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Friday, Nov 12, 2021

Beyond Good & Evil 2 Development Hell?

Renowned leakerator Tom Henderson took to Twitter with the latest on Beyond Good & Evil 2. The action/adventure prequel was first unveiled five years ago, and when series creator Michel Ancel left Ubisoft last year he said the project was "going super well." According to Tom, the game is actually in development hell, and some of the team expect it will eventually be cancelled:
Beyond Good & Evil 2 - The game is suffering a development crisis from a lack of creative direction since the title went into development, which was worsened by Michael Ancel's departure from the studio in September 2020.

What's worse, is that the game currently doesn't fit with Ubisoft's future ambitions and goals with future titles. The game has been described as "Skull & Bones 2.0" and although the game hasn't been canned officially, some developers believe it's a matter of time before it is.

Assassin's Creed Writer Returns to Ubisoft

Writer Darby McDevitt has returned to Ubisoft to resume working on the Assassin's Creed series reports VGC. This comes less than eight months after Darby left the company. The story quotes both sides of this set of renewed vows:
McDevitt left Ubisoft in March, stating that he wanted to take on “a new adventure”. However, after 7 months working at nearby Montreal developer Illogika, Ubisoft confirmed to VGC that he’s now returned to work on the Assassin’s Creed series.

Darby McDevitt told VGC in a statement: “Yes, I have returned to Ubisoft! As I pondered my career over the past year, I focused on my desire to explore new ideas and unknown frontiers.

“Much to my delight, this is reflected in my return to Ubisoft to work on AC. I’m excited to continue my journey. Stay tuned!”

Battlefield 2042 Known Issues

EA Answer HQ is now collecting a list of Known Issues in Battlefield 2042 now that the military shooter sequel is in the hands of some players. This includes details on some updates through Live Service Alerts and an extensive list of items that are already on the radar of things to be fixed. Here's the introduction:
Our teams have worked extremely hard to get Battlefield 2042 into as smooth and rewarding a state as possible, however no launch is ever without its flaws, and you might still encounter some bugs and issues during these first few weeks.

While we will be working throughout to ensure that we continue to resolve the issues that you report to us, we have formed a list of Known Issues below and in some cases, we'll have workarounds listed for you.

Gigapocalypse Leaves Early Access

Gigapocalypse has stomped out of Early Access, and is now officially available for Windows on Steam. This allows you to live the dream of being a Kaiju, smashing cars, buildings, and puny humans on a rampage through a city. This is played from a side-scrolling perspective, and you can see the game's 2D pixel art graphics in this Full Release Trailer. There's a playable demo to gauge your level of interest. Here's word:
Inspired by Kaiju monster movies like Godzilla and King Kong, as well as video game classic Rampage, Gigapocalypse gives players a roster of monsters, or “Gigas”, to choose from as you reduce cities to rubble to a pumping heavy metal soundtrack and create your own monster apocalypse.

With every run you undertake to try and get to each location’s boss, your Giga will become more powerful as you earn mutation points. You can spend these points to upgrade your Giga with new mutations, skills, skins, and even up to five tiny minion pets who will accompany on your outings of urban destruction. Take care of your Giga in Tamagotchi-style minigames and decorate your Giga’s home with cool items that will improve your Giga and make them more menacing.
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Battlefield 2042 Early Access Begins

The first skirmishes of Battlefield 2042 are getting underway today, as Early Access to the new installment in the shooter series has begun for qualifying customers. This paves the way for the full official launch of the game one week from today. So who gets in as of today? "Players who purchased the game’s Gold or Ultimate Edition, as well as EA Play Pro subscribers will be able to play starting today, and the Play First Trial for EA Play, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will grant subscribers access for up to 10 hours." Here's an Official Gameplay Trailer from June, and here's a quick recruiting pitch:
Battlefield 2042 pushes the capabilities of new hardware as the true next generation of Battlefield, featuring up to 128 player matches on the latest consoles and PCs** through the use of the latest Frostbite game engine. The game features a compelling multiplayer offering that caters to all types of players through three distinct experiences - All-Out Warfare, Hazard Zone and Battlefield Portal - delivering the next generation of multiplayer warfare.
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Rockstar Games Remain Offline

Yesterday's launch of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition has been a bit of disaster. A tweet from Rockstar Support acknowledges that the services for the Rockstar Games Launcher and supported titles "are temporarily offline for maintenance." That was yesterday afternoon, but that temporary outage persists. This doesn't just prevent players from playing the newly released remakes, but other Rockstar Games as well. As of this time, the new GTA Trilogy bundle is no longer for sale for Windows on the Rockstar Store. A tweet from the wee hours this morning says work at getting things restored continues, thanking players for their patience and understanding. At this point there's no explanation of what is causing the problem.

Quantic Dreams Game Reportedly Star Wars Eclipse

In a Giant Bomb Podcast, Jeff Grubb says Star Wars Eclipse is the title of Quantic Dreams' rumored Star Wars game, saying it may be officially unveiled as soon as next month's Game Awards. The podcast is a premium offering, but GameSpot is here to save us some money:
According to GamesBeat reporter and industry insider Jeff Grubb, Star Wars Eclipse will be the title of Quantic Dream's unannounced project. During his latest Giant Bomb podcast, Grubb claimed that the game is "likely going to show up somewhere soon"--possibly The Game Awards 2021.

Grubb went on to explain that Star Wars Eclipe is "ready to be announced soon" and fans can expect an official announcement "before the end of the year." He also said that he isn't certain of the details but he does believe that it's set during the High Republic era.

NPD Video Game Sales Data

A tweet thread from Mat Piscatella takes a look at October video game sales data compiled by NPD group. There are sales charts listing October and year-to-date game sales in the US, a chart on hardware spending, and analysis of what these show. Here's are the 10 top-selling video games in the US for all platforms:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Madden NFL 22
  3. MLB: The Show 21
  4. Resident Evil: Village
  5. SuperMario 3D World
  6. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  7. Mario Kart 8
  8. Far Cry 6
  9. Minecraft
  10. Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

Out of the Blue

So I did get to see No Time to Die on pay-per-view. I'm very happy to have seen it before being inundated with spoilers. With that in mind, I certainly don't need to spoil anything for anyone else. I will say I personally thought it was excellent, and a fitting send off for Daniel Craig. Thanks in part to a writer's strike, Craig's run had its ups and downs, but I'm very comfortable calling his films the high-points for the series. And for someone so immersed in the entire series, the callbacks and music from prior films were a wonderful touch.

Obituary: 'Dolphin Tale' star Winter dies at Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida at age 16.

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