Welcome to the Weekly Knockout, our weekly round-up of the biggest gaming news for the week ending 11th June. This week was a game announcement marathon, with WATCH_DOGS 2, Destiny: Rise of Iron, Injustice 2, LEGO Dimensions Year 2, and new IP Agent of M.A.Y.H.E.M. all being revealed.
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Before we get into the news this week, just a quick reminder that E3 2016 is next week. For all of our thoughts and predictions going into E3, as well as conference times, and details on how Ground Punch will be covering E3, check out our E3 Preview article here.
This Week’s 8 Biggest Stories
1) WATCH_DOGS 2 Revealed
WATCH_DOGS 2 was revealed this week via a livestream. It was announced that the game will be releasing 15th November 2016 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game will feature a new protagonist, Marcus Holloway, as well as significant gameplay upgrades. More will be revealed at Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference next week. You can read more about the WATCH_DOGS 2 reveal here, as well as my thoughts on the announcement.
2) Destiny: Rise of Iron Announced
Bungie announced that Rise of Iron, the final expansion for Destiny will release 20th September on PlayStation, and Xbox One only, and will cost $30/£25. Rise of Iron will include three new playable areas, a full campaign, new strikes in addition to updated strikes, and a new raid. There will also be new PvP maps included, as well as a new PvP mode. You can read more on the Rise of Iron reveal here, and well as why I’m excited to play Destiny’s final expansion.
3) Injustice 2 Revealed
Injustice 2¸ the DC Comics based fighting game has been revealed by developer NetherRealm. The game will release in 2017, and will add new characters, and new environments. A brand new gear system has been introduced, allowing players to create their own versions of their favourite DC super heroes. According to the developers, the gear system will use RPG-like mechanics, rewarding with you loot drops every time you play; “As you gear up your characters, you’re building a roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains that reflects your choices, and your preferences, which can be vastly different than your opponents. A few play sessions in, you can expect your Aquaman to look and play different than anyone else’s Aquaman you may come across.”
4) Horizon: Zero Dawn Delayed
It seems that once again Sony will be lacking a major exclusive AAA title from their fall line-up, with Horizon: Zero Dawn delayed to 2017. A new trailer was debuted, along with a revised release date of 28th February [US], 1st March [EU], and 3rd March [UK] 2017. The trailer showcases several new details about the game, including the main plot will revolve Alloy uncovering the forbidden secrets of the “Old Ones” in an attempt to uncover who her mother was, and that you can ride the robot dinosaurs!
Also announced was a collector’s edition, featuring a 9″ statue, art book, in-game items and more (Pictured Below).
5) PS4 Neo Confirmed
Ahead of Sony’s E3 Press Conference, where many assumed the Neo would be officially revealed, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Global Chief Executive, Andrew House, has confirmed the existence of a “high-end” PS4. Speaking with the Financial Times, House explained that the new PS4 will cost more than the current versions $350 price, and “It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4”. The high-end PS4 will not be at E3, with Sony waiting for a “full range of the best experiences” before they showcase the console.
6) Agents of M.A.Y.H.E.M. Announced
Volition, the developer behind the Saints Row series, has revealed their latest game, Agents of M.A.Y.H.E.M. Mayhem is a reboot of the Saints Row franchise, taking place after the events of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. The open world game will be extremely familiar to Saints Row fans, with the game’s plot revolving around an organization known as Mayhem, founded by Persephone Brimstone. Set for a 2017 release, the game will come to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
7) LEGO Dimensions Year 2 Trailer
WB released a trailer for the second year of content for LEGO Dimensions 2. 16 new entertainment properties will be coming to Dimensions over the next year (Listed below). While there will no new starter pack, or software only release, for Dimensions, there will be Story Packs, which will include six new levels for the particular franchise, in addition to a new minifigure, vehicle, and a new LEGO portal design, based on the franchise.
Here’s the list of new franchises coming to LEGO Dimensions:-
- Ghostbusters (2016)
- Harry Potter
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Adventure Time
- Mission: Impossible
- The A-Team
- The Lego Batman Movie
- The Goonies
- Sonic The Hedgehog
- Teen Titans Go!
- Lego City Undercover
- Knight Rider
- The Powerpuff Girls
- T. The Extra-Terrestrial
And here is the list of announced sets:-
- Mission Impossible level pack – Ethan Hunt minifigure, plus in-game story level, hub world and battle arena
- Harry Potter team pack – Harry Potter and Voldemort minifigures, plus in-game hub world and battle arena
- Adventure Time level pack – Finn minifigure, plus story level, hub world and battle arena
- Adventure Time team pack – Lumpy Space Princess and Jake the Dog minifigures, plus in-game hub world and battle arena
- A-Team fun pack – B.A. Baracus plus in-game hub world and battle arena
8) XCOM 2 Headed to Consoles
As many expected, XCOM 2 will release on consoles, coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 6th September 2016. The game will not include additional content from the PC release, but customers will be able to purchase the season pass for $19.99, or alternatively the season pass is included in the Digital Deluxe Edition, which will cost $74.99. 2K has also announced that they have no plans to support mods on console.
This Week’s Financial Report
IT’s NOT AS SCARY AS IT SOUNDS! Here’s the weeks latest sales figures and financials for games, developers, publishers and hardware manufactures.
Nintendo 3DS Passes 60 Million Units Sold
The Nintendo 3DS family (Which includes the 2DS, 3DS and new 3DS) has passed 60 million units sold globally. Nintendo is naturally pleased by the news, but perhaps a little too smug, claiming that “the [3DS is the] current generation’s top-selling dedicated-gaming platform.” Considering the console launched early 2011, and has faced little in the way of fierce competition, the above statement is certainly bending the facts a little.