This week in games: Doom gets artistic, Battlefield (maybe) heads to World War I
Gaming news for February 29 - March 4
Ah, Leap Years—where the universe conspires to make the worst month of the year just a little bit longer. Good riddance February, and on we go to the first truly interesting month of the year.
This week, Six Flags announced new virtual reality roller coasters, Bethesda sort-of fixed Doom’s awful cover art, and rumors peg Battlefield 5 heading to...World War I? This is gaming news for the week of February 29 through March 4.
Epic’s MOBA/shooter hybrid Paragon heads into Early Access on March 18, but you’ll need to buy in to get a first look. While the eventual full release will be free-to-play, this early build will require at least the $20 “Founder’s Pack” to participate, for which you’ll also receive some cosmetic items and the like. Or you can stump up $100 for the “Master Pack” and get...even more cosmetic items.
Regardless of which (if any) you choose, you’ll need the Epic Games Launcher to participate. No Steam.
The Chivalry: Medieval Warfare devs at Torn Banner Studios announced their new game this week, Battleborn Overwatch Mirage: Arcane Warfare. From the brief trailer, it looks like a bright and colorful shooter/melee hybrid with some kooky characters. Apparently we’ll hear more on March 9, but for now:
A second shot
Bethesda unveiled the Doom box art recently and it was...lackluster, to say the least. “Generic Dude With A Gun” may check all the boxes in 2016, but it’s hardly interesting. I didn’t even care I’d never see a boxed copy.
But now Bethesda’s holding a poll to see what art should be printed on the reverse-side of the sleeve, and damn I wish I still bought physical games because this retro-styled art is awesome:
Breaking data caps
I went hands-on with Remedy’s Quantum Break last week and for the most part had a good time. But I was bummed by news that the game is exclusive not just to Windows 10 but to the god-forsaken Windows Store, and now I’m perplexed by another weird decision: All of those lengthy TV show segments? You need to stream them. There is no way to download them, even if you live in the middle of nowhere with garbage Internet.
Remedy blames it on the files being too large, but Xbox players have the option to download to its paltry 500GB drive so… (Via Game Informer)
Five years time
Can a game be delayed before it’s ever given a release date? People are certainly acting that way this week after EA’s Blake Jorgensen said Mass Effect Andromeda will launch in Q4...of EA’s fiscal year, which is Q1 2017 for anyone who goes by that boring ol’ Gregorian calendar. I’d expect it in March, personally.
Previously it was assumed the game would be out for Holiday 2016 but I’m guessing there was merely a mixup between what EA meant by “Q4” and what normal people assumed from “Q4.” (Via Neogaf)
Speaking of EA’s holiday lineup, a Swiss retailer has fired up rumors this week that Battlefield 5 will take place during World War I. That’d be quite a change. The speculation is courtesy of this listing, discovered by Twitter user @Zinogray (and via Liam Robertson):
That bit under the title translates as (roughly) “tactical multiplayer shooter in World War I.” Intriguing.
Regardless of the veracity of these rumors, Verdun still exists if you need a trench warfare fix.
Life is strange
The folks at Dontnod Entertainment seem dead-set against being pigeonholed. Now that they’ve wrapped up teen-girl-simulator Life is Strange, the studio’s moved onto...a vampire game? A vampire game. A vampire game.
“Set in 1918 London, Vampyr promises to offer a unique, deeply immersive action role-playing experience steeped in vampire mythology, with a strong narrative. As you cling to what remains of your humanity, your decisions will ultimately shape the fate of your hero while searching for answers in the coughing, foggy aftermath of the Spanish Flu.”
Somehow I don’t think Bright Eyes will show up in the soundtrack for this one.
We put a coaster in your coaster
When the first Oculus Rift dev kits went out three years ago it seemed like everyone was obsessed with roller coasters. Space roller coasters! Lava roller coasters! Underwater roller coasters! And each designed to either make you tip your chair over backwards or maybe throw up. Ah, good times.
Now Six Flags has taken this obsession to a logical conclusion, announcing that it will soon debut nine “Virtual Reality Roller Coasters,” meaning real physical roller coasters that you ride while wearing a Samsung GearVR headset.
Visuals will be synced between the headset and the ride, like a sort of VR/AR hybrid. The upshot: You shouldn’t get simulator sickness. You might still throw up though when you think about little Joey Eight-year-old’s dirty hands and sweat and sunscreen and melted ice cream all over the headset you’ve strapped to your eyeballs.
Not to mention whatever the hell happens when a Samsung GearVR flies off someone’s head at 100+ miles per hour.