Earlier today, announced that Tekken 7 had been delayed. Instead of the early 2017 release date originally planned, the game was now pencilled in for a release on June 2nd 2017.
However, while this disappointed a few people, it seems there was actually a really good reason for the delay. Namely, that the development team didn’t think they could include all the content they’d planned by the original release date.
And so, to avoid a situation where the game felt empty at launch or content was missing till an update was released, they decided to delay the title instead. Here’s the full comment about said delay from franchise director Katsuhiro Harada:
We were trying to do everything we could to make that date happen… maybe to scale down on the content in order to make the master release, but in the end we came to the decision that [after] seeing releases from other companies, as well as some of the past of our own, where maybe things weren’t working 100% at launch, or maybe it was missing some content, that’s the kind of thing we wanted to avoid with Tekken 7, so we made a very difficult decision of moving it to June to include all of the original content that we’d originally planned
Which makes sense really. After all, as Shigeru Miyamoto once said, a delayed game may potentially be good, but a rushed one would be forever bad.
So yeah, better to have a delayed version of Tekken 7 than a rushed one missing a ton of content. And hey, at least they released a new trailer to help pass the time a bit:
But what do you think about this delay? Do you agree it was the best move Bandai Namco could have made here? Or would you rather see a version of Tekken 7 released on time, minus a couple of features or characters?
Post your thoughts on the matter here or on social media today!
Tekken 7 Delayed Til June (Eurogamer)
Over the years, it’s been pretty common for games to get leaked early. Sometimes it’s due to a Q/A tester or developer posting the game on torrent sites. Sometimes it’s due to digital malfunctions (like with Paper Mario Color Splash). And other times it’s just because a single shop decided to release the game a week ahead of schedule.
Which is exactly what has also happened with Resident Evil 7. Basically, various stores in the middle east are selling the game early. Like those in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE.
Here’s an example of one store distributing it early:
So yeah, get ready for a few spoilers Resident Evil fans. Because if history has taught as anything, no one will keep a new game to themselves any more. Expect to see the final boss and ending online in a few days or so. And the whole soundtrack on YouTube just a few hours after that.
But still, what do you think? Are you disappointed the game was leaked early? And if so, how are you going to avoid seeing spoilers for it?
Resident Evil 7 Leaked in Middle East (Rash Bandicoot)
It’s been in development for years now, and was already delayed to 2017 a few weeks ago.
But now it seems the worst has happened for PlatinumGames’ Scalebound. Namely, the game’s been cancelled, with Microsoft calling off their agreement with the company.
Here’s the latter’s statement about it in full:
So yeah, certainly depressing news for fans of the company or game. I mean, the trailer looked fantastic:
And the company’s track record just speaks for itself. I mean, this is the studio behind such games as the Bayonetta series and The Wonderful 101, all amazing games for their respective consoles.
It’s definitely sad to see it go.
However, I can kind of see why Microsoft may have cancelled it. It’s not good for the gamers and it’s certainly not good for PlatinumGames, but there is logic behind it.
Basically, PlatinumGames’ work… does not sell.
It gets amazing reviews, the fans love it and people really appreciate the games.
But at the end of the day, the games are still niche experiences. And so Microsoft likely looked at the other games they’ve got lined up as exclusives (some of which are just as risky as this one), and decided that trying to market another was just a bit too far for the company.
Still, maybe we might be lucky and see another developer willing to consider taking it on in future. I mean, it doesn’t seem completely impossible. Maybe Scalebound really does have some hope of seeing a release in the foreseeable future. Like say, as a Nintendo published game on the Nintendo Switch.
But what do you think? Are you disappointed that Scalebound is now no more? And what do you think the chances are that someone else might pick up the slack in future?
Microsoft Confirms Scalebound is Cancelled (IGN)
Well, this is a bit of a screw up on Playground Games or Microsoft’s part! Basically, they posted an ‘update’ for Forza Horizon 3 on the Windows Store today. Pretty normal stuff you’d think. A few new cars, maybe some bug fixes. That sort of thing.
But that’s not what happened here. Instead, they accidentally posted something that wasn’t actually an update.
Namely, the full game. All 53GB of it, which players were being told to download as an ‘update! Talk about a nasty surprise for those with bad internet connections!
And what’s more, it gets worse still.
Because it turns out the game they posted was a developer copy. As in, an unencrypted developer copy, with content from upcoming DLC packs left in.
So now the whole thing has been datamined to hell. We know what cars are included:
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We know what some of them look like in game (they actually work):
And we likely know quite a few things about future updates too. Either way, Playground Games’ future plans have been shot to pieces. Or at least revealed months before they were meant to be.
Still, every cloud has a silver lining. The company has responded quickly, with a statement announcing they’re fixing the issue:
We are aware of an issue with PC players being required to download the full version of FH3. While we investigate the cause and a fix, we are recommending that PC players cancel their current downloads of this FH3 update, as players who download this update will likely need to re-download the game again once the fix is in place.
More updates as they become available.
And since the time of writing, the update has been fixed. So if you’re playing Forza Horizon 3 and update it, you’ll get the actual update instead of the full game.
So all’s well that ends well anyway. Let’s hope they don’t make any similar mistakes with their other updates for the title!
Forza Horizon 3 Topic on NeoGaf
2016 was a mix of extremes. There were some great games and announcements, like Pokemon GO and the Nintendo Switch. There were terrible failures, like Mighty No 9 and No Man’s Sky.
And with the political firestorm that was the 2016 US Election and Brexit, it’s been a year that’s certainly divided opinions. Heck, some might even say it’s the most controversial year on record! For both gamers and non gamers alike.
But hey, let’s look towards the future shall we? Because as per the norm, we’ve decided to write up our list on predictions for what could be happening in the gaming world in the coming year. And so here is our list of predictions for the gaming world in 2017!
Here are our predictions for the gaming world in 2017!
Nintendo Switch Related
Starting with a couple about the Nintendo Switch, the company’s new hybrid system coming in March 2017…
1. The console will do better than the Wii U, but will not become a phenomenon like the NES or Wii
Yeah I know, a bit of controversial given we haven’t seen a lot of the system and its games yet. But either way, I predict it won’t do amazingly. It’ll do well, and it’ll certainly blow the Wii U out of the water (a decent name will do wonders here), but I just don’t see it revolutionising the video game industry.
2. It will not get a lot of third party games
And just like the Nintendo 64 onwards, I don’t see it doing too well with ‘triple A’ developers. It’ll probably get a few games (mostly ports in its early lifecycle), but these companies seem to care more about tech and ‘power’ than they do about interesting mechanics and gameplay opportunities. And hey, they know that their audience is likely not going to be on a Nintendo system any time soon.
3. Super Mario Switch will be a Super Mario 64 style 3D platformer, with less linearity in its level design. It’ll also have an ice theme
This is all based on that early footage we saw, which shows areas with lots to see and do (like in Mario 64 and Sunshine) as well as suspicious traces of ice and snow in what should otherwise be a desert environment.
4. The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild does really well in terms of review scores and sells excellently for a Zelda title (I’m guessing about 5-6 million plus).
As for Breath of the Wild, I see it doing well. However, I’m not sure how much the actual Zelda fanbase will like it, given that it seems very different from the typical ‘modern Zelda formula’ and dispenses with any heavy plot focus.
5. Mario Kart is announced for Nintendo Switch, and is based on Mario Kart 8.
Yeah, this is pretty obvious too. However, I do fully believe that we’ll get an ‘ALL NEW’ Mario Kart game as far as tracks and battle areas go, just one minus any new major ‘gimmicks’ or introductions. Maybe a bit like how Super Circuit was basically Super Mario Kart 1.5?
6. Splatoon sequel announced and released
It’s a successful new IP, and was hinted at in the Nintendo Switch trailer. Nothing more to be said.
7. Super Mario Maker gets a Nintendo Switch port.
As for this game, I suspect it’ll just get a port rather than a sequel or major reimagining. The special costumes will probably all be on disc by default, and it’s possibly a few other minor additions might be made too. Like the Challenge Mode from the 3DS version.
8. Gamecube games are announced for eShop.
Again, it’s pretty obvious isn’t it? Every new generation brings more classic Nintendo games to the eShop, and the Nintendo Switch seems like the perfect system to bring Gamecube games over.
9. Super Mario Sunshine gets a HD port/remake.
I don’t know why, but I can really see this getting a port or remake at some point. Probably because they could both fix a few minor flaws with the game and use all kind of modern shaders and lighting effects and what not to make it look truly gorgeous on the new hardware.
10. Pokemon Stars is announced as a Pokemon Sun/Moon sequel
It will have Necrozma as a main part of the story, and involve a new villainous team (since the last two both got reformed/disbanded). I can sort of picture Faba turning to the new villains, given his somewhat arrogant personality after generation 7, and I can also picture a lot of the older characters becoming trial captains and kahunas this time around. Like Hau standing in for Hala. Or Guzma getting a new kahuna type role.
11. Pokemon anime quickly changes to integrate new storyline
God, you almost feel sorry for these guys, don’t you? Not only do they have to adapt a brand new game every three years or so, but they’ve recently had the series throw more and more curveballs in their face mid generation. The gen 5 and 6 anime seasons both had to be completely retooled in how they presented Team Plasma and Team Flare…
12. Necrozma gets a new form, like Zygarde did.
And talking of Pokemon stuff, I think it’s pretty obvious by now Necrozma is getting a new form. Trio legendary with base stats of about 600? Design that looks like a dragon’s head? Yeah, this guy isn’t at his most powerful at all.
13. Retro’s game isn’t Metroid Prime 4. Fans sob.
But hey, enough Pokemon for now. I’ll bet anything that Retro’s next project isn’t either Metroid or Donkey Kong related.
14. Super Smash Bros for Switch port gets announced, with more ‘comprehensive’ Smash game promised for the future. Inklings are main new characters, with Ice Climbers returning.
No Source Gaming, they’re not just gonna release ports of old games and pretend they’re sequels. But it is quite probable some sort of Smash for Wii U port will be done to get some quick interest going, and that it’ll have a few minor additions made.
15. Mario RPG/Rabbids game is officially announced too.
Nothing more to be said here. It’s predicted by everyone at this point.
16. But Mario & Luigi will still get a game
Probably with more original content like Dream Team, given that Nintendo considers this the ‘canon’ Mario RPG series now, and given that AlphaDream is willing to tell Miyamoto where to stick his ‘suggestions’.
Unlike Intelligent Systems.
17. Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door comes to Virtual Console, does really well.
Still, at least Paper Mario fans will probably get this much. And like the original Paper Mario, it’ll sell really well on the eShop.
18. Fire Emblem announced for Nintendo Switch
Because hey, it’s gonna get another game after the success of both Awakening and Fates. Wonder if any censorship controversies will follow it?
19. Pokken Tournament gets Switch port with new characters from arcade version.
Forget the Wii U owners, you’ll need to pay out for a new version of the game if you want to play as Empoleon kids!
20. Analysts Proclaim Console Doomed
Finally, someone will claim the console is doomed and Nintendo is going to go bankrupt because of it. This ‘someone’ may or may not be Michael Pachter.
So yeah, those are the Switch related predictions out of the way. But how about the general Nintendo ones?
General Nintendo Related
Such as Super Nintendo World, the theme park deal they’ve got going with Universal Studios? Well, we’ve got predictions for that stuff too…
1. Super Nintendo World will not just have a Yoshi, Donkey Kong Country and Mario Kart ride.
Yeah, those will be obvious inclusions. But here’s the thing; the concept art may have been referring to the Japanese park.
And do you know what the obvious difference between the Japanese and American parks is?
The latter are much, much bigger. How much?
Well, Universal Studios Japan is apparently 108 acres according to Wikipedia.
Universal Orlando (with its theme parks, hotels and other stuff)… is apparently 840 acres.
They have eight times as much room for Nintendo attractions in North America. So it’ll get quite a few more rides and attractions there than in Japan.
2. It’ll blow ‘Avatar Land’ out of the water
I mean, really Disney? You now decide to make an area based on Avatar?
That was 7 years ago. You’re basing a whole theme park land on a popular movie that was a fad for a couple of months 7 years ago.
Either way, it’s pretty obvious that Nintendo’s theme park attractions will prove the more popular ones. No one gives a toss about Avatar in the long run.
3. Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem will be free to play on mobile
With money being used to buy in game items and abilities. This will partly be in response to Super Mario Run’s criticism and investor expectations for their games.
4. WarioWare will get a mobile game
Come on, the very format just screams ‘this will be awesome on smartphones’. It’s a very safe choice for a possible third Nintendo smartphone app.