Here’s a quick round up of three of the biggest stories of the week.
HALF LIFE 3 NOT IN DEVELOPMENT!
It’s on, it’s off, it’s on, it’s off, it was definitely, on and now it’s off again. Yes, the almost laughable saga that is Half Life 3 has taken another…well…not unexpected turn. Voice actor, John Patrick Lowrie, who has worked on a number of Valve titles, has claimed that Half 3 is currently not in development.
Among the many reasons, the main issue for Valve, according to Lowrie, is motion capture.
The big thing now with First Person Shooters is motion capture, or mo-cap. One of the great things about [Half Life 2] is that all of the characters that you meet actually look at you when they talk to you no matter where you go or stand. With mo-cap you can’t do that, at least not yet…..Once you film the actor doing something and capture that motion, that’s what the character is going to do. This works great in movies, but when you make something interactive it gets way less interactive with mo-cap. So that’s one of the things they’re working on.”
This news would normally crush many Half Life fans but we’ve heard it before and it wouldn’t surprise us here at Twinstick if next week we have a new piece of information stating the game is in development. So even with John Patrick Lowrie’s statement, bare in mind developers and publishers like to play with the cards close to their chests -especially this close to Gamescom (August 21 – 25).
THIEF HAS A CONFIRMED RELEASE DATE
It has been some time since the glorious Thief series graced our lives and the latest installment, according to Sqaure Enixis, is set to hit European shelves on the 28th of February 2014 on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC (yet again, not on the Wii U). Americans will see this on their shores on the 25th of February.
The blurb on the back of the box according to MCV reads “Garrett the Master Thief is entangled in the growing layers of conflict between Baron Northcrest and the oppressed masses led by Orion, the voice of the people.”
FIFA 13 TOP DOG IN THE UK.
According to GfK Chart-Track Fifa 13 has surpassed 3 million UK sales and knocked Call of Duty Black Ops 2 off the top spot. Call of Duty has been the top selling franchise of the last 12 month but this might be concerning news to Activision who recently announced that pre-orders for Call of Duty: Ghosts were below expectation.
“As one might expect in this console transition year, pre-orders for Call of Duty: Ghosts are well below the record-setting pace set by Call of Duty: Black Ops II last year,” Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg told investors “However, our quantitative consumer research indicates that hesitation amongst past club pre-orders is primarily due to not knowing which platform they will be playing on, which is natural at this time in the console transition.”
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