It’s time to play catch-up on a few key games that are releasing later this year and share some fun news bits for some of our recent favorites. We’re going to look at the Xbox One covers of Quantum Break & Forza 5, the Gran Turismo release schedule, the next Minecraft console update, the future of Diablo 3, two cool trailers, some next-gen stuff, some new (old) games, and more!
Read on for the details and a more stories.
Here's the protagonist of Remedy's Quantum Break twitter.com/GameRant/statuâ€¦— Game Rant (@GameRant) May 30, 2013
The only new game unveiled during Microsoft’s Xbox One presentation last week was the next game from Alan Wake developer Remedy Entertainment. We saw no gameplay but we do know it blends in gameplay with live-action. We’ve seen the Xbox One covers for Battlefield 4 and Forza 5 one (below), but now we have our first look at the game cover a for a new IP. click here for the full-size Quantum Break cover, featuring its protagonist: a white dude with a gun.
Forza Motorsport 5 coming to Xbox One at launch! #Forza5 #XboxOne @xbox @bbc_topgear @mclarenauto twitter.com/ForzaMotorsporâ€¦— Forza Motorsport (@ForzaMotorsport) May 23, 2013
Gran Turismo games take a long time to make, super long, in fact. With GT6 oddly only getting recently announced, but not for the next-gen consoles coming this fall (although you can count it coming to PS4 eventually), some longtime fans are justifiably worried about it being delayed even further. Don’t be. It’s following the formula as product manager Josh Walker tells MCV:
“There is no reason to think the proposed release window for GT6 will not be achieved… We feel it is important to continue to support our loyal PS3 users, and those from many parts of the world who are new to PS3, with a new title. And [series producer] Kazuori Yamauchi was keen to develop the Gran Turismo platform further on PS3. Gran Turismo has a huge following among current PS3 gamers. The release also follows a pattern for Gran Turismo — GT and GT2 for PS, GT3 and GT4 for PS2, and now GT5 and GT6 on PS3.”
4J Studios, developers of the super popular Xbox 360 version of Minecraft dropped a few hints and confirmations for what’s going into the undated 12th title update. First is the screenshot above, featuring an Ocelot (you can tame them!), the jungle biome and Redstone blocks. On Twitter they also confirmed that the maximum build height of the game is going to be raised.
Planning ahead for the long-term future of Diablo 3, Blizzard devs – speaking during a one-year anniversary livestream – are looking to implement ranking, a ladder of sorts. Such a feature would keep players encouraged of starting new characters and playing longer, well giving them unique rewards for doing so. Wyatt Cheng and Travis Day:
“Sometimes we all want to [start fresh] and we can choose to do it, but sometimes it’s nice to do it together, as a global community. Or have a recognized badge of honor, for having done it. We wouldn’t take away anything from what people have accomplished. People have a lot of investment in their current characters, so you’d still keep those.”
“Five years from now, you’re probably not going to see us making huge content patches, or class updates. At some point we’ll set the game aside, sort of leave it as a work that we’ve completed, and move on to like Diablo 4, or whatever, right? Ladders is absolutely one of the things that helps the game stay fresh for people 5 years from now, or 3 years, or 2 years, or whatever.”
So long as the servers are still online, right gentlemen? Hardcore D3 fans have another companion book to look forward to, this one titled Book of Tyrael that explores the character of Archangel Tyrael. It releases this October for $40.
League of Legends is one of the world’s most played PC games. Developer Riot Games released a new epic cinematic trailer, running over four minutes long, that features champions including Ryze, Annie and Garen battling it out. It took a year to create and was made simply because Riot loves cinematics. Read about how it was made here.
Developer Rare’s final game for the N64 was Conker’s Bad Fur Day and while Rare has been working on a big Xbox One game to be announced at E3 in just over a week, the lead behind that great game – and its remake Live & Reloaded – revealed that he’s working on a Wii U game.
.....WiiU devkits ain't cheap and it's lookin likely @gorydetail is gonna need 3 at some point this year