The Update for week ending 19th June 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, E3 is over for another year and we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week outside of the E3 press conferences, for our reactions to those we have 2 podcast specials that you can see o our Youtube page. Also we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Plans for Bayonetta 3, series creator says

PlatinumGames designer Hideki Kamiya is currently working on Scalebound, which is slated to hit Xbox One and Windows PC next year. But he says he wants to return to his character-action game franchise, Bayonetta, after that.

During an interview at E3, Kamiya was asked whether he’d consider making a Bayonetta 3, once Scalebound is released.

“To answer your question straightly, yes,” Kamiya said. “It’s actually something I’ve been thinking a lot about. We’ve talked a lot about it internally at the company and I’ve written some outlines for what the game would be. And I feel really confident it would be cool if we got the chance to make it.

“Right now, we’re looking at opportunities… If that opportunity ever came up to make Bayonetta 3, that would be really, really cool.”

The first Bayonetta, which hit PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2009, was directed by Kamiya. Bayonetta 2, which was picked up by Nintendo and released for Wii U in 2014, was handled by a different director, Yusuke Hashimoto, though Kamiya wrote the game’s script.

2)Pokémon Go coming this July

During Nintendo’s E3 livestream, the publisher announced that its upcoming AR mobile Pokémon game being made with Niantic Labs, Pokémon Go, would be released sometime in July. Pokémon Go Plus, the hardware device that allows players to use the game without taking out their phone, will also be released for $34.99.

Pokémon Go uses AR technology and smartphones to allow players to search out and catch Pokémon in their own backyard. Players can either choose to use programmed backgrounds that will contribute to a more traditional gaming experience or use their smartphone camera to have the Pokémon appear on the streets of their town or cities. The game has been in development for quite some time, and the company recently opened up field testing to people in the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

The more Pokémon caught and trained, the more experience points a trainer gets and the more powerful they become. As they become more powerful, they’ll be given the option to catch more stronger and rarer Pokémon. The publisher also confirmed that catching multiple Pokémon rewards trainers with “candy” which can be used to make Pokémon evolve into their next form. Although Nintendo did not specify how often legendary Pokémon could be caught, it was previously reported that the publisher was looking into hosting events in different cities to allow players to catch those type of Pokémon.

When asked about trading and whether trading would be available at launch, Nintendo said that although they are developing that feature, it wouldn’t be available until after launch. The company said it was more invested in making sure that the core experience for the app was fantastic, allowing players to learn how to use it and catch some Pokémon before trading with others.

Nintendo also addressed whether Pokémon Go would be connected to the rest of the Pokémon universe, and said that eventually there will be some kind of connectivity between Pokémon Go and the upcoming 3DS games from Game Freak, Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Pokémon Go Plus, the hardware device that players can wear on their wrist or attach to their clothing, also got an update during the livestream, including a price point. Although it won’t be made available right at launch, Nintendo said that it was working diligently on getting it ready, but told fans they could pick it up for $34.99 when it was released.

Although Pokémon Go Plus will come in at $34.99, the actual game will be free when it launches next month on both iOS and Android devices.

1)Paypal confirms Steam Summer Sale starts This Thursday

Steam’s Summer Sale will begin next week, according to Paypal again.

That’s right, last month a Reddit user leaked the June 23 start date for Steam’s annual summer sale and this week, PayPal, which has leaked previous Steam sales, seemingly announced the sale via a Tweet.

The sale will run from 5:45pm UK time on June 23 until July 4 at 6pm UK time, according to the previous leak.

No word on what sort of exceptional discounts we’ll be seeing, but if you game on PC you should be excited.

Given all of the news coming out of E3, news of Alienware’s second version of a Steam Machine and Valve’s doubling down on its own Steam controllers, I think we can expect a lot of good gets coming out of this sale.

UK GAME CHARTS

Doom puts an end to Overwatch’s three week run at the top of the chart, jumping two places from No3 to No1 with retailer promotions pushing the average price down by £5 to £31.20. Sales of Doom are up 57% on last week giving Bethesda their first No1 since Fallout 4 and developer ID Software their first No1 since Doom 3 on PC topped the Chart in 2004.

Overwatch drops to No2 with sales down by 24%, remaining ahead of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End which climbs one place to No3. Older titles FIFA 16 and GTA V still prove popular, also rising by one place to No’s 4 and 5 respectively. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst slips from No2 to No6, while retailer promotions boosts Call of Duty: Black Ops III back in to the Top 10, up from No12 to No7.

As Euro 2016 is now well under way, Konami’s updated Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 title on PS4 and PS3 enjoys a 24% sales increase, although is a non-mover at No8. More promotions guide Star War Battlefront back in to the Top 10, up 7 places to No9. Lego Marvel Avengers rounds off the Top 10 at No10, while MotoGP 16: Valentino Rossi is the only new title to break in to the Top 40, new at No19.

 

Up 1 to No.5:                        GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Up 1 to No.4:                        FIFA 16

Up 1 to No.3:                        UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END

Down 1 to No.2:                  OVERWATCH

Up 2 to No.1:                        DOOM

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 21ST JUNE

Umbrella Corps (XO/PS4) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 24TH JUNE

Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival (PS4)
Mighty No. 9 (360/PS3/Wii U/XO/PS4/PC)
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE (Wii U)
Mario & Sonic At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U)
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (PS3/PS4/PSV)
Rocket League Collector’s Edition (XO/PS4)
Super Meat Boy (PS4)
OlliOlli: Epic Combo Edition (PS4)

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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