E3 News 11/06/2014

Nintendo just do not know when to stop announcing more news, which is great! That’s not to say there hasn’t been other gaming news to arrive since the presentations, but it has mostly comprised of extended demonstrations of games we are mostly aware of.

Super Smash Bros

The game that just keep on giving. If the announcement of Mii Fighter and Palutena weren’t enough, Pac-Man has just been announced. Although this reveal doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering Bandai Namco’s involvement in the development of the game. At the end of the trailer it  is also heavily hinted that Mr. Game & Watch will be making a return, but no confirmation yet. Personally though I’m waiting for Captain Falcon to return.

amiibo

More news about amiibo has been coming out, such as how it interacts with Smash Bros. When you use an amiibo in the game the character will appear as a figure player (FP) which is not controlled by the player but instead the AI. The aim is that you use them to fight against them which in turn levels them up. There will likely be an amiibo for each character in Smash Bros but even Sakurai (the games director) said it will be difficult to collect them all and that people should focus on their favourites. But if you are inclined to give Nintendo even more money then go ahead.

Assassin’s Creed Unity

Last month Nintendo faced equality criticism, now it is the turn of Ubisoft. You might have noticed in the trailers for the new Assassin’s Creed game that you control one of four male assassin’s. But why can’t any of them be female? I mean they all look like a blank canvas, especially as they are customisable. Well turns out that creating female characters is expensive, according to Ubisoft, who stated that: ‘it’s double the animations, it’s double the voices, all that stuff and double the visual assets.’

There is also a narrative explanation for this, as the four different assassin’s are actually the same person; Arno, who is the star of Unity. Also when other players join they will have different faces to your character. Which then unravels Ubisoft’s narrative argument.

Let It Die

So yesterday I expressed my excitement about the new Suda 51 game, despite knowing next to nothing about it. Well turns out it is going to be a Free to play game. This isn’t too surprising considering Suda has been wanting to adopt online features since agreeing to the takeover of Grasshopper Manufacture by GungHo Online Entertainment. Free to play is often a dirty word, but this is mainly in the mobile world, recently the console Free to play games have been more accommodating. This decision also explains why it is a PS4 exclusive. Also the skateboarding Grim Reaper is apparently ‘a really big part’ of the game. So there is still plenty to look forward to.

Majora’s Mask 3D?

I have to start this by stating that NOTHING has been confirmed. More speculation to drive the rumour mill. The rationale behind this is that yesterday the Moon from Majora’s Mask appeared in a stage of Hyrule Warriors (which is looking great by the way) and then later that day during the Super Smash Bros Invitational tournament Zelda Williams was a guest player, and she arrived donning a Majora’s Mask. But Nintendo is discussing a new handheld title for the 3DS family at 1:30AM (really?) so we’ll know more at that point.

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