#9 A CEASEFIRE WAS CALLED ON TRIAD WARS
You may have uttered “Triad What?” after reading that headline, and fair enough too – the Sleeping Dogs spin-off has laid pretty low since its existence was broadcast to the gaming media way back in 2014. So low, in fact, that it is now no longer a thing.
“We've loved seeing how you've played Triad Wars but we know it wasn't right for many of you so we're letting you know today that we are going to close the beta and service on 20th January 2016 at 12pm Pacific Standard Time,” said developer United Front Games.
So why are we are celebrating that a developer is putting a dog down? Just look at the wording of that statement! Surely the “wasn’t right for many of you” means Sleeping Dogs 2 is on the cards, right? And we loved the first, so more napping Canis’ is fine by us.
#8 JUST CAUSE 3 GOT EVEN CRAZIER
On the eve of the new year, the kind and talented folks behind the popular and utterly bonkers Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod revealed that they were in the process of giving Just Cause 3 some similar treatment.
The group even released a video showing how far along the mod was, and it’s astonishingly far along given the game only released in late November in the US.
“We’re incredibly excited to show off the progress we’ve made these last few weeks,” wrote developer jaxm on the JC-MP forums. “Moving forward you can expect frequent updates on our progress along with exciting new developments as they happen.”
You may be excited, jaxm, but not as excited as we are.
#7 SOMETHING WENT RIGHT FOR HIDEO KOJIMA
Last year was a rough one for Hideo Kojima, but 2016 begun in a much friendlier fashion for the Japanese developer when it was announced that this year he will be inducted into The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame.
The 2015 Hall of Fame Award will be presented to Kojima by film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist Guillermo del Toro (who collaborated with him on P.T.), and when he steps onto the stage to be officially inducted at the 19th D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony on February 19, the Metal Gear Solid creator will be the 21st member to inhabit said Hall of Fame.
Prior inductees to the Hall of Fame include Rockstar alum Leslie Benzies, Dan Houser, and Sam Houser (2014), Oculus’ Tim Sweeney (2012), and BioWare founders Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Dr. Ray Muzyka (2011).
“Hideo Kojima’s career-defining works have shaped much of how the video game industry approaches cinematic storytelling and player engagement,” said Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences president Martin Rae.
“As one of the most well-loved and well-respected designers of our time, it is a great honour for the Academy to induct him into our Hall of Fame. Hideo is a game creator whose eyes have always looked towards the future, and we look forward to his thoughts on the D.I.C.E. Summit stage.”
There’s a nice summary of Kojima’s career to date over on the Academy’s official website.
#6 UNCHARTED 4 TOOK THE LONG WAY HOME
Just before Christmas, Naughty Dog announced that the release of the final entry in the Uncharted series would be pushed back, presumably because my 'Joel murders zombie Drake' fan-fic script was finally read and accepted by the developer as canon in the series.
“Let’s start with the good news: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is wrapping up production and is shaping up to be the proper send off for Nathan Drake that we’ve promised you,” wrote Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann on PlayStation Blog. “The bad news is that we need a bit more time to finish the game so that it meets our standards and vision.”
This is the second time the The Last of Us studio has delayed the upcoming action adventure: Uncharted 4 was initially expected to launch in 2015, was then given March 18, 2016 release date, and will now emerge from the wilderness on April 29.
“Pushing the date is not an easy choice, and we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t feel in our hearts it’s the best course of action for the game,” added Straley and Druckmann.
“To you, our loyal fans, we hope you’ll accept our sincere apology. We know many of you have been waiting patiently for Nathan Drake’s final chapter, and now we humbly ask you to wait a bit longer.”
#5 RUMOUR: ASSASSIN’S CREED IS OUT, WATCH DOGS 2 IS IN
2008 aside, Ubisoft has released at least one Assassin’s Creed game every year since the series kicked off in ‘07. However, according to a number Kotaku sources (and, er, a 4chan post), there won’t be a core Assassin’s Creed title released this year.
Apparently the decision to delay the next installment was made after the buggy release of Assassin’s Creed: Unity in 2014. According to the same sources, the next AC game is believed to be set in ancient Egypt, be code-named Empire, and be slated for a 2017 release. It has even been suggested that the series might shift to a biennial release schedule, which would suit us down to the ground.
But what will fill that assassin-shaped hole in Ubisoft’s release schedule? Internet pundits suggest the likely candidate is the yet-to-be-announced but surely-in-development Watch Dogs 2 – a game some in the GP community are fairly psyched about.