It has been another busy spell for the games industry following Gamescom in Cologne, with numerous releases including Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, and next week’s Metro: Redux seeing the light of day, but there were also several smaller news stories that emerged as well, which, among the hubbub of announcements, might have been inadvertently overlooked by most gamers. Anyway, here’s a roundup of some of the key news stories to have broken in the last few days…
Legendary video game composer, Marty O’Donnell has allegedly has his Bungie shares returned to him following his supposedly friendly departure from a company that he was a part of from its very inception. Evidently, Bungie’s claims have been proven false, with O’Donnell having already sued the company, seeing him successfully claim back $95,000 for unpaid work, annual leave and damages. His stock in the company is set to soar shortly with the arrival of Destiny at the start of next month, a game seemingly ordained to become the highest selling new IP in gaming history. Few could argue that part of the game’s allure stems from its excellent soundtrack, which proves once again that O’Donnell was of great value to both the team, and indeed, the industry as a whole, making his departure from the company even more of a shock. However, with Halo 5: Guardians due out next year, I’m rather sure that I am not alone in hoping that Microsoft seize this opportunity to reunite their famous IP with the composer of its epic and iconic score, so with any luck, he won’t be out of a job for long.
American gamers are being treated to a new storage solution for their slim Xbox 360 model consoles which will launch later this year. Priced at just $109.99 (£66), the 500GB HDD (http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox360/accessories/harddrives) is not only cheaper than the current 320GB model, but it will present an obvious advantage to gamers looking to take advantage of the industry’s continued move towards digital distribution. Unfortunately, it is not known whether this new model will be available anywhere else as Microsoft are yet to clarify.
It would appear that there is more than one Resident Evil game currently in development, with Resident Evil: Revelations 2 apparently en route to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One at some point in the near future. The existence of the game was seemingly confirmed as the title appeared on Xbox.com, which was later reported by French gaming site, gamerinabox.com, which had box art and one screenshot accompanying the story. I think it’s fair to say that the survival-horror genre is coming back in a big way thanks to the likes of Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within and now two Resident Evil games, the next year or so is certainly to be a good time for the industry, and more importantly, for us, the gamers.
It has emerged that Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls was originally going to remain with a native resolution of just 900p on the Xbox One, until Microsoft apparently informed Blizzard that it was simply unacceptable. When speaking to Digital Foundry, the team’s John Hight told them that they initially found it difficult to hit the target resolution until Microsoft intervened and assisted them in doing so. Xbox One owners everywhere will be hoping that the platform holder will offer more support to developers struggling to get to grips with the hardware, and hopefully render this “resolutiongate” scandal a thing of the past.
Lastly, it has emerged that IGN have reported that there have been redundancies made at Infamous developer, Sucker Punch, and this has since been confirmed by Sony. Whilst they have yet to detail the scale of the layoffs, they did announce that “a reduction in workforce has taken place at Sucker Punch Productions” in their statement. Naturally, we would like to wish those who lost their jobs as a result of this action the very best of luck in their future endeavours.