Fans of deep storyline and narrative in video games have a lot to look forward to today, with Deus Ex writer and Bioware designer joining hands on a new non-linear, sociopolitical thriller. On top of that., Destiny writer joins Telltale games to work on their next Game of Thrones adventure, and the upcoming Silent Hills game might be features some of Orson Welles’ aliens. Lastly, WiiU game pre-orders saw a spike during the recent Gamescom expo. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Aug, 19, 2014.
Deus Ex writer and BioWare designer working on non-linear sci-fi thriller
Seeing talented and experienced game developers come together on a new and ambitious project always brings a lot of excitement to the world of gaming, and today is no exception. Lead Deus Ex writer Sheldon Pacotti and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 designer Tony Evans have just announced working on a new “non-linear thriller” and science fiction adventure game titled Sienna Storm. The authors explained that the in-game combat will be represented via card game mechanics, and a sociopolitical focus means persuasion and deduction can be powerful weapons. Sienna Storm is currently seeking $179,000 in crowdfunding on Kickstarter, and the donated number is rising steadily.
Silent Hills based on The War of the Worlds?
Kojima productions has recently released an interactive horror teaser which revealed a new Silent Hills game from Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro featuring a virtual Norman Reedus. Joystiq reports that analyzing the teaser in-depth reveals a Swedish radio broadcast which states that the “radio drama from 75 years ago was the truth.” As it turns out, the dates align perfectly with the 1938 radio performance of The War of the World by Orson Welles. The original broadcast depicted an alien invasion told as a real-time radio report. It was done so convincingly it actually frightened many of its listeners. The broadcast in the Silent Hills teaser goes on further, stating that “they” are on Earth and have been watching, most likely referring to the aliens from Welles’ story.
WiiU game pre-orders up during Gamescom
Amazon UK just revealed some new promising statistics for Nintendo, showing an 8.67 percent spike in-game pre-orders for their console during the convention. In comparison, the PlayStation 4 pre-orders increased by 5.16 percent and Xbox One’s by 2.81 percent, making Nintendo’s console the most promising. This boost comes mainly from Project Cars and Rise of the Tomb Raider, both of which saw an increase of 42.53 and 30.25 percent respectively. While this does not necessarily mean increased numbers of sales of the WiiU itself, more customers buying the games means greater overall popularity and value, which definitely does not hurt the image of the console.
Destiny writer working on a Game of Thrones game
Despite a slightly rocky start, Telltale Games has recently built a reputation for creating amazing story-first titles such as The Walking Dead series (now finishing the second season) and The Wolf Among Us. Their next project includes a virtual and interactive retelling of the Game of Thrones, and Destiny writer Joshua Rubin just joined their ranks after two years at Bungie. Rubin explained that there was only so much story one could craft in a game about “shooting aliens in the head” and is excited to work on a purely narrative experience instead. The combination of talent, proven studio record and source material could lead to a truly heart-wrenching interactive medieval drama. The winter cannot come soon enough this time around.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
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