The Update for week ending 7th February 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD and and we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week, Top 5, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Nintendo’s Reward program and mobile app launching in March

Nintendo plans to launch its new rewards program, My Nintendo, and its first mobile app, Miitomo, for Android and iOS in March, according to an investor presentation from Nintendo of Japan.

My Nintendo is the company’s replacement for the shuttered Club Nintendo program. My Nintendo will launch globally this March in 39 countries throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The service will reward members with two types of points: platinum points and gold points.

Platinum points can be earned by logging into Nintendo’s eShop, playing games and visiting Nintendo’s websites. Those points can be spent on digital goods, like wallpapers and themes for Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo described platinum points as being used mainly “for fun.”

Gold points can be earned by purchasing content from the eShop. They can be used for discounts on games and software, Nintendo said.

Miitomo, the Mii-powered social communication app that Nintendo unveiled in October, will launch mid-March in Japan. Nintendo expects to roll out Miitomo to other territories in March as well, supporting eight languages — English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Russian — in 16 territories throughout North America, Western Europe, Japan, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. Nintendo said it will be accepting “pre-registration” for Miitomo starting on Feb. 17.

2)H1Z1 is splitting up into 2 games

H1Z1, the zombie-themed multiplayer online survival game, is splitting into two different products. Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) says that one of the titles will leave Steam Early Access and formally launch on Windows PC and consoles this summer while the other will remain in the program for the foreseeable future.

H1Z1: Just Survive will retain H1Z1s’s open-world, persistent multiplayer gameplay, as well as its crafting and base building features. H1Z1: King of the Kill will focus on instanced multiplayer combat. The arena shooter will include the popular Battle Royale mode, as well as other new and evolving gameplay options.

King of the Kill will exit early access this summer, and be available on Windows PC as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The games will cost $19.99 each and feature optional in-game microtransactions. Players who purchase H1Z1 on Steam prior to Feb. 17 — at its current $19.99 asking price — will receive both games when the split occurs. All in-game purchases made before the split will be duplicated one-for-one between both games.

Jens Anderson, executive creative director at Daybreak, admits that while the H1Z1 community itself has been at odds publicly over how to prioritize development of the game, the team internally has been strained as well. The work to separate the two games has been ongoing for several months.

“We have received feedback from our community,” said Andersen, “and they’ve pointed out that these are really two different games, that they are very much stand-alone concepts that have two different audiences. There will be two separate development teams supporting H1Z1: Just Survive and H1Z1: King of the Kill, and both of these teams will really be able to tool up and focus on the needs of the players of each of those titles.”

While early access to H1Z1 was originally sold on Steam for $19.99, the initial vision for the game was that it would launch as a free-to-play title. But over the course of last year Daybreak made the decision to drop those free-to-play plans.

“At that point in time there was the thinking that this game would potentially be free-to-play,” said Laura Naviaux, chief publishing officer. “However, as the market landscape has changed, I think that us as a publisher, in addition to the rest of the industry, has seen how quickly business models are evolving and we’re paying a lot of attention to that.

“Let’s face it, we live in a democratized world where players and consumers have so much that they have to choose from and at their disposal. … We need to pick appropriate business models on a per-product basis, and what’s best for H1Z1 is to have a modest download fee with optional microtransactions.”

In Just Survive, those microtransactions will primarily take the form of in-game resources in the form of airdrops of supplies or keys that can be used to open up crates hidden around the map. In King of the Kill, microtransactions will be tickets that can be used to enter select game modes and events.

Daybreak said it will be adding staff to support the development of both titles.

1)LEGO Star Wars the Force Awakens coming this June

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer TT Games have officially announced Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The game will debut across all major platforms — Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One — but PS3 and PS4 owners will have access to exclusive downloadable content.

The Force Awakens’ Lego adaptation will not only cover the 2015 film, but introduce new content filling in the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

Also new: a “Multi-Build” option and Blaster Battles, both unique to this Lego game. Players will also be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon while playing as various characters from the film, like Finn, Poe Dameron and Rey.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens will also receive a season pass, although details remain scant on what it will include or its release schedule. A Deluxe Edition copy of the game, detailed by the game’s official website, promises access to the season pass content in full; it also comes with an exclusive FN-2187 (otherwise known as Finn) Lego figure.

The majority of these details leaked ahead of the official announcement when the trailer found its way to YouTube earlier this week. The Xbox Games Store also posted a listing for the game in advance of its reveal.

Warner Bros. teased that it would be bringing two major brands together for a “massive announcement,” to be detailed. Yet Electronic Arts previously signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Disney and Lucasfilm to develop and publish games based on the Star Wars franchise. It remains unclear as to what arrangement Warner Bros., Disney and Lucasfilm came to in order to release this game.

UK GAME CHARTS

After slipping down to No. 2 last week, Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III has taken back the top spot on the UK Charts once again, pushing Warner Bros. Lego Marvel Avengers down one place to No. 2 after one week. Highest new release this week goes to Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 who debuts at No. 3, pushing FIFA 16 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege down 1 place to No.4 & 5. Grand Theft Auto V keeps hold of No. 6 as Star Wars Battlefront drops down 2 place to 7 and Just Cause 3 down 1 to No.8. The biggest mover this week goes to Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, up 11 places to No. 9 from 20, with Minecraft: Story Mode moving into the top 10 at No. 10. Other new releases who just miss out of the top 10 are Digimon story: Cyber Sleuth debuting at No. 11 and the PC exclusive, XCOM 2 debuting at No. 20.

Down 1 to No.5:           TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX: SIEGE

Down 1 to No.4:           FIFA 16

New at No.3:                 NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 4

Down 1 to No.2:           LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS

Up 1 to No.1:                  CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

Firewatch (PS4/PC) – Digital Only
Unravel (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
Dying Light: The Following (PC) – Digital Only
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime (PS4) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty! (Wii U) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 12TH FEBRUARY

Dying Light: The Following (XO/PS4/PC)
Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair (PS4)
Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space (PSV)
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (3DS)
Arslan: The Warriors Of Legend (XO/PS4)
Megadimension Neptunia VII (PS4)
Alekhine’s Gun (XO/PS4)(PC – Digital Only)
Terraria (3DS)
Gone Home (XO/PS4) – Digital Only

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

CTG Play Tomb Raider Multiplayer Part Four

GD & Shimmy Play Plantera Part One

CTG Plays Star Wars Battlefront Part Six

IRN RYN Play Lego Dimensions Back to the Future

CTG Play Minecraft : Piece of Cake

Billy Plays Final Fantasy X HD Part 3

GD & Cajr Play The Division Part One

CTG Play Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

CTG Play Monopoly Plus Part Five

The CTG Podcast Live! Episode 79

Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday, where we will be giving a copy of Far Cry 3 away at the end. We return next Monday with the Update.

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