Need for Speed website counts down to August 14 for new reveal
The official Need For Speed website has started a countdown that terminates on Wednesday, August 14th – when the next game in the series will presumably be revealed.
EA revealed that the next Need For Speed will “revitalise the street racing versus cops fantasy at the core” of the series back in May, while CEO Andrew Wilson told shareholders that “We’ll take the wraps off our new Need for Speed game heading into Gamescom in a few weeks.” during EA’s July earnings call.
GamesCom starts on August the 20th, so the big question is whether this is a proper announcement or one of those pesky announcements of an announcement.
Need for Speed: DUI – Breathalyser Edition
The long-running series has its 25th anniversary this year, and hopefully EA will be celebrating the milestone in style – they certainly have high hopes, estimating 4 million sales by the end of the fiscal year on March 31st 2020.
The last major entry in the series was Ghost Games’ Need For Speed Payback from 2017, which saw a mixed reception and met criticism for its heavily microtransaction-driven approach to customization and its scripted police chases. Hopefully the new game will revitalize the series the way Criterion Games did with Need For Speed: Most Wanted back in 2012.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which of these Superman movies was NOT made into a videogame?
- Superman Returns
- Man of Steel
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Justice League
The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!
Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York announcement
When it rains it bloody pours! Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York was just announced by studio Draw Distance, and puts you in the undead shoes of a fledging vampire caught between the Camarilla and the Anarchs.
The interactive fiction is planned for PC and Nintendo Switch and will endure the Embrace in Q4 2019, and should complement rather than compete with Paradox Interactive’s upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
Off-screen gameplay of MediEvil at Brazil’s Game XP 2019
The upcoming PlayStation 4 remake of cult+classic MediEvil was shown off at the Game XP 2019 event in Brazil. Voxel has snagged some off-screen footage of the long-dead knight Sir Daniel Fortesque in action. Make no bones about it: MediEvil will resurrect on PlayStation 4 in time for Halloween on October 25, 2019.
Primal Rage’s ‘watershed moment’
Video game violence has often been the subject of controversy, and one of the more memorable occasions involved Primal Rage, a rather brutal mid-nineties fighting game by Atari Games, Probe Software and Time Warner Interactive. Specifically, one of the game’s more colorful fatality scenes led to US retailer Best Buy pulling the game from its shelves.
A boy aged 11 was playing the Sega Genesis version of Primal Rage, and had the misfortune of executing the character Chaos’s golden shower fatality in front of his mother. Outraged, Ellie Rovella of Gilbert, Arizona launched a grassroots campaign to get the game banned, and as a result Best Buy pulled it from over 251 stores across the United States.
Time Warner fired back saying that the game was clearly labelled T for Teen, and that she should not have purchased the game for her young son if she thought it was inappropriate. They resubmitted Primal Rage to the ESRB rating board, who ruled that the game would retain its original rating.
Best Buy started selling Primal Rage again – but refused to stock the Sega Genesis version unless it received an M for Mature rating, despite featuring exactly the same content as the other console versions. Yet another example of a corporation clearly taking the piss.