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January 8, 2014

BracesAn Autumn 2014 release date for The Division has always been more wishful thinking than necessarily realistic, even given Ubisoft’s reasonable release date track record. Anyway, via EvAv, as described by a dev and quoted at GameReactor, The Division apparently has “very far to go”. As some people pointed out in the discussions over there, it could be just a disgruntled employee, but in truth, the rumor is too easy to believe. The Division has captured our imagination for good reason – it looks beautiful, and its gameplay promises rich, fresh RPG/FPS experiences spread over a gorgeously rendered New York. I don’t care what kind of awesome tools you have, that stuff takes time to create. I hope it won’t be delayed, but I am bracing myself for the blast of delayed release date announcement.

In other news, Turtle Rock Studios (the development team who actually made L4D, as opposed to the publishing company ::cough:: Valve ::cough:: that bought and modded it) announced that they are working on Evolve, a four player VS xenomorph game. This has the potential to be the game that Alien:Colonial Marines never was. Via EvAv.

Evolve

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6 Comments
  1. Blankman permalink
    January 8, 2014 7:55 pm

    The Division is such an ambitious game that we shouldn’t be disappointed if it does get delayed. It does take a tremendous amount of work and time to pull off something that will be undoubtedly spectacular. Watchdogs was delayed because it, too, had tremendous potential as well as high expectations. Ubisoft is one publisher that doesn’t hesitate to postpone games, especially since The Division & Watchdogs are new IPs. Those two IPs will usher in the new generation of franchises, and they need to knock those out of the park.

    As far as Evolve goes, Gameinformer has already been hyping it as the “next big thing.” Turtle Rock has already proven itself with L4D, I can’t wait to read & see more of this game. As long as we’re on xenomorphs, Sega & Creative Assembly just released gameplay of Alien: Isolation. It’s pure survival horror. Ellen Ripley’s daughter is investigating the “Alien” onboard a ship larger than the Nostromo. Game journalists have already gotten their hands on it & they’re impressions have been good. Unfortunately, many Alien/Aliens fans are still smarting from the outright lies of Gearbox’s A:CM. Grymmie and I have sworn not to patronize Gearbox ever again. Pitchford is dead to us. 2014 will be exciting even though our most anticipated game, The Division, will most likely be pushed back.

    On another note, how about Titanfall only supporting 6 vs. 6? What does that spell for this anticipated title? Talk about the game forums being on fire.

  2. January 8, 2014 9:51 pm

    Kenny, agreed about The Division, and great point about it being just the beginning of a franchise.

    I saw the announcement of Sega’s new Aliens game and I just breezed past without even checking it out. Sega was the publisher of A:CM and until their next game releases and is well-reviewed, I have no reason to believe that they will supervise this one any closer than the previous disaster. What great game has Sega put out since the Dreamcast days? And, yeah, I am done with Gearbox, too.

  3. January 9, 2014 6:59 am

    Hey gang,

    Sorry i haven’t been online in a few weeks (not even for Netflix lol). Been crazy busy, but I should have some time this weekend. No problems with the Division delay, that is a much better approach vs rushing a product out the door. Regarding the Alien game (not Aliens), the trailer did look pretty amazing. It will be interesting to see how that game unfolds, it appears to be SP only, which only decrease its chances of being a cash grab.

    VERY excited about Evolve. Can’t wait to see screens of the game in action.

    • January 10, 2014 7:33 am

      Hope you can find some down time with your buddies this weekend.
      The Battlefield awaits the entrance of Zoso Fan.

  4. Blankman permalink
    January 10, 2014 2:44 pm

    New info on Evolve: Meet the Goliath. This game looks really interesting. Kind of like a Monster Hunter vibe, except that the monsters are actually player-controlled.

    • January 12, 2014 3:56 pm

      Blank, thanks for the heads up on the article. I am definitely interested in following this game, but I am a little curious/concerned that it sounds a little like a “Juggernaut” game mode.

      “He starts off in a weakened form, eventually growing in size (and power) by eating local wildlife. He starts off in a weakened form, eventually growing in size (and power) by eating local wildlife.”

      Also, a heads-up, there are two important links in that article. One to an “Information Hub” and one to an embedded video (that isn’t available yet on YouTube).

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