Game Rant Open Discussion: August 19, 2016

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August is more than halfway through, and a scorching Friday is out there to remind us that summer still hasn’t given up yet! It’s time once again for the Game Rant Open Discussion, a place where readers can talk about whatever happens to be on their mind – even if it doesn’t have anything to do with videogames.

For those who may be new to the fold, the Game Rant Open Discussion is a weekly thread where our readers are invited to gather and discuss any topic. While videogames are obviously the uniting factor which draws us all together, anything is welcome in the comments section below – so long as it’s appropriate. To join the conversation, simply scroll down and click that amazingly-inviting-looking comments button below!

To kick off the discussion, we like to summarize some of the week’s hottest news items. This week, we’re talking about Pokemon GO, Mass Effect, No Man’s Sky, and more!

Pokemon GO Hit With Class Action Lawsuit

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Pokemon GO may be one of the most popular (and profitable) mobile applications of all time, but not everyone is pleased with how the Pokemon-themed application has gamers running around several properties as they search for that elusive rare Pokemon. Annoyed at the tennasity that Pokemon GO players have shown as they search around (and within) private property, a Michigan-based couple have started a class-action lawsuit against Niantic.

This isn’t the first time Niantic has fielded lawsuits from angry property owners, but it is the first class-action one. This means that any private property owners who have run into problems caused by the GPS-intensive application could join in on the case, and request that Niantic share the profits that their properties technically helped generate. The lawsuit also mentions that the application has led to gamers trampling over lawns and looking through windows, but at least the lawsuit creators weren’t involve in a shootout – because, you know, that happened too.

Electronic Arts Is Teasing  A Potential Mass Effect Remaster

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It’s no secret that the Mass Effect trilogy is one of the staple science fiction franchises of modern gaming as a whole, and many gamers are keen to replay the story of Command Shepard on next generation systems. It’s a topic that has been brought up before, but this time EA Vice President Patrick Soderlund went so far as to admit that the company was ‘absolutely actively looking’ at remastering the original trilogy at some point in the future.

It’s worth noting that Electronic Arts has thoroughly dismissed the idea of remastering Mass Effect before, but it’s always possible that time has changed things. Soderlund pointed to the ongoing success of Activision and other companies as context for why Electronic Arts is considering bringing Shepard back once more. Activision went for broke with the inclusion of a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare remaster being included in Infinite Warfare, which has resulted in nostalgic fans clamoring over the upcoming title. After looking at the fan reaction to that it’s easy to think positively when it comes to imagining how gamers would react to the Mass Effect trilogy getting a similar treatment.

No Man’s Sky Dev Thinks New Patch Will Make Players Very Happy

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While Hello Games founder and No Man’s Sky creator Sean Murray admitted that his latest creation wasn’t going to make everyone happy, the game developer seems much more confident that the new patch will make things universally better for everyone playing from PC and PS4. No Man’s Sky has only been out for a short time, but gamers have already run into a gammut of issues on the PC version of the game,  and the PS4 has had its fair share of issues too – despite the game experiencing one of the console’s biggest ever launches.

The patch has officially launched today on both the PC and PS4, so gamers who have been having issues running the game on either platform should download the update as soon as possible. We haven’t been able to peruse the patch notes as of yet, but we imagine it takes care of plenty of the performance issues that were weighing down the overall experience before. Gamers on the Xbox One hoping to get in on the No Man’s Sky action may not be totally out of luck, as Sean Murray admitted he ‘wasn’t sure what he was allowed to say’ in regards to No Man’s Sky coming to the Xbox One.

Let us know if Murray’s words rang true about the new patch, Ranters!

Metal Gear Survive Revealed by Konami


Konami is still facing the adverse effects of its ugly split up with legendary videogame producer Hideo Kojima, and the ‘move on’ stage of the breakup is evidently here. During Gamescom 2016, Konami unveiled its first post-Kojima title: Metal Gear Survive. Aside of the obvious difference in that Kojima won’t be involved in the Metal Gear titles which he helped bring acclaim, Konami has confirmed that the latest entry to the franchise features both zombie-like creatures and a new focus on four protagonists instead of the series staple frontman, Snake.

According to the Japanese company, the game takes place in an alternate timeline shortly after the events of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes. As Snake is making his great helicopter escape, wormholes inexplicably open up in the sky and suck in several unfortunate people who are forced to survive in a desert-based landscape filled with unfathomable monsters. It may sound just as confusing as Kojima’s own Death Stranding trailer was, though Konami has assured fans that the series will still stay true to its stealth roots in the new locale.

No Man’s Sky Dev Discusses Possibility of Paid DLC After Saying It Won’t Happen


After explicitly stating that No Man’y Sky would always receive free updates with no paid downloadable content in the mix, Sean Murray seems to have changed his mind about the direction of the Hello Games smash hit. He described his week-old statement as “perhaps naive”, and proposed that a scenario could come along where Hello Games works on a DLC project so large that the company would be forced to charge for the content.

Of course, with only a week coming from his original statement and the current correction, fans could be forgiven for feeling a little slighted at how quickly stances can change. Still, nothing official has come from either Sean Murray or Hello Games, so fans should be able to keep themselves content in the meantime be maxing out their inventory.

The last large bit of recent DLC drama came when Bethesda Games announced it was raising the price of the Fallout 4 season pass due to its size and scope, though these situations are entirely different.

What do you think about the contrasting statements, Ranters?

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August may be more than halfway over already, but that doesn’t mean the summer news cycle has slowed down at all. Whether our readers want to talk about the timely release of Deus Ex: Mankind or post a petition requesting Pokemon Uranium be allowed to stay, the Open Discussion has a place for everything. As we previously stated, topics don’t have to pertain to the realm of videogames, so rants about everything from The Olympics to pondering why hot dog buns and hot dog wieners come in different amounts are absolutely welcome in the comments section below.

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