Lake: “nothing is certain” about Alan Wake 2 but “it is going to happen”

In an interview with GameInformer, Remedy Entertainment founder Sam Lake discussed the possibility of an Alan Wake sequel.

community_image_1420625753Sam_Lake“I remain enthusiastic and optimistic, and if you ask me it’s going to happen,” said Lake about the highly anticipated sequel. “But, obviously before anything actually happens nothing is certain.”

“We are talking with several different parties about this, but nothing has been signed or confirmed. But, I am championing this cause. I really want to make it happen.”

Earlier in November, when GameInformer did an one hundred question interview with Lake, the developer stated that there would be an Alan Wake sequel.

The original Alan Wake released in 2010 on the Xbox 360.

Exclusive Tips to Build Your Best FIFA Ultimate Team

2885619-fifa16_xboxone_ps4_e3_barcelonalineup_hr_wmThe exciting FIFA series is all about passion to win with the right teamwork and the ultimate team has everything that you need. Although this feature is common in all the game modes, but FIFA 16 is an advanced version of FIFA series, which has really gained the attention of the FIFA Ultimate fans.

W2916868-fut16_packitems_asset_higher-resolutionithin FIFA Ultimate Team, although it could be difficult to put together a perfect team that has everything that you need. At least for the first time, you won’t be able to set up an ideal team. However, by playing a few more times, you definitely will be able to modify your team, but there are a few things that can really make a difference if you are willing to get quicker results.

So, here are a few tips that we want to give you for just how to build your most effective team in the game, in order to achieve consistent success. Continue reading

EA developing an Assassin’s Creed-style open-world action game

Jade-RaymondWhen speaking at the UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen discussed the publishers noticeable absence from the open-world action game genre.

“We’ve never really operated in the largest genre of gaming, and that’s the action genre,” said Jorgensen. “That’s the Assassin’s Creed-style games; more open-world, more single-play versus multiplayer. It’s not been an area that we’ve operated in.”1447751387-assassins-creed-animus-pantheon-ea-logo

“We recently hired Jade Raymond, who was behind the Assassin’s Creed franchise for Ubisoft and she will be building an action genre for us through a studio we’re building out in Montreal right now (Motive Studios). So a lot of excitement around the action genre,” continued Jorgensen, hinting at developed of an Assassin’s Creed-style open-world action game. Continue reading

For comparisons sake ODST, Guardians, and real life Fillion. - Imgur

SAG AFTRA Interactive Members Approve Strike

With an overwhelming 95.6% majority, SAG AFTRA’s interactive division has approved a strike. Note that this does not mean that members are on strike, merely that the National Board has the authority to initiate a strike. If this strike occurs no SAG AFTRA voice actors will be doing any recordings for any interactive media company. SAG AFTRA members hope this strike, or the threat of it, will force major companies back to the discussion table concerning inhospitable work conditions, coaches, and secondary payment for blockbuster titles.

This vote is in reaction to major companies obstinate stance on contract changes, which include the capacity to fine voice actors up to $10,000 for being “inattentive” during a recording, and being able to fine agents up to $25,000 if a voice actor does not show up for a recording.

For the past week many voice actors and fans have shown tremendous support on Twitter, under #PerformanceMatters and #IamOnBoard. Some others have shown backlash, criticizing voice actors for doing “the easiest job in the industry”. The vast majority seemed to support the idea of striking, so it the result comes with very little surprise.

SAG AFTRA Interactive’s members seem confident that a strike is necessary to force major companies to acknowledge the work voice actors put into games. While there is not a strike at the current time the massive support behind the strike, obvious both in the votes and on twitter means the National Board will likely initiate a strike soon.

It is unclear what repercussions this will have for upcoming releases, but if the strike occurs and AAA companies hold out it may cause the release of major upcoming games to be delayed. You can read our previous article on the topic here. More information on the Strike Approval can be read on SAG AFTRA’s Interactive division’s website here.


Elsword Launches Sander Secret Dungeon

KOG Games, a leading developer and publisher of popular free-to-play action MMORPGs, has announced the launch of the Sander Secret Dungeon as well as a host of revamps to the existing Secret Dungeon Series for their video game Elsword. You can check out the video below.

Years ago, the means of all life and power in the Sander Desert had become unstable and capsized due to a reckless experiment brought about by the curiosity of Alchemist Vapor. Due to the destruction of the Wind El by Vapor, the very fabric of space and time in Elrios had been rattled with this foolhardy twist of fate, a surge of power erupted from the sundered Wind El tearing Elsword and crew from current day Elrios, back in time to the most preeminent battle of Sander’s war-ravaged history. A war that was fought between every tribe of the vast Sander Desert, and at the bloody pinnacle, entered the seething rancor of hell’s very own Behemoth.

Also due to Vapor’s misfired experiment, the shattered El’s surge of power had stoked the nightmarish Behemoth’s colossal power and inherent anger beyond belief. The Behemoth rears its gargantuan, ugly head and sets to lay waste to all who oppose the demonic blight while the distracted tribes are at war.

The El explorers take on the daunting undertaking of stopping the Behemoth once and for all in hopes of restoring peace to the tribes.

Secret Dungeon Series Update, Rewards and More:

The rest of the Secret Dungeons are getting updated as well. First, the rewards: Bethbites are getting replaced by region-specific stones such as the Sander Stone, Hamel Stone, Velder Stone, etc. In addition, region-specific Coins, updated crafting materials, and exclusive equipment drops will be introduced.

Secret Dungeons will also have fewer stages and uniform difficulty. If players aren’t at ready to save the world, there’s some loot for those who are lower level as well. Players Lv. 59 and below will have the chance to participate in Secret Dungeon themed events starting today.

If you had the chance to go back in time and change the outcome of one of the most devastating battles in history, would you risk life and limb to save hundreds, thousands of those that would have perished? The outcome of one of the most fateful battle in the history of Elsword is now up for grabs, and this volatile test of fate could change everything for the denizens of Sander.

In Elsword, gamers can choose from ten specialized and customizable characters as they explore an immersive world and battle rivals to complete dynamic quests. As players progress through the game, they can evolve their fighting styles by upgrading to new job classes, learning deadly new abilities and mastering combo attacks. With intuitive and straightforward controls, Elsword offers players of all skill levels the ability to experience the thrill of victory in combat either on solo missions or cooperatively in a party of up to four players. For those who welcome a challenge, Elsword also delivers action-packed PvP combat.


New Call Of Duty Trailer Causes More Controversy

Call of Duty has stirred the controversy cauldron on more than one occasion. The most recent being the release of a new 17+ rated promotional trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3,  in which multiple scenes of real life footage flashes briefly in the trailers opening sequence. The live footage includes a montage of explosions, riots, destruction and even natural disasters. The latter was footage taken from the 2013 Flooding in Rhyl, Wales. Now although live footage has been used in games before the key reason as to why it’s used in this instances feels…well, wrong.

Due partly to the context the footage is used in, but, more because of the reasoning behind using the footage. The use of the live footage, which shows real life devastation that caused severe misery to a lot of people’s lives, has been critically slammed by not only the media but also a large majority of consumers. Admittedly the footage used is for a brief few seconds. However it still just seems to be in extremely poor taste with very little consideration for those affected.

This also follows the nasty PR stunt pulled by the official Call of Duty Twitter account on September 29th 2015, in which the official page  proceeded to broadcast out a bomb scare. Yep, they legitimately  live-twitted a  series of fictitious messages claiming Singapore had been subject to a terrorist attack and the government had declared a state of emergency. Now although many people weren’t fouled by this stunt, it still caused a lot of distress and potential panic among many of the unaware, especially to those who are unfamiliar with the franchise. The tweets have since been removed.

Call of Duty seems to have had an ongoing trend of including something controversial within each game. It seems that trend has not only continued with the latest addition into the highly financially successful franchise, but has also been taken one step further by including things that are clearly only there for controversy’s sake to gain attention.

Yes, I understand that the PR stunt wasn’t the worst thing a triple A publisher has ever done ever. No, people fooled by it are not stupid in the slightest. The fact is, this kind of controversial advertisement for attention is just not on from any developer. Controversy for the sake of controversy to get your product attention is just down right gross. Hatred was condemned for its use of clearly provocative and upsetting advertisement strategies. Hatred did include upsetting themes that depicted something that was reflective of real world events.

However, Call of Duty is now doing the exact same thing but practically worse. The major issue with these kinds of PR stunts is not the content itself, but, the very use of controversial material for attention is mind-blowingly wrong. Call of Duty is a franchise far from needing more attention. Meaning it has absolutely no excuse to stooping so low just for publicity. On the flip side, if this was just a PR stunt that wasn’t thought through, then that’s extremely worrying…I mean c’mon, it was clearly done intentionally. There’s no way something like that would’ve pasted risk management. Either the stunt was astonishingly miscalculated or more disturbingly the stunt WAS in fact calculated. Also yes, I’m aware complaining about a PR move that’s intended to get people to complain about it is ironic.

Ultimately, Call of Duty as a franchise doesn’t need to do these sorts of things. When the game is released, it’ll still sell. What publishers need to realise, is that yes, this kind of controversial advertising does gain you huge publicity and attention. However, gaining attention in a negative way like a toddler having an angry paddy, especially when considering the amount of potential backlash it may have, is no way to sell your product. It’s just nasty and portrays both you and your product as desperate.


Halo 5: The Master Chief Lives

It’s been speculated since the last trailer for Halo 5 was released about whether or not 343 Industries could really kill off the Master Chief, as the trailer seemingly showed John-113 being squashed by a building.

However, in the latest trailer, seen below, revealed by Microsoft, we hear from the narrator, who I will dub Anon Commander Bob, that Master Chief has actually gone AWOL, but is officially “dead”. It is also hinted at by both AC Bob’s words and the glimpses in the trailer of Chief running that the UNSC believes he is responsible for the rising of the Guardians.

I feel like this trailer is set to possibly make the player connect more or at least accept Locke, who up until this point has had a lackluster time wooing most fans. While these two trailers do in fact set Chief to be the bad guy, I can’t help but see the comparison with Halo 5 to Halo 2. In Halo 2 you take on the mantle of the Arbiter, who up until this point has been nothing but a bane on humanities existence. (For those of you who do not keep up with the lore and just play Halo for a shooting game, the Elite we know as the Arbiter was in fact the same Elite that ordered the destruction of Reach, and who knows how many other Human worlds.) Throughout the course of Halo 2 and into Halo 3 the Arbiter turns from enemy to ally and ultimate aids humanity and Chief in their time of need.

With Halo 5 once again taking on the campaign with a two story approach I can’t help but feel like this is the case again. I mean while I personally like Locke as a character and feel like he could do great in his own story, such as Halo ODST did with the Rookie, putting him as Chief’s replacement would definitely hinder the series. The only way I could see them ever removing the Master Chief as the main protagonist would be to either move further or behind in the timeline (such as Halo Wars), or tell a different story that does not involve the Chief at all.

But what do you think? Can the Chief be replaced? Will Locke receive his own spin off, or another side character such as Buck? Let us know in the comments below.

Warframe: Echoes of the Sentient

Warframe Gets Jordas Precept Update

Digital Extremes’ Warframe continues to expand and evolve with another exciting update for PC players. A terrifying threat looms on the horizon — a hulking mass of Infestation ready to assimilate all that stands in its path. The J3 Golem — a high-threat Boss — has arrived and you will need every resource at your disposal to beat back this massive threat to the Solar System.

Fortunately, this Update features everything you’ll need to keep the Infestation in check, including a major update to Archwing UI, Missions, and Mechanics. Expand your Arsenal with new Weapons and Customizations and use the earth-bending Atlas Warframe to punch straight through enemy defenses.

Primary highlights of The Jordas Precept Update include:

  • NEW ATLAS WARFRAME: Titan of stone, lord of the earthly elementals.
    Atlas’ powers include: Landslide – Bash enemies with an explosive sliding punch, repeat for a devastating combo. Tectonics – Summon a rock-wall, activate again to send the rocks crashing toward the enemy. Petrify – Fossilize foes with Atlas` hardened gaze. Rumblers – Summon two elemental stone brawlers to the melee.
  • NEW QUEST: The Jordas Precept – Ordis is determined to help a fellow Cephalon overcome a ship wide Infestation, but can a Cephalon affected by Infestation be saved?
  • ARCHWING POLISH AND ADDITIONS: Take on two new game modes — Archwing Defense and Archwing Mobile Defense and explore re-worked Archwing gameplay.
  • NEW ENEMIES: Missions just got more challenging with four new enemies! Destroy new Modular Corpus, Mutalist Lightning Carriers, Mutalist Toxic Carriers and Attack Mutalists!
  • NEW WEAPONS: TEKKO – These iron fists that rip through foes with each strike are Atlas’ signature weapon. CONVECTRIX – When its twin-lasers converge on a target a circuit is created, frying the subject. SONICOR – Blasts targets with a massive wave of sonic energy.  Reported results to be: ‘very satisfying’. PHAEDRA – Devastate free-space enemies with Phaedra, the Soma’s big-sister. KASZAS – Become an angel of death with this Archwing scythe.
  • BOSS OVERHAUL: The J3 Golem has received a major overhaul since its last appearance, and can be found travelling through the dark of space on Eris, Naeglar.
  • GAME MODE EXPANSION: New Spy Missions have been added to the Grineer Underwater Sealab tileset on Uranus.
  • NEW CUSTOMIZATIONS: IGARO SYANDANA – This wing-like syandana invokes the beauty and agility of the Ceresean Butterfly Sparrow. OPULAS ROBE – An opulent display of privilege for the Corpus elite becomes a trophy for the Tenno who fight them. LANDING CRAFT SEGMENT – Allows construction of Landing Craft and Air Support Comms charges in the Foundry. AIR SUPPORT COMM: MANTIS – This insect-like landing craft featured Med-Tower air-support. MANTIS SKINS – Customize your Mantis Landing Craft with Bajada, Gloam and Oscuro Skins. GERSEMI VALKYR SKIN – Before Alad V, before the experiments, there was Gersemi Valkyr.

PC players can download The Jordas Precept Update for Warframe today. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will receive this Update in coming weeks.


October’s PS Plus Games Revealed

Sony has announced which games will be free for PS Plus subscribers starting on October 6th. The lineup goes as follows:

Super Meat Boy, PS4, PS Vita

Broken Age, PS4, PS Vita

Unmechanical: Extended, PS4, PS3

Chariot, PS3

KickBeat, PS3, PS Vita

Kung Fu Rabbit, PS3, PS Vita

Overall this is a solid list. The highlights are Super Meat Boy, a super hard fast paced platformer, and Broken Age, Tim Schafer’s latest point an click adventure. The less widely known games include: Unmechanical: Extended. Originally releasing on the iPhone, Unmechanical: Extended follows the journey of a helicopter trapped in strange and claustrophobic world.

On the PS3, Chariot has players assuming the roles of a princess and her suitor who have to transport their fathers’ casket through an arduous journey. KickBeat on the PS3 and PS Vita, combines the worlds of rhythm games and fighting games in a unique, new style of gameplay that has yet to be emulated. Finally, Kung Fu Rabbit is a 2D platformer available on the PS3 and PS Vita.

Personally, I think this list is very good. The reason I love Playstation Plus is because it introduces me to games that I never would have considered playing. It gives me an opportunity to flex my gaming muscles and try out genres that I may not be that knowledgeable of.

The only knock I have about this list is its lack of a horror title. With Halloween right around the corner, it is likely many gamers would be looking for a horror game to give them the heebie jeebies. I do not necessarily shame Sony for not giving us a AAA title such as The Evil Within, but it would have been nice to at least have a horror option for the Halloween season.

These games go live on October 6th! Be sure to grab September’s freebies before then!