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E.A. shuts down branch company Visceral Games, and reroutes direction of their upcoming Star Wars title. This bit of news has caused quite the stir since its announcement last week, and with good reason. Visceral Games created a unique following with their space horror series, Dead Space. This was before they were acquired by E.A. and steered towards making a Star Wars title that was likely to grab a shared marketplace with E.A.’s upcoming Star Wars Battlefront 2. EA had a conflicting vision for the game than Visceral’s team, and therefore decided to sack the small company and steer it in a different direction. The remnants of Visceral have either been reassigned to various parts of E.A., or released from the company altogether. This news struck almost every creative outlet and fan base as a "d*ck corporate move", and continues to perpetuate this idea that E.A. is completely fine destroying artistic integrity in games for the sake of making an easy dollar. While we’re sure the real story is likely more complicated, this immediate assumption from the community is driven by E.A.’s established history of similar behavior towards other small companies they’ve bought in the past. Regardless of what happened, it’s pretty clear E.A. is far too effective at displaying the worst aspects of their company’s values.
- Animal Crossing is coming to your phone! And, it’s actually coming sooner than you think. Sometime in late November, you’ll be able to grab hold of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for your Android and iOS devices. Along with other Nintendo mobile dips like Pokemon Go, Super Mario Run, and Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing represents Nintendo’s slow but steady push into the world of mobile gaming. For what it’s worth, we think Animal Crossing is one of Nintendo’s best franchises to push the social advantages of mobile.
FUTURE SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS (NOVEMBER 1 TO 17)
Sonic Forces // Nov 7 PS4 / Xbox / NS / PC
Sega’s newest 3D Sonic Title pulled another page out of the successful Sonic Generations. It now features play with both “New Sonic” and “Classic Sonic”. But, that’s not even close to the biggest feature, which is the ability to create your own character to play with through the levels. Finally, the entirety of DeviantArt and the crazier half of the Sonic fan base can lose themselves in a game made just for them. Will it be good? I mean, this year’s Sonic Mania was flat out incredible, so we think anything is possible.
Mario Party: The Top 100 // Nov 10 3DS
Okay, admittedly we aren’t the most excited about Mario Party as a franchise anymore, but we do like the cut of this title’s jib. The game is comprised of the series’ 100 best mini games, cutting out all the lackluster ones and graphically remastering them in the process. Theoretically, this should make it the best Mario Party game of all time, and that just might be worthwhile--especially if you grab it with a few friends.
Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon // Nov 17 3DS
By now, you should know if you’re into this franchise yet or not. Ultra Sun and Moon occupy the same space that Pokemon Black and White 2 did a few years back. They have the same idea and general mechanics as their predecessor, but with a slightly different adventure and a whole ton of refined content. Something worth noting is that this could potentially be the last 3DS entry for the Pokemon series, after which it’s slated for a Nintendo Switch migration.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 // Nov 17 PS4 / Xbox / PC
We’re definitely a bit less excited about this release in light of recent E.A. related news (see Major Updates), but it’s still one of the most anticipated releases of November. Here’s to hoping there’s a better experience than the last Battlefront--a game that promised so much and delivered awfully little.
Not too much news for the first half of November, but the second half is sure to be far more substantial with the Steam Autumn Sale, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and the start of the Christmas countdown. These next couple months are going to be crazy.
BY ANDREW DILULLO & KALYN FARMER