It's time to strap on your digital boxing gloves — Evo, the massive annual fighting game tournament, is this weekend in Vegas. If you're not going, you can always watch the action on Twitch, or just sit inside and read about this week's video game news.
The last Halo 3 Easter Egg is found, new games were announced by Cliffy B and Gearbox, and EA says it innovated "too much" with Dungeon Keeper — this is your gaming news update for the week of July 7.
Why were you upset about EA's shoddy Dungeon Keeper sequel released on mobile earlier this year? Was it because of the stilted gameplay? Or maybe because of the ludicrous number of microtransactions — an amount so impressive, the UK recently proclaimed EA can't advertise the game as "free" anymore.
Of course not. EA Mobile exec Frank Gibeau knows why you didn't like it. As he told GamesIndustry International, it's because Dungeon Keeper "innovated too much."
I swear, it's like EA wants the title of "Worst Company in America" back.
Back at E3 I was treated to three different Oculus Rift prototypes, the most impressive of which was a conversion of the Alien: Isolation demo for virtual reality. Crawling through air ducts listening for the alien was quite a bit scarier than when I played the demo on a normal screen.
Count me amongst those sad to hear it was a prototype and nothing more — there are no current plans for Alien: Isolation to feature Rift support. There go my plans for October.
There was also a huge controversy about preorder content this week when Sega announced it reunited the original Alien cast for special preorder missions. The blowback was so crazy that Sega eventually confirmed the content will be released to everyone post-release — though when and for how much is still under wraps.
Cliff Bleszinski has officially returned to the games industry after leaving Epic Games back in 2012. The project that brought him out of "retirement" is called BlueStreak, and it's a free-to-play arena shooter. So far the only other details we have come from this single piece of concept art:
Meanwhile, Epic Games — where Bleszinski became famous — is also working free-to-play arena shooters, thanks to the upcoming Unreal Tournament successor and the all-new Fortnite, which PCWorld contributor John Gaudiosi played in a pre-alpha state in North Carolina.
In response to a question about whether Rock Band will ever return, Harmonix's Alex Rigopulos told GameReactor, "We think about it all the time because we love Rock Band, and we're waiting for just the right moment in the new generation of consoles to bring it back."
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