With the gaming industry having finished picking who and what they wanted from the leftovers of THQ, there was still one fine studio that was left forever alone. It looked like nobody wanted a slice of Darksiders developer Vigil Games, until Crytek swooped in and formed a new studio with that staff, Crytek USA. So what’s up first for the new studio then? Darksiders 3? Nope!
One of the saddest things to come out of THQ’s recent dissolution and auction is that nobody picked up Vigil Game, the developers of Darksiders. As a result, that studio now no longer exists – but thanks to Crytek, its memory might yet live on.
There are few game developers on the market these days that have a legacy that lasts beyond a few years. Studios come and go, and last year saw no shortage of developers being forced to close shop. One such prolific developer happens to be Atari. From it’s time as a console giant in an emerging market, to the days it was forced to look towards a new direction developing only games, Atari has been through the best and worst times that the industry could possibly throw at it. And the times they are a changin’, but not for the better, as Atari US has had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Here’s a drinking game challenge for you. Grab a pile of Assassin’s Creed trailers, watch ‘em, and have a drink every time our new protagonist Connor kills an American. Try that, and you’ll soon find yourself more sober than a straight edge tattoo convention. And while Assassin’s Creed 3 may be perceived as a pro-USA game that emphasises a Team America spirit, it’s actually less of that, and more of a history lesson, says one of its designers.
I’ve got to be honest here, and admit to how much I love the Americans and their culture. It’s shaped so many of us, through their media and influence, and while I’m not always a fan of their politics, I’ve met enough lovable Yanks, that I’ve actually formed long-lasting friendships with.
I’m also rather jelly about the intense level of patriotism that the country has, an ideal which doesn’t always gel well with the rest of the world.
With Assassin’s Creed 3 set in the founding age of America, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we’d be rushing headfirst into a game that’s all stars and stripes while bald eagles fly over a raucous display of explosions and cannon fire.
Except that in Assassin’s Creed 3, America doesn’t even exist yet.
If you’ve ever wondered why gaming’s such big business these days, consider this: Microsoft’s confirmed the company’s sold more than 57 million 360’s since the console launched in 2005. That, in case large number escape your grasp, is a heck of a lot of consoles.
Microsoft has serious problems trying to keep things secret with their latest big secret being released about two weeks ago by Internet sites all over the planet.
Well Major Nelson has now come out and confirmed that the $199 Xbox 360 Arcade is in fact arriving and it is arriving 2 days earlier than expected.
As of the 5th of September (tomorrow) the US prices will drop to the following.