It has essentially become tradition for the biggest new game releases to occur towards the end of the year and 2018 is no different with a host of major launches expected to take place. As well as the annual release of the latest additions to the much-loved FIFA and Call of Duty franchises, excitement is also building for other new games including Super Smash Bros Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch.
However, if gamers had to choose just one title as their most anticipated of 2018 at this point, many would undoubtedly pick Red Dead Redemption 2. It has been eight long years since Rockstar Games released the much-loved original and expectations are high for what kind of adventure the next chapter in the western epic will take us on.
Among the latest information to be released about the game – which is due to launch on October 26th – has been the range of special editions that players will have to choose from, with a number of versions set to offer different types of content. There is even a collector’s edition in the pipeline which will not even include the game, but instead focus on physical memorabilia such as a bandana, cigarette and playing cards, pins and even a jigsaw puzzle.
Of course, the fundamental reason why anticipation is so high for the sequel is that the original was such a huge success, with Rockstar building on its depictions of modern crime in the Grand Theft Auto series by breathing new life into the western genre. So many aspects of the game were well-received by fans and critics alike and there will be lots from the original that they will be hoping that Red Dead Redemption 2 will build on.
One issue that the new game simply has to show to earn the same level of respect as the original is the same level of nuance and detail.
The level of complexity shown to build a truly authentic western feel was immense in the first game, running all of the way down to the inclusion of mini-games including blackjack. As Betway Casino outlines, the card classic based around achieving a hand close to the value of 21 remains hugely popular across the world but Red Dead Redemption gave it a seedy feel by grounding it in the dive bars of the west. Other popular mini-games included the other classic card game of poker as well as horseshoes and the fairly brutal Five Finger Fillet.
Arguably best known to movie fans as the game played by the android Bishop in James Cameron’s 1986 classic Aliens, the game sees players lay their hand flat on a table and try to stab the gaps between their fingers. It will be interesting to see whether Red Dead Redemption 2 includes this game and the others from the original or instead introduces us to a range of new challenges.
Of course, for all of the effort that went into creating an authentic western feel, Red Dead Redemption was also famous for having one of the greatest offbeat extensions of all time. Released in October 2010, Undead Nightmare brought a whole new storyline based around a zombie virus into the western world and, while the move may not have sounded like a match made in heaven, it was a huge success. So much so, in fact, that IGN writer Daemon Hatfield even described it as his favourite thing about the whole game.
A bizarre but often brilliant retooling of the original game, it was a version that gamers didn’t realize they needed. Its success even earned it a physical release, while the content also won a prize at the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards.
A thing of absolute beauty
While we cannot help but love the addition of zombies to the world, probably the single most vital aspect to Red Dead Redemption’s success was simply its overall execution. As so many gaming writers have commented upon across the past eight years, it is a game that had everything from stunning visuals to a gripping storyline which perfectly recreated the classic themes you would associate with the western genre.
People Mechanics even notes that the plot is a “heart-wrenching and bittersweet one”, which highlights how Red Dead Redemption reaches an emotional depth few other titles come close to. Not for nothing does the game hold a 95/100 score on Metacritic.
Is it October yet?
When all of the above is considered, it is quite clear why the original Red Dead Redemption was so loved – it was hands-down a modern video game classic.
Red Dead Redemption 2 clearly has major shoes to fill, but considering Rockstar’s track record when it comes to sequel success, we would not be surprised in the slightest to see them pull it off. To put it plainly, the end of October simply cannot come soon enough.
There are strong indications that Persona 3 Reload The Answer DLC may be on the horizon
Speculations about the inclusion of The Answer in the latest Persona 3 Reload have been circulating for some time now and seem to be gaining credibility. After being played for some time, new evidence suggests that more SEES action is on the horizon. Caution: Spoilers ahead for Persona 3 Reload!
Completing the game on merciless difficulty will result in Elizabeth from The Velvet Room giving you a cryptic clue, hinting that The Answer is approaching. According to PC Gamer, YouTuber Faz used a cheat engine to reach that stage and record the conversation. Elizabeth delivers players a mysterious message: “At the end of a great trial, the answer illuminates my path.”
The Answer occurs after the events of Persona 3, focusing on the cyborg warrior Aigis in the weeks following the game’s climax and offering around 30 hours of content. Persona 3 Reload feels unfinished until its latest update, which follows the trend of Atlus finding ways to release enhanced versions of their games, like Persona 4 Golden or Persona 5 Royal. Speculations were circulating about The Answer being in development, which aligns with the findings of dataminers. However, an official confirmation is still pending.
Is it possible that we will uncover the answer in Persona 3 Reload? Are you eagerly anticipating it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Remedy reclaims ownership of Control IP from Publisher 505 Games
Remedy Entertainment has recently revealed that they now have complete ownership of the Control IP, which was previously shared with 505 Games. Remedy allegedly spent 17 million euros for the opportunity; nevertheless, 505 Games will continue as the publisher until 2024 during the transition.
In a recent press release, CEO Tero Virtala mentioned that the company will thoroughly evaluate its options, acknowledging the widespread appeal of the Control franchise among various partners. Furthermore, Virtala shared a quick update on the other ongoing projects now that Alan Wake 2 has been released. “Condor and Control 2 have made significant progress recently, and we anticipate these projects to advance to the next stages of development by the first half of 2024.”
Condor is the codename for Remedy’s multiplayer game set in the Control universe. Control 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the first game, was announced in late 2022 following the developer’s new publishing agreement with 505 Games. The Finnish game studio managed to create a brand-new path for the future at some point in their journey, perhaps as a result of recent successes.
How do you feel about Remedy gaining control of the Control IP from 505 Games? Are you looking forward to what the future holds for the series? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Neil Druckmann, the head of Naughty Dog, is not planning to create games indefinitely
Neil Druckmann, the president of Naughty Dog, believes he may not continue creating video games indefinitely, especially not on the grand scale we’re accustomed to from the renowned creative. He is widely recognized for his contributions to Uncharted and The Last of Us. His positive experience adapting the latter for HBO, combined with a shift in priorities towards family, led him to consider making a significant change.
Druckmann’s reflections were captured in an interview with rapper Logic on his YouTube show, Logically Thinking (thanks to VGC), where he mused, “I guess that I don’t see myself doing this forever at this scale.”. Talking about the importance of spending quality time with one’s children, the subject resonated with the Naughty Dog boss, leading to a thoughtful conversation:
“You mentioned entering a new phase in life where your kids are the top priority, and I can relate because my kids are also my main focus… I understand the value of time and prioritize spending it wisely, especially when others want to share it with me. I’m currently at a stage in my life where I’m contemplating my ultimate goal. When is the right moment to decide to end it?
Druckmann is likely referring to stepping away from AAA game development and studio management to avoid the overwhelming anxiety that comes with those responsibilities, as he mentioned that it can be draining. Managing a large number of people and multiple studios worldwide can be quite overwhelming.
However, he would still need a place to channel all that creativity, and he might not be the only one to fall for Hollywood’s allure: “I can envision myself moving towards something that’s more laid-back and less stressful but still allows me to express my creativity. However, I’ve begun contemplating the number of similar games I have left in me, and it’s not a large quantity.
How many additional projects do you anticipate Neil Druckmann leading? Regardless of the quantity, his impact is expected to endure far into the future as we all eventually depart this world. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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