The Update for the week ending 9th August 2015

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) WoW’s next expansion is called Legion, with a beta later this year

As first announced last week, Blizzard has officially unveiled the sixth expansion for World of Warcraft during an event at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The expansion will be titled World of Warcraft: Legion.

The expansion will build off of last year’s World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. A CG video (which can be seen below) that game director Tom Chilton called a “connecting piece” to the next expansion showed off evil orc warlock Gul’dan discovering what appeared to be well-known World of Warcraft antagonist Illidan Stormrage.

World of Warcraft: Legion will include a new continent called The Broken Isles. The level cap will be increased from level 100 to level 110. A reworked player-versus-player honor system will also be in effect. As players rank up, they’ll now unlock special talents designed solely for player-versus-player combat. The PvP ranking system will also include a Call of Duty-esque prestige option, allowing you to reset your rank when you hit the camp and start over from the beginning. Unique mounts and artifact looks will be unlocked via prestiging.

New artifact weapons are being introduced, which will allow players to customize legendary weapons. The two artifact weapons revealed so far include Ashbringer and Doomhammer, weapons with long histories in the Warcraft universe. However, Blizzard says there will be 36 artifacts in total, one for each class specialization. Artifact weapons will have their own talent trees for players to level up and improve as they play, but they’ll also include visual customization so players don’t feel like they’re all wielding the exact same weapon.

Blizzard revealed that Legion will include players going to the Broken Isles and discovering the Tomb of Sargeras, a focal point for the invasion of the Burning Legion demon army. Players will be searching the new zones for the “Pillars of Creation,” relics leftover from the Titans who once ruled the world of Azeroth.

Dalaran, a floating city that was previously the main hub for the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion, will now be headed down to the Broken Isles to once more serve as a meeting place for players. The Night Elf-centered zone of Val’Sharah will include a trip to the Emerald Dream, another realm frequently rumored as the setting for a future World of Warcraft expansion.

Blizzard also showed off a new hero class, the Demon Hunter, which seems to be based around Illidan. The developer says it will show us “the story of the Demon Hunters, the Illidari, through the eyes of Illidan.” When beginning a new Demon Hunter character, players will actually play through flashbacks going back to the World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade expansion.

Demon Hunters will start at a high level. In addition to their regular abilities, they’ll have the ability to morph into a more powerful demonic figure, taking on the form of the enemies they’re hunting. Demon Hunters will only have two specializations rather than the normal three. The havoc spec will be damage-focused, and the vengeance spec will allow for tanking.

For those not swapping to a Demon Hunter, players will encounter a new system called “Class Orders.” This will put each player’s character in charge of an organization based around whatever their class is. As an example, the shaman conclave will overlook the Maelstrom, the paladin templar sanctum will be beneath Light’s Hope Chapel, and the warlock enclave will exist on a Burning Legion portal world.

Class orders will include a champion system that Blizzard said would build on the follower system from the Warlords of Draenor expansion. Champions will be non-player characters who help your cause. Blizzard promised they will be more active in the world in this expansion and with more interaction.

Blizzard also said it had done a “disservice” to dungeons in World of Warcraft and promised more dungeons and more replayability in Legion compared to previous expansions. A number of these dungeons were discussed, including Eye of Azshara, Darkheart Thicket, Suramar City and the return of Violet Hold, a Dalaran-based dungeon previously seen in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion.

The first raids announced for Legion include the Emerald Nightmare, a twisted version of the Emerald Dream where players will search for the legendary druid patron god Cenarius and fight the evil Xavius. A 10-boss raid called Suramar Palace will also be included, which will culminate in a fight against Gul’dan.

While we’re still waiting on news about a release date or timeframe for World of Warcraft: Legion, Blizzard sent out a press release saying that a beta test is scheduled to begin “later this year.”

2) Mighty No.9 officially delayed to 2016

Comcept and Keiji Inafune’s spiritual successor to Mega Man, Mighty No. 9, won’t make its previously announced release date. The side-scrolling action game is now expected to arrive sometime in early 2016, the developer announced in a backers-only forum post, confirming rumors of a delay.

The developer says it’s now “aiming for” a release during the first quarter of next year.

“As we have communicated in the updates to our backers, all of the core content for the game is developed and in a complete state,” a post on the game’s official forums reads. “However, there are still bugs and issues pertaining to the online features that are included in the game. These bugs and issues have a direct affect on enjoyment of the game, so a decision was made to work these issues out before release.

“Currently, comcept and their partners are working at full capacity to resolve these issues and fix any remaining bugs.”

Mighty No. 9 was originally estimated for an April 2015 release, according to its Kickstarter campaign.

The news of Mighty No. 9’s delay comes after weeks of speculation about a delay, based on retail listings that indicated the game was being pushed to 2016. It also comes a few days after another Comcept video game project, Red Ash, failed to meet its fundraising goal on Kickstarter.

1) Final Fantasy 15 coming in 2016, expected release date at PAX Prime

Final Fantasy 15 will finally launch next year, GameSpot reports.

Speaking with the publication at Gamescom, director Hajime Tabata said that the game won’t be released this year, but that fans can expect it before 2017.

“We can certainly say to people: it’s not going to be 2017,” Tabata said. “It’s going to be before that.”

As for a more specific release date announcement, Tabata pointed to PAX Prime, which takes place later this month.

“…We’ve set down the release date, we know when it is, and we’ve got a complete road map lined up, right up to launch, and we’re proceeding along that as planned,” Tabata said.

Final Fantasy 15, formerly known as Final Fantasy Versus 13, has been in development for nearly a decade. The game is set to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

UK GAME CHARTS

Released on Tuesday Rare Replay enters the chart at No1 – the first Xbox One exclusive title ever to achieve this feat (as Titanfall was also available on PC at launch). It is also the first Rare developed title to reach No1 since Banjo-Kazooie on N64 back in 1998 and is the first entirely budget priced All Formats No1 since Wii Fit Plus back in late 2009. It does not have much competition this week with no other new releases of note to give it a run for its money. Sales of Lego Jurassic World drop as it falls to No2 with Batman Arkham Knight also down by a similar margin, slipping one place to No3. The Elder Scrolls Online climbs two places to No4 on the tail end of last week’s promotion, pushing it ahead of Grand Theft Auto V which slides two places to No5. EA titles FIFA 15 and Battlefield Hardline  at No’s 6 and 7 respectively. No1 two weeks ago, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour drops another four places, down to No8, ahead of another sports title F1 2015  at No9. The Top 10 is rounded off by the evergreen Minecraft: Xbox Edition which bounces back into the Top 10 again, up two places to No10.

Down 2 to No.5:       GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Up 2 to No.4:              THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE

Down 1 to No.3:        BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT

Down 1 to No.2:        LEGO JURASSIC WORLD

New at No.1:               RARE REPLAY

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 11TH AUGUST

Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture (PS4) – Digital Only
Toy Soldiers: War Chest (XO/PC) – Digital Only
Gauntlet: Slayer Edition (PS4) – Digital Only
Goat Simulator (PS3/PS4) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 12TH AUGUST

Toy Soldiers: War Chest (PS4) – Digital Only
Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (XO/PS4) – Digital Only

YouTube videos of the week

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

CTG Plays Quiplash Part 2

 GD Plays The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Part One

Cajr & GD Play Rocket League Part Two

CTG Plays Worms Battlegrounds Part Two

The CTG Podcast Live! Episode 53

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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