News In Review: 07/02/2013

Interesting news appears on the release horizon with the unfortunate announcement that anticipated Wii U exclusive Rayman Legends will now not be released until September, in line with its multiplatform brethren. Originally slated for November, the move is likely to enrage Nintendo fans, many of whom bought the newest system on the promise of the limbless wonder’s newest set of adventures. It also comes at a bad time for Nintendo, who were hoping for a big third-party exclusive to help boost their system’s flagging sales, the estimate of which was just revised downwards to four million by the end of March.

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In the spirit of exclusivity, right out of left field today was the news that Double Fine Adventure, the highly-anticipated and Kickstarter-funded title from noted auteur developer Tim Schafer, will (initially at least) be exclusive to crowdfunded upstart console Ouya. This will be particularly exciting for the creators of Ouya, since the planned $99 console will need some high-profile titles in order to have a hope of competing with the three manufacturing giants – Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. The small system plans an unusual hardware trajectory. In order to stay relevant but wishing to avoid raising the manufacturing costs of the console, creator Julie Uhrman has announced that the system will receive new hardware yearly, but retain the very low $99 price tag.

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One title that won’t be coming soon is Darksiders 3. The Vigil Games development team was recently acquired by Crytek, but the company says it has no plans to continue the action-adventure series based on the four horsemen of the apocalypse. It’s easy to see why this decision was made. The second game, released last year, slipped under the radar for the most part, but crucially, the interesting horsemen (War and Death) have now been used. They could have plodded on, trying to create a game about Pestilence and Famine, but they’re rather slow processes and don’t really allow for hacking limbs off with oversized weapons. the former Vigil team are now working on an as-yet unannounced Crytek title.

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Co-Editor of Cubed Gamers, meaning I send out, take in, edit and upload content. I'm also in charge of doing much of the graphics and design stuff for the site.

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