It's game launch season. This is the busiest time of year for the games industry, and that's apparent to anyone who's followed recent launches – it's been one hit after the next. Black Ops III led into Fallout 4, into Battlefront, into Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and now Blizzard's Overwatch. The intensity of the season makes for plenty of discussion topics in the gaming news space (and for lots of benchmarking), something that GN's newest commentator is eager to discuss.
This week's biggest news items include, perhaps obviously, Assassin's Creed Syndicate & Battlefront launches, the Overwatch beta weekend, and some Star Citizen Alpha 2.0 news. Our loose script / video outline can be found below the news recap!
The video game industry's news output is churning in full capacity as November nears. Our contacts and colleagues in the industry are almost ubiquitously undergoing crunch right now, working longer hours to finalize that last bit of content before “going Gold.” That means a lot of news, so we've decided to start rounding-up weekly game news at the end of the week.
This week, the items to watch have been No Man's Sky for its “I've Seen Things” trailer (and release date), Star Citizen for an updated flight model, GOG's introduction of ancient RPGs to its service, Overwatch beta, and Fallout 4's mod support.
Full news coverage in the video, though I've also posted the script below:
Blizzard doesn’t want to be overlooked this week, as they’ve rolled-out the newest hero in their team-based shooter, “Overwatch.” A mix of Ethan Hunt, The Comedian, and Jason Bourne, Soldier: 76 was on old member of Overwatch before they were betrayed and sabotaged, now he’s out to defeat his enemies through stealth and guile -- two things that don’t come through in his skill set.
Following yesterday's release of the Zenyatta gameplay footage, Blizzard Entertainment has released twelve minutes of unedited Overwatch gameplay focused on “Mercy,” a healer / support character. Mercy is at times remniscent of the Medic in certain other team shooter games, but has a few unique powers – like temporary flight, for starters. More below.
It's been a number of months since Blizzard's Pixar-like Overwatch unveil – detailed fully in a previous article – and about two months since our hands-on preview at PAX. Following this hiatus, Blizzard today distributed an eight-minute video of Zenyatta, the monk-like zen warrior, dominating on a Point Capture / Payload map called “King's Row.”
The rush to play Overwatch began early – promptly at 9AM, Eastern, today at PAX East. Blizzard’s first publicly playable demonstration of its team shooter pitted rows of faced-off gamers against one another, resulting in 6v6 cross-aisle combat.
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