The Update for week ending 30th October

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 for the next 3 weeks and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Evolve is no longer supported

Despite an initial huge bump in players following a shift to a free-to-play model this summer, multiplayer shooter Evolve will no longer be supported by its developer, effective immediately. However, the game’s servers will remain online “for the foreseeable future.”

The news comes via an emotional blog post by Turtle Rock Studios co-founder Chris Ashton. In the post, titled “Our Final Message To Our Evolve Community,” he made it clear that Turtle Rock does not own Evolve, and it was not the developer’s choice to end work on the game at this point.

“This is the life of AAA game developers who aren’t self-funded and down own their own IP,” Ashton wrote. “We don’t get to make the call. We all know that going in but we still sign the dotted line because we love what we do. We are happy to have gotten the opportunity to do something risky, something new and innovative.”

Evolve was published by 2K Games, which was also involved in the attempt to make the game work as a free-to-play title.

Ashton says Turtle Rock was hoping to continue work on in the game in the form of Evolve: Stage 2, the revised name for the free-to-play version. The developer planned to bring Stage 2 to consoles in the near future, but “it looks like that’s just not meant to be.”

Ashton also notes that while Evolve is done, Turtle Rock itself is not. He says the developer has “lots of stuff in the works that we hope you’ll enjoy.”

Evolve first released in early 2015 to fairly positive critical reception and some fan support. However, it struggled to build a large, consistent fanbase, especially as players were turned off by huge amounts of expensive downloadable content.

2)Pokemon Sun & Moon starters final evolutions revealed

Pokémon Sun and Moon’s entire Pokédex was leaked upon the release of its demo earlier this month, but it wasn’t until now that the names and types of the starter Pokémon’s final evolutions were revealed. A new trailer released Thursday morning formally introduces us to Deicdueye, Incineroar and Primarina, as well as several other new Pokémon we’ve seen but not been properly acquainted with before.

Decidueye is the final evolution of Rowlet, the grass-type starter; it’s a grass/ghost-type. Incineroar evolves from the tiny Litten, and fans may be elated upon hearing it’s a fire/dark-type, not part-fighting as previously hypothesized. Popplio’s evolutionary line ends with Primarina, a water/fairy-type.

Other new Pokémon include two more island guardians, Tapu Lele and Tapu Bulu; the cute and cloudy Cosmog; and a proper welcome for Alolan Persian.

More exciting this time around than the new Pokémon, though, are new features coming to Pokémon Sun and Moon. The Alola region already eschews series conventions by dropping gyms in favor of the Island Challenge Trials, but it turns out that the area is also on the precipice of forming its own championship league as well. Players will get to pave the way to an official Pokémon League, and they’ll get help from some beloved classic trainers.

Watch above to see just who those are; old-school fans will be especially excited by the cameos. The games hit Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 24, and there’s a free demo available now on Nintendo eShop.

1)Final Fantasy 15 getting online multiplayer DLC

Final Fantasy 15 will receive an online, co-op multiplayer mode, Square Enix announced Thursday morning as part of its Paris Games Week press conference. Called Comrades, the paid add-on feature will give up to four players the chance to take on enemies as lead hero Prince Noctis and his three best friends.

Comrades will be available as part of the $24.99 season pass, but Square Enix will also sell the expansion pack separately; pricing has not been announced for the individual purchase.

The rest of the season pass takes the time to get players better acquainted with Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto, with whom Noctics pals around the world of Eos. Each one stars in his own episode filled with new enemies and areas to explore. Square Enix also mentions “unique play styles” for each of the three additional characters.

There’s no release schedule yet for the content, although there are Final Fantasy 15 bundles that include the DLC set at launch. The game’s due on Nov. 29 after nearly 10 years in development.

UK GAME CHARTS

Battlefield 1 defends its title for a second week despite the debuts of several new titles. While both Battlefield 3 & 4 saw second week declines of 54%, Battlefield 1 delivers a strong second week to comfortably claim its second crown.

For Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition it means a second place debut. Despite not claiming top spot it’s still a hugely successful debut for the Xbox One and PS4 version. It sits second behind 2011’s original in terms of best debut launch weeks in the Elder Scrolls series. Fifa 17 has only a slight slowdown in sales but drops down a place to No3 in its 5th week on chart.

EA make it three titles in the Top 4 this week as Titanfall 2 lands at No4. The sequel to 2014’s Microsoft exclusive (Xbox One / 360 and PC) can’t match the debut heights of the original, which claimed top spot at launch (as well as 4 subsequent No1 crowns). It does however add both a single player campaign and a PS4 to its list of formats this time round.

Farming Simulator 17 ploughs its way to No5 following its Tuesday release. The series’ popularity continues to grow with sales up almost 54% on PS4 and 32% on Xbox One over Farming Simulator 15. (Farming Simulator 16 was solely for PS Vita in the UK). Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 also claims a Top 10 spot at No7 in its debut week. Retailer promotions help Grand Theft Auto V and Forza Horizon 3 deliver positive sales growth at No9 and No10.

A second RPG title in the form of Square Enix’s World of Final Fantasy is another debutant this week but lands just outside the Top 10 at No11. Just Dance 2017 is new at No26 as Ubisoft’s latest release breathes some life into Nintendo formats particularly Wii, which claims a 44% share and Wii U a further 16%. The final new release to claim a Top 40 spot is Telltales’ Mincecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure at No31. The new edition features every episode and bonus content on the disc since the original ‘Story Mode’ launched almost a year ago.

New at No.5:       FARMING SIMULATOR 17

New at No.4:       TITANFALL 2

Down 1 to No.3:  FIFA 17

New at No.2:       THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM SPECIAL ED.

Still at No.1:         BATTLEFIELD 1

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON MONDAY 31ST OCTOBER

Hitman: Episode 6 (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

Super Dungeon Bros (XO/PS4/PC)

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

The Sims 4: City Living Expansion Pack (PC)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare (XO/PS4/PC)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (XO/PS4/PC)
Football Manager 2017 (PC)
Sega 3D Classics Collection (3DS)
BlazBlue: Central Fiction (PS3/PS4)
Moto Racer 4 (XO/PS4/PC)
Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers (XO/PS4/3DS)

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. The Update will be back next week with more news, uk charts and game releases.

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