Modern Warfare Remaster is Coming Out Standalone

Activision has heard our cries, if a quote by the director of Raven Studios, who is handling the Modern Warfare Remaster, is to be believed. Instead of being exclusive to the deluxe versions of Infinite Warfare, the Modern Warfare remaster is coming out standalone as well as with the deluxe version.

“What we announced before today was that we were going to offer 10 maps on launch, and that’s still true. The announcement today is that the six remaining maps we are actually going to be delivering to anyone who purchases Modern Warfare Remastered, anyone who owns it or a version of Infinite Warfare that comes with it, they’re going to get all 16 of the maps for no additional cost.”

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Activision had to make this move at some point, as there was such an uproar and debate over the decision. Modern Warfare was one of the most successful Call of Duty games and the perception was that, despite if Infinite Warfare is a good game or not, Activision was trying to make fans pay for an “okay” game in order to get a great one. Thankfully, this is not the case anymore.

We have been critical of Activision for this initial move, but we applaud the fact that they made the right decision and hope that Infinite Warfare can stand on its own two feet and end up being an incredible game and live up to the Call of Duty legacy. The Modern Warfare remaster is coming out standalone, rightfully so, and allows Infinite Warfare to be able to shine rather than spend its time in Modern Warfare’s shadow.

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Kojima Takes the Statge About Death Stranding Details

Hideo Kojima took the stage outlining Death Stranding details, his upcoming new game post-Konami. With Norman Reedus as the face of the game, Kojima spoke about the release date of the game to a crowd, stating that it would come out “before” the Tokyo Olympics and before a key film called Akira, pointing to a 2018 release date. Kojima has stated that the game will be an online multiplayer game, but, the game can also be played by yourself. When pushed about online play, Kojima responded “It will be a different kind of online play than anything we’ve seen before.”

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There will also be a female protagonist in Death Stranding, which is interesting considering Norman Reeds seems to be the poster child for the project. Casting is still going underway for a female lead. Kojima also said that “This game will show a different side of Norman Reedus than fans of The Walking Dead might expect.”

While these Death Stranding details are very interesting, the wait is almost unbearable as the game isn’t going to release for at least a year, not to mention possible delays, which happen to most major blockbuster titles nowadays. Hide Kojima is a legend in the industry and if anyone can do it, he can.

 

Breath of the Wild Release Date Outed

The Breath of the Wild Release date may have been outed by way of the amiibo release date, possibly paving the way for the launch date for Nintendo’s epic title which may have been leaked on several official European Nintendo websites. The release date is listed as March 4, 2017. The date also shows up in the sites’ source code.

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This may point the way to both Breath of the Wild’s release date but also the release date for the codename Nintendo NX. This Breath of the Wild release date is plausible, considering the NX was said to release in March and Breath of the Wild is a no-brainer as a launch title for the system. The last time a Nintendo system launched with a Zelda game was the Wii, and that game, Twilight Princess, had an initial 75% attach rate to the system. There is no doubt that Breath of the Wild will launch on the Nintendo NX, it’s just a matter of when the system will be released. The Super Smash Bros. amiibo were released in the same time frame as Super Smash Bros. was released for the Wii U, so it is likely that if this information is legit, this is the launch window for the NX.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

PlayStation 4 Pro Pre-Orders Going Strong

Sony is pleasantly surprised, with PlayStation 4 Pro pre-orders going strong despite an initial mixed reaction to the new system. With the Microsoft Scorpio coming out next year, one would think that the PlayStation 4 Pro, which releases this year, would see stellar, but not spectacular sales. This is not the case. It is dominating Amazon and pre-orders are strong in both North America and Europe. Sony Europe chief Jim Ryan is actually surprised by the strong PlayStation 4 Pro pre-orders.

“I’ve been told, just before we had this conversation, that pre-orders in the UK are looking pretty good.

“I can’t give you the numbers yet, but I’m pleasantly surprised.”

According to Sony there will be plenty of stock for the holiday season. While the system won’t be as powerful as the Scorpio, Sony is pinning high hopes for the system and is forecasting their largest PlayStation 4 fiscal year yet. While the PS4 Pro isn’t next-gen, the system specs are impressive and will please tech-savy fans.

August 2016 NPD Software Numbers

The August 2016 NPD software numbers have been released, showcasing the top 10 selling games of the month. Among them there weren’t too many surprises, with the new Madden taking the top spot, followed by No Man’s Sky and Deus Ex. Destiny The Taken King filled out the list, most likely in anticipation of the release of Rise of Iron, which releases on September 20 of this month. The rest of the the August 2016 NPD software numbers are as follows.

1. Madden NFL 17
2. No Man’s Sky
3. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
4. Grand Theft Auto V
5. Overwatch
6. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
8. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
9. Minecraft
10. Destiny: The Taken King

While Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens was bound to do well, hopefully they release a remastered set of all the Lego Star Wars titles, as Star Wars is very much “in” right now.

South Park The Fractured But Whole Has Been Delayed Until 2017

South Park The Fractured But Whole has been delayed until 2017. The follow-up to The Stick of Truth, Fractured But Whole was one of the most anticipating titles of this holiday season with a release date of December 6, 2016. This has been moved to the first quarter of 2017. While disappointing, the delay is presumably only a few months and if done right, it will be well worth the wait.

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While The Stick of Truth was based on a series of episodes that were a Game of Thrones parody, Fractured But Whole features our favorite children from South Park playing superheroes, which should be a most entertaining and is based on a series of episodes where ‘The Coon’ and ‘Mysterion’, Kenny and Cartman respectively, battle it out to become the town of South Park’s prime vigilante. While it is a shame South Park The Fractured But Whole has been delayed, hopefully this gives them the chance to polish the game and make it the best it can be.

New Trailer for Telltale’s Batman Episode Two: Children of Arkham

Telltale Games has released a trailer today for the next installment in their episodic adventure chronicling the adventures of the Dark Knight. The next episode in their five-part series, Children of Arkham, is the second episode in Telltale’s iteration of Batman and if it lives up, or even surpasses the initial episode, we are in for a treat. We were very impressed with the initial episode and are thrilled to get our hands on  the second episode. Hopefully the second episode lives up to the first.

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Children of Arkham releases on September 20 on all major distribution services. Look out for our review in the next week!