Traditionally the end of the year is a time for looking back at the year that’s been and reflecting on what was good and bad. However, it’s also a good time to look forward to the new year in prospect and ponder what we have to look forward to.
The Zero1gaming team did just that at the end of last year and we made a few predictions about the year to come.
So rather than just leave it at that I thought that as we come to the end of 2014, now would be the perfect time to look up those old predictions and see how we did with our Nostradamus-like predictions for 2014…
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Sony Online Entertainment has launched a massive content update for the MMO Landmark. The update introduces five new monsters, adds new gear and graveyards to the game. Here’s what the update includes:
- An expanded network of 5 additional cave layers for exploration and mining
- Five new types of monsters above and below ground
- New combat weapons, such as swords, daggers, and wands, as well as new armor and enhancing abilities with the affliction, radiance, lightning, and shadow themes
- Collectible recipes and salvaging
- The portal spire on each island is now a full leyline network, complete with additional teleport points to places above and below ground; transport UI is also being upgraded
- Graveyards, so now if players die below the first layer, they will release to one of the underground graveyards instead of the hub
The update also includes voice chat, tooltip improvements, bug fixes and a new linking and triggering system.
In an interview with the Associated Press, legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto talked about the Nintendo’s future hardware plans. Miyamoto did say that the Wii U is the focus for the time being, with Star Fox and The Legend of Zelda both releasing next year. He also wants Mario to be the man to lead Nintendo forward.
“…For the time being, our focus is on the Wii U hardware, but Nintendo as a whole has groups working on ideas for new hardware systems. While we’re busy working on software for the Wii U, we have production lines that are working on ideas for what the next system might be.”
“From early on, I wanted Mario to be that character in the digital world, so that with each digital evolution, he was there to usher in the next era. I think that maybe when we release the next hardware system, you can look forward to seeing Mario take on a new role or in a new game.”
Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella has stated in an interview with Game Informer that the studio has split into two development teams. He also said that one of them is working on a game not related to Titanfall.
“There is a second team. Non-Titanfall related… The Titanfall team still exists as a fully functional team…We have another team in pre-production that’s smaller, just starting up. But it’s a much smaller group at this point.”
The Game Informer interview also brought up a few interesting bits about the future of Respawn Entertainment and the Titanfall series. Titanfall is closing in on 8 million unique players and future Respawn games may appear on Steam. Zampella is also considering making a free-to-play game with the studio.
343 Industries has announced that it is upgrading the Halo 3: ODST campaign and adding it to Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Those that have played the game, whilst signed into Xbox Live, between its launch date and today will receive the game for free. Here’s what 343’s Studio Head Bonnie Ross had to say on the matter:
“This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for Xbox fans around the world. We are so grateful to our fans who have stood by our side and we appreciate all of your patience as we worked through these issues. As a token of our appreciation and to thank fans for the continued support and understanding, we will be offering the following items…”
The campaign will run at 1080p and 60 FPS. Development on the upgraded game has just started, but we can expect to see it release in Spring 2015. Firefight will not make it into the final product. The campaign will come in the form of a free download token.
Halo fans can also expect a remastered Halo 2 “Relic” Map in Spring 2015, which will be free for all players in Halo 2 Anniversary. Early adopters of the Master Chief Collection can also expect an exclusive in-game nameplate and avatar.
343 is releasing a content update next week that will add all 10 episodes of Halo 4’s Spartan Ops mode to the MCC.