The Update for Week ending 22nd January 2017

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)FOX is making a Gaming division

A new division at Fox, called FoxNext, is being spun up to oversee video gaming, virtual reality, augmented reality and theme park installations. The new business unit will have access to Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fox Networks Group franchises. A press release issued this week says the goal is to “drive the company’s next-generation storytelling experiences.”

Salil Mehta, a veteran of both NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company, will be the business unit’s president.

The unit was created in part due to the success of The Simpsons: Tapped Out on mobile and Alien: Isolation for PC and modern consoles. One stated focus will be VR, and Fox said they hope to combine the efforts of multiple gaming groups to commercialize that space.

One such project that would fall under the group is the VR experience that will accompany Ridley Scott’s upcoming film, Alien: Covenant. Fox’s Innovation Lab told Polygon that it will be available this year “across all tethered platforms.” It comes on the heels of a VR experience created for The Martian, which dropped players into a number of marquee moments from the feature film to work through simple puzzles or just admire the landscape in 360 degrees.

Another priority for FoxNext will be theme parks. Fox has been planning one in Dubai for some time, and is actively developing a 25-acre site in Malaysia called 20th Century Fox World.

2)Resident Evil 7 is the first third party Xbox Play Anywhere title

Resident Evil 7 biohazard is part of the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, so people who buy the game digitally on Xbox One or Windows 10 will be also able to play it on the other platform, Microsoft confirmed last week.

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, announced the news in a tweet:

Resident Evil 7 will be the first major game in the Xbox Play Anywhere program that isn’t published by Microsoft. There are currently two indie games that support the initiative — Rockfish Games’ Everspace and System Era Softworks’ Astroneer — along with the first-party titles Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Killer Instinct and ReCore. As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, Resident Evil 7 will allow players to sync their game progress, as well as downloadable content purchases and in-game unlocks, to the cloud. That will give users access to that content across both PC and Xbox One. The program applies only to digital purchases in the Xbox Store or Windows Store; Resident Evil 7 is also up for pre-order on Steam, but people who buy the game on Steam will not receive an Xbox One copy. Resident Evil 7 biohazard is releasing this Tuesday on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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

Overwatch’s next seasonal event looks like it will be themed around the Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival), according to a tweet from the game’s official account. Overwatch’s Year of the Rooster event will kick off next Tuesday, Jan. 24, a few days ahead of Chinese New Year. While Blizzard didn’t provide much in the way of detail on Overwatch’s next event, it did include a tease of a much-needed new character skin: something new for climatologist Mei to wear. Players will be able to admire her new duds as they stand in front of her, frozen and screaming in frustration as they welcome a sharpened icicle into their skull.

 

Overwatch’s D.Va is apparently also getting a new skin as part of the Year of the Rooster, according to the game’s Korean Twitter account.

 

A Blizzard spokesperson confirmed that Overwatch’s Year of the Rooster event will be similar in scope to previous game events, such as Halloween Terror and Winter Wonderland. Those limited-time events included new character skins, sprays, voice lines, emotes and other cosmetic items. They also featured new gameplay modes, like Junkenstein’s Revenge and Mei’s Snowball Offensive.

UK GAME CHARTS

Grand Theft Auto V holds on to top spot for a second week, recording a total of 11 weeks at No1 – the most weeks at No1 in the UK Chart for any GTA game. FIFA 17 climbs from No3 to No2, swapping places with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare which drops to No3.

Ubisoft’s Steep rises two places to No7, matching its highest position, reached back in December 2016. Overwatch jumps back in to the Top 10, up 8 places to No10. The last time it was in the Top 10 was back in November last year when it reached No7.

New releases finally start to make an appearance in the Top 40 with a debut at No13 for Square-Enix/Nintendo’s Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King on 3DS, while Sony’s Gravity Rush 2 on PS4 enters at No16. Next week the chart will get invaded by zombies as Resident Evil VII: Biohazard is set to break loose.

Up 1 to No.5:                  WATCH DOGS 2

Still at No.4:                   BATTLEFIELD 1

Down 1 to No.3:            CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE

Up 1 to No.2:                   FIFA 17

Still at No.1:                    GRAND THEFT AUTO V

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 24TH JANUARY
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
Tales of Berseria (PS4)
Yakuza 0
Moto Racer 4 (PS4) [US]
The Sims 4: Vampires Mac, PC)
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek (PS4)
Hunter’s Legacy (PS4)
Lethal League (PS4)
Pineview Drive (PS4)
Subterrain (PS4, Xbox One)
The Turing Test (PS4)

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 25TH JANUARY
Firefighter 2017 — The Simulation (PC)

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 26TH JANUARY
For Honor closed beta (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Arcade Archives NeoGeo World Heroes (PS4)
Candy Please (3DS)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 27TH JANUARY
Tales of Berseria (PC)
Earthlock: Festival of Magic (PS4)

 

YouTube videos of the week

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