Short Pause Gaming Podcast #139: EA Buys Respawn, Telltale's Future, & Is Battlefront 2 Pay-to-Win?
We're in the heart of the fall gaming season, and there's a ton of stuff to discuss! The whole crew is here this week, as Brent, Ben, Bender, and Frankie once again get together to talk the latest and greatest in the world of gaming. Topics this week include:
- Star Wars Battlefront II Releases Tuesday - One of the fall's most anticipated titles in Star Wars Battlefront II releases this Tuesday, and there's a growing concern amongst fans that the multiplayer portion of the title is going to be "pay to win." While the single-player campaign seems to be shaping up nicely, are players' multiplayer concerns justified?
- EA Buys Respawn for Over $400 Million - In a bit of surprise news this past week, EA announced it has formally purchased Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment to the tune of $455 million. With EA publishing all of the developer's titles past, present, and future, how much changes now that Respawn is no longer independent and is "officially" a member of EA's worldwide studios portfolio? Also, is Titanfall 3 officially in the works?
- Nintendo Direct Delivers New Details on Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the eagerly anticipated Nintendo Switch RPG, got a Direct all to itself this past week, revealing lots of new details surrounding the game's incredibly deep combat system and newly revealed Season Pass. With everything revealed during this presentation, is this game actually in danger of being TOO complex?
- More Zelda Remakes on the Way? - Prolific Japanese developer Grezzo, the group responsible for the 3DS remasters of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask among other things, recently posted an "emergency recruitment" notice for someone who would like to "make a legend together 2," a job posting which uses similar language as to when they were last developing a Zelda remake. Could they be involved in the long-awaited remaster of Skyward Sword, or is this something else entirely?
- Financial Earnings Calls Bring the News - With the previous fiscal quarter wrapped up, a wealth of publishers held earnings calls this past week, bringing news on Capcom's stellar sales quarter, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed franchise rebounding with Origins, and Take-Two's insistence that all future titles include microtransactions of some sort. With the shear amount of money players are spending on microtransactions, are gamers just as culpable for the increased presence of the practice as developers and publishers?
- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Join Injustice 2 - The contents of Injustice 2's Fighter Pack 3 were revealed on Friday, and fans went crazy when they found out that the Ninja Turtles would be included in the bundle. The question now is, are all four turtles playable characters in the game, or do you fight with all four of them simultaneously in some fashion?
- Telltale Lays Off 25% of its Staff - In another shocking bit of sad studio news, Telltale Games, the prolific publisher of a number of big-time episodic adventure games, announced this past week that they would be reducing their staff by 25% in an effort to focus development and produce a stronger technical product. Is this simply a result of Telltale stretching themselves too thin with all of the different properties they're working on?
- Plus this week's new releases, what we've been playing, and tons more!
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