Mike Harradence by on Jul 6, 2018

Call of Duty next-gen and Dead Island 2 are your top gaming stories this week

Blimey, would you Adam and Eve it? England’s only gone and knocked Columbia out of the World Cup (and have thus eliminated one of my best teams in the VideoGamer sweepstake). I happened to be on a train when this happened so wasn’t following the game live, but I figured out the result when I came across some chaps giving a drunken and vociferous rendition of ‘Three Lions’ outside the station. Cheers, lads.

England’s victory put everyone in good spirits though, especially actor Ross Kemp, who apparently celebrated the match completely naked

In other news, Danny ‘I’m fucking Danny Dyer, mate’ Dyer has confirmed he’s going to visit Love Island to support his daughter, while Piers Morgan, in his continued effort to humiliate the ‘cretins’ of the show, made a mug of himself by confusing Pie for Pythagoras’ theorem on Good Morning Britain. 

Spare a thought for all the Cheryl/Liam ‘shippers though, as the couple announced this week that they’ve split up. 

Sony is the reason Fallout 76 won’t have cross-platform play

At this point, Sony’s stance on cross-platform play is frankly embarrassing. Microsoft and Nintendo have been quite happy to open the doors to folk for games like Minecraft, Rocket League, and Fortnite, yet Sony obstinately refuses to budge on the matter. It doesn’t help that Bethesda’s Todd Howard has openly said that the console maker isn’t being too helpful either, perhaps explaining why Sony’s Shawn Layden had to touch base on the subject recently. His response was, frankly, a load of corporate bollocks that didn’t actually say anything at all.

Call of Duty dev is staffing up for a ‘next-gen’ title

From what we’ve heard, 2019’s Call of Duty game will be a fourth entry in the Modern Warfare series, which has been on hiatus since 2011. What’s curious is Infinity Ward seems to be hiring for next-gen, and we’d bet a fair amount of dosh that PS5 and Xbox Two won’t be out next year. Could a cross-gen release be on the cards, or is this something new entirely? Either way, I’m banking on a Modern Warfare 4; those games were a barrel of fun, and Captain Price (voiced by the bloke who played that dodgy copper in The Bill) was easily the series’ best character to date. 

Shenmue I & II release date announced

Yu Suzuki’s revenge-driven epics are a bit like marmite, but I was always a massive fan of Ryo Hazuki’s epic sailor-searching adventure. Yes, the voice acting made the cast of Hollyoaks look Shakespeare-worthy and the copious amounts of waiting time made it horrendously dull in places, but Shenmue did so much that other games simply weren’t capable of at the time. Even now, you can’t help but admire the attention to detail that went into the original and its sequel. Shenmue II in particular is still beautiful from an aesthetic point of view, and its punchy combat sequences and sprawling narrative still prove a compelling experience, so i’m well up for diving back in.

Starfield is still a long way off, Bethesda ‘building something that will handle next-gen hardware’

Bethesda easily had two of the biggest reveals of E3 last month with The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield, although both are sadly not going to be with us for a good while yet. While Starfield is in a playable state, charismatic exec and aspiring comedian Todd Howard has since indicated that we may be looking at a next-gen title here. In other words, 2020 at the very earliest. More than likely, this could be a cross-gen effort; Howard said that while Starfield is being built with next-gen in mind, he didn’t rule out it appearing on PS4 and Xbox One. By the way, my leather jacket is still way cooler than his.

Uncharted has ‘a lot of material to continue the series with,’ says Amy Hennig

To be honest, I never really got fed up with Uncharted; it’s something that could easily spawn half-a-dozen sequels, and I’d happily lap them up. Evidently Naughty Dog thought otherwise, although that doesn’t mean we won’t see new Uncharted games in the future — they just won’t be with Drake. Amy Hennig reckons Cassie or flashbacks would suffice for a new trinket-pinching adventure, which doesn’t sound too shabby. In fact, a female lead in the series would be great, seeing as how Uncharted: The Lost Legacy proved emphatically that the franchise can survive without its resident cheeky chappy. Maybe Sony Bend could have a crack after Days Gone? 

Future Assassin’s Creed games could be set across multiple time periods

Traditionally anchored in one time period, Assassin’s Creed could be set to pack in multiple Animus-simulated historical settings when new hardware arrives on the scene. That’s what Ubisoft is pondering anyway, suggesting ‘future technology’ will allow players to leap through time in its throat-slitting series, or explore multiple countries in something like Far Cry or Watch Dogs. This is definitely a tantalizing prospect; Origins nudged the franchise in a solid direction, but the way we experience the core narrative and game world could definitely benefit from a drastic overhaul, and this could very well be just the ticket. 

Don’t worry, Dead Island 2 is still in the works

I was never a fan of Dead Island. The original concept promised a gritty, ultra-realistic zombie mash-’em-up that placed emphasis on survival and resource management, not to mention coffin dodgers that could literally have flesh and muscle ripped off them as they incur damage. What we got was a humdrum action-RPG that felt more like it wanted to be a semi-serious version of Dead Rising, but nowhere near as fun and full of more bugs than a tropical rainforest. Riptide was even worse, which is probably why Dead Island 2 never appealed to me either. The game’s troubled development isn’t exactly encouraging, but with Sumo apparently still at the helm, Dead Island 2 will hopefully give the series the kick up the arse it so desperately needs. 


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Dead Island 2

on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

The original first-person zombie brawler heads to next-gen.

Release Date:

01 January 2017