It's no secret that Hello Games' No Man's Sky is one of the most divisive games of the generation. Prior to it's release in 2016, the game reached monumental levels of hype with gamers. For many of us, it looked like it would be the game we'd dreamt of playing for most of our gaming years.
Sadly the game did not really live up to expectations. In our review we gave the game a 6/10 and stated "No Man's Sky was never going to live up to the hype, but sadly even those with tempered expectations are likely to be somewhat disappointed. It is by no means a terrible game, it just feels unfinished and empty."
Followed by mostly mediocre reviews and angry outspoken fans, it wouldn't have been a surprise if Sean Murray and Hello Games had disappeared from the gaming world entirely. Thankfully, Hello Games stuck around and doubled down on its efforts to expand on No Man's Sky and bring the game closer to what many hoped it would be from the beginning.
With several big changes already implemented, No Man's Sky is definitely not the shell of a game it was nearly two years ago. The upcoming addition of the game's Next Update, finally brings full multiplayer and allows you to team up with fellow explorers so the long journey doesn't feel quite so lonely.
Another great addition in the Next update is the option to now play the game in a third person view. This, combined with being able to customise your own character, build massive shelters with friends and command a battalion of freighters should be more than enough to pique players interest once again.
As was promised in April, developer Monolith has today deployed a patch that completely removes microtransactions from Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.
“While purchasing Orcs in the Market is more immediate and provides additional player options, we have come to realize that providing this choice risked undermining the heart of our game, the Nemesis System,” the studio said at the time.
While sales figures have not been released, Kotaku surmises that the saw a steep drop off sales post-release, likely due to a backlash from players regarding the inclusion of microtransactions.
If you're one of the many that's ever thought "hey, Nathan Fillion would make an awesome Nathan Drake from Uncharted", you've just struck gold.
While the official movie seems to be stuck in development hell, with the latest version starring Tom Holland as young Drake, Fillion and director Allan Ungar have partnered to create a fifteen minute fan film.
Fillion hinted at something Uncharted late last week, and delivered this morning with short film available on YouTube.
Kalypso Media Group has acquired the rights to the beloved real-time strategy series, Commandos.
The publisher already has experience with successful strategy titles, with Tropico 6 releasing next month.
Founder and global managing director Simon Hellwig noted the company's responsibility to "revive and further develop these beloved games for the fans around the world."
Ubisoft has had it's work cut out for it with Rainbow Six Siege and the overwhelming amount of toxic players.
Earlier in the year Ubisoft's multi-player shooter started to get focused moderation, with the goal of eliminating players' hate speech from the game. According to PC Gamer, Ubisoft has confirmed the addition of a new system that is handing bans when slurs are used in the game's chat.
The bans come in varying levels of severity based on the the amount of offenses a given player makes. First time offenders will receive a thirty minute ban while second and third offences will receive a two hour ban. Offend a third time and your account will be investigated with the possibility of a permanent ban.
Longtime BioWare developer James Ohlen has announced his retirement from the company.
In a thread of tweets, Ohlen noted that he had loved his time with the company, "But I need to take a break from the industry and work on something a little smaller and more personal."
During his 22 year tenure at BioWare, Ohlen was lead designer on Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, and Neverwinter Nights games, while also working other titles including Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and the upcoming Anthem.
Hearthstone's next expansion pack has been announced, and will release on August 8.
Starring the infamous Dr. Boom, The Boomsday Project expansion pack will introduce 135 new cards, new card types and keywords into the game.
Players will be invited to join Dr. Boom's research team as intrepid scientists [read: unwitting test subjects], helping him with his latest creations.
It looks like EA is at it again, as today marks yet another studio acquisition for the mammoth company.
Electronic Arts has acquired Industrial Toys, a mobile developer started by ex-Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian. Industrial Toys will join EA as part of it's Worldwide Studios to "focus on new experiences".
With a small crew of only fourteen people, Industrial Toys may not be a name many are familiar with. the studio is best known for it's work on mobile games Midnight Star and its sequel.
PC fans eagerly awaiting the release of Monster Hunter: World are in for a surprise – the game releases next month.
Originally slated for a "Spring 2018" release, developer Capcom confirmed that the game will release August 9.
The good news doesn't stop there either. The PC version will include support for 2160p ultra HD resolution and 60 frames per second.
“BJ’s got a fight to finish, and I can’t wait to see what insanity occurs next when he does it.”
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