In this week’s Game Rant Open Discussion, we’re discussing Pokemon GO, the Xbox One’s Summer Update, Black Ops 3‘s Zombies, and No Man’s Sky! Come on in and join the conversation!
So far, August is on par with the expected amount of humidity, election drama, and completely avoidable Pokemon GO incidents. Now that Saturday is slotted up next in the calendar, that means it’s officially time for the Game Rant Open Discussion!
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Before we begin, we like to round up some news stories from the past 7 days so that our readers have a refresher on some of the week’s hot topics. This week we’re glancing over Pokemon GO, Call of Duty, No Man’s Sky, and more!
Without further ado, here are those aforementioned hot topics:
Niantic Responds to Pokemon GO Controversy
There was trouble in paradise for the comparatively smooth first month of Pokemon GO, a game which has taken a firm grip of over gamers around the globe. After last week’s update completely removed all instances of footstep tracking, fans took their anger over Niantic’s lack of communications online, which resulted in the temporary removal of Pokemon GO‘s rating from the App Store. Despite the recent negativity, the game has still managed to earn Niantic over $160,000,000 so far.
It was following this damage that Niantic eventually stepped in to communicate with fans, explaining why the studio has removed the tracker for the time being. Niantic also explained why the studio went after Pokemon tracking websites, stating that the Pokemon tracking programs were delaying the game’s launch in certain parts of the world, and interfering with the studio’s quality of service in other regions. The jury’s out over whether fans will ultimately accept these explanations.
The Xbox One Gets A Big Summer Update
Microsoft has officially released the big Xbox One Summer Update, which brings new features aplenty to those playing from Microsoft’s side of the fence. The most noticeable difference is the introduction of Cortana and her voice recognition system, which has assumed control over the default Kinect vocal commands.
Background music has also arrived as part of the Summer Update, allowing users to listen to their tunes while gaming. It’s something we mentioned should have been included for the console’s launch three years ago, but we suppose things are better late than never. Music applications like Pandora, Groove Music, and iHeartRadio will be following along shortly now that the console can appropriately support those applications.
Gamers can now also connect their Facebook accounts to their Xbox Live profile in order to quickly find friends online, while communication between players from Windows 10 computers and those on the Xbox One has been improved as well. The move is one of the first steps towards the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, which strengthens the relationship between both of Microsoft’s platforms.
Call of Duty Is Finishing Up The Zombies Storyline
Call of Duty games have featured a zombie mode for about the last 8 years, and each game has revealed a little bit more about the zombies themselves. The popular game mode is making a return in an upcoming expansion pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, where Treyarch senior executive producer Jason Blundell says the storyline will come to a conclusion. The zombie DLC is the fourth expansion pack for Black Ops 3, and we imagine many fans will be downloading the expansion in order to experience the storyline’s conclusion for themselves.
Blundell says that the storyline will be conclusive in nature, and will answer questions left by the cliffhanger ending of Black Ops 2‘s infamous Origin Map. According to Blundell, the ending of the zombies storyline is still a very tightly-kept secret within the studio, and there was some hints drop that even some employees of Treyarch have been kept in the dark about the ending itself. Of course, the popular game mode will continue on even once the storyline concludes, and those who are picking up a copy of Infinite Warfare will still get to see some zombies in space.
Someone Already Reached The Center of the Galaxy in No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky had a very long production process, and with the game less than a week away many fans are anxious to experience the space exploration game for themselves. The studio suffered from a leak earlier this week, which prompted the producer to ask fans to avoid watching gameplay ahead of the game’s release – though that statement obviously fell on a few deaf ears. As a result of the leak, a redditor named daymeeuhn has posted exactly how long it took him to reach the center of the galaxy – the true objective of the game – and the answer has received mixed reactions from fans and pundits alike.
Daymeeuhn states that he completed the main objective after about 30 hours of playtime, and states that he was concurrently performing many other side tasks as he ventured throughout the galaxy. Hello Games founder Sean Murray had stated that fans could expect to take 40 hours to find the center of the galaxy if that was their sole focus, a statement which may be a little optimistic given daymeeuhn’s total playtime. We will keep you posted about how long it takes us to complete the game in our upcoming review.
No Man’s Sky releases August 9 for PlayStation 4 and and August 12 for PC.
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