This week in games: Assassin's Creed takes a break, Sonic the Hedgehog goes to Hollywood

This is the gaming news you need to know for the week of February 8 - 12


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This week was “Everyone holds earnings calls” week in the games industry, meaning games were announced, confirmed, and re-confirmed. Like a new Watch Dogs, if anyone wanted one of those.

Also in the news this week: No Assassin’s Creed for 2016 (finally), Need for Speed is angling for PC accolades, and Blizzard turns 25 years old. This is gaming news for February 8 – 12.

Full throttle

The last time a Need for Speed game hit PC (2013’s Rivals) there were complaints—namely, a locked frame rate and a baffling lack of steering wheel support.

Not this time! We’ve had to wait an extra four months for the PC release of last year’s Need for Speed reboot, but a new trailer ahead of the March release touts an unlocked frame rate, wheel support, and 4K resolution as key features. Good on you, Ghost Games.

Not a very happy place

We’re about two months out from Dark Souls III, but you can watch the opening cinematic right now if you’d like, courtesy of this trailer:

Mama, put my hidden blades in the ground

Say it with me: “No new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016.” Say it again: “No. New. Assassin’s Creed. In. 2016.”

Thank goodness. After nine core games in eight years, Ubisoft is finally giving us a break. From the announcement:

“This year, we are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”

On the other hand

No new Assassin’s Creed? Must be time for another Assassin’s-Creed-in-hacker-clothing, instead. That’s right: A sequel to Watch Dogs is set to launch sometime before March 31, 2017.

And wrapping up Ubisoft’s financial call for this week: For Honor, the new South Park game, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and “a new high-potential AAA brand” are also supposed to launch between now and next March.

Another year…

...Another Call of Duty. Shocking absolutely nobody at all, Activision’s main “news” for its earning call was another entry in its still-super-popular shooter series. This’ll be Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward’s first crack at the series since 2013’s Ghosts, and its first under the three-teams-three-year development cycle.


Also in the “Not Surprising News” category, Remedy announced that its time-hopping title Quantum Break will come to the PC in April, making it the latest “Xbox One Exclusive” to be a little less-than-exclusive.

On the other hand, it’s (potentially) only coming to Windows 10—and running DirectX 12, to boot.

Old enough to rent a car

Congratulations to Blizzard for hitting its 25th birthday this week. The company was founded February 8, 1991 under the much wordier name “Silicon & Synapse.” Here’s a look back:

All that power

Kanye West is making a video game. It has a trailer. What a time to be alive.

Gotta go fast

I try to end each week on the most ridiculous news piece, and in any normal week “Kanye West debuted a trailer for his new video game” would snag that coveted spot. But this week? This is no normal week.

Why? Because Sega and Sony Pictures announced they’re making a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. And even more ridiculous, it’s going to be a hybrid of live-action and CG animation. Of course, the always-on-point Sonic Twitter account had this to say:

I’ll save you a click. That link leads to this:

And now I’m off to do absolutely anything with my weekend besides watch the Super Mario Bros movie.

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