The Quest Log: May 9, 2017

Welcome to the start (well, day two) of a new week, Gamers! Some very unexpected news arrived today about the sequel to one of the most successful indie games ever released on Steam, but that’s certainly not all. Check out the highlights below. 

Risk of Rain 2 Announced

Hopoo games dropped a bomb on the indie gaming community today with their official reveal of Risk of Rain 2. The original indie darling was a partially roguelike 2D action platformer that originally launched back in 2013 to critical acclaim and commercial success, so I’m sure there are plenty of people who will be excited by today’s news. Pixel art purists, however, might be disappointed to learn that Hopoo’s going 3D with the upcoming sequel. Regardless, the game looks like good, chaotic fun to me.

http://hopooo.tumblr.com/post/160452455554/devblog-1-our-next-project-weve-been-working

More Details About the Next Assassin’s Creed Leak

While it was previously rumored that the next Assassin’s Creed game would be subtitled Empire, a new leak suggests that the game will be named Assassin’s Creed: Origins and that it’ll be revealed officially next Month at E3, 2017. The game–the first core AC game to be released after a one-year hiatus–looks like it’ll still be set in Ancient Egypt, and it also looks like it’ll feature naval combat and multiple playable protagonists once again. According to the source of the leak, it’s being developed by the AC4: Black Flag team, which should be encouraging to fans who might have been disappointed with the most recent showings in the storied franchise.

Shortly after the leak broke, a Redditor submitted the above image to the Assassin’s Creed Subreddit. They’ve since deleted their account, but the image appears to feature a similar player character as another image that Ubisoft “debunked” earlier this year.

http://wwg.com/2017/05/06/next-assassins-creed-is-named-origins/

Larian Studios Unveil “Game Master” Mode for Divinity: Original Sin 2

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an upcoming cRPG currently in Early Access on Steam that you should definitely be paying attention to. Larian Studios, the Belgian developers behind the game, have gone to great lengths to re-create the experiences of classic, 90s-era PC RPGs for a modern audience, but today’s announcement might just be their best one yet. 

Game Master mode allows players to step into the role of a DnD-style dungeon master and craft tabletop-like RPG campaigns to play through with their friends. From the looks of things, they’ll allow users to import custom assets as well as to utilize those already found in the game. It’s reminiscent of the modding tools BioWare made available with Neverwinter nights that contributed to that game’s long life and success. They’ll be showing off the mode on Twitch today in a live stream hosted by Matthew Mercer of Critical Role (oh, and the voice of Overwatch’s McCree among so many others).

http://www.divinity.game/newsposts/2017/5/9/kickstarter-update-36-how-do-you-wanna-do-this

The Quest Log: April 25, 2017

Welcome back to the Quest Log, gamers, your place for the latest highlights in gaming news and rumors. Heroes of the Storm 2.0 rolls out today, so I know what I’ll be checking out later tonight, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the headlines below!

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Goes Live, Brings Overwatch’s D.Va Along for the Ride

We reported last week that Blizzard would be giving away a bunch of free heroes this week as part of their celebration for the just-released version 2.0 update to Heroes of the Storm, and that day is here. The real big news, however, is the third and final new hero they’ve just revealed: everyone’s favorite pro-gamer turned freedom fighter, D.Va. Miss Song is a personal favorite of mine in Overwatch, and I’m very excited to see how she plays in the online brawler.

Blizzard’s kicking off the update’s launch with a 4-week event in which players can earn mounts for HOTS and skins for Overwatch. Also, check out the sweet cinematic above showing off HOTS’ two newest heroes battling it out with Diablo in the new, Overwatch-themed map, Hanamura.

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/heroes20/

SNES Classic Edition Rumored to Be in Production

Nintendo surprised nearly everyone earlier this month by announcing that the NES Classic Edition was being discontinued, but Eurogamer’s reporting on a rumor that might help to explain the move. Citing “sources close to (Nintendo),” they’re saying that a miniature SNES is already in development. It’s not necessarily a surprise given the NES CE’s popularity, but take the rumor with a grain of salt nonetheless. If true, it’s plausible that Nintendo had to free up production for their next diminutive gaming machine. 

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-04-19-sources-nintendo-to-launch-snes-mini-this-year

South Korena Presidential Candidate Releases StarCraft: Brood War Maps

Despite being nearly 20 years old, the original StarCraft and its expansion are still very popular in South Korea, so maybe it won’t come as a surprise to hear that Moon Jae-in, a presidential candidate in the country, has created and released two maps for the real-time strategy game. They’re as simplistic as they come with the only noteworthy element being that he’s spelled his name out in mineral deposits, but I can’t help but think that the US is lacking in game-savvy politicians of our own.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2017/04/20/a-south-korean-presidential-candidate-just-released-a-star-craft-map-as-part-of-his-campaign.aspx

Is the Nintendo NX another “Gimmick”?

In an interview with Asahi Shimbum, Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has described the upcoming platform as “a new way of playing games, which I think will have a larger impact than the Wii U.” It is no surprise that their next console will have a new feature that they would claim could change the way games are played, this is the same company that created the rumble pack along with other industry changing innovations. 

The question that Nintendo will have to answer, after the downward spiral of the Wii U, is why should the average gamer care? Nintendo will always have their hardcore fan base that will buy their product, however the Wii U proved that they cannot survive on this pool alone. In a day that Microsoft and Sony rule the gaming space (from a console perspective), it could prove rather difficult to find their footing once again. Will the NX be the next Wii? 

While Nintendo has confirmed that they will not be showing off the new console this year at E32016, they did go on to say that they would be holding a separate event for the introduction of the platform. What do you think, can they make noise in the console market again? Or do you want to see them move to a primarily software based movement onto other platforms? Let us know in the comments below.