Two stories of returns from the silence, with John Romero working on a shooter for the first time since the flop of Daikatana, and recently revived Sierra announcing new King’s Quest and Geometry Wars. Furthermore, Sega settles in the ongoing lawsuit about false advertising Aliens: Colonial Marines. Lastly, XBox One will soon see a big update adding diverse USB video playback capabilities, media server streaming, TV Tuner and a Halo Channel. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Aug, 12, 2014.
John Romero is back
After 14 years of silence, one of the most recognizable figures in the gaming world has just announced a comeback. John Romero was a co-creator of the original Doom series, who later went on to release his own shooter Daikatana. The game was known for its loud and abrasive advertising trying to build up massive amounts of hype, yet ultimately failed to meet the huge expectations and received very poor reviews. Romero explained that he has several game projects he is working on right now, and is also creating a new shooter. Will gamers see another reincarnation of the spark that made Doom so great, or another giant flop akin to Daikatana?
Sega settles the Aliens: Colonial Marines suit, Gearbox still fighting
Daikatana is hardly the only game which massive hype failed to deliver. The first demonstration of Aliens: Colonial Marines at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo left the fans and journalists excited about the title and its potential. However, the actual release proved far more than lackluster, with downgraded graphics, missing features and numerous glitches. Many felt the E3 demo was false advertising, and a class-action lawsuit followed against the publisher Sega and developer Gearbox. Sega has just agreed to a $1.25 million settlement, while Gearbox still defends their position. The whole debacle is possibly one of the most prominent gaming lawsuit in recent years, together with the makers of Banner Saga being accused of illegally using the trademark word “saga” in their title.
XBox One gets media playback, USB updates and Halo Channel
Microsoft just announced that their latest console will get a slew of updates geared towards enhancing the multimedia capabilities of the console. The upgrade will allow users to hook up a USB device and play over 30 different file formats, including MKV and animated GIFs. On top of that, Xbox One will also allow streaming of video from a media server via the DLNA protocols. Lastly, a Digital TV Tuner will also be added, letting users stream TV to their mobile devices without affecting the gameplay on the console. This news, unsurprisingly, coincides with the announcement of a Halo Channel for the XBox One, similar to Halo Waypoint for the previous generation of consoles. The updates are due by the end of the year, which seems awfully late for a console touted as the “one” solution to all home media needs at its launch.
Geometry Wars and new King’s Quest coming from Sierra
Last week, Guardian Liberty Voice reported that Sierra was being revived after disappearing in 2008. Known for a number of beloved franchises such as King’s Quest or Homeworld, the company was sold and finally disbanded due to lack of profitability. It has now reemerged and Eurogamer is reporting the studio will be publishing two new titles. First is a reboot of the King’s Quest series, focusing on King Graham retelling the story of his adventures to his granddaughter. The second is a new Geometry Wars, this time taking advantage of full 3D environments. Even though Lucid Games is developing the title, the original creator Stephen Cakebread will not be working on the new sequel.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
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