Gamers Digest: August 5th
by Stephen Janes (@stephenkjanes)
The Gamers Digest is designed to inform you Nerds with all the latest happenings in the world of video games. This week, we have a bizarre and sudden retirement from Phil Fish, some info on the new Batman game and a tease from Cliff Bleszinski.
Phil Fish Leaves Game Industry
In a bizarre turn of events, game designer Phil Fish has proclaimed that he is done with the game industry and as a result, Fez 2 is no longer in development. The announcement came at the tail end of an argument started on twitter between Fish and Marcus Beer. Many of the comments exchanged between the two cannot be published for the general audience, but a lot of name-calling and threats were tossed around, mostly from Fish. This is disappointing as Fez was critically acclaimed for its innovative gameplay and mechanics, not to mention its inclusion in Indie Game: The Movie: where many fans heard of the game for the first time.
Multiplayer Confirmed for Batman: Arkham Origins
The upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins will feature a multiplayer mode will add a new element to an already established franchise. The multiplayer will include Bane and his thugs, the Joker and his clowns and the dynamic duo themselves, Batman and Robin. It’s a three versus three versus two match, with both Bane and Joker being playable here. The news is a bit of a shock since Warner Bros. Montreal, who is developing the game, said this would focus on Batman’s early career before he had any sidekicks. Since the multiplayer seems to be timeless and not follow any specific timeline, this leaves the door open for many other characters to appear.
In case you were wondering, this is a young Dick Grayson as Robin. Click here to view the trailer.
Cliff Bleszinski Teases New Game
Cliff Bleszinski, the mind behind the Gears of War franchise and several other top games, recently released a photo on his twitter account teasing his new project. “Here’s a sneak peek at something I’m working on that has been cropped,” he posted along with the photo. The image already shows a more realistic environment and “human shaped” humans as opposed to chainsaw guns and rippling freaks of nature. When Bleszinski left Epic, he did mention that he’s, “…grown up,” and how he didn’t want “the whole chainsaw gun thing to be my legacy.”
The photo can be found on Bleszinski’s Whosay account.
Knights of the Old Republic Three was in Pre-Development
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was (and still is) one of the most treasured games on the PC. The sequel, Knights of the Old Republic 2, was a fun game in its own right but never lived up to the same hype as its predecessor, mainly because of different developers (Bioware did the first, Obsidian the second) and a shorter production cycle. During a Eurogamer podcast, a group of Obsidian team members talked about their process developing KOTOR2 and how Knights of the Old Republic 3 was in pre-development, and how it was supposed to close the story on Revan. The podcast is a great listen and includes some of the members from The Sith Lords Restored Content Mod, a small group of programmers who dedicated their time in rebuilding lost code and content back into KOTOR2.
That’s all we have for this week. Who else is hoping Knights of the Old Republic 3 gets published at some point? Are you excited for the new Cliff Bleszinski game? Think Phil Fish overreacted? Sound off in the comments below.