The Game News Bar was created by combining two of my favorite things, drinking, and video games. This will either be weekly, or daily I haven’t decided yet, series is going to focus on providing you the latest and greatest gaming news, but with my own personal opinion attached to it. I’m still planning this out and I’m not sure what it’ll eventually become, but I’m excited to introduce this and I hope it does well.
Ubisoft has been busy this month. They announced that they plan on releasing 4 triple-A games before the end of their fiscal year and one of them (Ghost Recon Breakpoint) we already know about. That’s not all I have for you though. Epic Games has yet another PC exclusive game coming to their platform, an adapter that lets you play your Nintendo Switch with your PS4 controller, and much more.
We’ll get things started with Ubisoft. Ubisoft is a massive company and they’ve had their most successful year yet. I’ve become somewhat of a Ubisoft superfan. I have just about every game that they’ve released over the last 3 or 4 years. I love open world games and Ubisoft has become one of the best developers out there at creating those types of games. Open world games aren’t the only thing do they really well. They also create new IPs and aren’t afraid to take a risk. For Honor and Child of Light is proof of that. So Ubisoft is riding high right now. The Division 2 and Far Cry New Dawn has been a success for them and we just recently learned that they’re nowhere near done with the game releases. A new Ghost Recon game (Breakpoint) has been announced and now we’re learning that 3 other triple-A games are also in the works and will be released before their fiscal year is up.
Here’s what I think we’re going to get. After I list the games I think are coming I’m going to list what games I want them to release.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint (confirmed)
We recently got a really sexy gameplay reveal of Ghost Recon Breakpoint. I already wrote my thoughts on the game and if you’re interested in reading what I think of it click here.
Watch Dogs 3
I never cared much for this series. I bought the first game for 75 cents a few years ago, played it for a few hours, and uninstalled it from my PC. I never bought the second game so I can’t comment on how good or bad it is. That being said Ubisoft has earned some trust from me and I’ll at least look into this game if it’s one of the four.
It’s been 6 years since we’ve had a Splinter Cell game. That’s crazy when because Splinter Cell Blacklist was universally well received by all of the big game reviewers out there. You would have thought a sequel to that would have released a long time ago, but the last game did separate the fans of the series by introducing a new voice actor to the legendary Sam Fisher. Ubisoft wanted to make Sam younger and they did that by replacing Michael Ironside with Eric Johnson (not the guitarist). Here’s to hoping that my very long wait to play one of my all-time favorite game series isn’t too much longer.
New IP or Far Cry 6
This one is pretty simple. Ubisoft will either announce a new IP or another Far Cry game. I’m hoping that’s not the case because Far Cry has gotten pretty stale to me, but, according to Ubisoft, Far Cry 5 is their most selling game this generation. So that means we’re definitely getting more Far Cry titles in the near future.
Where’s Assassin’s Creed? Ubisoft has stated that there won’t be an Assassin’s Creed game released this year. They’re focusing on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
My Wish List:
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Breakpoint can stay because it looks amazing and I really enjoyed Wildlands.
Splinter Cell is one of my favorite game series ever so of course, it’ll stay on the list too.
Child of Light 2
This one is NOT happening. Child of Light was never considered a triple-A game from Ubisoft. I would LOVE to play a sequel though. That game was amazing.
Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia is another one of my favorite game series that has been abandoned. I would love for a reboot to release for this series and back when these games were popular they were considered triple-A releases so there’s hope for this one.
In other news, Ubisoft has announced that Ghost Recon Wildlands has sold 15 million units. That’s an insane number. Wildlands is a very good game is absolutely one of the best shooters (and stealth game) to release this generation and it absolutely deserves those numbers.
Ubisoft also announced that Rainbow Six Siege has over 45 million players. They didn’t say the game sold 45 million copies though, but even if it didn’t that’s a massive number right there. We could estimate the game sales at about 30 million because some players probably have more than one account that they use. That’s still massive!
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey outsold Origins and Ubisoft is happy with it. My favorite Assassin’s Creed game of all time is Origins. I love Bayek and Egypt a lot more than Alexios (or Kassandra) and Greece, but I’m happy the series is doing so well and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was my game of the year.
The final bit of Ubisoft news is on The Division 2. I haven’t played The Division 2 at all this month. I stopped playing when I learned that Massive planned on nerfing shit again. That’s all that developer knows how to do is make things worse before they finally make them a little better and I don’t want to go through that shit again so I’ll just wait for Ghost Recon Breakpoint. That being said no one has been able to clear The Division 2’s raid on consoles yet. Not a single team has been able to complete while a few of them on PC have already done it. People are saying it’s because there aren’t a lot of people attempting the raid. I don’t blame you if that’s the case. Why spend hours upon hours clearing this raid for shit rewards?
We’re moving on to some news about Sega. Sega has unveiled 10 new games to their mini Mega Drive shit that they’re releasing. The new games are
- Mega Man: The Willy Wars
- Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition
- Sonic Spinball
- Phantasy Star 4
- Beyond Oasis
- Ghouls ‘N Ghosts
- Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
- Golden Axe
- Wonder Boy in Monster World
The only games that I’m interested in are Golden Axe ( I own that on my Sega Classic or whatever it’s called) and Phantasy Star 4. I don’t plan on throwing my money at this, but if you like what you see more power to you!
Sega’s new Sonic Racing game will not be available to press before the game’s release. That means you’ll have no idea if the game is utterly broken or not. From the few PS4 reviews I’ve read people have complained about the frame rate. Let’s hope the Switch version of the game is better.
A new adapter will let you use your DualShock 4 controller on your Switch or Switch controller on your PS4. The DualShock 4 controller has a shit battery life and bad precision. I don’t know why anyone would use one over the excellent Switch Pro controller, but hey you can now I guess!
There are rumors circling the web that Anthem will be going free-to-play soon. Keep in mind that this is a RUMOR and is not CONFIRMED by ANYONE right now. So let’s continue, shall we? Anthem is obviously in a bad place right now. With so many upcoming games and The Divison 2 and Destiny 2 already hogging most of the looter shooter player base, there’s not a lot of room for Anthem in everyone’s lives. And why should there be? Bioware has failed to live up to their own roadmap and we know next to nothing about the future of this game. I like Anthem despite all of its flaws, but that doesn’t make it a great game. I played it for 70 hours this year and reviewed it. It’s not a bad game it’s just a bare-boned and has no worthwhile content to keep players invested in its world. People have moved on to bigger and better things. Anthem doesn’t have a large player base anymore and making this free to play won’t save it. What Anthem needs is a complete rework similar to what Final Fantasy 14 did with a Realm Reborn. Bioware has remained silent on this rumor which isn’t good because of the rumor isn’t true shoot it down now or it’ll only get bigger and divide your already divided community.
Anthem was originally going to be free to play. It makes perfect sense because so much of the game felt missing at launch and the all cosmetic cash shop is what you would expect in a free to play title. The problem is that it didn’t launch free to play because of EA and they sold it for $60. This is old news though. This is 6-year-old news. Whatever the future holds for Anthem I hope Bioware can turn it around and get some goodwill back from gamers. I’ll always love Bioware and I’ll always defend Bioware. As far as I’m concerned Anthem is the only weak game that I’ve played from Bioware this generation.
And that’s all I have for you today. It was mostly dominated by Ubisoft stuff, but that’s by no means a bad thing. I’ll see you on the edition of