And this is why I don’t trust Hollywood: So, when you heard about Battleship and Asteroids getting optioned as films you thought “wow that seems stupid” guess what, Tetris is getting its own feature film treatments as a “Sci-fi epic”. That’s right, your eyes do not deceive, Tetris the movie coming eventually to a screen near you by the dude who brought you Mortal Kombat’s first two movies (Larry Kasanoff). (Source Kotaku)
Redemption: There was a time somewhere between Jurassic Park (when he was awesome) and Independence Day (when he was a self-parody) I lost faith in Jeff Goldblum. I began to have faith in him around when he worked with Wes Anderson in The Grand Budapest Hotel but it took Tim and Eric for me to get back on board 100% I mean his foot work alone makes me love him. (Source Polygon)
Charming Irish Rogue: Ubisoft have released 20 minutes of gameplay via UbiCentral for Assassin’s Creed Rogue, so much Creed so little time! It looks very much if you liked Black Flag this will be the game for you. (Source Polygon)
My only concern is in the Avatar universe the martial arts despite being elemental based are very grounded in real life martial arts, my fear is Platinum will skew towards the absurd level of combo mayhem seen in their other titles.
Not all has been good news though, PSU reported this week that much of the current game is the result of drastic cuts (which directly plays in to the complaint of the critics). Story lines and entire swaths of character development were dropped after the departure of key team members and the entire Grimoire system was a stop game measure put in to place to fill in the holes. I’m hoping some of this is introduced later because honestly, not running around shooting things with Nathan Fillion as a robot is a crime!
Finally if you are interested in mad fat beats of epic battle then pick up the Destiny sound track (including Sir Paul’s work) over at iTunes. (Source Joystiq here, here and here, PSU and Polygon)
Because The Cool Kids Do It: Microsoft announced their latest software revision due out next year, Windows 10 will be a big step towards a unified OS across all Microsoft devices and is already running an early build of DirectX 12. Rumors are even circulating that Windows applications will be installable on Xbox One devices in 2015! Their new OS is named Windows 10 because well Windows One was taken, darn Bill Gates, but expect this to become the name of the OS with themes similar to Apple’s OSX. (Source Gizmodo, VG247 here and here)
The Drought Is Over: Over the last almost decade and a half China has banned consoles, that ban lifted last week as Xbox One launched in the territory (being sold through the government owned Telecom China Telecom Corp Inc. This is a hungry market that will for the first time in 14 years be able to get their hands legally on the consoles they’ve been building. This is an interesting market since Microsoft are an American company that has struggled in Asia but due to the resistance and hostility towards Japanese products in China this could end up benefiting Microsoft. Ten titles launch with the console and time will tell how the console grows in that market. (Source Joystiq)
Well... Shouldn’t This Be A Given: The fact this even has to be said indicates a problem but Visceral announced that their upcoming Battlefield Hardline cops and robbers simulator will “Work at launch”. Battlefield is one of the premier titles in the FPS world and the fact that they have to even make that statement says something about both the gaming industry in general and Dice and the Battlefield brand in specific. Hint, those things aren’t good. (Source Joystiq)
Free is good: You can’t complain about free stuff, well you can but if you do, you’re a jerk. Though not really free since it comes with your Playstation Plus subscription the PS Plus titles are always welcome and this month no less so. PS3 will get their hands on Batman: Arkham Asylum and D&D: Chronicles of Mystara while PS4 players will get DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition a stripped down version of the new title with 11 tracks and 10 cars upgradable to the full release version for $49.99 but they’ll also get Dust: An Elysian Tail and Spelunky for free. Like I said, can’t complain about free. (Source Polygon)
Is Bioware Sure This Isn’t A Portland Simulator: Bioware’s Dragon Age Inquisition showed off its character creation tools with a video this week. You too can have the curliest moustache at your Denerim Artisnal Mabari War Hound Treat shop. (Source Polygon and Joystiq)
Space The Final Frontier: 2K have released a new trailer for Civilization Beyond Earth, middling preview reports seem to indicate if you like Civ you’ll like this and the trailer (almost 10 minutes in length) is pretty cool.
Not Good: Pillars of Eternity the highly anticipated Kickstarter project brought to us by the creators of Planescape: Torment has been delayed until 2015. It’s better that Obsidian hold off on releasing this until done (especially given their legacy of releasing partially finished games) but many people are certainly pregnant with anticipation to get their hands on this.(Source Joystiq)
Transparency Is Good: As much of the smoke screen around the Game Controversy (which shall not be named) was tied to honesty and transparency it looks like Valve are trying to head off the train at the pass. With the launch of their curators system Vale is requiring curators to disclose if they have taken money from games listed in their feed and require curators to disclose this fact. This is a good thing, my only concern is it feels like Valve are becoming less and less a self-curated experience and are outsourcing this duty to third parties which leads to the question, what are they actually doing there? (Source Joystiq)
Exhaust Ports Suck: Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team were both pulled from the mobile marketplaces by Disney as they wanted to focus on Star Wars Commander. This is kind of uncool in that Nimblebit the co-developer of Tiny Death Star wasn’t even informed (and given the recent layoffs at Disney’s digital division doesn’t even have a contact to reach out to there). Given their closing comment regarding working with Disney was "Suffice to say if you're a developer looking to partner with Disney this might not be the partnership you're looking for” that’s hardly a good sign. That being said, it looks like the company are keeping up the LucasArts fine tradition of making weird random decisions regarding their properties. (Source Joystiq)
Well… At Least It Wasn’t Directed At Women: In “gamers are idiots” news it would appear bomb threats have been directed towards Borderlands developer Gearbox. It is possible these bomb threats could have been directed towards the bank or other businesses sharing their building but given the rash of threats and swatting in the game community I suspect it’s one of our compatriots doing what they do best, an impersonation of an idiot. (Source Polygon)