This Week in Gaming: Sep 25, 2017

We’re back for another week with another healthy dose of your weekly gaming news. This week has had some big stories come out of the gaming industry, along with some of the biggest games of the year releasing this week too. Take a look below at the bite-sized chunks of the biggest gaming news this week.

Voice Actors and Video Game Makers end Boycott

You may or may not have known about The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) boycott against video game companies. For 11 months SAG-AFTRA had boycotted certain video game companies like EA, Activision and much more due to concerns over actor safety, industry precedent and best practices.

After long and drawn out negotiations an agreement has been reached and the boycott has now ended. One of the key issues and the main sticking point in the negotiations taking so long was the issue of secondary compensation, also known as residuals or bonuses. In better and easier to understand terms, this means the royalties.

Speaking about the agreement, Gabrielle Carteris, president of SAG-AFTRA said “This is an important advance in this critical industry space. We secured a number of gains including for the first time, a secondary payment structure which was one of the members’ key concerns.”

This is great news for the industry and although the issue seems to have to take a while to resolve, it has been resolved nonetheless. Hopefully, we can get some of the greatest voice actors back doing what they do best, making us fall in love with their characters.

Valves 4 Player Co-Op Fantasy Game

Artwork for an ‘Untitled Fantasy Game’ has been revealed on acclaimed artist and designer Drew Wolf’s website. Drew once worked for Valve and this has got people talking about this canceled games possible future, asking if this was to be the next Valve game?

The Images have appeared on Drews Website under the banner Untitled Fantasy Game. The gallery shows a batch of impressive sketches which was said to be part of an internal R&D project.

Speaking about the project Drew said, “The goal was to present as many groups of four adventures as possible in order to establish a diverse cast of archetypal characters.” By looking at the images you can see that he certainly accomplished that.

Drew continued by saying “During the development, I created a mood sketch for each character. They were done in a classic sci-fi/fantasy book cover. Each sketch represents a slice of the world each character came from as well as a hint at who they are and what they do. This collateral art helped convey the direction quickly and facilitate creative discussion for each character.”

Unfortunately, this looks likely to be another great looking concept lost in the ether, but with Kickstarter, anything is possible these days. Drew’s online profiles still say he is employed at Valve, so you never know if this will resurface.

The full gallery of images can be found here: https://www.drewwolf.com/#/rndchar/

PUBG vs Fortnite

Fornite developer Epic Games have recently added a battle royale mode into their game and there appear to be more than a few similarities with that of PUBG – and we aren’t the only ones to notice.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole have threatened legal action, but this raises the question of whether it is actually illegal to rip off someone’s game, without actually stealing any assets?

In a recent press statement, Bluehole’s Chang Han Kim said: “We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press.” This is the same press release that states Bluehole will look for further action against Epic Games.

From my point of view, this has all the hallmarks of a war of words, kind of like Trump with North Korea, minus the nukes. The potential for a complaint being filled in court is there, but the probability seems really low. Afterall, it’s almost like only have one first-person shooter because the first person viewpoint is copyrighted, it just cannot happen.

The Last of Us Outbreak Day Merchandise Reveal

It’s a good day for all you Last of Us fans out there, myself included. Naughty Dog has released a teaser image for the upcoming Last of Us Part 2. In the world of The Last Of Us, September 26th is known as ‘Outbreak Day’, it’s the day the clickers began clicking as the disease spread and corrupted much of mankind.

To celebrate this most glorious of all fictitious days Naughty Dog has released a teaser image along with a new t-shirt.

The teaser images seen above is also available as a poster and comes from artist Kevin Tong, who designed a similar looking poster for the previous Last of Us game. Fans have already begun to speculate around this teaser image, but in all honesty, not much is being given away. The T-shirt is also available for purchase is a sleek design with a simple Last of Us Part 2 logo – giving even less away.

The hype is well and truly starting and to accompany it Naughty Dog are having a sale on the PlayStation Store for digital Last of Us content all week. Get them whilst they’re hot.

Game releases this week

GamePlatform(s)Date
Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 2: The PactPS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, AndroidSep 26, 2017
Blue ReflectionPS4, PCSep 26, 2017
Danganronpa V3: Killing HarmonyPS4, VitaSep 26, 2017
Fallout 4: Game of the Year EditionPS4, VitaSep 26, 2017
Halo Wars 2: Awakening the NightmareXbox One, PCSep 26, 2017
HobPS4, PCSep 26, 2017
Raid: World War 2PCSep 26, 2017
RuinerPS4, Xbox One, PCSep 26, 2017
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach SplashPS4Sep 26, 2017
CupheadXbox One, PCSep 29, 2017
FIFA 18PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, Xbox 360, PS3Sep 29, 2017
Gundam VersusPS4Sep 29, 2017
Total War: Warhammer 2PCSep 29, 2017
Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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