There are a lot of things to talk about in the industry everyday and it can be hard to cover everything that comes out in a single day even if we only talk about the games that we are interested in. Thankfully the weekends are free, so we can get back to talking about things that we missed out on. That’s why we started Week In Replay where we can talk about all the stuff we couldn’t cover:
Generation Zero Dawn
Apart from sharing the word “Zero” in the title with Horizon Zero Dawn, this game seems to be taking a lot of things from Guerrilla Games’ latest open world venture. It has robots, it has stealth, it has an open world and it has shooting (Let’s not pretend the referenced title had archery). Coming from Avalanche Studios who are renowned for the Just Cause franchise, this is a huge departure from their over the top action games. The game is more earthed and feels like it’s heading in a more narrative/co-op survival genre which, given the pedigree of the studio’s recent outings (Except Hunter) is a huge departure. I am excited none the less, because it is Avalanche. (When you think about it, this game does resemble Hunter with how the guns feel. Hmmmm.)
DOOM Eternal Details
Earlier this week, we had done the analysis for the trailer of Bethesda & ID Software’s latest entry in the popular FPS series, DOOM Eternal and while we were extremely impressed by it, the few pieces of news that followed weren’t in the same vein. It seems that Eternal won’t have Snapmap (map editor featured in DOOM 2016), but instead there will be single player DLCs following the release of the main game. Now we all know that Bethesda won’t dish give away all of them for free, so get ready to shell out a few extra bucks for content that was more than likely cut out from the game. It is also uncertain whether game will be moddable or not. One tidbit of news that seemed to fall neither in the good or the bad side was that it would probably release on Steam. As Pete Hines said:
“We did not announce that ‘all future Bethesda games will not be on Steam‘. That is not what we said. We said ‘this game [Fallout 76] will be exclusively available on Bethesda.net.'”
It is clear that Fallout 76 was the obvious choice when it came to launching a title on their own platform exclusively, as it’s their biggest franchise. We might also see the release of future installments of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout migrate to Bethesda’s platform exclusively. Whether or not the studios under Bethesda will follow suit is something we’ll have to wait and see.
Nvidia All In For RTX 2080
So we are finally getting new GPUs, unsurprisingly so, considering that the mining craze has gone down, with Nvidia having surplus of Pascal GPUs (according to a report that came out about a month ago). During SIGGRAPH, Nvidia CEO, Jensen Huang unveiled the Turing architecture through a $10,000 card which was equivalent to 4 Titans which costed $12,000.
Coming back to Earth now, there was a small teaser shown at the end of the conference which teased a new GPU series to be revealed at Gamescom. According to many rumors, it might be called the RTX 2080, R standing for the Raytracing technology that Nvidia is going to shove down consumer’s throats till their next GPUs come out (*cough* Gameworks *cough*).
And let’s not forget the cringe worthy slogan “BeForTheGame”….
inXile’s Pre-Wishlist Bonuses
The developers of “The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrow’s Deep” announced something that was akin to putting Listerine in a mouth that hadn’t been washed in weeks. So refreshing, so soul cleansing. In an age where gamers are impressed by publishers not implementing anti-consumer practices (eg. BFV not having paid DLC), inXile has done something that’ll put them on the same pedestal as CDPR in terms of pro consumerism(to me anyways). In a recent announcement, they revealed that the amount of people who wishlisted the game before its release on Steam will unlock different tiers of rewards for everyone. So far, we’ve seen some pretty consumer-friendly Kickstarter reward tiers and even pre-order reward tiers *Looks grudgingly at Deus Ex: Mankind Divided*, but we haven’t seen anything like Pre-Wishlist bonus before where the consumer just needs to tick a box to get possible rewards without paying. YES, not only will the price drop, but they’ll also add a DLC in that whole 30$ if it goes up to 500k. Might want to get to work. HERE IS THE STEAM STORE LINK, GO WISHLIST!!!!
That’s all from our side.