The week’s video game happenings and announcements summed up in one helpful list, never be out of the loop again!
Monday 25th January – FNaF World Pulled from Steam
Scott Cawthorn’s week didn’t kick off too well when we pulled FNaF World, an RPG spinoff of the viral Five Nights at Freddy’s saga, from Steam. It seems that the ‘Very Positive’ 87% review rating wasn’t quite enough for the developer, who cited poor reviews and rating as the reason for his removal of the game. The title does bear little resemblance to the original series, consisting of a turn-based combat RPG instead of relying on the terror and jump scares of its successful predecessor. Cawthorn will be refunding all who purchased the game, despite some not meeting Steam’s requirements, and is continuing to develop the title further, relaunching as a free download after adjustments have been made.
Tuesday 26th January – Square Enix’s ‘Everyday Heroes’ Photo Contest
Life is Strange presented players with difficult aspects of reality through the lens of a struggling photography student last year. Now, Square Enix is taking the game meta, and sponsoring the real life ‘Everyday Heroes’ photography contest. Photographic entries are to focus on ‘ordinary people doing extraordinary things’, and can be submitted on the event’s website until February 16th. It is not the first time Square Enix has used its power for charitable good, and has been using the Everyday Heroes name to continue their endeavours after the season’s ending later last year. Submitted entries will be featured in a gallery on the contest’s webpage, with the top three finalist earning themselves further recognition on the attributed companies’ social media. Finalists will also have their photographs framed and signed by the developers, and one winner will receive an Everyday Heroes scholarship fund worth $10,000.
Wednesday 27th January – Bungie President Harold Ryan Steps Down
On Wednesday, Harold Ryan, CEO of Bungie stepped down from his role as President after filling the role since 2008. Bungie’s Board of Directors have since appointed Pete Parsons, a long time Bungie executive and previous Microsoft employee, as new CEO. Parsons opened his time as President by saying “I want to personally thank Harold for his friendship, passion, hard work, and dedication in helping make Bungie the great company it is today”, before continuing “To the players of Destiny, I want you to know that my number one priority, and Bungie’s, is and always has been to deliver great games that we can all share together”.
Thursday 28th January – Tom Clancy’s The Division Expansions
Ubisoft revealed their post-launch plan for their long awaited upcoming title Tom Clancy’s The Division this Thursday. They announced new game modes, increased co-op functionality, and ‘unique rewards’ up for grabs in free updates, as well as detailing the three ‘major expansions’ that will be available in the months following the release. The first expansion, titled “Underground” will allow players to explore the underworld of New York City with up to three friends, while the second, “Survival” will see the map turn into a Dark Zone for a ‘hardcore multiplayer experience’. More content is to follow on this second expansion, and details of the third are yet to be announced – but we know it exists. These expansions will be available to players via either single purchases, or a season pass and will be released over 11 months. At launch, those of us with a season pass can indulge in an exclusive sawn-off shotgun, exclusive outfits and weapon skins, and monthly benefits that include content drops and events. Set for release on March 8th on PS4, PC, and Xbox One, the Sleeper Agent and Gold editions of the game will include the season pass.
Friday 29th January – Loot Gaming
Looters rejoice! Today, Loot Crate (a service providing nerdy collectibles and apparel in monthly mystery packages) announced a specific crate for gamers. It seems the company is following in the foot steps of its rival Nerd Block and creating a subscription of carefully curated gamer collectibles. For $25 a month, the service is promising 4-6 mostly exclusive items, including digital downloads of games or DLC. Some have worried that this spells the end for gaming items in the regular Loot Crate box, however Matthew Arevalo, co-founder, told one source that it would “absolutely not [happen]… that’s a tactic of our competitors”. But surely this means that gaming looters will now have to purchase both the original Loot Crate and the Gaming Loot Crate to ensure they don’t miss out on anything. I’m not sure Nerd Block got it wrong with bringing out Arcade Block as a dedicated subscription package…