena with their very own outlet set to go live this August. They have Austin Walker from Giant Bomb taking over as the head honcho, and gamers are already leery.