Minecraft, the infinitely complex mining game with the blocky, throwback graphics will continue dominating the world when it releases on Xbox One. The world is still waiting on Minecraft and other games, including Mad Max, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and The Elder Scrolls Online.
Press releases for Minecraft have thus far announced the progress Scottish video game company 4J is making, including the ability to transport games from an Xbox 360 to the newer system. Any release date announcements will be forthcoming from 4J and not Microsoft, a Microsoft executive said.
With over $12 million in sales for Xbox 360 alone, the pending Xbox One release of the game promises to be a monster seller for all parties concerned. The franchise has received endless attention, including spawning a micro-industry among YouTube video producers whose Minecraft videos become revenue-generating content once they go viral. Players who post walk-throughs or instructional videos are very popular and fuel the craze which has rendered all gamers of all ages agog.
The former publisher and developer of Minecraft was Mojang. Now, Scotland’s 4J is contracted to ″port″ the game to various platforms. Porting is computer jargon for handling how an application or game will translate to a different system.
Mad Max, a game from developer Avalanche Studios, is still under development. Warner Bros. Released a trailer to YouTube on April 25, 2014 which displayed the crazy action and wild world gamers will encounter. The trailer also states that the game will release in 2015. Avalanche senior producer Emil Krafting has said of the game that its heritage, the 1979 Mel Gibson film of the same name, is the basis for many games including Fallout, Rage, and Borderlands.
Wolfenstein, a classic among PC games, will soon have an update on Xbox One. Now the property of Bethesda games, The New Order is the latest addition to the franchise. Gamers need to have their trigger fingers ready on May 20.
Fans are in for a horrific treat featuring their favorite hero, B.J. Blazkowicz, who has evolved from a blocky, pixelated gunner to a finely crafted set of smooth textures that still cannot hide his rough edge. He’s loaded for bear, among other baddies!
Wolfenstein 3D debuted in the early 1990’s on PC but its history goes back to 1981, when it was a featured game on the Apple II. From there, the game was ported to the Commodore 64. In 1992, at the ripe old age of 11, the game entered the third dimension and became a wildly popular PC shoot-em-up. The 3D graphics were a revelation to everyone who played the game. Next May promises to be an exiting time in the life of the series, even as it nears middle age.
Also on the way for Xbox One is Elder Scrolls Online. Slated for a June release from Bethesda Games, the 20 year-old franchise adds a new dimension implied by its title – online gaming. Players can now play with or against one another in the vast virtual world. With developments like this, it’s a great time to be alive.
By Hobie Anthony