The past week has seen some substantial news, the biggest of which was the cancellation of Anthem Next, which seems like it will have a positive effect on another Bioware franchise. Besides that, we had several great announcements, courtesy of Sony’s State of Play and a special “little” Pokemon announcement that is sure to bring many older fans back into the fold. Also, we have Henry Cavill being set to take over another gaming franchise and more.
Bad News for Anthem = Good News for Dragon Age 4
Anthem Next is officially canceled as of a tweet from Jason Schreier and a blog post from BioWare. This is extremely sad news for anyone who was hoping Anthem’s rework is going to turn the game into another No Man’s Sky success story. The news wasn’t a surprise for many considering the scope of the changes needed to make Anthem into what the players wanted. Besides only a small 30-people team working on the rework, the challenging COVID situation seems to be the main reason for the lack of progress with the development. The servers for the game live-on for the few still enjoying the experience but it’s only a matter of time before they move on to greener pastures and Anthem becomes a full-on AAA failure story.
However, the failure of Anthem and the success of games like Jedi: Fallen Order proved to EA that singleplayer isn’t so dead after all. With that in mind, they decided to completely remove multiplayer from the upcoming Dragon Age 4, even shifting the skeleton Anthem Next crew to work on that game. So some good might still come out of the cancellation of Anthem Next. We’ll just have to wait and see. For more information about EA removing multiplayer from Dragon Age 4, check out our original news coverage.
Big Cyberpunk 2077 Patch Has Been Delayed
In a series of tweets, CD Projekt Red has announced a Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.2 delay. This is the first major update due after CDPR was the victim of a ransomware attack that involved the source code of multiple games and internal company documents. In short, the attack means that both the culprit and the vulnerability have to be found before moving forward. In that regard, many employees, who are still working from home have been reportedly asked to bring their PC and laptops in for inspection of possible malware and other infections. These security testings take a significant amount of time and it’s regrettable that they’ll put a stop to possible substantial fixes of the game’s flawed systems. Most of the initial fixes were aimed at the overall stability of the game and didn’t address many core issues players had with the game. Hopefully, the player base doesn’t dwindle too much by the time CDPR manages to untangle itself out of this unfortunate situation. For more information on the Cyberpunk patch delay, check out our original news coverage.
Henry Cavill Teases a Mass Effect Project
Henry Cavill is quickly but surely becoming tied to many of our favorite gaming and pop culture icons and franchises. The lastest one was cheekily teased by the geeky actor during what appears to be a hair and make-up session for an unknown project. The photo he posted on Instagram sees him holding sheets of paper with the text completely blurred. “Secret project? Or just a handful of paper with random words on it…. Guess you’ll have to wait and see. Happy hump day all”. While many thought that would be the end, others used some software magic to unblur the image, revealing words connected to the Mass Effect franchise. Someone even recognized the pattern and summarized that it could be an excerpt taken directly from the Mass Effect 3 wiki. The timing would be perfect as it coincides with the announcement of the development of a new game in the ME franchise. For more information on the tease and the words revealed, check out our original news coverage.
Sony’s State of Play was short but sweet
Sony has given updates on many of its existing and upcoming titles through the latest iteration of its State of Play. The event lasted around 30 minutes and in that time span Sony showcased a number of games such as Final Fantasy VII Remake, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, and Deathloop. Some other games, like Returnal and Kena: Bridge of Spirits even got a release date alongside their respective trailers. The former in particular received high praise due to it looking like a true next-gen gem. For the full list of showcases, game trailers, release dates, and more, check out our original news coverage.
System Shock Receives gets a Final Demo and a release date
The long-awaited remake of System Shock has reached the final stages of development. While it’s been a long and tumultuous journey, Nightdive Studios managed to see it through to its end, announcing that the game will come out in summer 2021. On top of that. System Shock received its final demo. Among the newest additions include a dismemberment system, more detailed environments, updated voice acting, and access to cyberspace. There’s even a dynamically changing music system that swaps between sections of tracks – rather than looping them. The demo is a feature-complete version of the game so you can try it out knowing that nothing significant will be added or changed between now and release. For the full release date trailer and more information, check out our original news coverage.
New Pokemon Games set in Sinnoh region have been announced
We thought we weren’t going to get another Pokemon game for quite some time and boy were we wrong. Not only are we getting Switch remakes of the fourth generation of Nintendo’s Pokemon series – Diamond and Pearl, but we are also getting a brand new Pokemon Legends Arceus which is a third-person action-RPG set in the Sinnoh region. The latter is looking to add much to the mythos and the lore of the Pokemon world as it will carry players to the past as they attempt to create the world’s first-ever Pokedex. They are hoping this game will create a brand new path for the series and will carry it in an entirely new direction. It’s also not bad that they are returning to Sinnoh as that is sure to draw in older fans of the series. For more information on both games and a full announcement trailer, check out our original news coverage.
Bomb Rush Cyberpunk, the spiritual successor to Jet Set Radio receives a trailer
If you are a fan of Jet Set Radio, you are in for a treat with Bomb Rush Cyberfunk. It’s a less serious, distant cousin of Cyberpunk and a spiritual successor to Jet Set Radio that’s looking to capture the magic of olden cell-shaded hit. Much like its inspiration, this upcoming release will feature a futuristic urban setting with a highly stylized low-poly aesthetic, as well as a trick system for traversal and a graffiti painting mechanic. It will also feature music from the original Jet Set Radio composer Hideki Naganuma. To get a taste of what the game’s going to look like check out the quirky trailer in our original news coverage.