Microsoft Studios’ vice president Phil Spencer said that the much talked about online check-in only takes “kilobytes, not megabytes.”
“It’s kilobytes, not megabytes. You can also set your console to always have the latest bits in a standby state,” said Spencer. Spencer added that, “If you have no ability to connect to the Internet, the Xbox One is not the console for you.” Re-iterating that phone tethering is also a viable option for those with shaky internet.
Spencer then noted, taking a broader look at the landscape, that the gaming environment as more than two devices. “We have more than one competitor,” Spencer told GameInformer in response to the PlayStation 4 more current consumer friendly approach. “When you think about where they play games today, they play on a lot of different devices. I think it’s wrong to think that the universe only consists of two things.”
The long in development Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots is headed to next-generation platforms.
“We can’t — and we don’t want to — make ten giant blockbuster games at the same time,” Ubisoft vice president Tony Key told IGN. “We’re absolutely making another Rainbow 6. We’ve already said so. We just, as we enter this new generation, have to make sure we make the right game at the right time with the right feature sets.”
“Rainbow 6 got caught in the transition of going to next-gen and essentially we’re figuring out ‘well, are we making the right game for the right hardware systems?'” Key said that Patriots was original slated for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.
“Sometimes you have to take a step back and go ‘you know, I’m seeing the possibilities, but it’s gonna take more time,” Key continued. “We don’t really have anything else to announce or say about Rainbow 6, but we will say it’s a really exciting project for us and we can’t wait to say more.” Rainbow 6: Patriots was announced in late 2011. Ubisoft Montreal is developing the game.
Microsoft has just revealed that Killer Instinct will be an exclusive free-to-play on Xbox One.
According to one of the games producer, Killer Instinct will come with a free character fighter Jago, while players will need to pay for more characters. The decision was made because in most fighting games players only use a small number of characters. However, the producer didn’t divulge pricing information.
“Fighting games are big and expensive and they can be complicated. It’s very hard to get good at a number of characters,” the producer said. “You generally gravitate towards one or two or three or four at the most. We want players to be able to experience the game that way. Just buy the characters you want or buy them all and we’ll give you a discount on that.”
Ubisoft has announced Tom Clancy’s The Division, an online open-world action role-playing game for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 expected to be released in 2014. The Division is being developed Massive Entertainment, the studio behind World in Conflict.
The game takes place in New York three weeks after a lethal virus, released on Black Friday, swept through the city causing society to collapse. The President invokes Presidential Directive 51, and The Division, a top-secret unit of self-supporting tactical agents, is activated.
“Our goal with Tom Clancy’s The Division is nothing short of completely changing the way people play online RPGs,” said Fredrik Rundqvist, executive producer, Ubisoft. “With the power of next-gen consoles behind it, The Division puts players in the middle of breathtaking, persistent multiplayer thriller in which they will explore, fight and work together as modern society collapses around you, all with the authenticity for which Tom Clancy games are renowned.”
DICE have teased a new Star Wars: Battlefront title.
“As one of the world’s premier video game developers, DICE has the talent and expertise to deliver a Star Wars experience like no other, while pushing the boundaries of what is capable in a video game. The Star Wars: Battlefront series, which we know means so much to fans and gamers, is in good hands,” reads a post on StarWars.com.