After a number of rumblings and whisperings in the industry, the next (and apparently final) chapter in the Arkham franchise has been unveiled. Rocksteady will release Batman: Arkham Knight for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game is being touted as the “explosive finale” to the franchise, and is listed by GameStop for an October 14 release date.
Arkham Knight will let players drive the Batmobile as a core element and will feature Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn. Quinn will also have four Challenge Maps as a pre-order bonus. You can catch the game’s first trailer after the jump.
Rejoice, Yoshi lovers! The rumored Yoshi edition 3DS has been confirmed by Nintendo, and it looks even better than the mock-up image. The latest in the lineup of special 3DS models features Yoshi and his eggs, and will launch alongside Yoshi’s New Island (not as a bundle, as previously rumored) for $199.99. Will you be picking one up?
Sakurai is back with another Smash Bros. update on Miiverse, and today’s screenshot reveals some new baddies. Kotake and Koume, the witch sisters collectively known as Twinrova, will be part of the Gerudo Valley stage on 3DS. In the Legend of Zelda games, this deadly duo wields the power of fire and ice attacks, so you’ll want to watch out for them when they pop up!
Investors have been pushing Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata to downsize for some time now. With profits in decline for several years now, they believe the staff should be downsized to a number more in line with annual earnings (or lack thereof). However, Nintendo’s top dog has a different opinion, and Nintendo has been doing even more hiring than usual lately in order to crank out key titles faster.
This becomes incredibly apparent when you take a glance at the Nintendo of America Twitter page, which is now an incredibly long list of job openings that includes everything from AI and UI engineers to translators, copyright counselors, software engineers, and more. All in all, Nintendo of America advertised 63 vacant positions in February, including 37 in a single day’s span. Prior to February’s hiring spree, Nintendo hadn’t listed a vacancy (at least via Twitter) since last October – a month which saw just two job listings. Looks like the big N is pushing for a big expansion in the US.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, the latest game from Nintendo-owned Retro Studios, is out on the shelves, but that doesn’t mean it’s vacation time for the development team. Retro CEO Michael Kelbaugh and Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe spoke with GameSpot about Tropical Freeze, the possibilities on Wii U (a system Kelbaugh calls ‘a powerhouse’), and where the studio goes from here.
During the interview, Tanabe revealed that Retro is already hard at work on their next game. In fact, GameSpot’s report indicates that they’ve been at work on their next project for at least a few months, since the majority of work wrapped up on Tropical Freeze last November. Neither would indicate whether Retro is working on another Donkey Kong, returning to the Metroid franchise, or working on something different. What would you like to see?
Last week we learned that Sony Santa Monica had been hit with layoffs. The team responsible for the God of War franchise and other games reportedly lost 50 employees as part of Sony’s overall downsizing. Unfortunately, this means a new IP has been cancelled.
Video game sales have been dismal across the board in Japan since the new year kicked off, but now there’s a new console on the market. PlayStation 4 launched this week in Japan with over 300,000 sales in its first two days, easily securing the number one spot. Hit the jump for the breakdown.
It was recently revealed that due to a projected $1.1 billion fiscal loss Sony will be downsizing 5,000 jobs by March 31. These layoffs are largely focused on the TV division (which has reported ten straight fiscal losses) and the PC division (which is being sold off), but the PlayStation brand is not entirely safe. Sony has confirmed that their Santa Monica Studios will be hit with layoffs. Hit the jump for more details
PlayStation 4 launched in Japan on February 22, and estimates for the first two days of sales are in. According to Famitsu, Sony’s new console moved 322,083 units in its first two days. This is a massive improvement over 88,443 sold by PlayStation 3 at launch, but nowhere near the 630,552 sold by PlayStation 2. For a more recent comparison, Wii U sold 308,142 in its first two days, so PlayStation 4 has a slight edge over Nintendo’s most recent launch.
Earlier today it was revealed that Microsoft will be officially lowering the price of Xbox One in the UK on Friday. Xbox One will be dropped from £429.99 to £399.99 and bundled with Titanfall. Following the announcement, Total Xbox caught up with Xbox UK marketing director Harvey Eagle to discuss why the price cut was decided on, and whether or not other regions will get the same treatment.
Over the course of the past nine months, Sony has opened up pre-orders for PlayStation 4 on multiple occasions, with the supply selling out almost instantly each time. However, many reports from Japan indicate that the console was far from sold out in its first few days. Most major stores had PlayStation 4 in stock, and analysts attributed this to the fact that Japanese gamers are much more inclined to order online than an other countries.
A few days in now, major retailers are finally putting up their sold out signs for PlayStation 4, but not for long. Sony is aware of the strong interest in the console in Japan, and a second shipment of PlayStation 4 units is set to hit stores soon. Sony estimates their new console will be in limited availability until April, but they’re doing everything they can to meet the demand in Japan.
Xbox One launched just over three months ago, but Microsoft’s newest console is already receiving a price cut in the UK. As of February 28, Xbox One will officially retail for £399.99 in the UK – a savings of £30. Additionally, the console will also be bundled with Respawn Entertainment’s hotly-anticipated Titanfall for a limited time. Will this new bargain help Xbox One cut into PlayStation 4′s early lead in the UK?