Exciting reveals happening this past weekend. Cult-classic TV show Firefly might be making a comeback as a mobile MMO title and Bioware revealed some concept footage for the upcoming Mass Effect 4. On top of that, Rust developers have also announced working on a new twin-stick shooter, getting some flak from the fans of their first early access title. Finally, Square Enix CTO steps down, continuing the trend of many key employees leaving the company in recent years. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 28, 2014.
Firefly returns as an MMO
The cult classic cancelled after just the first season may be getting another chance, this time in the gaming world. Firefly is a story of renegade space-cowboys looting from planet to planet, getting in bar fights, sometimes making moral decisions, and always punctuating with witty remarks. Developed by Spark Plug Games, the new title will be a mobile-first MMO where the players can build their own ships, assemble a unique crew, and go plundering. A short teaser video released so far shows the game will allow customized avatars, managing and decorating the ship (with carpets and posters, no less), as well as exploring various planets. More details to come.
Rust developers prototyping new title
Facepunch Studios has just revealed early screenshots of their next upcoming title, an arcade and cartoony space shooter Riftlight. The official website showcases a number of painted backgrounds and graphics, as well as some light RPG elements such as leveling up and improving ship weapons or hull. However, revealing the title has also sparked some criticism. The developers are still selling their first game Rust as early access, leaving many backers feeling like the money they put into it is being diverted to the other project. Facepunch Studios responded by stating they are committed to keep Rust constantly updated, and that it is not uncommon for developers and tech firms to be juggling multiple projects at a time.
Square Enix CTO departs the company
The Chief Technology Officer of Square Enix, Yoshihisa Hashimoto, has just resigned after joining the company back in 2009. During his tenure, Hashimoto helped to develop the next-gen game engine revealed in the “Agni’s Philosophy” tech demo at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). He also worked on the re-launch of Final Fantasy XIV, creating an MMO engine that could scale among both the consoles and variety of PCs. Hashimoto cited personal reasons for his decision, but this is not the first such departure in recent history. Starting from 2010, a number of prominent employees left the company, such as Masashi Hamauzu, the Final Fantasy 13 composer, as well as Hiromichi Tanaka, producer and designer on multiple titles.
Mass Effect 4 concepts revealed
The San Diego Comic-Con had a number of interesting gaming panels, as has been foreshadow by the previous Guardian Liberty Voice Daily Digests. Amongst them, Bioware has revealed new concept footage for the fourth installment of the popular Mass Effect series, including a new model of Mako, a buggy vehicle used to explore the surface of different planets back in Mass Effect 1. New suits for the main protagonist were also showcased, hinting that players will once again put themselves in the shoes of a human. However, Bioware admitted to toying with different playable races as well.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
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