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News Wrapup: 17/5/17

A slew of new game announcements, Sonic Forces custom characters and Adelaide Crows set foot in esports.

Ubisoft announces Far Cry 5, The Crew 2 and new Assassin’s Creed.

In their annual earnings report, Ubisoft has revealed that they will be releasing Far Cry 5, The Crew 2, South Park: The Fractured but Whole and a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2017-2018. The official Twitter pages of the new games also posted images of their logos. There aren’t many details of these games yet so expect to see them featured at E3.

After being delayed multiple times, South Park (originally announced for December, 2016) is expected to be released either late this year or in the first quarter of 2018.

Assassin’s Creed, which took a break from their annual releases in 2016, is rumoured to be taking place in Egypt this time around.

Far Cry will be the first Far Cry game since Primal (2016) and the first mainline Far Cry game since Far Cry 4 (2014).

The Crew 2 is a sequel to the 2014 open world online racing game which, from what I’ve heard, had a rocky start but was supported after launch and eventually became a much better product.

Opinion: This is textbook Ubisoft: churning out sequels year after year. Hopefully, especially with Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry 5, the time between games has allowed them to make some significant differences in franchises that I think most people are getting a little tired of.

PES 2018 and release date announced.

The newest entry in Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series will be releasing on September 14th, 2017 for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. The gameplay is said to be finely tuned for realism, with new mechanics like contextual shielding and improved ball control to increase the depth of the game. Two new online modes, Random Selection Match and Online Co-Op, will be joining the fray and the online League system has been revamped.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope announced.

The American division of publisher Natsume has announced Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be on Playstation 4, PC and the Nintendo Switch. A release date wasn’t specified but the game will be playable at E3. This is the first game in the farming simulator/RPG series to be released on something other than a handheld since Harvest Moon: Animal Parade was released for the Wii in 2008.

Opinion: I’ve never played a Harvest Moon game but I know there are a lot of people who love the series. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on Light of Hope and I think that the Switch is the perfect platform for these types of chill simulator style games like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing.

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock announced.

Slitherine games has put up an announcement trailer for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock with a release date of Winter (Australia) 2017. The game will be set during the First Cylon War as you command and create the Colonial Fleet to defeat the Cylons. Deadlock will feature both new characters and returning ones and will be an original story. The gameplay is said to be a 3D tactical game where you command your fleet and then watch the battle play out and will feature online 1v1 multiplayer matches.

Opinion: There’s not much to go on from what we’ve seen but, given how close that release window is, there should be some gameplay very soon. The way the gameplay is described sounds like it will be turn-based since you plan your moves and then watch as the battle unfolds with the ability pause mid-battle.

Sonic Forces has a character creator. 

Sonic Forces will allow you to create a custom character to join the pair of classic and modern Sonic in their supersonic fight against evil. A short trailer that shows off how you can bring your fanfic to life was released. It also compares the classic, 2D levels of the old Sonic with the 3D levels associated with modern Sonic. Your custom character can be used on both of these stage types so it appears that you can just play as yourself instead of either Sonics.

Opinion: Sonic is at a point where they really need to try anything to breathe some life into their regularly mocked franchise. I think custom characters is a great idea that I’m sure sonic fans will love. I’m also liking the look of the game, especially with the contrasting aesthetics of modern and classic Sonic’s different levels.

AFL team Adelaide Crows has bought League of Legends team Legacy.

The Adelaide Football Club has taken a step into esports with their acquisition of Legacy eSports. Legacy eSports is one of Australia’s top League of Legends teams, finishing second in the most recent Oceanic Pro League split. This marks the first sports team in Australia to get involved in esports, following what NBA and other sports have been doing in America and Europe, and will hopefully result in more support of the Australian esports scene. The Adelaide Crows Chief Executive, Andrew Fagan, is optimistic in the growth of esports in Australia and believes that the resources and experience of their club will be beneficial to Legacy.

Opinion: I’m really happy about this news and hope it causes other teams or organisations to start getting behind esports in Australia. I especially hope that we can see more esports presence in Australia outside of League of Legends but, since it’s by far the most popular game, that’s probably unlikely.

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