Written By: Steve Vegvari
This is your daily video game news recap for Thursday, January 25.
Every Monday-Friday we give you a rundown of all the noteworthy industry news.
Square Enix’s Crystal Dynamics announced that the studio has hired 15 of the top industry professionals. These highly skilled individuals would be joining the development company to work on Crystal’s ‘The Avengers’.
Names include former writer and creative director of Naughty Dog; Shaun Escayg, and Stephen Barry of the now late Visceral Games. This group of 15 have come from all reaches of games and look to enrich the development process and deliver an outstanding title.
Ubisoft has launched a beta test for their new gaming AI; Sam. Canadian gamers are able to Ubisoft Club app on their phone and interact with the Siri-like program.
Sam can interact with users and provide information on Ubisoft software. User’s can ask simple questions such as “How long have I been playing Assassin’s Creed: Origins?” and Sam can pull up the users playtime, and completion percentage.
While Sam may not have the capabilities to answer questions outside of the game’s realm, the AI program has a plethora of Ubisoft information to pull from. Trailers, release dates, and more can be accessed from the app.
Ubisoft unveiled the third PVP update for the online third-person shooter; Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Indicated in the patch notes, the update will launch on January 25th on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The update will include a new ‘Extraction Mode’, in which two teams will cycle between attacking and defending a compound area whilst the attacking team extracts a hostage. In addition, two new maps will be included.
The Extended Ops update will fix a wide array of known bugs. Lastly, Ubisoft is including colorblind options to both campaign and multiplayer with multiple colorblind options.
As The Last Jedi season comes to an end for Star Wars Battlefront II, EA teases on what is next. On the official website, EA gives multiple statistics players have accumulated in the latest season. With over 10 million faction quests completed, 156’969’813 spawns on Crait, EA notes “War is only beginning”.
In addition to the a new season beginning, EA briefly mentions a change to the progression system. Specifics won’t be revealed until March, however EA states they have been listening to their community and will be reacting accordingly. A new ‘Jetpack Cargo’ mode will be available to players for a limited time come February.
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