Short Pause Gaming Podcast #136: Visceral Closes, Destiny's Seasons, & The Future of Single-Player Games
After a very busy week in the world of gaming, the fellas have a lot to discuss! Join Brent, Ben, and Bender as they discuss the latest and greatest from around the video game industry. Topics this week include:
- EA Closes Visceral Games, Pivots Star Wars Project - In a bombshell announcement that sent shockwaves through the industry, EA revealed it has decided to close down veteran game studio Visceral Games and "pivot" their Star Wars project in the face of a changing industry. The game has been shifted into the hands of a number of different EA Studios, headed up by EA Vancouver, and It is unclear what, if any, elements of Visceral's vision for the game will remain moving forward. Is this simply a case of a changing industry requiring a change in focus, or was this project not progressing along as well as EA would have liked?
- Activision Patents Microtransaction Technology - In 2015, Activision apparently filed an exploratory patent based around a technology that would encourage microtransaction purchases through specific pairings created via matchmaking. The company has confirmed this has not been implemented in any of their titles, including Destiny, and that this was simply an experimental patent based on research conducted by a third party. If something like this were to ever be released, is this an acceptable way of doing business? Or does this veer too far into a moral gray area in terms of the relationship between publisher and consumer?
- CD Projekt Red Addressed Studio Morale Rumors - In a strange statement this past week, The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red tackled the issue of morale in the Polish studio amidst rumors of disgruntled employees spurred on by reviews found on the website Glassdoor. Is there something more to this, or is this simply CD Projekt Red dealing with the realities of AAA-development?
- The Seasons of Destiny 2 - At TwitchCon this past weekend, Bungie held a panel detailing how "Seasons" will work in Destiny 2. Primarily established to provide a more predictable cadence to the way Bungie updates the game, the beginning of a new season will mark a clear point where major changes to the meta will occur, in addition to signaling the addition of new content, new clan objectives, and more. Is this step in the right direction toward keeping Destiny fresh for the long haul?
- An Important Statement from Naughty Dog - Naughty Dog and Sony released a joint statement this past week in regards to the sexual harassment claims made by former employee Dave Ballard. In the statement, the veteran developer and publisher claimed they have no record of a harassment claim being filed, while also denouncing harassment in the workplace. There are no further updates on this story at the time, and the fellas will continue to monitor the situation for any updates moving forward.
- Nintendo Switch was the Top-Selling Console in September - The Switch once again rose to the top of the console crop last month, besting the competition to claim the title of the highest selling console for the month of September 2017, according to the NPD. The games data for the month has been slightly delayed. Will the Switch be able to continue its sales momentum throughout the holiday season and into 2018?
- Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are the Last 3DS Pokemon RPGs - Series developer Game Freak confirmed this past week that Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon are the last mainline Pokemon titles set to release on Nintendo's 3DS handheld. Does this mean that development on the 3DS family of systems is finally winding down? Will we finally see the entire might of Nintendo's first-party stable of developers, both handheld and console, focused solely on creating great content for the Switch?
- Plus this week's new releases, what we've been playing, and tons more!
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