Square Enix talks about the next Final Fantasy game taking on a more realistic and mature tone than the previous titles. The growing harassment of female gamers leads to an open letter now signed by over a thousand different game developers. Mighty No. 9 is a continuing proof of the virtues of crowdfunding as it rewards its backers with a beta access. Finally, Dead or Alive 5 gets a new re-release targeting last and current generation of consoles. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Sept. 1, 2014.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be a mature title
Hajime Tabata, the producer behind the upcoming Square Enix title, revealed to Polygon a new bold direction for their game. Most of the Final Fantasies take place in the titular world of fantasy, inhabited by various colorful critters full of magic, often following a typical story of a group of heroes coming together to defeat an arch-villain. The next title, following a squad of students during an intercontinental war, will take on a much more realistic and grim tone, aiming to be “something for adults” as Tabata explained. Combat, for instance, will no longer merely feature simple damage or status afflicting spells slowly chipping away at an ambiguous health bar. Instead, if the player is hit by fire they will burn. If they are cut, they will bleed. On top of that, Tabata wants to focus on multiple characters in the story, rather than a single protagonist. He admits studying a number of Hollywood and war movies that achieved a similar story structure. The premise sounds a bit like recreating the horrors of the two World Wars in the setting of Final Fantasy, but it is too early to tell.
Video game harassment spawns an open-letter signed by over thousand game developers
The gaming sphere has always been somewhat cut-throat. From experienced players often dismissing the newcomer “noobies” in online games, to internet trolls going as far as calling a SWAT team on their less-than-favorite YouTubers during a live video stream. Perhaps the one group that always has it worst is women, particularly since gaming has been a historically male-centric (but then again, what hasn’t?) There has been a number of reported harassment cases on the Xbox online community, among many others. More recently, Zoe Quinn received waves of hate and death threats for deciding to release her game, Depression Quest on Steam. Anita Sarkeesian, who kickstarted and released a video series describing the stereotyping of women in video games has also been a target of countless threats. Andreas Zecher from Space of Play has created an open letter calling for end of harassment in the community and greater acceptance. In a span of a day it has reached over 1,200 signatures from members of prominent studios such as Blizzard and iD Software. Hopefully, the letter can prove the wake-up call the gaming community needs.
Mighty No. 9 begins a closed beta for its backers
Fans of the Mega Man series who have been eyeing the upcoming and recently kickstarted title are being rewarded for their support. Much like its spiritual predecessor, Mighty No. 9 puts the players in the shoes of a humanoid robot blasting his way through a number of 2D platforming levels. The game launched a Kickstarter which reached over $3.8 million in funding, and those who pledged at least $80 will now be receiving access codes to the game’s beta. There has been a lot of failed or disappointing projects coming from crowdsourcing the past few years, so it is always good to see one that lives up to all the expectations and rewards its supporters accordingly. The full game is scheduled to launch in spring 2015 across all current and last-gen consoles, PC, Mac, Linux and some of the handhelds.
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round coming to previous generation consoles
The fifth installment of the popular fighting series known for its visceral combat as well as a beach volleyball spin-off with copious amounts of fan-service is getting a new re-release aimed at Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. However, the developer Team Ninja also promised the title will come to the current-gen Xbox One and Playstation 4. The company boss Yosuke Hayashi also stated the game will have the most striking visuals of all in the series. A laudable promise, but doesn’t almost every new release automatically have the best graphics in the series solely on the virtue of being newest? In any case, Team Ninja also promises that previously bought downloadable content (DLC) will be transferable to the new title.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
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