Hello and welcome to Patch Notes, where we give you a preview of upcoming additions and changes to the world of video games. Our goal is to update you every two weeks and hopefully give attention to awesome upcoming releases with some cool perspective on things happening right now.
The SAG-AFTRA Voice Actors Strike is finally ending. The strike originally began due to numerous reports of poor working conditions, both physically and artistically, among several large-scale production companies. From voice actors not being given any context or story for the characters they were acting, to the severe overworking of said actors —to the point of damaging their voices— workers are taking a stand. The strikers have been fighting for over a year in hopes of fixing these issues. Within the last couple weeks, terms and settlements have finally started coming through, leading to an overall increase in pay for multiple voice sessions. This will hopefully lead to improved project transparency. Negotiations will probably continue for the next couple weeks.
Nintendo released the SNES classic, and it’s already sold out. Following a similar trend to the NES Classic, the demand far outweighed Nintendo’s original prediction. At the very least, Nintendo appears to have learned from their last foray and confirmed that “More SNES Classics will be made”; which is a far step up from the extremely limited run that the NES Classic saw. The SNES Classic is a hell of a deal, possibly even the best Christmas gift for some, featuring over 20 of the most popular titles from the system’s lifespan, plus the never before released Star Fox 2. In my opinion, the device is still a Chrono Trigger and Tetris Attack shy of being absolutely perfect.
- Tons of games came out at the tail end of September, so hopefully you didn’t miss them. We’ve got Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, Cuphead, Gundam Versus, Pokken Tournament DX, and Hob. Expect reviews for at least a few of these to show up on The Cogswell Chronicle website in the coming weeks.
- Preliminary matches for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship are happening right now. This will be the seventh World Championship, taking place in China, and concluding in late October. It’s quite impressive seeing how far League has come since it’s release back in 2009. Hopefully, it’s lifespan is proof that eSports can hold the same kind of solid ground as physical sports.
- Square Enix pulled out all the stops at the Tokyo Game Show, showcasing new trailers/content for Dissidia NT, Final Fantasy XIV and XV. The biggest piece of news for us though, was the surprise remaster of Final Fantasy IX (the best in the series, fight me) on the Playstation Store. The re-release features several minor improvements and actually came out about an hour after they announced it. Stay classy, Square.
- Also related to Tokyo Game Show, Vanillaware announced Dragon’s Crown Pro; a PS4 release of what is probably the best side-scroller beat’em up ever made. It’s a shame most people remember Dragon’s Crown for its less than stellar portrayal of its female characters, because the art of the game is gorgeous, and the gameplay is some of the best out there.
FUTURE SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS (OCTOBER 1 TO 14)
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen // Oct 3
Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the series, the enhanced version of Dragon’s Dogma releases on next gen platforms. Dark Arisen is an action RPG that has you pitting yourself against massive enemies. At the very least, it’ll be a good holdover until Monster Hunter: World comes out.
A Hat in Time // Oct 5
Another Kickstarter success story is finally releasing after 4 years of development. A Hat in Time is a cute, quirky 3D platformer built around the collection system and mechanics popularized from N64 era titles like Super Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie. A Hat in Time is packing an impressive amount of charm, and the same tight controls with which its precursors excelled. If you haven’t gotten aboard this hype train, now is the perfect time.
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy // Oct 6
The Professor Layton series of puzzle adventure games, saw a successful run of six games and a cheeky crossover with Ace Attorney. Now, Layton’s Mystery Journey reboots the franchise with the adventures of his daughter, Katrielle Layton. In a similar fashion to Pokemon, this new 3DS Layton is now entirely in 3D. But the overall themes, characters, and puzzles probably haven’t changed that much.
That’s all for now, but things rarely stay quiet in the video game industry. See you all again in two weeks!
BY ANDREW DILULLO & KALYN FARMER