Gaming News Roundup – Feb 19: Spyro Remaster, FighterZ DLC, Ubisoft’s Live Services
The folks behind the N. Sane Trilogy remaster collection, Activision and Vicarious Visions, may be working on giving the Spyro series the same treatment. According to sources speaking with Kotaku, this remaster will include the original Spyro Trilogy, meaning Spyro the Dragon, Ripto’s Rage!, and Year of the Dragon. Similar to the N. Sane Trilogy, it will also feature new assets, animations, and a remastered soundtrack. It’s also expected to release this year! It’s to be assumed that it may release in September, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the Spyro series. It’s possible that it will release on the PS4 first and then onto other platforms. Look out for its official announcement in March.
It’ll be great to see how well the series has aged. I’m sure a lot of people were hit in the chest with how difficult the N. Sane Trilogy was.
The Evil Within 2 Goes FPS
Whether you played Evil Within 2 or you haven’t picked it up yet, this new mode may be good to check out. This week, Bethesda released a trailer revealing a first-person mode for their 2017 survival horror game. You can see the trailer here, and the mode looks fantastic. I’m sure it may be even more terrifying to be even more up close and personal with your enemies.
First DLC For FighterZ Revealed
If you’ve gotten through the 24 character roster of Dragon Ball FighterZ and are looking for more characters to master, it looks like your next options are going to be Goku’s father, Bardock, and the legendary super saiyan, Broly. I’m sure a few people are disappointer that we aren’t getting characters from Dragon Ball Super yet, like Caulifla or Jiren, but these two are decent enough to hold us over until we get them.
By the way, I just picked this game up, it’s fantastic!
Ubisoft Plans For More “Live Service” Games
With the rise of games like Overwatch, Destiny, and Rainbow Six Siege, it only makes sense that companies are starting to look at long-lasting, microtransaction-carried games as the way to go in the future. After all, over half of Activision Blizzard’s $7.16 billion dollar revenue last year came from microtransactions. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot plans for Ubisoft to be taking this direction. In a newly released annual report, the CEO stated, “New releases now only represent a part of our business, which is now focused on longterm engagement with our player communities.” He went on to say, “Our players not only play for more hours at a time, but do so over a period of months or even years. We are thus able to offer them new experiences and content, thereby extending the lifetime of our games.”
While I definitely disagree with this move, the numbers do justify his ideas. “Traditional” games, games that are released without microtransactions, only maintain about 13 percent of their revenue into their second year according to this Ubisoft presentation, while “live” games maintain about 52 percent into their second year.
This news isn’t going to win them any favors, but the numbers don’t lie. Is this the start of a microtransaction-filled future? We’ll see.
That’s the news for this week! Excited to relive your childhood in the Spyro remaster? Disappointed about Ubisoft’s move to “live services”? Let us know below! In case you missed last week’s roundup, you can click here to get caught up. Also this week, our contributor BJ Brown did a review on the new SAW themed Dead By Daylight DLC that you can check out here. Be sure to come back next week for another gaming news roundup.