Coming from a Polygon interview with Niantic CEO John Hanke...
"We're trying to make the game accessible to a person who doesn't yet know how much they want to commit to the game, who just wants to explore. At the same time, we think that there's an opportunity to build depth. There's an emergent complexity that doesn't hit you over the head at first blush, [from] trying to power up your Pokémon and evolve and ultimately start competing for gyms."
Take a look at this blurb from a Nintendo job listing for a software engineer...
SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS
BS or MS in related field (MS preferred)
Excellent programming skills and knowledge of C
Excellent software design, problem solving and debugging skills
OpenGL or DirectX programming recommended
Familiarity with existing game engines (such as UE4) is a plus
As you may know, the Wii U does not support Unreal Engine 4. This particular call-out in the job listing would seem to indicate that the NX will indeed support UE4. Not exactly surprising, but nice to see! Thanks to Dakhil for the heads up.
Seems like there's more shipping problems going on for Zero Time Dilemma customers. First off we saw an issue with the special edition with the watch, as there was a shipment that was damaged. Now it seems customers on Amazon are having trouble getting either version of the game. Amazon says that the issue is with the manufacturer and they don't have copies, but Aksys says that's not the case. With Amazon saying the game could take 2-4 weeks to arrive, Aksys says hold tight and don't cancel. They also say to expect a statement from Amazon soon.
GREEDY GUNS, the game that mixes a metroidvania feel with Metal Slug action has been funded on Kickstarter with 48 hours to go!
The developers TIO ATUM have just announce plans for console releases and shared stretch goals with the community to make GREEDY GUNS a reality on all gaming platforms!
So far ports for Wii U, PS Vita, PS 4 have been announced. Xbox One is still unconfirmed but TIO ATUM plans to have GREEDY GUNS on Microsoft's console by early next years as well.
ABOUT THE GAME
GREEDY GUNS is 2 player co-op metroidvania with Metal Slug action. Inspired by unforgettable classics like Gunstar Heroes, Contra and Metroid. Coming to PC/MAC/LINUX in December, consoles early in 2017
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm today announced the launch of LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™, an all new Star Wars adventure that immerses players in the blockbuster film like never before. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, Xbox One®, Xbox 360®, Wii U™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems, Windows PC, Mac and on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens marks the triumphant return of the No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise, allowing fans and newcomers to relive the action from the hit film in a way that only LEGO games can offer, featuring storylines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens. For the first time in a videogame, players can experience new adventures within the Star Wars galaxy set in the time leading up to the movie, providing deeper insights into the film’s characters and most memorable moments.
“LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens has given us a wonderful opportunity to express once again the play themes of LEGO and Star Wars in a way that only those two properties can,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “All of the classic play mechanics that make up a LEGO videogame are included in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus we’ve added some new and innovative features to entertain and enthrall the whole family. This marks the beginning of an exciting new journey.”
“LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduces fans to familiar and new Star Wars adventures packed with the charm and humor that LEGO games have become known for,” said Douglas Reilly, Director of Lucasfilm Franchise Management. “Players will take an entertaining trip through the Star Wars galaxy, interact with the all-star cast and discover new story elements tied to the film.”
“Star Wars has a special place within The LEGO Group, and we are delighted to continue the journey with the franchise that started it all for LEGO videogames,” said Niels Jørgensen, Vice President, Digital Games for The LEGO Group. “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will offer the definitive game of the blockbuster movie, with all the fun, humor and epic gameplay you would expect from a LEGO game, along with brand new stories that have never been seen before.”
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduces various new gameplay features thatpush the series forward. Players can now engage in intense Blaster Battles, using objects and structures as cover while driving back the First Order. For the first time, Multi-Builds allow the same pile of LEGO bricks to be used for multiple purposes, such as building and re-building different objects to puzzle solve and advance the game is different ways. Lastly, players can experience the thrill of high-speed flight gameplay like never before, piloting iconic vehicles, including the legendary Millennium Falcon, through arena-based aerial battles and dogfights in space.
This action-packed adventure offers five free-play HUB areas to explore, including D’Qar, Jakku, the Millennium Falcon interior, Starkiller Base and Takodana, along with more than 200 collectible and customizable characters and more than 80 vehicles and creatures. The game also features original dialogue from key members of the theatrical cast, providing the most authentic Star Wars experience for players, including Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Max von Sydow (Lor San Tekka), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and other top stars from the film.
Announced today, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available on the App Store as a mobile game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Perfect for fans on-the-go, the mobile version includes action-packed battles, exciting environments and key characters, with a campaign designed to best utilize the pick up and play style of mobile devices, enjoyed anytime, anywhere. The mobile game will be coming soon to Google Play for Android devices.
The LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Digital Deluxe Edition is currently available, which includes the main game and Season Pass, for PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One at a suggested retail price of £57.99. The Season Pass grants players access to a variety of downloadable content (DLC), including three Level Packs with exciting new story-driven content not seen in the movie and five Character Packs featuring well-known Star Wars heroes and villains. The Season Pass is available for £7.99 on PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®3 system, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Steam (Windows PC). Players can also purchase each DLC Pack individually for £1.70 each. As an added bonus, Season Pass holders will gain exclusive access to The Jedi Character Pack, available today.
PlayStation®4 system and PlayStation®3 system players will also have access to exclusive DLC packs for a limited time, including the Droid Character Pack, featuring a variety of droids from previous Star Wars films, and The Phantom Limb Level Pack, exploring the origins of C-3PO’s mysterious red arm. Available as a FREE download via the PlayStation®Store, the Droid Character Pack launches today; The Phantom Limb Level Pack will be available later this summer.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is rated “PEGI 7” and is now available for PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One at a suggested retail price of £49.99; PlayStation®3 system, Xbox 360 and Wii U at a suggested retail price of £39.99; Windows PC (Steam) and Mac at a suggested retail price of £24.99; PlayStation®Vita system and Nintendo 3DS at a suggested retail price of £29.99; and play the first chapter for free on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, with subsequent levels, character packs and additional content available throughout the year via in-app purchases.