The Update for Week Ending 15th January

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

NEWS

3)Star Citizen hits $141 million in crowdfunding, still not sure when it’s coming out

Star Citizen’s crowdfunding campaign is still going strong.

Star Citizen’s Kickstarter campaign began in 2012 and smashed its goal of $500,000, ending up with over $2 million.

Crowdfunding continued on the developers’s website and they have been just hurtling through milestones like a bull in china shop.

As 2017 dawned, the current total stands at over $141 million, and they’re a fifth of the way to the next million dollars.

Following the recently released alpha 2.6, Cloud Imperium Games released a community highlights reel (which you can see above) with in-game footage recorded by players using the new director mode, and creator Chris Roberts sent out a New Year’s message (via Dual Shockers) detailing plans for 2017.

“Happy New Year!

“There are many exciting things in store for Star Citizen this year. We’ll continue to modify and improve our game engine to better suit Star Citizen’s unique needs. Gameplay will get deeper as new systems come online to provide players the chance to do more than pew-pew. I also expect exciting advancements as we integrate our revolutionary tech, like subsumption and procedural planets, into the game. On the Community front, we’ll be releasing Spectrum, our new and improved community platform, and revamping our current shows and adding new ones in an effort to best communicate with all of you.

“This week Star Citizen devs got back to work after some much deserved time off. Presently the Production Team is huddled with the different team leads updating and detailing out the tasks we have for this year. You’ll begin to see some of these details once we’ve had the opportunity to refine the Star Citizen and Squadron 42 schedules.

“We were happy to see positive feedback from the Alpha 2.6 release and impressed by the number of stunning videos and images being created with the new camera controls. We have been digesting both our own and your thoughts on Alpha 2.6 now that it has been live for two weeks. We are planning releasing an incremental patch, 2.6.1 with some of the features that slipped out of 2.6, bug fixes for increased stability (although 2.6 was possibly our most stable patch to date) as well as continued balance and gameplay tweaks. Expect to hear more details on timing in the next couple of weeks.

“2016 was a noteworthy year in Star Citizen’s development. 2017 with Squadron 42 and Alpha 3.0 is looking to be even better.”

2)Guy says he is the real life Cole Train, files lawsuit against Gears of War

Gears of War has attracted the ire of a gentleman who believes his likeness was ripped off for the character of Augustus Cole, better known as the Cole Train. It’s Lindsay Lohan vs Rockstar all over again.

TMZ reports the plaintiff, one Lenwood Hamilton, claims to be an old acquaintance of Lester Speight, the actor who voices Cole in Gears of War, from the days of Soul City Wrestling.

Hamilton says the Cole Train character was one Hamilton created and discussed with Speight as a possible video game character. Hamilton is now suing Speight as well as Microsoft or Epic – the report’s not totally clear – for sales and profits from Gears of War.

According to Hamilton’s suit, he only became aware of the character after a friend of his son showed him Gears of War in early 2016. Similarities between he and the character include race, derby hats, wrist bands and a gold front tooth. Hamilton also claims to have consulted a forensic voice examiner who found no difference between Hamilton’s voice and that of Speight as it appears in Gears of War. Also both Hamilton and Cole were high level athletes before their present careers, too – as was Speight.

Gears of War has made a lot of money since its debut in late 2006 so there’s a lot of room for this to be pretty rewarding for Hamilton if successful, but as anyone who follows games industry news knows publishers are generally bristling with lawyers. More of this to hopefully follow as it develops.

The obvious 1)Nintendo Switch gets Price, release date aaaaaand it’s gone!

Before we start i want to point out that preorders for the Nintendo Switch at Launch have sold out in all major stores in both the UK and USA.

Switch will release on March 3 in Japan, the US and major European territories, as well as several other regions.

It goes for $299.99 in the US, but a price has not been set in Europe. In the UK, it will run you £279.99. As for Japan, it will cost ¥29,980. No Australian price was announced.

The Switch has a 6.2″ multitouch screen and 32GB internal storage, expandable with a microSDXC card. Also it’s battery life seems pretty decent, lasting between 3.5 hours and 6.5 hours, Nintendo said.

The console will ship with left and right JoyCon controllers, JoyCon wrist straps, a JoyCon grip, the Switch dock, an HDMI cable and an AC adapter.

Talking about the ‘JoyCon’ Controllers, each have independent gyro and motion sensors. A, B, X, Y buttons as well as a Home button. Each JoyCon has an analog stick which can be depressed to activate another button, a Capture button like Sony’s Share button, and an NFC reader for Amiibo and other devices.

The Switch comes with two JoyCon controllers, but can support up to eight players. JoyCons come in Neon Blue and Neon Red if you perfer. You can also attach the JoyCon Strap, which makes it easier to grip and adds L and R buttons.

But Switch wouldn’t be a Nintendo console if that was the end of its powers. The right Joycon has an IR sensor that can sense the shape and distance of objects in its field of view, as tipped by patents. It also has an internal rumble system of some sort which can convey the “feeling of ice cubes in a cup”, or of water filling the glass.

Two Switch SKUs will be available, at the same price – one with grey controllers, and one with coloured controllers, with the Pro Controller being sold separately from the Switch console.

Nintendo intends to offer a more robust online experience this time. Nintendo Switch online services will be free at launch, but will become a paid service, like Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus, in northern autumn 2017. Not much is known about the service, with more details are coming at a later date, but we do know you’ll be able to access many of the features from your smartphone, including setting up play dates and finding friends.

The Nintendo Switch will be completely region-free, meaning that you can play software from any region on it.

This is a first for Nintendo, who has typically locked games to the regions they are released in. You’ll now be able to import games from anywhere in the world.

This is one pre-reveal Switch rumour we’re very happy to see come true. One of the most frustrating aspects of Nintendo, especially in Europe, is waiting for games to be localised. Although it is very nice to play in your native language, many would rather not wait three years for it to happen – if it happens at all, since localisation is very expensive.

Nintendo’s firm stance on region locking has looked increasingly anachronistic over the years, and arguments in favour of region-locking rarely cut it.

Some of the Games anounced for the Nintendo Switch include, 1 2 Switch, a mini-game collection which is intended to played without looking at any screens. Arms, a multiplayer fighting game where all the characters have some variety of extendable arms, and players use the JoyCon’s motion controllers to punch the heck out of each other. It’s launching in northern spring, and Nintendo hopes it will debut new favourite characters. Splatoon 2, planned for Summer, bringing in new weapons and Maps for the sequal to the Wii U hit, also Nintendo has plans for a season of events right after the release of the game.

Wouldn’t be a new Nintendo hardware without a Mario game as Super Mario Odyssey is announced, this time Mario has jumped out of the Mushroom Kingdom and into the “unknown”, which seems to mean to some familiar settings. Mario has some sort of cap with eyes on it, which Nintendo hinted will play an important role in providing a new kind of gameplay, but didn’t say anything more. You’ll get short odds on AR features. It’s coming holiday 2017. Also Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is coming April 28, think it like a definitive edition of the highly popular Karting game.

Also another major game announced for Launch is, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As well as some Third Party games, Fire Emblem Warriors, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Dragon Quest 11 and Heroes, a new Shin Megami Tensei game, Sonic Mania, Puyo Puyo Tetris, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a new No More Heroes game, FIFA, Street Fight 2 (yep not the newest one, 2), Farming Simulator, Disgaea 5 Complete, Steep, Rayman Legends, Just Dance, Minecraft, Minecraft Story Mode, Dragonball Xenoverse 2 and many many more, with over 80 games being developed for the new console.

UK GAME CHARTS

Rockstar/Take 2 climb 2 places to claim No1 with Grand Theft Auto V. This is the 10th time GTA V has made No1, the last time being 23 weeks ago in August, 2016. GTA V joins a select band of 12 (now 13) titles that have at least 10 weeks at No1 on this chart – only 1 of these 12 was a Take 2 title and that record was set a long time ago (GTA Vice City on PS2 in 2002/2003 managed 10 weeks at No1). Activision’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare drops 1 place to No2 and EA’s FIFA 17 drops 1 place to No3. There’s really not much change in the rest of the Top 40, with EA’s Battlefield 1 still at No4 and Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 3 carries on at No5 thanks to retailer price promotion that kicked in last week.

Still at No.5:                  FORZA HORIZON 3

Still at No.4:                  BATTLEFIELD 1

Down 1 to No.3:            FIFA 17

Down 1 to No.2:           CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE

Up 2 to No.1:                 GRAND THEFT AUTO V

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 17TH JANUARY
2064: Read Only Memories (PS4)
Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (Vita)
Dead Effect 2 (PS4)
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (PS4, Vita)
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition (PS4)
Joe’s Diner (PS4, Wii U, Xbox One)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle (Xbox One)
Quest of Dungeons (PS4)
RWBY: Grimm Eclipse (PS4, Xbox One)
Siegecraft Commander (PS4)
Supermagical (Vita)

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 19TH JANUARY
Punch Club (3DS)
Toby: The Secret Mine (Wii U)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 20TH JANUARY
Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)
Halo Wars 2 Blitz open beta (PC, Xbox One)
The Assembly (Xbox One)
Metrico+ (Xbox One)

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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