Strider Releases This Month
Double Helix and Capcom’s downloadable reboot of Strider, the classic tale of a man and his violent hatred of things that stop him from moving on one side of the screen to the other, comes out this February.
PS3 and PS4 users can find Mr. Hiryu on PSN Feb. 18th, while both Xbox versions (current-gen and next-gen) as well as the PC release can be purchased Feb. 19th. The retro revival will cost you $14.99.
Two new modes make the cut, too, including “Beacon Run” — where you’ll make speed runs across levels while dicing foes — and “Survival Mode” — in which waves of enemies barrel your way as you utilize an assortment of weapons and items to end them.
More than that, it’s been revealed that you can locate alternate costumes throughout the game, giving you access to new customization options. You’re morbidly peeling these clothes off of dead Striders, but the cost of fashion has always been high.
Borderlands 2 is 2K’s Best Selling Title
Now resting at 8.5 million copies shipped, Gearbox’s critically acclaimed FPS RPG Borderlands 2 takes the top spot for the highest-selling game in 2K’s history as confirmed in a Take-Two earnings report.
5 million tickets to Pandora were shipped across PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 within the first few months of release, while 3.5 million more units were dished out in the year following. A PS Vita port is still in the works, set to increase that number (not by a lot, glossing over the Vita’s life-to-date sales — but, hey, portable vault hunting might be the kick in the ass Sony’s handheld needs).
New content for Borderlands 2 was also asserted during the Take-Two call. Gearbox’s slavish dedication to expanding the game’s world and BL2's runaway success is most definitely not a coincidence.
Speaking of Gearbox, they’re holding a very colorful, very large gun to my head at the moment (I’m pretty sure it’s a Torque weapon since it’s overcompensation to a devastating degree).
They’d peaceably like me to remind you that Glitch Gaming Apparel has a line of pretty badass Borderlands shirts and, while I’m in no way implying that you aren’t badass already, you’d look even badass-er wearing one of these babies. Yeah. Badass-er. Outranks “badass,” just beneath “badass-est.” Git chu one!
Xbox One Rumors Go Critical This Week
Plus: Halo Anthology Coming to X1?
We have been positively slammed by Xbox rumors. If not slammed, then definitely shaken about. We’re used to leaks. Some of us inter-tube journalists are expert at making articles sail on leaks. But this is no mere leak. This is a goddamn deluge.
The leaker in question is one ntkrnl, a NeoGAF knight and supposed legitimate insider (Bish-verified… if that means more to you than it does to me) unafraid of ripping open the pinata of Microsoft secrets because “talking about it ahead of time isn’t going to hurt anything.” Here be ntkrnl’s harmless truths which Microsoft is looking to take legal action over:
- Halo 2 Anniversary is arriving Nov. 11th. Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity, 343’s wingmen on the first Halo Anniversary, are once again remaking the Chief’s past. The game will have two SKU’s: a Collector’s Edition featuring beta access to Halo 5 and episodes of a Halo-based “real-time” show not related to the Spielberg/Bloomkamp project; and a War Collection with all of the above plus Halo 3 and 4 ported (not remade) for the Xbox One.
- Halo 5 drops Fall 2015. Yeah.
- Forza Horizon 2, Forza's open-world cousin, is heading to X1 “probably September.” Said to feature 1080p resolution and loads of social integration (which is the tread on every modern day racer).
- Crackdown 3 is in development… but won’t come out until the distant future of 2016. Ruffian Games isn’t developing, however.
- Sunset Overdrive hits Fall 2014, Quantum Break lands Holiday 2014, and Fable Legends drops Summer 2015.
- Titanfall DLC will be made available a month and a half after release with more incoming after that. Plus, a fancy bundle with game and custom console/controller is on cards. Here, lookit.
- The previously “Dev Team Only” white Xbox One will be made available to the public later this year.
- A cheaper Xbox One unit will launch with a Bluetooth adapter and possibly without an optical disc drive. And, for a limited time, a 1TB model will go on the market.
Now, that last rumor has an addendum. A “well-respected source” has confirmed to VG247 that Microsoft has already reached out to publishing partners about a newer model of Xbox One. This Bluetooth-ful, disc-less business, however, remains unconfirmed, but the source did say the new unit would retail for a lower price than the current model.
The fact that, amongst this barrage of rumor mongering, an outside source was able to confirm one of ntkrnl’s bigger bombshells lends some weight to the rest of their bullet-points. This individual is beyond fired if the Big M ever finds him or her out, of course, but they’ll have gone down swinging.
Check out the user’s hull of leaks hereabouts.
Happy Anniversary, Silent Hill
Thanks for 15 years of tight corridors, locked doors, and endless fog.
Microsoft Buys Up Gears of War From Epic
Already a flagship Xbox exclusive four games running, Epic’s blockbuster Gears of War IP has been bought up by Microsoft Studios.
The deal puts Microsoft in ownership of all current and subsequent games, media, and merchandise. The Big M announced its intent to put all future development duties of the series onto Black Tusk Studios’ shoulders.
The production house, formerly known as Microsoft Vancouver, is having its staff bolstered by one Mr. Rod Fergusson, whom you may recall as having worked at Epic in a Director of Production role. Fergusson most recently has been bombin’ around 2K supposedly setting up a new studio for the company, but his assuming of a “key leadership position” at Black Tusk means 2K is a Rod short these days.
Epic released a fluffy statement saying that they’re pleased Microsoft will be able to “forge ahead with the Gears universe on their industry-leading platforms” and yada, yada, and some-such. It would seem Epic is moving onto other projects but fully intends on licensing out their Unreal 4 Engine to the Xbox One — which could mean a future Gears may benefit from it.
This isn’t the first shakeup in a renown franchise under Microsoft’s belt. Halo saw its creators in Bungie leave the property behind for greener virtual pastures while Microsoft coordinated internally to create a dev studio solely for the purpose of proliferating Master Chief’s universe. Hopefully Gears of War's transition into new hands will be handled as carefully as Halo 4 was.
(Also interesting to note, both Bungie’s and Epic’s last titles in their respective IP’s ended in prequels. History will eat itself as they say… If they say that.)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer Is Spectacularly Un-amazing
So, here, I present to you the second official trailer for Beenox’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The first was a teaser trailer, which is a lot like someone slapping a slice of hot pizza out of your hand just as you’re bringing it to your mouth, so it doesn’t count in my book.
Let me power through some preamble: Spider-Man’s my favorite superhero, bar none. Beenox, despite some blemishes (I mean Edge of Time), has delivered on some pretty entertaining Spidey outings.
Though not flawless, their original Amazing Spider-Man movie tie-in was fantastic fun; webslinging was awesome, the Web Rush system worked in a snap, the combat was… well, mediocre. But the game got a lot right. Open-world and Spider-Man is a winning combo hard to stray from. It was goddamned ridiculous that you were literally able to sweep New York City clean of crime in the endgame — leaving you with jack and shit to do besides use the game as a webslinging simulator — but still, fond spot for the effort.
But this trailer for ASM2 is just off somehow. The graphics are unpleasant, the lighting is murky, and Spidey moves around as if someone swapped his skeleton for a wire hanger. The footage just zapped my excitement for the game. I didn’t envision Spidey’s first swing onto next-gen to look this woefully unpolished, especially for a game that’s only got a few months before it’s in the can.
The whole “Alpha-Beard Kraven trains Pete to be a hunter” bit; that could work. It doesn’t restrict the game to the film’s plot and is a fun little play on an old rivalry. In theory, there’s hope here. Beenox hasn’t put out anything truly dismal under the Spider-Man brand yet. Yet. I’ll keep an eye on it for you, web-heads.