The Update for week ending 29th August 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week, we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Resident Evil 7 details leaked by ESRB

Several plot and combat details from Resident Evil 7 biohazard were revealed by the ESRB this week, in a listing that has since been removed from the ratings board’s website. Among the information includes first confirmation of the game’s protagonist, as well as hints of just how much violence players can expect from the M-rated survival horror game.

The listing, whose details are preserved on sites like Gematsu and Wario64’s Twitter feed, states that a man named Ethan is the star of Resident Evil 7, in which he explores a “derelict mansion” in search of his wife. That name will sound familiar to viewers of the game’s latest trailer, where a woman is heard calling out to him.

Ethan will be equipped with “pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws to kill mutant creatures,” the ESRB adds. These contribute to what sounds like one of the goriest Resident Evil games ever: Chainsaws can be seen hacking off limbs and dismembered bodies are strewn around various areas. (A shovel is also put to good use, the ESRB notes, with a character’s face being impaled by one.)

Its disappearance is in keeping with the rest of the game’s marketing thus far, however: Resident Evil 7 has been mysterious since it was announced at E3. Its first teaser, released that same day and set before the full game’s events, is full of secrets that players set out to uncover immediately after launch.

All will be revealed Jan. 24, 2017, when the game hits PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

2)Is Duke Nukem coming back for it’s 20th Birthday?

A new Duke Nukem teaser site hints at a re-release of — and perhaps other entries in the series — for the game’s 20th anniversary, if you follow the clues.

The fine print on the teaser site mentions a company called Balls of Steel LLC, which is registered with the Texas state government under the same address as Gearbox Software. (The name comes from Balls of Steel, a pinball offshoot of the Duke Nukem franchise.)

Gearbox Publishing, a label under Gearbox Software, is listed as the publisher and distributor of Duke Nukem. The company claimed the full rights to the Duke Nukem brand in August 2015, in a settlement of an intellectual property lawsuit between Gearbox, 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment.

Five older Duke Nukem games disappeared from digital retailers such as Steam and GOG.com at the end of 2015, when 3D Realms’ rights to sell the titles expired. The games in question were Duke Nukem, Duke Nukem 2, Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition, Balls of Steel and Duke Nukem: Manhatten Project.

At the time, a GOG.com representative told Polygon that the company was in talks with Gearbox to bring the games back soon. But it now appears that Gearbox wanted to hold out until it could put together something special. The teaser site sports a banner at the top that reads “happy 20th anniversary”; Duke Nukem 3D was released in 1996, 20 years ago. The Duke Nukem community team has also created or revitalized social media pages for the brand on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

More notably, the teaser site features a countdown clock that expires at 5 p.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 2. That happens to be the exact time when Gearbox’s PAX West 2016 panel ends, so the smart money is on a Duke Nukem announcement coming during the session. The panel, “Inside Gearbox Software,” will run from 4-5 p.m. in the Main Theatre at PAX.

1)Prision Architect’s final Update is out after 6 years


Prision Architect officially launched this past October, but the game’s remained in development since before and after its full release. Yet Introversion Software announced in the video above that it had finished work on the popular prison management sim as of August 26th, with the release of its version 2.0 update.

“Prison Architect has been such a big thing in our lives for so long now,” designer Chris Delay said in the video, dubbed “the final update.” “You have to go all the way back to 2010 for the beginning of this process. It really has been pretty damn life-changing for us.”

Version 2.0 comes after more than 40 monthly updates to the game over the years, including betas and previews of new features. Coming to the game as part of the final set of new content are developer tools and cheats, which speed up construction of prisons. There are also bug fixes and debug options, among other, smaller additions.

All of these are explored in the nearly hourlong video, in which Delay and producer Mark Morris also talk about the bittersweet ending to their long-running video updates. There’s also some nice behind-the-scenes moments and bloopers for fans of both the pair and Prison Architect.

Introversion called Prison Architect its biggest project ever back in 2013, when the game was still just in paid alpha. It’s since left Steam Early Access to come to consoles — but not before it sold more than 1.5 million copies on PC alone first.

Next for Introversion is Scanner Sombre, a “cave game” that’s now in prototyping.

UK GAME CHARTS

As we move into the business end of the season the new releases keep on coming, with 5 entering the Top 40 this week. We have another new No1 as Square Enix’s Deus Ex: Mankind Divided arrives for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The high watermark for this series is currently 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution which had a much stronger week 1, but launched in to a market with close to double the current installed base of the equivalent consoles (PS3/360 vs PS4/Xbox One).

Codemasters’ F1 2016 drops to No2 after 1 week at the top and Sony’s No Man’s Sky drops 1 place to No3. EA take the second highest new entry at No5 with Madden NFL 17 across last & current gen. 505 Games celebrate a Top 10 debut for Assetto Corsa on PS4/Xbox One as do Koei Tecmo with A.O.T Wings of Freedom debuting at No10, also PS4/Xbox One. The final new release within the Top 40 is Team 17’s Worms WMD at No39.

New at No.5:               MADDEN NFL 17

Still at No.4:                OVERWATCH

Down 1 to No.3:         NO MAN’S SKY

Down 1 to No.2:          F1 2016

New at No.1:                DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 30TH AUGUST

God Eater 2: Rage Burst (PS4/PSV)
The Turing Test (XO/PC) – Digital Only
Hue (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
World Of Warcraft: Legion (PC)
Resident Evil 4 (XO/PS4) – Digital Only
Fallout 4: Nuka-World (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game Of The Year Edition (XO/PS4/PC)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER

Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)

 

YouTube videos of the week

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