Short Pause Gaming Podcast #126: The Future of Mass Effect, GTA Online Prints Money & Will Crash Bandicoot Come to Xbox?
The gang's all here! It's a jam packed show this week as Brent, Ben, Bender, and Frankie get together to once again talk the latest and greatest in the world of gaming. Topics this week include:
- Tacoma Impressions - Bender and Frankie got their hands on Fullbright's latest narrative tour de force, and they've got some positive things to say about their experience. How bad do technical issues affect the Xbox One version of the game? Is Tacoma a worthy successor to Gone Home?
- The Untimely Passing of Bioware's Corey Gaspur - The gaming world was in a state of shock and mourning this past week as Bioware announced the untimely passing of Anthem's lead designer, Corey Gaspur. The fellas pay their respects to a long-time, respected member of the industry taken far too soon.
- The Future of Mass Effect - EA officially announced this past week that Bioware Montreal, the developers behind the ill-fated Mass Effect: Andromeda, is merging with EA Motive to assist with the production of Anthem an Star Wars Battlefront II moving foward. With so much going on at Bioware, is this the final nail in the coffin for Mass Effect: Andromeda, or even the Mass Effect series as a whole, moving forward? Where does the franchise go from here?
- Respawn Talks Titanfall - Despite Titanfall 2's sales numbers not quite meeting expectations, due to a variety of extenuating circumstances, developer Respawn Entertainment remains committed to the franchise. Is the future of Titanfall simply in additional expansions for Titanfall 2, or might we see a proper Titanfall 3 some time down the line?
- SNES Classic Edition Pre-Orders Coming Soon - Nintendo has officially announced that pre-orders for the highly coveted SNES Classic Edition will go live at the end of this month. Will supply, and your favorite retailer's internet servers, be able to keep up with demand?
- Huge Sales Numbers - Friday the 13th: The Game has pushed over 1.8 million copies and become a bonafide sleeper hit in its first few months on the market, while GTA Online, some four years after it originally released, just had its best quarter ever! Will Grand Theft Auto 5's online component be the blueprint for open world multiplayer moving forward?
- Crash Bandicoot Continues to Perform Well - The beloved Bandicoot has lit the gaming world on fire with the release of the N. Sane Trilogy on PS4, and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon with the game finding itself at the top of the PSN download charts for July. Has this opened the door for future franchise revivals at Activision and across the gaming spectrum? Also, is the N. Sane Trilogy destined for Xbox One?
- Plus this week's new releases, what we've been playing, and tons more!
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