The Update for week ending 14th May

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, we are back after a 2 week break 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)PaRappa and Gitaroo Man creators team up for Project Rap Rabbit

Two music video game veterans, NanaOn-Sha’s Masaya Matsuura and iNiS’ Keiichi Yano, are teaming up for a new story-driven rhythm action adventure game currently titled Project Rap Rabbit.

Matsuura is best known for his work on PlayStation music games PaRappa the Rapper and Vib-Ribbon. Yano’s work includes Gitaroo Man, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan and Elite Beat Agents. Both have a long history of developing a wide variety of music games that also includes titles like the Lips karaoke game series for Xbox and Major Minor’s Majestic March, an unusual band marching game for Wii.

The duo’s new project is still shrouded in mystery. All that exists for Project Rap Rabbit currently is a teaser video featuring some of the game’s characters — a (presumably rapping) rabbit and a giant frog — in what appears to be a historical Japanese setting, save for the one-wheeled motorcycle, quadcopter drones and flying saucer.

The game’s website and social media accounts promise more information on Project Rap Rabbit is “coming very soon.”

2)Bioware’s new IP delayed past March next year

BioWare fans will have to wait longer to play the studio’s next new game: It will now be released during publisher Electronic Arts’ 2019 fiscal year, which runs from April 2018 through March 2019.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson made the delay announcement during an investor call for the end of the company’s 2017 fiscal year. Three months ago, on a call for fiscal Q3 2017, Wilson said EA expected BioWare to release the game by the end of March 2018, the conclusion of EA’s 2018 fiscal year. That means this delay could be as little as a few weeks or — more likely — anywhere from a number of months to a whole year.

In January, Wilson described the project as an “action-adventure, not RPG” title, although he said the game will still have plenty of RPG-style character progression. Today he reiterated that it will be a “live service,” which suggests it could resemble games like Bungie’s Destiny or Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division in its setup.

“We’re very pleased with the progress of our new action IP from BioWare,” Wilson said. “The design is stunning. Gameplay mechanics are excellent, and the action will be exhilarating. The game is built around a live service, and through our creative process, we decided to add more to the disruptive new social design for our players. To accommodate that, we are moving the launch date for this project into fiscal year ’19.”

Blake Jorgensen, EA’s chief financial officer, hinted that the online component contributed to the delay. “We want to further develop the live service component,” he said.

BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn said that the studio has been working on the unnamed game and its universe since 2012. This will be the first new intellectual property from BioWare since 2009, when the studio kicked off the Dragon Age franchise with Dragon Age: Origins.

1)Square Enix drops Hitman developer

Square Enix has decided to “withdraw” from IO Interactive, the Danish studio behind the Hitman franchise, and is now in discussions with potential new investors to pick up the company, the Japanese publisher announced this week.

In a brief statement released alongside the earnings report for its 2017 fiscal year, Square Enix said it has “regrettably decided to withdraw from the business of IO Interactive” as of March 31, the end of its fiscal year. Square Enix recorded an “extraordinary loss” of 4.989 billion yen (approximately $43 million) in costs associated with divesting itself of IO Interactive, including “disposition of the content production account related to the business and impairment loss of intangible assets.”

After deciding to drop IO Interactive, Square Enix began exploring options to bring in new investors for the studio, and it is “currently in negotiations to secure this investment,” the company said. Square Enix noted that it can’t guarantee success in finding someone to take over IO Interactive.

IO Interactive’s only active property was Hitman, the assassination franchise for which the studio is primarily and best known. The studio launched an episodic entry in the series, simply called Hitman, in March 2016 and concluded the game’s first season with its sixth and final episode in October. While Hitman received critical acclaim, it doesn’t sound like the episodic gamble paid off — Square Enix explained its decision to withdraw from the studio by saying, “We are focusing our resources and energies on key franchises and studios.”

It’s unclear what this means for the future of Hitman or IO itself. The studio was planning a second season of the game, but never officially announced it. IO has not yet given a public statement regarding Square Enix’s announcement, although it has been sending variations of the following message to people on Twitter:

 

IO Interactive was founded in 1998; Eidos Interactive acquired the company in 2004, and the studio became a part of Square Enix in 2009, when the Japanese publisher bought Eidos. Since then, IO has shipped four games: Mini Ninjas (2009), Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (2010), Hitman: Absolution (2012) and Hitman. Square Enix has done other things with the Hitman IP as well — its mobile studio, Square Enix Montreal, released the acclaimed turn-based title Hitman Go in 2014 and the first-person shooter Hitman: Sniper the following year.

UK GAME CHARTS

Bethesda’s Prey snatches the No1 position for the Chart in its second week from Nintendo’s Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, as it drops to No3. It is the first time since end of 2015 that Bethesda has hit No1 in the Chart with Fallout 4, which incidentally re-enters the charts at No40. 

GTA V climbs 1 place to No2, while Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands re-enters the top 10 after briefly missing out last week, climbing from No11 to No8. Fifa 17 rises to No4, as Rocket League moves up 1 place from No6 to complete the top 5.

Activision Blizzard have 3 titles in the charts this week, with Call of Duty: Black Ops III jumping to No20, Overwatch at No12 and finally Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare at No7.

Up 1 to No.5:                    ROCKET LEAGUE

Up 4 to No.4:                     FIFA 17

Down 2 to No.3:               MARIO KART 8 DELUXE

Up 1 to No.2:                     GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Up 1 to No.1:                     PREY

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 16TH MAY

Injustice 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
The Surge (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Farpoint and PlayStation VR Aim Controller (PSVR)
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Zombies Chronicles DLC (PS4)
For Honor – Shadow and Might DLC (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
ACA NeoGeo Over Top (PS4)
Akiba’s Beat (PS4, Vita)
Baila Latino (PS4)
Deemo: The Last Recital (Vita)
Future Unfolding (PS4)
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds (Vita)
Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy (PS4, Vita)
Seasons After Fall (PS4, Xbox One)
Tango Fiesta (PS4)

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 17TH MAY

Black & White Bushido (PS4)
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (Vita)

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 18TH MAY

Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days (PC)
Thumper (Switch)
Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop (3DS)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 19TH MAY
 Shadow Warrior 2 (PS4)
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS)
Endless Space 2 (PC)
Chroma Squad (PS4)
Mayan Death Robots (Xbox One)
Nongünz (PC)
Portal Knights (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island (PC, PS4, 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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