The Update for Week Ending 20thMarch 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)Telltale’s Batman begins this summer

At a panel at SXSW Gaming this week, Telltale Games discussed its work on the upcoming Batman series titled, simply, Batman: A Telltale Games Series. Most notably, Telltale’s Job Stauffer revealed the rough release window for the game. “We’ll be premiering this summer,” Stauffer said. But because of the way that Telltale makes its games, “There’s not a lot we can show you until we’re really close to premiering,” Stauffer said.

To illustrate that point, the team only brought one new asset to share with the audience: a photograph of the game’s script. “That’s episode one of five episodes,” writer Pierre Shorette said towards the end of the panel. “Branching makes a lot of things. So, it’s a ton of writing, and because it’s a ton of writing, I think that’s why we have to be script first, and story first.”

The new game will include “a lot of new Telltale stuff,” CEO Kevin Bruner said, referring to the studio’s iterative development model, promising some new features and technology. “It’s still a Telltale game, but it will be evolved from what you’ve seen [from Telltale] before. But I think a more significant step than you’ve seen from any of our products in the past, both technologically and creatively I think there’s a lot of really cool things going into Batman,” Bruner said.

The game will also heavily focus on Bruce Wayne, not just Batman. When asked if it would be possible to play the entire game without being Batman, Bruner admitted, “not the entire game.” He said, “We do think that’s something we’re going to offer people,” and added that the team expects people to try to play their Batman game with as little Batman as possible.

“Certain key situations will give the player the decision to approach a scene as Bruce or Batman, with consequences for both sides,” Telltale added in a blog post published after the panel concluded. The studio also said that Batman: A Telltale Games Series will offer a “fresh interpretation of the universe set in current times, not tied to any existing iteration of Batman in games, film, or comics.” The developers are going for a “non-photorealistic” look, a comic book art style inspired by artists such as Jim Lee, Greg Capullo and Neal Adams.

On the side of good, players can expect to see characters such as Alfred Pennyworth, Vicki Vale, James Gordon, and Renee Montoya. Some characters will have a “deeply personal relationship” with Bruce Wayne, according to Telltale. As for the villains, the studio is keeping mum on the game’s rogues’ gallery for now.

Despite the cartoony look of the trailer, and comic book past of the character, Batman: A Telltale Games Series will be rated M, and the team likened the game to an R-rated movie. “Audience-wise, we’re definitely going to be landing in the Mature, 17 and up,” Stauffer said. “It’ll feel almost like an R-rated movie. If you’ve played The Wolf Among Us or The Walking Dead, sort of the same parameters.”

2)Alan Wake, Castlevania and Pacman join Xbox One Backwards compatibility

Microsoft added three Xbox 360 titles to its list of backward compatible games supported on Xbox One, including Remedy’s excellent Alan Wake, the legendary Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and arcade classic Pac-Man.

Alan Wake compatibility arrives just in time for the release of Remedy’s Quantum Break early next month. Last month, Microsoft announced plans to bundle the titles:

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.

That full-game download of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is going out now to those who pre-ordered the game.

Originally released for the original PlayStation in 1997, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was ported to the Xbox Live Arcade platform in 2007. Notably, it was the first Xbox Live Arcade title allowed to exceed the 50 MB cap, an early restriction intended to maintain support for those who purchased the hard drive-less “Core” Xbox 360.

Pac-Man joins Pac-Man: Championship Edition and Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+, both of which were included in the initial list of backward compatible titles in November.

1)Pokémon main games passes 200 million units sold

Though the unbridled craze of the late 90s (Pokémania, if you will) could have been mistaken at the time for a fad, the series has proven itself to be an international, cross-media cultural touchstone. The latest evidence of this evolution comes from Famitsu, by way of Yahoo! Japan, which reports that the main series of games have crossed the threshold of 200 million units sold (in fact, by the end of February, they hit 201 million). This doesn’t include spinoffs like Pokémon Snap or Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, which bring the figure to 279 million.

The last milestone of this sort came in 2005, when the series hit the 100 million shipped mark, according to this GameSpot article from the time. Considering the series began in 1996, that (very roughly) means nine years to sell the first 100 million and 11 years to sell the next 100 million. Though sales have slowed slightly, that’s still a remarkably steady performer in an increasingly tumultuous video game industry.

UK GAME CHARTS

Ubisoft take a second week at No1 with Tom Clancy’s The Division. Right behind Ubisoft there are 2 very different kinds of fighting games debuting strongly this week. Entering the ring and debuting at No2 is EA Sports UFC 2 for PS4/Xbox One. This is the second in the series since acquisition from THQ and this version outsells EA’s first by +53% when comparing launch week sales units (EA Sports UFC debuted in 2014 for the same 2 formats). Also new and debuting at No3 is another fight title, Nintendo and Bandai Namco’s Pokken Tournament for WiiU – the first Pokemon spin-off title to launch for WiiU. Activision’s Black Ops III drops 1 place to No4 and Ubisoft’s Far Cry Primal slips from No2 to No5. There are pre-Easter sales occurring right now which explains the movement of various titles, such as Bethesda’s Fallout 4, up 14 places to No13 and various re-entries, such as Little Orbit’s Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Legends at No33 and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 at No34.

Down 3 to No.5:                                 FAR CRY PRIMAL

Down 1 to No.4:                                 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III

New at No.3:                                       POKKÉN TOURNAMENT

New at No.2:                                       EA SPORTS UFC 2

Still at No.1:                                         TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 22ND MARCH

Day Of The Tentacle Remastered (PS4/PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 23RD MARCH

Day Of The Tentacle Remastered (PS4/PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 24TH MARCH

Hyrule Warriors: Legends (3DS)
Paws (PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 25TH MARCH

TrackMania Turbo (XO/PS4/PC)
Republique (PS4)
Alekhine’s Gun (XO/PS4)
Tropico 5 Penultimate Edition (XO)

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

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

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