Category: "News"

Worldwide DOOM reveal at E3! (Damon's thoughts)

  11:47:00 pm, by Damon   , 410 words  
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Categories: Games, News, Analysis

Continuing my trend of blogging about game announcements that interest me, I'm going to showcase that the official DOOM Facebook page has posted this new banner image stating that there will be a worldwide gameplay reveal for a new Doom title on June 14th at Bethesda's E3 conference.

At last, we've received some kind of news about what things are going on at Bethesda Softworks with regards to them, the Zenimax subsidiaries, and the IPs owned by the company and its subsidiaries that BethSoft will act as publisher for. Honestly, this game as a hit in the dark to me, personally. I missed the prior teasers for Doom that were released over the last year or so, and since Doom hasn't had an update to the series since Doom 3 in 2004, I never gave much thought to the possibility of there being a new entry to the series, a rebbot simply titled "DOOM".

Anyway, there will be a new Doom entry to the game, and I'm definitely intrigued, though I wouldn't say I'm as excited as I would be if the game were for Fallout or Bethesda, or even Assassin's Creed, for that matter. Still, Doom is an iconic, and in some ways infamous game series from the nineties, and it was popular even up to the 2004 release of Doom 3, and it's one that I personally enjoyed, although like the baby I am I tended to jump out of my seat a few times trying to play Doom 3. So, while I am not going to hold my breathe in anticipation for this game, or go out to buy it on the release day, it's still exciting news, and it's news about Bethesda's first ever E3 conference that we've been waiting for information on. That's important to hear, at least.

With a new Doom title being announced, which is sure to bring in money for id Software, Bethesda will be busy as a publisher at their special conference.  There's still time to see if we can hear things about other games that could be worked on that Bethesda is associated with, and this is only one item at what I'm sure is going to be a good,  busy conference, and with the list of categories Bethesda registered under, for both current and last-generation consoles and numerous genres, it ought to be a good one.

I'm still crossing my fingers for a reveal for a Fallout title to be announced at E3, personally.

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Assassin's Creed: Victory... or defeat?

  02:49:00 pm, by Damon   , 507 words  
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Categories: Games, News, Analysis

It's nearly that time of year again. Next month the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will kick off once again for the developers and publishers from the gaming community to come forward and announced their latest products.

Before E3, in a few days in fact, Ubisoft will unveil the latest entry to their Assassin's Creed money bag, which has been believed to be called Victory and set in Victorian England.  I am a big fan of the Assassin's Creed, franchise, and I have played nearly every title as addictively as I have any Elder Scrolls game, and I'm cautious with this release.

When Unity was announced and rushed to release, it completely bombed. It was a buggy, horrible mess, and the game as a whole, even down to writing, ultimately disappointed me. In a way, it was expected that the game would be unpolished on the next-gen console, because there are always going to be hiccups on new, untested hardware, but it was absolutely apalling that the game was released in so unplayable of a state -- in fact, I never completed Assassin's Creed: Unity.

I am hoping that Victory will be a bit more polished out in terms of gameplay, because in theory I loved a lot of features in Unity. And, Ubisoft needs to do their best to polish out the game, because while I found something to enjoy in each AC game I've played, I am of the opinion that despite the advancements in gameplay, the story has been suffering as they tried to milk out the series with all these yearly releases, and I know other fans are feeling roughly the same.

The series is Ubisoft's big money maker, and they know it, so they work so hard (or not hard at all, depending on how you want to look at it) to bang out titles year in and year out, and it's amazing any of them remain interesting. The fans will be expecting an amazing game to make up for the wreck that became Assassin's Creed: Unity, so the question on my lips is "Can Ubisoft deliver a good title, or will this one flop?" For their sake, it has to be the latter, because this game will be under intense scrutiny from the fans. So much "innovation" at a loss to quality will only further damage the series's reputation, and I know for a fact that if I buy Victory and it bombs, I'm going to pull out of the Assassin's Creed series altogether. 

I wish Ubisoft would do quality over quantity. I'd rather wait 2-3 years between Assassin's Creed titles and have really damn good games, instead of have a new one announced just as I got bored with the older one and end up disappointed.

Also, in other news, as it was announced some time ago, Bethesda Softworks, the owner of the Elder Scrolls and Fallout IPs, is having their own conference at E3, and it's rumoured, although NOT CONFIRMED that Fallout 4 will be announced at the conference, and I can't wait!

News Roundup

  08:59:00 pm, by   , 168 words  
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Categories: Elder Scrolls, News

The new dye system seems to be receiving a generally positive reception from fans.

Some payment complications have arisen for ESO subscribers which may force some to remain offline for a short time. ZeniMax is working to address the issue and has issued assurances that all affected players will get their full 30 days' worth of playing time.

Update 4 has been promised for September (see the video below). Players will be able to continue the saga of Craglorn, this time in Upper Craglorn, where they will find a new Trial, group challenge, quests, difficulty modes, and the new Dragonstar Arena.

At Raptr, a PC online gaming site which publishes the top 20 games their roughly 22 million users are playing every month, ESO dropped from #8 to #20 from May to June, evidently due to the release of the new Wildstar, and fell off the list in July. TES V: Skyrim has shown the opposite trend: it was not in the top 20 in May, then jumped from #19 to #14 from June to July.

SuperData: Over 750,000 ESO subscribers

  04:30:00 pm, by   , 119 words  
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Categories: Elder Scrolls, News

According to SuperData, there have been 772,374 subscribers to ESO as of June. If all of those subscribers renewed their subscriptions beyond the first free month, Bethesda and ZeniMax would take in $11 million a month. However, the number of subscribers who have opted to keep paying for the game has not been disclosed.

The report also notes that ESO is challenging perceived market trends, as subscription revenue from MMOs has been decreasing since 2010, but they speculate that the influence of ESO has already caused other new releases to embrace a subscription-based model, and there will likely be more of them in the future.

It remains unclear whether Bethesda and ZeniMax will maintain the subscription fee, but the online debate continues.

ESO Update - Veteran Dungeons, Console Progress, & Raptr Stats

  03:18:00 pm, by   , 94 words  
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Categories: Elder Scrolls, News

The recent blog from Zenimax discussed veteran dungeons and gave a preview of Crypt of Hearts content.

According to GamingBolt, ESO creative director Paul D. Sage revealed that they already have ESO running on consoles at 30 fps and are making strides to increase the frame rate.

Raptr, an online gaming platform and community site which claims to have over 22 million users, lists ESO as #8 in their May 2014 rankings of the most popular games amongst their users. Playtime hours dropped 39%, and there was a 22% decrease in the number of Raptr users playing the game.