Welcome to the Weekly Knockout, our weekly round-up of the biggest gaming news for the week ending 17th September. This week TGS 2016 oversaw yet another delay for The Last Guardian, new details for Kojima’s next game Death Stranding, and the announcement of Digimon World: Next Order heading West.
This Week’s Main Stories
The Ezio Collection, which previously had been leaked on several occasions, has now been officially announced by Ubisoft. Titled, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, the package will feature the single-player campaigns and expansions from Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, all with updated graphics. In addition, Assassin’s Creed: Embers and Assassin’s Creed: Lineage – two animated shorts that expand on the life and adventures of Ezio.
Additionally, a collector’s edition has been revealed, containing a bust of Ezio, select tracks from the various games’ soundtracks, and three lithographs. This edition of the game – titled the Collector’s Case, is only available from the Uplay Store, and will cost £64.99. The Ezio Collection will release 17th November.
Hideo Kojima has revealed several new details about his upcoming game Death Stranding during this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Speaking at Sony’s TGS Press Conference, Kojima spoke about how the game has been inspired by whales and dolphins who get stranded on the beach and that; “The title is about something from another world stranded on our world”. Kojima also revealed that Death Stranding will be an open-world game with a plenty of player freedom, and will also feature co-op. 4K and HDR support is also planned for Death Stranding.
Additionally, at a Q&A session at TGS Kojima revealed that Death Stranding should release sometime during or before 2018. At the Q&A Kojima said that “It will be out before the Olympics [Tokyo 2020] Games.” and then went on to say “To go a little further, there is a movie called Akira, and it will be out before the year in which Akira is set”. Akira is an anime movie set for release in 2019, suggesting Death Stranding will release sometime during or before 2018.
At this point I am past the point of being surprised, past the point of being sarcastic, past the point of being bemused, and quite frankly past the point of caring. The Last Guardian is now scheduled to release 6th December 2016 in the US, December 7th in EU, and 9th December in the UK. Whether or not you choose to believe Sony and the game’s developers is up to you, and should you wish to read them, their excuses as to why the game is still not out can be read here.
During TGS, Bandai Namco announced the Digimon World: Next Order – already released in Japan on the PlayStation Vita – will be headed West in early 2017. The game will be released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, with the PlayStation 4 version featuring updated graphics, the ability to choose between Japanese or English voice overs, and new missions.
This Week’s Other Stories
At TGS a new trailer for Gravity Rush 2 was shown of. The trailer unveils a new character, and promises that Gravity Rush 2 will unveil the secrets of Kat’s mysterious origins. You can watch the trailer below.
Announced at Sony’s TGS Press conference, Nioh – a Dark Souls-esque third person action adventure game – will release 9th February 2017 as a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
This Week’s Spotlight
This Week’s Spotlight is where I shine the spotlight on my favourite article published on Ground Punch over the past week. For this week’s spotlight, check out our new Destiny-centric podcast; Guardian Down. Join me, Kevin, and friend of Ground Punch, Josh, as we discuss what activities we are most excited to play when Rise of Iron releases on Tuesday, and the improvements we think Destiny’s latest expansion should have when compared to The Taken King.