Weekend Short-Takes: 4/12/15

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Revealed for PS4

 

Summary:

In a posting on the PlayStation Blog, Eidos Montreal game director Jean-Francois Dugas officially announced Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the next chapter in the epic cyberpunk Illuminati saga that follows Adam Jensen after the events of Human Revolution.

Analysis:

Mankind Divided is the first follow-up to 2011's Human Revolution, the incredibly successful reboot of the Deus Ex series, which was dormant since 2003. Human Revolution received widespread acclaim for its story and gameplay when it was released, and this new game for a new console generation has been several years in the making. If this follow-up is of equally high-quality, then this might be one of the best cases in recent memory of longer development time being beneficial. This would reduce the amount of times we get delays (looking at you, Quantum Break), broken games, or plain mediocre games. In addition, Dugas comments how the trailer manages to provide somewhat of an ambiguous idea on what ending was canon, claiming that "all endings sport a bit of truth, rumors and whatnot that got spread around the world."

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Set in "Dark, Twisted Future,' Zombies Will Return

 

Summary:

What started as a mild alternate reality game (ARG) in Black Ops II has erupted into a full force tsunami of hype. Activision formally announced last week that Call of Duty: Black Ops III is coming, and that a full reveal is due by the end of the month.

Analysis:

If you’re just joining us, then allow us to give you the completely predictable update that there will in fact be another Call of Duty title next year! And, since it's Treyarch's turn in the three-year carousel, let us further blow your mind by letting you know that it will be a Black Ops game. The threats of the "dark and twisted future" sound a lot like Advanced Warfare. Unless, of course, they've gone so far that we are literally playing Matrix: The Video Game, and the machines have completely taken over the Earth. Zombies doesn't even sound that promising; if the latest wave of games is any indication, it will sadly lack the four-player local co-op that lets us do fun stuff like this.

'Lego Dimensions' Reboots Toy-Videogame Genre With Proper Toys And Total Interoperability

 

Summary:

Lego has now marked their entrance into the physical toy-video game hybrid market with this title.

Analysis:

It appears as if this is the path that childhood is now taking. Instead of creating fantasies with toys and running around the house or setting up elaborate games in the yard, kids will now have those conveniently delivered to them in the form of a video game. In a sense, this idea is not new. Pokemon is one of many TV shows created in order to sell kids physical merchandise. However, this crosses a new level of interactivity. Legos are one of the most popular toys around, and their video game reach is unprecedented for a company, stretching back beyond the original Lego Star Wars. What remains to be seen, and what I am hoping for, is that we see these games become an accompaniment rather than a substitute for an active childhood.

Zynga head Don Mattrick leaves company, founder Mark Pincus returns as CEO

 

Summary:

Zynga's original founder and CEO, Mark Pincus, has replaced Don Mattrick, previously of Microsoft, who has departed the company. 

Analysis:

Perhaps Don Mattrick's next job should be on a submarine. His term was an example of a panic appointment that didn't work out. At all. Zynga lost a tremendous amount of money during his tenure, something they could scarcely afford to do. The choice to bring back a previous CEO is not an uncommon one, particularly when a company is floundering like Zynga. Meanwhile, things appear to have taken a turn for the worse for Mattrick, who now has two impressive failures on his CV. It's important to remember that Pincus was responsible for misleading comments about the state of his company that led investors to believe the company was in better shape than it was. Moreover, one of the few highlights of Mattrick's tenure, the acquisition of Natural Motion, appears to be less than spectacular. Its game Dawn of Titans is evidently not faring well in development.  

Solifluktion's picture

Totally exited for the next Deus Ex. Let's hope it's as good (or even better than?) Human Revolution.

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