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.
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!
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.