"I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter."
— Markus ‘Notch’ Persson on selling his studio Mojang to Microsoft for $2.5 billion. His thoughts on the sale and his departure from Mojang can be found here.
Am I nervous about the game being episodic? Yeah, you bet. Makes me wonder why I’m getting bite sized increments instead of a full course meal.
But… It’s more Resident Evil and, imagine this, it’s strapping on its best survival horror shoes and seemingly wants to tango. This can be a return to glory or another hollow disappointment. Either way, I wouldn’t be worth a single letter of my URL if I didn’t show up to the dance.
Claire Redfield & Moira Burton Concept Art
Resident Evil Revelations 2
Resident Evil Revelations 2: An Episodic Horror Story
The first Revelations split its narrative into “episodes” since handheld players typically only game in short bursts; Capcom’s console sequel is now following Telltale’s playbook for episodic content, though on an accelerated release schedule.
Revelations 2 will be presented in four weekly episodes that can be downloaded at $5.99 a piece or bought with a $24.99 Season Pass. If you’re willing to skip out on a month of cliffhangers, the collected game will hit store shelves in a $39.99 retail package soon after the digital release wraps up. Purchasing the game the latter two ways nets you additional content (which hasn’t been detailed yet).
The story follows Raccoon City survivor Claire Redfield, now employed by the anti-bioterror group Terra Save. While throwing a welcome party for new recruit Moira Burton, relation to former S.T.A.R.S. member and licensed beard enthusiast Barry Burton, the two women are abducted only to awaken on an abandoned prison island.
But abandoned isn’t quite right. The “Afflicted,” mutilated forms borrowed from one of Clive Barker’s tamer nightmares, roam the island. Claire’s got to figure out how to both get away and get away alive. But someone’s watching them and “why” is something they probably don’t want to know.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 (begins to) release in early 2015 for PS3, PS3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Don’t be fooled by its title. This is a severely inadequate career counselor.
Batman: Arkham Knight Has a New Date, Some Swanky Collector’s Editions Too
Once set to patrol the night as soon as October 14th, Rocksteady’s final chapter of the Arkham series ends how it began: with a delay. Now True Bat-lievers will get their chance to don the cowl next year on June 2nd, 2015.
If spending $60 bucks on a box and a disc just isn’t your style, there’s two special editions of the game coming to save the day.
Behold the Limited Edition:For $99.99, this edition includes:
- A Steelbook case
- An 80-page art book
- #0 of DC’s Batman: Arkham Knight comic
- 3 Batman Skins based on The New 52
- A Batman “Memorial Statue”
Then there’s the real deal. The Batmobile Edition:For $199.99, this bundle includes everything within the Limited Edition but swaps out the ominously titled Batman “Memorial Statue” for a Triforce sculpted replica of the Batmobile from the game.
In North America, both editions will only be made available on PS4 and Xbox One… So. That “Memorial Statue.” It gets me thinking that perhaps Arkham Knight is going to end the way The Dark Knight Rises should have. Unfortunately, we have a helluva wait until we find out.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 Details Surface!
The above image is from the newest issue of Gamesmaster Magazine. You can throw guesses as to who these two ladies are but, thanks to Push-Start, we already know their identities: we’re looking at an older Claire Redfield, and her young ward is none other than Barry “What is This?!” Burton’s daughter, Moira.
The mag shed first light on some tantalizing details about the sequel which takes place on an isolated island detention center (Claire’s got a bad habit of stranding herself on those). Here’s what to expect from Revelations 2:
- The game can be tackled either in single-player or co-op.
- Claire, now a “seasoned veteran,” handles more of an offensive, combat oriented role…
- …Whereas Moira plays a support role in which it’s her job to heal Claire and illuminate darkened areas with her flashlight (some areas are to be oppressively dark, but that won’t stop creepers from creepin’).
- The title is a prequel — set between Chris’ boulder punching quest in RE5 and the global hootenanny in RE6.
- True to the first Revelations, the game has a heavier focus on survival horror. So much so that, like days of old, you’ll have to choose between flight or fight given your limited ammo supply.
- Enter the “Afflicted.” They resemble zombies, but are much faster, much stronger, and much worse. Like The Last of Us' Infected, it's usually better to take them down the stealth way or simply turn tail and run.
- Expect next-gen and PC versions of the game to run at 60fps in full 1080p HD.
- “The project has been finding the line between listening to fan feedback and also doing something different to confound expectations,” says producer Michiteru Okabe.
- Claire is still a fox.
Push-Start also has some grabs of the magazine feature on their site. Little warning, they’re on the low quality side. I’ll be sure to post hi-res images once Capcom makes them available. Special thanks to Rely on Horror for nabbing the story.
If you missed it, watch the official teaser trailer hereabouts.
FRIDAY GIVEAWAY: Float Your Goat in Goat Simulator
I’ve got myself one Steam Retail Key for everyone’s favorite goat/chaos god sim — Goat Simulator!
Here’s what’s up: The first person to guess the number missing from the code below (indicated by a “?”) and redeem it is off to the goat races, from then on a proud owner of the greatest goat simulation video game ever made. It’s not much but I wanted to pitch in a token of gratitude to my uber rad followers.
Mortal Kombat X Set to Knock Off Heads Spring 2015
The 22-year-old fighting institution that is Mortal Kombat, a torch now carried by NetherRealm Studios, headed by co-creator Ed Boon, is releasing its tenth installment — yes, goddamn tenth — on April 14th, 2015.
The date just so happens to land on yours truly’s birthday.
Impeccable timing, NetherRealm.
Preordering the game, the second most important metric to a publisher aside from selling the game, comes along with a quad-armed incentive: the inclusion of Goro, a character that’s only been playable in the series a handful of times.
For years, and for as much as loved Mortal Kombat’s style and lore, the series has slouched behind other competitive fighters in its gameplay. Its over-the-top bloodshed and signature finishing moves seemed to be its only defining feature as the games tried to reiterate themselves (the PS2 era was the darkest era).
But that all changed with 2011’s Mortal Kombat reboot, a title that introduced an airtight fighting system that welcomed newcomers and kept veterans combo inputting for entire stretches of sleepless nights. If Mortal Kombat X can retain that magic, it’ll have no problem going toe-to-toe with its fighting game peers for another round.