The Update for week ending 15th August 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)THQ is alive – In a way

Nordic Games, the Vienna-based publisher that purchased “substantially all” of defunct company THQ’s properties in 2013 — including titles in the Darksiders, Red Faction, de Blob and MX series — is changing its name. The company is rebranding to THQ Nordic.

The change to THQ Nordic, the company said in a release, “represents a core approach of doing much more than ‘owning’ a highly competitive portfolio of IP.” THQ Nordic calls the name change the “next phase in our company’s evolution.”

Nordic Games acquired the THQ trademark and logo in 2014. The publisher has rereleased versions of a number of THQ titles since it acquired its properties, including the Red Faction Collection and Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition.

THQ Nordic said in a release that the company has 23 game projects in development, 13 of which have not been publicly announced “but are sure to be in the next months.” The majority of those projects are based on properties once owned by THQ, the company said.

THQ Nordic has two internal studios: Grimlore Games, based in Munich, Germany and Rainbow Studios, based in Phoenix, Arizona.

2) PlayStation Meeting happening this September

Sony appears to be ready to lift the lid on the next PlayStation 4: The company will hold a media event in New York City next month to discuss details “about the PlayStation business,” according to an invitation Sony sent to media outlets today.

The presentation is set for 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 7 at the PlayStation Theater, which is located in Times Square. It is known as “PlayStation Meeting” — the same name Sony used for the event in February 2013, also held in New York, during which the company unveiled the PlayStation 4.

Sony’s invitation confirms reports from Gameblog and Vice Gaming earlier this week that the company was set to announce a new PS4 next month.

Codenamed the “Neo,” the next PS4 — also known as the “PS4.5” and “PS4K” — is a counterpart to Microsoft’s Project Scorpio. Sony officially confirmed that it was working on a new, more powerful PS4 just before E3 2016, but said it would not unveil the console until later in the year. Meanwhile, Microsoft announced Scorpio during its E3 press briefing, and said it planned to release the console in late 2017. Like Scorpio, the Neo will reportedly support 4K resolution for both games and video, along with other high-end hardware features.

A Sony representative confirmed that the company will livestream the PlayStation Meeting, and added, “We’ll provide more information as we get closer.”

1)Final Fantasy 15 delayed to November

Final Fantasy 15 will miss its previously announced Sept. 30 release in order to allow the team to “further polish and conduct quality testing,” Square Enix announced today.

The game will now launch Nov. 29, confirming delay rumors that began circling earlier this week.

“From the moment we joined this project, our vision was to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series,” said Tabata in a prepared statement. “Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this. As the director and lead of this project, I wish to personally apologize for the additional wait. As a team, we want Final Fantasy 15 to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding.”

Game director Hajime Tabata further explained the delay in the video above, noting that the team wanted to avoid a “day-one” patch. He added that a video based on the completed “master version” of the game will be released on Aug. 16

“Our objective with Final Fantasy 15 was to deliver a Final Fantasy of the highest possible quality to every single person who buys the game,” he said. “We have completed the master version but when it comes to that highest possible quality, we felt that we had not quite reached that version yet. In order to make this master version an even better product, we have been creating a downloadable add-on known as a day-one patch.”

‘”Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision.”’

Tabata acknowledged, however, that the “substantial” day-one patch requires an internet connection, and would therefore not be available to all players.

“I came to think that it might be a mistake just to deliver the master version we have finished to everyone, so I realized if we were to go ahead and release it then myself and my team would wind up regretting it,” he said.

“The disc that is going on sale on the 29th of November will contain everything that was scheduled to be on the day-one patch, as well as some extra things on top of that.”

Tabata added that for players with an online connection, he’s considering “even further patches and DLC in the future.”

According to Square Enix, the delay will not affect the Aug. 30 digital release date of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15, the CG film based on the game’s characters. Release dates for the disc version, however, as well as the anime Brotherhood: Final Fantasy 15, may still change; Square Enix is expected to update fans at a later date.

Final Fantasy 15 will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

UK GAME CHARTS

Taking off on Wednesday 10th August, No Man’s Sky shoots straight to No1, becoming Sony’s 2nd biggest ever PS4 launch (behind Uncharted 4) and Sony’s biggest launch for a new IP on PS4.

In terms of new IP across all publishers and Sony formats it sits 5th behind Destiny, Watch Dogs, The Getaway and The Last of Us. Last week’s No1 Grand Theft Auto V drops to No2 while the rest of the Top 10 shuffles amongst itself.

Mario & Sonic: Rio 2016 Olympic Games climbs 8 places to No15, its highest ever chart position, as the Olympic Games itself gets underway.

Down 3 to No.5:                 UNCHARTED  4: A THIEF’S END

Down 1 to No.4:                 LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Up 1 to No.3:                       OVERWATCH

Down 1 to No.2:                 GRAND THEFT AUTO V

New at No.1:                        NO MAN’S SKY

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 16TH AUGUST

Grow Up (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
Uno (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
Hitman: Episode 4Banok (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 19TH AUGUST

F1 2016 (XO/PS4/PC)
Professional Farmer 2017 (XO/PS4/PC)
Tropico 5: Complete Collection (PS4)

 

YouTube videos of the week

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