Plus: Watch Dogs 3 London Setting, Halo Infinite’s Massive Budget and Game Subscription Contracts Being Investigated…
Nintendo Labo gets some good news as Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey VR confirmed. Plus fan suspicions are confirmed as Watchdogs 3 heads to London.
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- Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey Go VR
- Watch Dogs 3 will be Set in London
- Halo Infinite Reportedly Cost 500 Million Dollars
- Game Subscription Services Being Investigated
Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey Go VR
Nintendo Switch’s biggest titles The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey are to get free VR updates this month.
The updates come as part of the Nintendo Labo Toy Con 4 virtual reality kit for the console.
Super Mario Odyssey is to get three extra mini games designed for VR:
- Luncheon Kingdoms
There is no information on what new content, if any, Breath of the Wild is set to receive.
However, reportedly, there is a new menu item which states “This Game is Compatible with the Toy-Con VR Goggles”.
This could suggest that the entire game may be playable in VR, which is sure to bring an entirely new perspective to The Legend of Zelda.
Reports also suggest that a new game is not required to take advantage of VR in these titles and that VR can be switched on or off at any time.
Nintendo Labo VR support for the two titles is set to be made available as a free update on 25th April this year.
Watch Dogs 3 will be Set in London
It has been confirmed by the game’s developers that the third installment in the popular open world action series will indeed be set in the UK’s capital.
This comes as not quite a surprise, as fans have had this theory for a while since, following a patch, the ending of Watchdogs 2 was updated to reference the London area of Brixton.
Watchdogs has a history of setting it’s games in very interesting cities, with the original being set in Chicago and the sequel taking place in San Francisco.
London would make a great setting for a game, and one that we haven’t seen for a while, since very ambitious, yet seriously flawed, Sony-developed open world action title The Getaway.
While The Getaway did capture some of the nuances and character of London, with a pretty good story, the gameplay was buggy, sluggish and not well implemented.
With today’s gaming budgets and technology, it will be very interesting to see what top notch artists and developers from Ubisoft Montreal can come up with.
There is no official release date set yet, but I would expect Watchdogs 3 to arrive some time late next year. However I would also expect to see some gameplay footage at this year’s E3 in June.
Halo Infinite Reportedly Cost $500 Million
The upcoming installment in the massively popular Halo series reportedly cost half a billion dollars to produce, almost double the current most expensive game Grand Theft Auto V.
While this may be a large figure, it isn’t unheard of for large game developments to have massive price tags, especially when they are the first in a new series to implement a new game engine (the Slipspace engine in this case), which is where most of the money goes.
Large game titles like this are also started well in advance, and the cost is spread over a long period.
Such was the case with Red Dead Redemption 2 which took a total of 10 years to develop from start to finish.
A prequel to the first Halo game, Halo Infinite is currently in development for Xbox One and PC and is set to launch next year.
Game Subscription Services Being Investigated
The current game subscription services from Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft have been confirmed as being under investigation by the United Kingdom’s Competitions and Markets Authority.
The CMA believes that all of these companies are in violation of consumer rights due their business practices, in particular, the fairness of contracts set forth by online subscriptions.
The CMA have also stated that they are looking in to how easy it is to get a refund from said companies where digital products are concerned, and how easy it is to cancel a contract.
This news comes just a few days after Sony updated their online digital pre-order refund process to make it easier to get refunds for digital games, so long as they haven’t been downloaded or used.
Sony have also recently been hit by a torrent of refund requests over Electronic Arts’ and Bioware’s ambitious multiplayer online game Anthem.
Since launch, Anthem has been plagued by many bugs, some even game breaking and console bricking. It has since been revealed that the game’s development was rushed by Bioware, being created in just 2 years.
The CMA have stated that they launched the investigation in response to a “Super Complaint” by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau concerningautomatically renewing contracts.
However auto-renew contracts are nothing new and a lot of subscription based services such as Virgin Media and Sky implement this feature.
Whether the timing of Sony’s policy change has anything to do with the CMA’s investigation is unknown, but the timing seems highly suspicious.
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