The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is still under way and will be until the end of Friday (the 21st). News from the event is still coming through but a couple other small news bits have also caught our attention:
Deus Ex: The Fall arrives a week early:
The HD remake of the once mobile-exclusive, Deus Ex: The Fall, suddenly become available on Steam yesterday; one week before its scheduled release date. The game is currently priced at $9.99 and continues to offer a free couple of the original Deus Ex: Game of The Year Edition for a limited time. The Fall features a new protagonist, Ben Saxon, and serves as a sequel to the Deus Ex: Icarus Effect novel which was a prequel to Human Revolution. Got all that? The gameplay of The Fall has been completely overhauled to support keyboard and mouse as well as a gamepad to play much more like Human Revolution. The games graphics and much of its design has also been rebuilt. Still, it seems these augments may not have been enough, as the game as so far received very poor reviews from players. But at only 10 bucks, it should make for a decent purchase during a good sale.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee: New ‘n’ Tasty Trailer:
Another game getting an HD face-lift is one of my personal favorites, Oddworld: Abe’s Obbysee. Originally developed by Oddworld Inhabitants, Abe’s Oddysee has been remade from the ground up by Just Add Water Studios and has been given the new moniker of “New ‘n’ Tasty”. Information about the game has been very hard to come by but finally a new trailer has been released showing off the latest progress and graphical quality, including what appears to be in-game cinematic scenes instead of the ugly movie files used in the 1997 original.
The Co-founder of Oddworld Inhabitants, Lorne Lanning, has stated that 250,000 sales of New ‘n’ Tasty would fund the same HD remake for the even better game, Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus. 500,000 sales could result in a continuation of the Oddworld Quintology with a brand new game. These figures may not be as easy to reach as previously thought, as New ‘n’ Tasty will have a higher than expected price-tag of $30, but Lanning promises that the game will be worth it. I, for one, am inclined to believe him.
New Assassin’s Creed screenshots leaked:
*UPDATE – Assassin’s Creed: Unity has been officially announced with a gorgeous new teaser trailer. The game is set for a “Holiday 2014” release On Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC and will indeed take place in 18th century Paris*
Ubisoft continues to flood us with Assassin’s Creed titles as if it starred an Italian plumber. The studio is expected to release two new entries in the series in 2014, one appears to be called “Unity” and the other is at least code-named “Comet”. Now, according to a report from Kotaku, leaked screenshots of Unity seem to show the game taking place in Paris, possibly during the French Revolution of the late 18th century. The shots appear to be fairly early in development but clearly includes famous Parisian sites such as the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and Seine River. I’ve also noticed that the assassin appears rather thin, either suggesting a less flowing costume or possibly a female lead. Neither game has been said to be released on PC, but that’s likely due to a greater focus on selling the new consoles. Both games are very likely to be released on Steam.
Most gamers don’t finish awesome games:
Even if the new Assassin’s Creed games show up on Steam it apparently won’t matter, as a recent report reveals that most gamers don’t finish what they start. During a near half-hour speech at GDC, entitled “Death to the Three-Act Structure”, Riot Games’ Narrative Lead Tom Abernathy and Microsoft Game Studios’ Design Lead Richard Rouse III talked about the unfortunate fact that most story-driven games are never finished by an average of half of their players. Backing up their case were statistics provided by Valve on the achievement progression of some of the biggest games released in the past few years:
- The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 1 – 66%
- Mass Effect 2 – 56%
- BioShock Infinite – 53%
- Batman: Arkham City – 47%
- Portal – 47%
- Mass Effect 3 – 42%
- The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 5 – 39%
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – 32%
- Borderlands 2 – 30%
The speech was a part of a much larger dialogue at GDC about whether narrative in video games matter. Maybe they should have included some Indie developers in that argument, most of whom would clearly provide some great points in support of story in games. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.