The Update for week ending 19th July

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD and I am here with this weeks top 3 gaming news stories, the top 5 games, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3) Deep Silver parts ways with Dead Island 2’s Developer

Last we heard of Dead Island 2, the zombie sequel was pushed back to a 2016 release date and no-showed at this year’s E3. Now we might have a good idea of why the game has disappeared, as publisher Deep Silver has announced that it has parted ways with developer Yager.

A representative from Deep Silver shared the following statement:

With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver has always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve. After careful consideration, today we announce the decision to part ways with development partner Yager.

No further information on why this decision was made or what it means for Dead Island 2’s release was offered. Elsewhere in the email, Deep Silver promises to “continue working towards bringing our vision of Dead Island 2 to life.”

“We will share further information at a later stage,” the email concludes.

The original Dead Island and its follow-up, Dead Island: Riptide, were created by Polish developer Techland. That developer went on to work with Warner Bros. on a similar zombie-based game called Dying Light, while Deep Silver announced Yager would take over the Dead Island franchise with its sequel.

The most recent Dead Island release was last year’s Escape Dead Island, a notoriously bad survival horror/adventure game hybrid. Yager, meanwhile, is also working on a flight combat game called Dreadnought.

2) The Commodore is back, in mobile form

If you hanker for the glory days of the Commodore 64 and Amiga gaming, and you’re in the market for a pretty good Android phone, this product might be for you.

The Commodore Pet is a mobile phone that’s being launched next week in Italy, Poland, France and Germany. It’s branded with the hallowed Commodore logo and will come with C64 and Amiga emulation capabilities. The phone’s Italian manufacturer Commodore Business Machines Limited bought global mobile rights for the Commodore name and is seeking to bring classic C64 and Amiga games to the phone.

Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, the C64 and Amiga were hugely successful home computers spawning many classic games.

The Commodore Pet is named after an even earlier computer. Commodore was ultimately bested by home PCs and games consoles, but the name still holds some nostalgic value. No news yet on U.S. plans for the phone.

1) Remastered Prototype 1 & 2 sneakily releases , and maybe for a good reason

This week a remastered edition of 2009’s Prototype and 2012’s Prototype 2 quietly slipped onto the online stores for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with practically no marketing. Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry seems to have found an answer why: The games run slower on Xbox One than they did on the Xbox 360.

While both Prototype and Prototype 2 play in a higher resolution of 1080p, the game’s framerate slows considerably during combat sequences, Eurogamer says. Cutscenes in Prototype 2 also suffer from a glaring stutter, and in-game travel unfolds at 20 to 25 frames per second with a lot of screen tearing. In battle, it can get slower.

“Worse still is the fact PS3 completely overshadows Xbox One in playability,” Eurogamer notes. “Throughout our tests, Sony’s last-gen machine runs with no tearing at all, and yet still manages to consistently best both Xbox machines in frame-rate, both old and new.”

The analysis goes into greater detail about the games’ performance. The PlayStation 4 edition of the bundle was not evaluated.

In short, despite the increased resolution, it would appear that very little work was done bringing the game to the new console. Prototype 2 was the last game for its developing studio, Radical Entertainment, which had its staff reduced dramatically after the game’s release as Activision announced the studio would no longer develop its own games going forward.

UK GAME CHARTS

Rory is the new Tiger as EA claim No1 after a year out of the golf sim market – Rory McIlroy PGA Tour debuts at No1 and is currently the only PS4/Xbox One golf game.  This PGA Tour game drops the year incremental in the title and drops Tiger Woods after 18 years (first was ‘Tiger Woods 99’ on PC back in Oct 98).  It is also the first PGA golf game to claim No1 since 2008’s Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 – both had similar week 1 sales. Codemasters’ F1 2015 drops to No2 with Warner’s Batman: Arkham Knight down 1 to No3.  Activision’s Destiny climbs 4 places to No6, one of many titles to receive a boost after the inaugural Amazon Prime Day deals. The only other new entry within the Top 20 is Sony’s God of War III: Remastered debuting at No9 for PS4 (the original PS3 version launched back in 2010).

Still at No.5:            GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Down 1 to No.4:      LEGO JURASSIC WORLD

Down 1 to No.3:      BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT

Down 1 to No.2:      F1 2015

New at No.1:            RORY MCILROY PGA TOUR

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 21ST JULY

Tembo The Badass Elephant (PS4) – Digital Only
Journey (PS4) – Digital Only
Hatoful Boyfriend (PS4/PSV) – Digital Only


YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week on the Crave Your Game Channel.

MONDAY – CTG Plays Drawful Part 4

TUESDAY – Dr GD Learns Kidney Surgery…

WEDNESDAY –  GD Plays Entwined

THURSDAY – WWE Battleground Predictions

FRIDAY –  The CTG Podcast Episode 50

We are back with the CTG Podcast this Wednesday with the CTG Podcast. You can catch this podcast at twitch.tv/ctgpodcast , then we return next Monday with the Update.

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