Aussie Gaming News Digest for 10 November 2017
All the day's biggest news in one easily-digestible roundup.
The PS5 and the next Xbox won't be coming any time soon, according to Ubisoft
With both Microsoft and Sony releasing upgraded versions of their consoles this generation, it's natural to wonder what effect this will have on the traditional cycle of wholly new consoles down the line. When will we see the inevitable PS5 and next Xbox? Well, according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, it won't be any time in the near future. During the studio's recent financial report to investors, Guillemot stated that the release of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X mean new consoles are two years off at the earliest.
"As Sony launched PlayStation 4 Pro last year and Microsoft Xbox One X this year, we think we still have a minimum of two years in front of us before something new is coming," Guillemot said. "But that's our perception, we don't have any confidential information on that front."
Considering the Xbox One X already upped its predecessor's raw processing power by more than four times, it makes sense that the next wave of consoles is still a way off. Then again, if the iterative console cycle proves more successful for Sony and Microsoft, maybe we'll see consoles go the way of smartphones and new systems are closer than we think. Time will tell.
Humvee is suing Call of Duty developer Activision for trademark infringement
Despite strong sales for Call of Duty: WWII, Activision isn't having a great week. AM General, the manufacturer of the Humvee military jeep line, is suing the maker of Call of Duty for including the vehicles in its hugely-popular first-person shooters without permission. According to AM General, Activision owes the success of Call of Duty to the inclusion of the iconic jeeps, with the series' popularity coming "only at the expense of AM General and consumers who are deceived into believing that AM General licenses the games or is somehow connected with or involved in the creation of the games."
Activision isn't commenting on the litigation, but it seems both companies have been in talks for more than a year now with no progress. Given how shaky AM General's claim is regarding Humvee's role in Call of Duty's popularity, it doesn't seem likely that the vehicle manufacturer will get the hefty compensation it's asking for, but who knows.
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Play For Honor for free this weekend
Looking to knock down some knights, eviscerate some Vikings and slice up some samurai this weekend? You're in luck: Ubisoft is holding a free weekend for its melee-focused action game For Honor starting today and continuing through to Monday evening. The full For Honor experience is yours to explore, including the entire campaign mode and all multiplayer features. And if you take a liking to the steel-on-steel action, you can purchase the game outright at 60% off for a limited time, with all your progress from this weekend carrying over.
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There will be more games set in The Witcher universe in the future
While The Witcher 3 marked the end of Geralt of Rivia's adventures in the video game space, developer CD Projekt Red still has plans to make more games set in the universe of the White Wolf. In an interview with the Polish website StrefaInwestorow.pl and translated by resetera user Cornbread78, CDP CEO Adam Kiciński reminded fans of The Witcher that the studio still owns the rights to the franchise, and it plans on returning to it in the future. According to Kiciński, fans wouldn't forgive CDP if it abandoned The Witcher completely.
That said, Kiciński reiterated that the studio is fully focused on its current title Cyberpunk 2077 for the time being, so don't expect any big announcements any time soon.
South Park goes portable with South Park: Phone Destroyer
If South Park: The Fractured But Whole didn't satisfy your hunger for virtual Cartman, don't fret: a second South Park game has just launched, and it's completely free to download right now. South Park: Phone Destroyer is a collectible-card game mixed with an RTS, where you build a deck filled with iconic South Park characters and duke it out in real-time battles against both the AI and other players. The game features a 60-level story mode riffing on moments from the show along with a player-versus-player online multiplayer mode with support for leaderboards, teams and live events.
Get your tabletop fix without all the mess in Humble Bundle's Games Workshop sale
If you dig the concept of large-scale tabletop games like Warhammer but can't set aside the time or space to set them up, you'll want to pop on over to Humble Bundle this weekend for its Games Workshop sale. With up to 90% off the digital interpretations and adaptations of the most-popular Games Workshop titles, the sale provides a cheap and hassle-free way of diving into the world of tabletop gaming without needing to write off a whole day of preparation and organisation just to play one round of one game.
We've rounded up the best deals of the sale below, with prices converted to AUD for your convenience. You can also browse the full Games Workshop sale here.
|Title||Discounted price||Buy it|
|Talisman: Digital Edition||$3.12||Go to site|
|Space Hulk||$6.51||Go to site|
|Warhammer 40K: Space Marine||$7.81||Go to site|
|Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide||$9.77||Go to site|
|Blood Bowl 2||$13.03||Go to site|
|Mordheim: City of the Damned||$13.03||Go to site|
|Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War III||$31.29||Go to site|
|Total War: Warhammer||$39.12||Go to site|
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