Additional source adds fire to new Silent Hill project rumours
Already there are whispers of a possible soft reboot for Silent Hill by Konami, who have allegedly been shopping around for third-parties interested in undertaking the horror franchise’s return.
Now there are some more sources coming forward adding their two cents to the shroud of secrecy that’s long cloaked the beloved horror series. Website Rely on Horror claims their own source has confirmed Konami does indeed have a Silent Hills project in the works.
Silent Hill first launched in February 1999 for the original PlayStation
Currently Silent Hill is experiencing its own horror as little more than dressing for Konami’s line of gambling machines. This fate has also befallen Metal Gear Solid, much to the dismay of fans following the rather lacklustre Metal Gear Survive, which attempted a survival experience set in a different dimension.
As for more Silent Hill, a possible teaser or maybe even a full announcement could arrive this year at E3, which begins June 9. It would likely aim for launch on the next generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles. They might also use one of the platforms own events, like Sony’s State of Play. One thing is certain; P.T. will likely never become a full experience.
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Marooners and Crash Drive 2 are coming to Nintendo Switch February 7, reveals Dutch studio M2H
Two helpings of Dutch entertainment arrive early next month as Marooners and Crash Drive 2 from M2H launch for Nintendo Switch. They debut February 7, and each game is focused on multiplayer. Marooners is a ‘party game’ as you work through switching minigames, while Crash Drive 2 has competitive online events with 30 unique vehicles to unlock with a special car levelling system, and four huge levels.
Nintendo Japan calls time on Wii console repair services after 13 years, and ‘thanks us for our patronage’
The launch for Nintendo Wii came in late 2006 for Europe, North America and Japan. Now official repair services for Nintendo’s hit motion-control console are ending, having sold over 100 million units worldwide. Ubisoft released Just Dance 2020 last year, declaring itself “the last soldier standing” for the console. All Wii repair ends officially March 31, 2020 due to ‘difficulty securing parts’.
Guacamelee! had quite a number of Easter Egg parodies, from iconic characters to indie games
The Metroidvania style action platformer Guacamelee! from DrinkBox Studios in 2013 set aside quite a bit of time to include a generous number of cheeky Easter Egg references. You can find the red-robed Wanderer from Journey, a poster of ‘Casa Crashers’ nodding to Castle Crashers and ‘Simulador de Cabra’ for Goat Simulator.
Then there’s a statue of Squirtle atop of a stone Pokéball, Super Mario Bros. references for a pair of tag-team brothers, Donkey Kong with his barrel as a statue, a Luchador-version of Link from The Legend of Zelda, an 8-bit Mega Man wall pattern, a store called ‘Viva Piñatas!’ nodding to Viva Piñata, a statue of Final Fantasy’s Cactuar in the desert, and many, many more.
BBC conducts ‘in-game interview’ for Watch Dogs: Legion
A recent interview between the BBC and Ubisoft for the delayed Watch Dogs: Legion was conducted within the game itself. They chatted with creative director Clint Hocking at the virtual Piccadilly Circus, whilst actually being in Toronto, Canada.
Gimmicky, sure, but at least it makes things a bit more interesting. The reporter from BBC Click underwent a full body scan so Ubisoft could demonstrate how far the technology has come, and what they’ve been using for the latest Watch Dogs, which is set in Britain.
Ubisoft had delayed Watch Dogs over the poor reception to Ghost Recon
In gameplay terms little was actually revealed that Ubisoft hasn’t already let slip. Setting the game in the UK in the near-future might be contentious for some, argued the BBC, given how Brexit has unfolded. Ubisoft’s Hocking says it will be dealing with many emerging ‘hot topics’, and not just domestic politics in this alternate Britain.
Driverless cars and the increasing use of drones will be playing their part. Watch Dogs: Legion differs greatly from the original two games in that you play as any character that hasn’t died yet – it’s sort of roguelike; it doesn’t have a ‘central protagonist’ exactly. Watch Dogs: Legion releases on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later in 2020.
Reggie Fils-Aime reveals Nintendo America ‘almost ashamed’ over their brand
Nintendo is many things and being child and family friendly is chief among them — it’s a core part of their brand and identity. This led to Nintendo America wanting to change their logo.
Former president Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo America put a stop to that immediately. “From a branding standpoint, we had to be clear in what Nintendo as a brand stood for, as well as what the individual franchises stood for,” he explained. They couldn’t be ambiguous in their messaging.
Nintendo Switch continues to outperform expectations, with broad appeal
He gives the example that there was a “sense of almost shame” that Nintendo was for ‘younger consumers’ and the marketing team wanted to ‘age up’ the logo for the company. “…they would put it into graffiti style, or they’d do different things…”, he said, “…and I put a stop to that because that is not our brand.”
They should reach out to broaden appeal but “we needed to do it based on what the brand stood for, and not doing it in some false way.” He believes they succeeded in ‘cleaning up’ the brand while ‘coupling messaging with content’ that led to the Nintendo Wii, Wii Fit, “and eventually the Nintendo Switch.” Nintendo has had about 10 different logos since it founded.