The Update week ending 31st July 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week that isn’t Pokemon Go , we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Professor Layton’s next game stars his daughter

Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy is the latest entry in the Professor Layton series, developer Level-5 announced this week. It was revealed the title during this year’s Level-5 Vision event, livestreamed from Japan with the title confirmed later on.

The trailer above (courtesy of Nintendo Everything) introduces the professor-turned-puzzle-master’s daughter who is known as Kat, short for Katrielle. Like her dad, she has a fondness for solving mysteries, and she’s joined by a canine companion as she ventures across a baroque-style village.

Lady Layton will bring the series back to portables following a short hiatus. 2012’s spinoff Layton Brothers is an iOS and Android exclusive, featuring Layton’s son Alfendi Layton. In June, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino hinted that the puzzle franchise would return for a new mainline game, but the lead character himself would be taking a break for some new stars when the series returned.

We last saw dad Hershel Layton, his young ward Luke and others in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, which launched stateside in 2014.

Lady Layton will launch next year on Nintendo 3DS, as well as Android and iOS devices.

2)Pokemon Go Plus device delayed to September

The release of the Pokémon Go Plus, Nintendo’s wearable accessory for , has been pushed back to September, the company announced this week on Twitter.

Nintendo originally planned to release the Pokémon Go Plus in late July; the game, which is free-to-play, launched earlier this month. The company have said that they have delayed the Pokémon Go Plus not for production concerns, but instead, to ensure that the game itself would work properly with the accessory.

“The delay is due to the preparations for the Pokémon Go application update in order to optimize Pokémon Go Plus,” Nintendo said in a statement. “In order for us to offer new experiences to play Pokémon Go with Pokémon Go Plus with a quality level high enough to satisfy as many people as possible, we decided that it is necessary to take enough time for the completion. We ask for your understanding.”

While the game is developed by Niantic Labs, Nintendo is producing and distributing the Pokémon Go Plus.

The Pokémon Go Plus, which is compatible with both the Android and iOS versions of Pokémon Go, will cost $34.99. It is designed to allow people to play the game without having their smartphone out — the Bluetooth-based unit, which can be worn as a pin or with a wrist strap, lights up when Pokémon and PokéStops are nearby.

1)Telltale Games announces ‘Crowd Play’ feature

Telltale announced a new multiplayer option for its games: Crowd Play, an optional, in-game feature that will allow anywhere from two to 2,000 or more people participate in the action.

Crowd Play is set to make its debut with the first episode of Batman: The Telltale Series, launching Aug. 2. In a blog post, the developer explained how the feature will work. Anyone who can see a player’s screen — like friends, family or a livestream audience — can vote alongside the player using their phone or computer. This turns a Telltale game’s major choices into a team decision.

“Anyone with a cellphone or a tablet or any web browser can log online, enter their name and they’ll jump right into the game session,” Telltale’s head of creative communications Job Stauffer said in an interview with Polygon. “And the player, you’ll see on screen how many have joined, and players can weigh in and decide which decisions to make or which dialogue options they would like to be chosen.”

There’s an option to start Crowd Play from the main menu screen, and players will be required to have a Telltale Online account to host a session. After activating the feature, others can hop in by entering a special game code into the connected website.

If the vote leads to a tie between the various options, the host will cast the final decision. There’s also a mode that lets the primary player cancel out the crowd’s choices at their discretion, while the other gives the audience full control over the proceedings.

Although Batman and other Telltale titles are available on mobile devices, Crowd Play will only work for the console versions of the studio’s games, according to the announcement post.

Crowd Play seems like a good fit for livestreaming, and Telltale anticipates that players will want to turn their decision-heavy gameplay sessions into widely crowdsourced affairs. But current streaming platforms are not yet capable of supporting the feature at a sufficient level, the company said.

Stauffer explained that with “Twitch and Youtube gaming and certain livestreaming platforms, there’s usually about a 7-10 second delay of latency. So we have no intention of stopping the dialogue for the audience to wait and catch up, and that really breaks the tension of the Telltale experience. But we’ve also implemented a feature of a thumbs up and thumbs down, so all along the playthrough, even if it’s delayed by a couple seconds, you can see, if you’re streaming, whether your audience is really enjoying your playthrough or not.”

Crowd Play — and Telltale’s games — are really meant to be experienced live and in-person. That doesn’t meant they’ll be limited to who can fit in your living room, though. Stauffer suggested that as many as 2,000 people could take part with over 20,000 in live events.

There’s even talk of hosting events for even bigger crowds at venues like the Alamo Drafthouse and other movie theaters, which Telltale has done for other games like Tales from the Borderlands and Minecraft: Story Mode.

“We’ll be doing special theatrical events all around the country and the world where we’ll be taking episodes out,” Stauffer said, “and fans can come out and join us and log in from their phone and yell at us on the screen at the same time and really just take part in the Telltale experience.”

The Telltale experience has always been a social one, even without the feature, according to Stauffer.

“”It was really just a no-brainer and frankly a matter of time””

“A lot of us [at Telltale] grew up playing with friends and family or even our parents just sitting by the computer with us and deciding what to say and click on, what do do, ask him where the red key is,” Stauffer said. “There was always this kind of unofficial social experience.”

Crowd Play finally brings that to the studio’s games as a native experience. Batman will be the first of the company’s titles to use the feature, but Stauffer told us that the company “aims to have this in every Telltale game going forward.”

“Looking back at when we grew up and always wanting to play adventure games with friends and then us just shouting at the screen in movie theaters the last couple years, and just seeing how easy it might be to connect everyone through their mobile devices, it was really just a no-brainer and frankly a matter of time,” Stauffer said.

Batman: The Telltale Series will be available on iOS, Android, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC, with more episodes rolling out later this year.

UK GAME CHARTS

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes it 5 consecutive weeks at No1 equalling the record for chart topping Lego titles. It now stands alongside Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, which first achieved the feat in 2012.

A price promoted Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End rises four places up to No2 while Grand Theft Auto V climbs a place to No3. No new releases grace the charts this week but the start of the summer holiday provides a welcome boost to the Top 20. Ratchet & Clank is one of the major beneficiaries rocketing twenty-three places to No10.

Following the recent launch of mobile app Pokemon Go 3DS title Pokemon Alpha Sapphire is the biggest climber in the franchise moving up an impressive fourteen places to No11.

 

Down 2 to No.5:         OVERWATCH

Down 2 to No.4:         FIFA 16

Up 1 to No.3:                 GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Up 4 to No.2:                UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END

Still at No.1:                  LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 2ND AUGUST

Xbox One S 2TB console
Batman: The Telltale Series – Ep. 1 (360/PS3/XO/PS4/PC/iOS/Android) – Digital Only
Livelock (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only

 

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