The Update for week ending 14th 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)Is Crash Bandicoot coming to Playstation? The toy Fair think so

An offhand comment at New York Toy Fair has Crash Bandicoot fans rejoicing with hope that the franchise will return to PlayStation.

In an interview with PixelDan Eardley, Randy Falk, director of development for toy and collectible powerhouse NECA, goes through his company’s licensed offerings. “We’ve got a lot of stuff going on with Sony,” he said, referencing the God of War, Uncharted and LittleBigPlanet franchises. Then offhand, he mentions “Looking at some of their other titles, I see that they’re bringing Crash Bandicoot back …”

There’s no follow-up to that remark, so who knows what it actually means. Sorry.

Crash Bandicoot, originally developed by Naughty Dog, was Sony’s branded mascot game kicking off the PlayStation era nearly 20 years ago. The character is currently owned and controlled by Activision. The last Crash Bandicoot game was Mind Over Mutant, a multiplatform launch in 2008.

Falk could be referencing Crash Bandicoot as something other than a game, and who knows what the specific terms of ownership are for the character. But in December at PlayStation Experience, Shawn Layden, the PlayStation chief for North America, wore a t-shirt referencing the series, and t-shirt mentions at such events have been deliberate in the past.

2)Watchdog 2 coming before April 2017

A new Watch Dogs game is coming within the next year or so, Ubisoft confirmed in the earnings release for the third quarter of its 2015-16 fiscal year.

Ubisoft laid out its plans for its 2016-17 fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017. The publisher’s slate includes For Honor, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, South Park: The Fractured But Whole and “the next installment of Watchdogs,” according to the earnings release. Ubisoft did not provide any details on platforms, or an official title for the sequel.

In addition, Ubisoft said it has an unannounced game in its schedule for the year: “a new high-potential AAA brand with strong digital live services.” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed during an earnings call that the game in question is a new IP.

Kotaku reported last month that a sequel to would be released “later this year.” The game takes place in San Francisco, according to Kotaku’s sources. The original Watch Dogs, which was developed by Ubisoft Montreal and was set in Chicago, debuted in May 2014.

Ubisoft also officially announced that the Assassin’s Creed franchise is taking the year off; the publisher won’t release a new Assassin’s Creed title until 2017. The follow-up to Watch Dogs could replace an Assassin’s Creed game as Ubisoft’s major release of the fall season.

1)Buy Quantum Break on Xbox One, get it free on Windows 10

Remedy’s Quantum Break is a fascinating mixture of game and traditional television show, and the company has announced a release date of April 5. Don’t worry, PC gamers: You won’t be left out.

“Xbox wants to empower gamers to play the games they want with the people they want on the devices they want, so Microsoft Studios and Remedy Entertainment will launch Quantum Break on Windows 10 simultaneously with the Xbox One version on April 5, 2016,” the release states. “Anyone who pre-orders the Xbox One digital version of Quantum Break through the Xbox Store, purchases an Xbox One digital token at participating retailers, or pre-orders an Xbox One Special Edition Quantum Break bundle, will receive the Windows 10 version of the game downloadable at the Windows Store via redemption code.”

So even if you just want to play on the PC, why not pick up the Xbox One version? You’ll get both copies for the same price.

You’ll also get a chance to catch up on Remedy’s last game if you preorder Quantum Break:

Two of Remedy Entertainment’s most popular and critically-acclaimed classics — and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare — are now part of the Quantum Break experience. Every copy of Quantum Break for Xbox One will come with a full-game download for Alan Wake for Xbox 360, plus its two add-on packs, The Signal and The Writer, playable on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility. Fans who pre-order Quantum Break for Xbox One at participating retailers or through the Xbox Store will also receive a full-game download of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare for Xbox 360.

So if you’re interested in Quantum Break and pay for a copy on the Xbox One before release, you’ll get a backwards compatible copy of Alan Wake, its expansions and American Nightmare as well as a download code for the PC version of the game which will launch on the same day.

The preorder bundle with the included PC copy of Quantum Break and Alan Wake games runs until April 4.

UK GAME CHARTS

Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III celebrates a 10th No1 crown. Only Lego Marvel Avengers, which remains at No2 has managed to break its run at the top in 2016. The start of the half term break combined with retail promotions sees a resurgence for many of the Top 10 this week with Fifa 16 climbing back up to No3. Grand Theft Auto V and Stars Wars Battlefront follow suit moving up to claim No4 and No5. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege also sees a strong boost but still slips a spot down to No6. Just Cause 3 climbs a spot and stays ahead of a resurgent Fallout 4, which leaps 7 places to No8. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and Minecraft: Story Mode are both non–movers at No9 and No10.

Up 2 to No.5:             STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT

Up 2 to No.4:             GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Up 1 to No.3:               FIFA 16

Still at No.2:               LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS

Still at No.1:               CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

Street Fighter V (PS4/PC)
Layers Of Fear (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
TRON RUN/r (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
The Escapists: The Walking Dead Edition (PS4)

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

Rocket League (XO) – Digital Only
Californium (PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PC) – Digital Only
Return To PopoloCrois: A Story Of Seasons Fairytale (3DS) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 19TH FEBRUARY

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (3DS)
Project X Zone 2 (3DS)

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

CTG Play Grand Theft Auto V – Hunt for Cajr

Cajr Plays Tharsis

GD & Shimmy Play Plantera Part Two

IRN RYN Play Lego Dimensions Portal Part One

GD & Cajr Play Halo Part One

Billy Plays Undertale Pacifist Part Three

GD & Cajr Play The Division Part Two

GD & Shimmy Play Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes Part One

CTG Play Monopoly Plus Part Six

The CTG Podcast Live! Episode 80

Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday. We return next Monday with the Update.

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