Weekly Games News – 18/12/2015

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Kojima! Profit! The. FUCKING. DRESS. It’s my pick of the games news from the past week. Or, you know, you could just go and watch Star Wars. Up to you.

VACATION OVER

Metal Gear Lad Hideo Kojima is now off his ‘vacation’, having officially left Konami and formed his own independent studio, Kojima Productions. Together with Sony, whose president Andrew House had a great Japa-natter with a newly-bearded Kojima in this announcement video, the studio will be working on an innovative new title exclusively for the PS4 console.

As the man behind some properly innovative games, the fact that he is promising something equally if not more so is definitely not something to take lightly (much in the same way as his new beard) and there are even plans for it to be a franchise. In an interview with IGN, he has now given some details about the forthcoming project:

“I want to create something that’s what people expect, but at the same time will have something new that people haven’t seen before. It will be a complete game.

“We’ve been working on a franchise that is beloved and has recognizable characters [Metal Gear]. One of my big goals is, visually, with whatever characters we create, to go beyond that, to be more recognizable, more beloved. That’s definitely one of the goals I have when it comes to the art side.”

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Kojima seems confident about the project’s artistic aims, and rightly so considering he is joined at the new studio by Metal Gear art veteran Yoji Shinkawa. The studio’s independence is also a great sign; the games they produce will likely be smaller in scale than MGS but Kojima will be allowed complete freedom to do all the crazy things he’s always wanted to do (like whales with guns, possibly):

“We’ll have more agility. We’ll be able to do things that are more edgy, preserving the quality we’ve had so far, while at the same time finding new challenges and exploring new areas.”

With the might of Sony behind this creative vision, we could be looking forward to a really special exclusive.

LEAGUES AHEAD

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One of the year’s best and most talked about games was Rocket League, a football game in which the players are rolling, boosting, flipping, flying, spinning, jumping cars. I talked about it in this video, but essentially it’s a tremendous amount of fun and surprisingly competitive.

That it was a PlayStation Plus freebie upon release did wonders for its popularity, and extensive media coverage and a quick entry into the esports roster made the game an insane success, even more so than that chap who’s set up a hot dog stand in town. There are currently over 8 million registered players, whereas the hot dog man only has around 32 regular customers.

The Wall Street Journal has revealed just how much of a success the game really was, saying that the game’s developer Psyonix has confirmed the game, with a budget of under $2 million, has already made a BK Triple-Whopping $50 million. That’s some serious dough.

Psyonix attributes much of the success of the game to PSPlus, as well as sending copies to YouTubers and Twitch streamers. The game’s predecessor, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars (a bit of a mouthful, like those hotdogs to keep that bollocks going), saw very limited success, so it just shows the power that these services have to control whether a game lives or dies.

This insane profit really does confirm Rocket League has a place among 2015’s greatest hits. If you have a PC or PS4, pick it up.

DRESSED TO KILL

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If there’s one thing I hated about the Internet in 2015, it was ‘The Dress’. You know the one I’m on about – that fucking dress that is either blue and black or white and gold, even though it is clearly blue and black and has been confirmed as such. Yet, the arguments continued. Science says that something to do with the lighting means that certain people see certain colours, but considering I saw it as it actually is, I take it in part as a compliment about the quality of my eyesight.

Thankfully it’s been some months since I last saw the infernal fabric and it appears that the Internet dwellers have finally shut up about it.

Until now.

For some reason, likely Satanic, Just Cause 3 developer Avalanche Studios have only gone and put the damned thing in their game. Why oh why oh why is the world so cruel. The Steam community have discovered that upon a rooftop in Just Cause 3 are two women wearing seemingly different-coloured dresses, and I don’t need to tell you what colours they are.

Thankfully, it’s been confirmed that in-game they are different colours, so at least it doesn’t seem to have resurrected the debate. Please, for the love of God, don’t resurrect the debate.

And thus endeth the Word of Tom.

Last week’s news

P.S. There won’t be any games news for the next two weeks as I will be mostly occupied with work, Christmassy things and my massive, end of year film review post. Therefore, you may have to get your news elsewhere. See you in 2016!

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