The Quest Log: August 15, 2017

Sonic Mania is here, and it’s good! Also, it’s about time we got a really great classic-style Sonic Game. Speaking of classic games, raise your hand if you’d like you to see Amaterasu (the white, furry one) on current gen consoles! Okay, good. Now take a look at today’s highlights below:

Okami HD rumored for PS4 and Xbox One

Yesterday, Kotaku UK reported on a rumor that the original Okami could be coming to Xbox One and PS4 this December. In addition to the title showing up on two separate European vendors’ lists of upcoming releases, Kotaku UK corroborated the rumor with two unrevealed sources. Okami, which originally released for PS2 in 2006 before being ported to PS3 and Wii, was developed by the late Clover Studio and blew the world away with its watercolor art style and Zelda-like gameplay. It’s a classic that everyone should experience at least once, so it’s great news to hear that a whole new generation of gamers may be able to do just that.

http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2017/08/14/report-okami-hd-heading-for-xmas-release-on-ps4xbox-one

When we announced that we’d be transitioning away from the Battle.net name for our online-gaming service, we suspected that the shift would be challenging. We understood that Battle.net stood for something special—it represents years of shared history and enjoyment, community and friendship, for all of us and our players.

— Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard’s Battle.net gets another name change

This past March we reported that Blizzard had officially decided to nix the moniker “Battle.net” for its online service and game launcher. While the PC app did at one point see a name change, it would seem the rebranding effort simply couldn’t stick. As of yesterday, the service will once again be known as Battle.net or, more officially, as Blizzard Battle.net. Yay!

https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/20972461/blizzard-battle-net-update

Hideki Kamiya says Nier: Automata saved Platinum

Hideki Kamiya, founder of PlatinumGames, took to Twitter to laud Yoko Taro for literally saving the studio. While the original tweet is in Japanese, as one would expect, a NeoGaf user posted a translation, part of which reads: “it’s a pitiful story, but to say that Yoko-san saved Platinum would not be an exaggeration. I cannot thank him enough.” PlatinumGames, which rose from the ashes of Clover Studio (don’t you love it when the news seems to form a cohesive narrative all on its own), is virtually unparalleled in the world of action game design with hit titles such as Bayonetta, Vanquish, and Metal Gaer Rising: Revengence under their belt, but they’ve recently encountered financial stress likely exacerbated by the cancellation of upcoming Xbox One Exclusive Scalebound. It’s great to learn that Platinum will be around for a while longer, and I’m particularly happy that one of my favorite games of the year was the title to make that a reality for them.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=246051818&postcount=1

The Quest Log: March 27, 2017

Happy Monday, gamers! And welcome back to The Quest Log, where you’ll find the hottest gaming news highlights. When I started collecting news items to highlight here, I didn’t intend for Activision Blizzard to dominate the post, but here we are…

Bungie Officially Announces Destiny 2

After a very official-looking poster began making the rounds on the internet last week teasing a September release date and an upcoming beta test, Bungie have finally made Destiny 2 official. All we have from them at this point is a very simple and uninformative teaser image, but expect to see some more substantial news right around the corner, especially with the Age of Triumph event kicking off tomorrow.

https://twitter.com/DestinyTheGame/

Blizzard Reveals StarCraft Remaster

Well, they’ve finally gone and done it. Over the weekend, Blizzard surprisingly pulled the curtain back on StarCraft Remastered. Here’s what fans of the classic RTS can expect:

We’ve remastered our units, buildings, and environments, improved game audio, and broadened our supported resolutions. Illustrated interludes bring the struggles and victories of heroes like Artanis, Fenix, Tassadar, Raynor and Kerrigan to life like never before. Most importantly, the strategy gameplay that StarCraft perfected years ago remains unchanged.

A trailer’s live that demonstrates the upgrade in resolution. On top of audio and visual enhancements, the remaster will also integrate fully into Blizzard’s modern social and multiplayer platform.

https://starcraft.com/en-us/

“Battle.net” Is No More

It’s the end of the era (but not really). Blizzard’s online gaming service and game client will henceforth be known only as the “Blizzard App.” Battle.net first launched along with the original Diablo and helped to usher in an age of online gaming that was more accessible and more compelling to gamers than it had ever been before. The studio laid out their plans some time ago to phase out the name “Battle.net” in favor of a more cohesive developer identity, so while this isn’t a surprise, it might take some getting used to.

Image courtesy of Reddit user /u/Sawovsky

Final Fantasy XV March Update Brings New Content to Final Chapter

The long-awaited March update to Final Fantasy XV has gone live, bringing with it a number of improvements aimed at the epic RPG’s endgame, including buffs to some upper-level spells and an “alternate” route to progress through the game’s ultimate chapter, allowing players to take control of Gladio and Ignis as they search for Noctis. The update is free to all owners of the game and launches on the eve of “Episode Gladiolus,” the DLC mission that launches tomorrow and stars, you guessed it, Gladio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLrB7N-XfPs