Capcom’s iconic Resident Evil horror-adventure gets to live again with a remake scheduled for 2015. Nintendo’s Hyrule Warriors will come bundled with scarves, clocks or in-game costume Downloadable Content (DLC) depending on the region of release. Epic establishes a new studio in the UK to help with the new Fortnight and Unreal Tournament titles. Lastly, a controversial Bomb Gaza game has been pulled from Google Play store, together with a number of other similarly themed titles. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Aug, 5, 2014.
Resident Evil re-remake coming (again)
The claustrophobic horror classic from 1996 is coming back from the grave for the third time, much like the zombies often found therein. Capcom has just announced a second HD rendition after the first one back in 2002. The new title is scheduled for early 2015, with the studio claiming it to be the “definitive re-visit of the iconic” horror game. It will be available for both last-gen and next-gen XBox and Playstation, as well as PC. Improved graphics, 1080p resolution, wide aspect ratios and modernized controls are on the list of new additions.
Hyrule Warriors features region-specific goodies
The highly anticipated action-strategy Legend of Zelda spin-off will feature exclusives based on the continent of purchase. Nintendo revealed that the Japanese version will come with a LCD Triforce clock while the Europeans will receive a blue scarf with the red and gold Hylian Crest embedded on it. North American players, on the other hand, will only be limited to virtual goodies in form of a costume DLCs depending on the retailer. European gamers will also get some costume DLC, including designs for Skyward Sword for Link and Zelda, Twilight Princess or Ocarina of Time. Additionally, Zant and Ghirahim from Skyward Sword were announced as playable characters. The title is definitely sounding more and more interesting by the day, although the seemingly arbitrary split of content between different regions is a bit disappointing, if not unexpected.
Epic establishing a new studio in UK
Guardian Liberty Voice readers from Guildford will now have a chance to join the company behind the triple-A blockbusters Unreal Tournament and Gears of War. The new office will be composed primarily of Pitbull Studio, a long-term collaborator who helped with the Unreal Engine and several of the titles. They are now being renamed to Epic Games UK, a “next logical step” in relationship with the parent company, as explained by Robert Troughton, the new boss. Epic is currently working on Fortnite and a new free-to-play reimagining of Unreal Tournament.
Controversial Bomb Gaza title pulled from Google Play
As the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, it is no surprise some are turning to video games as means of expression or commentary. PlayFTW is one such developer, who created Bomb Gaza. In the game, the players assume control of an Israeli vehicle, shooting powerful weapons at various targets in the Gaza strip, while trying to avoid killing civilians. The game has been pulled from the Google Play store, after floods of criticism. A number of other similar titles also emerged (and have been pulled down), including Whack the Hamas and Gaza Hero. The latter, at least, promised that the earnings made from the game would be donated to Gaza. Many involved with the conflict were angered by the titles, such as Chris Doyle, the Director of The Council for Arab-British Understanding. Doyle told The Telegraph that the titles glorify the horror and violence of the conflict, and are thus extremely problematic. Whether these games were means of expression or virulent propaganda is a heated topic between many of the critics and supporters.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
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