In this week’s Game Rant Open Discussion, we’re discussing Pokemon drama, Resident Evil, Grand Theft Auto, and more! Come join in on the conversation!
Now that the calendars have all flipped to June, it’s no surprise that E3 2016 is on everyone’s mind. While this summer’s exposition promises a blowout in terms of massive gaming news, that isn’t to say this last week was lacking: this week, we’re talking about Pokemon drama, Grand Theft Auto rumors, No Man’s Sky, and more!
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We’ve taken the liberty of compiling some of this week’s most interesting reads, so that gamers can catch up on the news before heading to the discussion below.
Feel free to take a gander at the news roundup on your way to the comments!
Nintendo Is Changing Pikachu’s Name, And Fans Aren’t Happy About It
What started out as a simple effort to support localization of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon has turned into one of the biggest Poké-Scandals of all time.Nintendo has actually gone forwarding with changing the name of Pikachu in Hong Kong, where the official language is Cantonese. The new localized Pocket Monster names are all Mandarin, and while Pikachu’s new Mandarin-based name still sounds like Pikachu when spoken, it reads out as Pei-Kaa-Jau when translated back into Cantonese, which isn’t exactly the name many gamers have grown up saying.
Seeing as Pikachu happens to be one of the property’s most iconic figures, Cantonese-speaking fans have started protesting the name-change with gusto, and have been gathering outside of a Japanese consulate in Hong Kong ever since the news broke. Nintendo’s name-changing move comes in the midst of a hefty bout of cultural drama, with many Cantonese-speaking residents of Hong Kong already protesting over their belief that the language is being phased out of school systems.
For those of us in English-speaking countries, it looks like the name Pikachu will remain for the time being.
Rockstar Might Be Adding Liberty City to Grand Theft Auto: Online
The rumor mill spun like it was powered like a tornado when high definition images of Liberty City were posted to an artist’s portfolio, prompting speculation that the Grand Theft Auto series was preparing to return to the lands of Niko Bellic and the ever-silent Claude. The images themselves depict a high-definition Liberty City design, and are the production of an artist named Adrian Page, which happens to be the name of an artist currently in Rockstar’s employ.
It’s possible that these new images were just proof-of-concept work from years ago, before Grand Theft Auto 5 officially went to Los Santos, and it’s even possible that these images are just fan-made creations poised as employee content in order to stoke the flames of fan imagination. The timing of these images is a perfect storm, as Take Two Interactive recently commented that Rockstar Games will announce its next game “soon”, although we suspect that a Red Dead sequel would be more likely than a return ticket to Liberty City.
Resident Evil 5 Remaster Gets A Release Date
Gamers eager to jump back into the world of Resident Evil 5 will soon be able to do so from the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, consoles which allow the title to sport fresh new 1080P visuals and a smooth 60 FPS framerate. The remastered title will also include all of the original game’s downloadable content, and for the first time console gamers will have access to a previously PC-exclusive game mode called No Mercy. We have little doubt the remaster will do well among fans, which is a large factor in Capcom’s extensive remastering plans.
2016 happens to coincide with the 20th anniversary for the franchise, so it was never going to be a surprise for Capcom to remaster content to celebrate the occasion. The remasters of Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 were announced months ago, with Resident Evil 6 already being available on current-generation consoles. All that remains for 2016 is for Resident Evil 4 to release, which is on schedule to happen this fall.
The remaster of Resident Evil 5 will be available on June 28, 2016 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The Full Ghost Recon: Wildlands Map Is Unbelievably Gigantic
It’s no secret that Ghost Recon: Wildlands will feature a diverse and gigantic open world for gamers to explore, especially after Ubisoft employees made comments stating that the title featured the biggest map they’ve ever created. The latest trailer for Wildlands gave fans a glimpse of Ubisoft’s recreation of Bolivia, and now YouTube Channel Open World Games has taken things a step further by carefully analyizing the video footage to display the true size of the game’s map.
The Bolivian landscape dwarfs other Ubisoft open world titles like The Crew or Far Cry: Primal, and features a very diverse landscape that will soon play host a massive influx of firefight when the game releases. Drug cartels have high-ranking officers littered throughout the dense map, and players will find themselves traversing through abandoned trainyards, several airports, and plenty of dense jungle brush. Open world gaming fans can rejoice: the map for Wildlands looks as immersive as it does impressive.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands currently has no official release date, but is stated to release for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
No Man’s Sky Gets Delayed
Last Friday, Sony finally confirmed the truth many suspected: No Man’s Sky was getting delayed. Rumors about a potential delay had been circulating ahead of the official confirmation, and some fans seem to have taken the news worse than others, with some even sending in death threats to the developer. In fact, even being tied to the news became a danger in itself, with the reporter who first broke the news getting death threats, too.
We’ve been steadfast advocates that taking the time to polish a game where required is best in the long run, and we don’t think No Man’s Sky is an exception here. For instance, Uncharted 4 took the same development path, and gamers ended up with an one of the best games of this generation. For a game which is poised to contain over 5 billion years with of content, this extra development time can make all the difference – we aren’t eager to see the title become the next Spore, after all.
No Man’s Sky has a new release date set for August 9th, on PC and PlayStation 4.
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