Hello everyone and welcome! With January basically over we’re going to recap the most important news of the month.
The Games Of January
With some much-anticipated games still in beta testing (I’m looking at you, The Division), a few gems have made their way to steam, including:
- Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen (Review)
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- The Witness
- Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
- Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster
- Resident Evil Origins Collection
- Lego Marvel’s Avengers
In the upcoming month of February, we’ve got some exciting titles hitting the market too. Ranging from long-awaited releases to a few surprises.
Titles to expect in the coming month include:
- Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
- XCOM 2
- Dying Light: The Following Expansion & Enchanted Edition
- Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia & trilogy pack
- The Ship: Remastered
- Street Fighter 5
- Layers of Fear
- Pillars of Eternity: The White March Expansion – Part 2
- Far Cry: Primal
- Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
- The Walking Dead: Michonne
- Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
Latest Of ESPORTS
Along with January came a few LAN tournaments as well as bigger matches of all our favorite games. As the Dota 2 scene continues to prepare for the Shanghai Majors in March, their compendium has been released, as well as a few bug-fixes for the game.
Other tournaments that took places are: The infamous Captain’s Draft (January 15th-February 9th) presented to you by DotaCinema and Starladder (September 24th, 2015-January 17th), presented by Cyberarea and won by Alliance.
Valve has released news that they will be releasing their Spring Cleaning Update. The Update introduces a worldwide bug tracker anyone could use to report issues they’ve encountered while playing the game.
Lastly, CS:GO has had a busy month with big-buck tournaments such as the DreamHack Leipzig 2016 which took place between January 22nd-24th and was dominated by Natus Vincere (Navi), as well as the Starladder i-League Starseries XIV Finals which took place between January 13th-17th, the winner of which was Fnatic.
EA’s Origin Access Subscription Service
On the 12 of January, Electronic Arts introduced Origin Access, a new subscription service for Microsoft Windows.
Users of this service will have to pay €4/$5 a month where European and United States subscribers will get a 10 percent discount on Origin purchases, early access to EA games in the form of “trials”, and access to a “Vault” of older EA releases that can be downloaded and played at will.
Mortal Kombat X: End Of PC Support
Earlier this month we learned that Mortal Kombat X will no longer be receiving PC support. Kombat Pack 2 along with future updates will not be released on PC, and new sources suggest that the game’s publisher, Warner Bros, has blamed its developers at NetherRealm Studios for the controversy.
Mortal Kombat XL and Kombat Pack 2 will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One only. After 2 months of the DLC pack hype, PC gamers are left in the dark.
Valve Blacklisting Servers
This week a number of CS GO community servers were blacklisted without notice by Valve. The reason being that admins gave players in the said servers custom weapon models, as well as skins from the community market. Action was taken against the owners of said servers, as each of them received a ban without warning. Ouch.
Furthermore, servers which had leftover or inactive files of the same nature were banned as well and in some cases even pluggins resulted in the banhammer going down. Valve has yet to comment on the topic.
Oculus Rift Pre-Orders And Price
Oculus Rift! Finally, pre-orders have begun. Every consumer version of the Rift will include the launch game Lucky’s Tale, a 3-D platformer in the vein of Super Mario that was one of the most entertaining Oculus titles at the demo events. Those who pre-order will also receive a copy of EVE: Valkyrie, the long-awaited space dog-fighting game set in the EVE: Online universe.
As for pricing, the VR set will cost you a whopping $599 USD* on oculus.com and it will ship to 20 countries/regions starting March 28th. So far the pricing has been heavily debated in online forums across the web and quickly became a rather controversial topic of discussion. Do you think the Oculus was overpriced, or is the price justified?
Changes In The Industry
In other news, we learned that Marc Laidlaw, lead writer of the Half-Life series, retired from Valve Corporation. While we’re sad to see a talented writer leave, the reasons are still unknown. Hopefully this doesn’t prove to be a sign of the Half Life franchise completely dying.
On January 4th news surfaced that Activision Blizzard have acquired Major League Gaming aka MLG. While we don’t know what the future holds for MLG, we can hope it’s more than just Call of Duty.
On January 16th, 12 days before the game’s release, Brian Horton, director of Rise of the Tomb Raider left Crystal Dynamics for Infinity Ward. On January 22nd, David Gaider, lead writer of Dragon Age, left BioWare. On January 28th, Bungie announced that Pete Parsons had replaced Harold Ryan as the company’s president. While it’s sad to see so many people go, we hope it’s for the better.
In the days to follow, PAX South will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from January 29-31.
That’s it for the news of the month, I’ll see again near the end of February for another recap.
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