July is nearly finished already? Damn, that went fast.
Rise of the Tomb Raider coming to PC & PS4 - eventually
The wording around Microsoft's "exclusivity" with the much anticipated Tomb Raider sequel has been convoluted at best coming from both the big M and Square Enix - but we now have official word on how the deal is going down.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on Xbox One and Xbox 360 holiday 2015, followed by a PC release early 2016, with a PS4 release scheduled holiday 2016. This means PS4 owners won't see the game until a full year after the game is officially on the market.
Sony has plenty of similar "console exclusive" games coming to it's platform - in the form of PS4/PC releases, such as Street Fighter V. Microsoft seems to be trying to change the tactics up a bit - it'll be interesting to see how well the game actually sells on the PS4 when it does finally come out.
It seems the very meaning of "console exclusive" is slowly transforming from "only play it here" to "don't play it on our rival console... for a while at least".
Shenmue 3 gets funded, breaks records
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night didn't hold the title of "most funded video game Kickstarter" for long. Shenmue 3, the long awaited sequel to the cult classic open world series, has been successfully funded - pulling in $6,333,295 US. That is a lot of damn money.
And now, we wait. The game has a scheduled release date of December 2017 - So, by my estimates, it should be finished around the holiday season of 2018. Hopefully.
Read more: Shenmue 3 by Ys Net Kickstarter Campaign
Video Game Spotlight
This week we're adding another new segment to Games Corner - Video Game Spotlight. Each week, I'll be bringing a video game to your attention that you may not have heard of that I think is / will be worth your time. These games can be decades old, or yet to be released.
This week I bring you Submerged, a new indie non combat game from Australian studio Uppercut Games about exploring an underwater city. There's an underlying story of playable character Miku searching for supplies to heal her sick brother that seems intriguing, and the graphical style of the game looks impressive. The trailer pretty much speaks for itself here.
Submerged will be available on PS4 & PC August 4 2015, and Xbox One August 7 2015.
Other stories on the web worth reading
Inside EB Games: When The Dream Job Becomes A Nightmare
Sometimes, things that seem like the best thing in the world can actually be horrible experiences. This one in particular is something that needs to be brought to light, and casts a terrible darkness over the industry as a whole. Hopefully, through awareness and action, this kind of despicable behavior can be eradicated completely.
Go Play Journey Again
Upon it's re-release on PS4 this week, Kirk picks up Journey once again and finds more than he was expecting.
I lost my Achievement Virginity to Feeding Frenzy.
Charleyy confesses her addiction for and makes some good points about video game achievements, and why we're obsessed with obtaining them. Good read.
Buying Video Games On Release Day Makes Me Feel Like An Idiot
Keza reiterates that day one purchases are bad. Except Nintendo games. Who'da thunk it.
Video of the week
Epic Bunny's adventure is SO FRICKEN CUTE.
New game releases & DLC
Journey - PS4
The 2012 indie darling of the PS3 has made the jump and is now available on the PS4. If you haven't played it yet, now is the time. Even if you haven't, it's worth experiencing.
Five Nights at Freddy's 4 - Steam
The final chapter of the scare simulator quadrilogy is now out! If you're into that kind of thing.
The Talos Principle: Road To Gehenna - Steam
New DLC for the Portal-like Puzzle game, The Talos Principle.