This past week was a big one for Call of Duty players, and more particularly, Black Ops fans. After a couple weeks of speculation, developer Treyarch confirmed this year’s Call of Duty game as Black Ops 3. Based on the clues provided in videos and teaser photos, it looks like the third installment in the series will once again focus around the Mason family and continue the dark story established by the first two Black Ops games.
We also shared some Alpha gameplay of Ubisoft’s upcoming strategy shooter, Rainbow Six Siege. The game’s mechanics, especially the destruction, were impressive even in the alpha build. We’re excited for the game to arrive later this year.
Beyond the stories covered during the week, we also like to round up the news that didn’t make the front page in our Weekly Round-Up. In this week’s Video Game Round-Up, we discuss Hitman, Forza, Play.tv and more.
New ‘Hitman’ Movie Poster Features Lots of Guns
The Hitman franchise is a well-known and well-loved series for stealth game fans. Thanks to the success of the games, Hitman came to the big screen in 2007. Unfortunately, the movie didn’t do very well, causing the studio to pass on any sequels.
We learned a few years ago that 20th Century Fox was taking a chance and trying again with a new Hitman movie, which is set to release later this year. Above, readers can see the first poster for the movie, Hitman: Agent 47.
We’ll be interested to see how the movie plays out and why there’s an armory of weapons behind Agent 47. Traditionally, the hitman protagonist uses his signature silenced pistols, along with items he finds around him, to dispatch his enemies. With the poster showing off a massive arsenal, we wonder if the new movie’s story will feature a slightly different Agent 47 than we are familiar with. Maybe it’s time for a new brand of Hitman.
Two New Games Set for Nintendo’s International Streetpass Week
During their Nintendo Direct last week, the gaming giant announced two new StreetPass games for the 3DS. The two games will be StreetPass Fishing and StreetPass Zombies, and both will play an important role in the upcoming International StreetPass Week.
Those who own a 3DS will likely be excited for the two new games, which incorporate the 3DS’s ability to interact with other handeld units. Fishing and Zombies will be $4.99 and $7.99 respectively.
Microsoft Files New ‘Forza’ Engine Trademark
This week Microsoft filed for a trademark for a new engine that will run the publisher’s popular Forza racing series going forward. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the new engine is called ForzaTech and will be featured at this summer’s E3.
“We can confirm that Microsoft has filed a trademark application for ForzaTech, which is Turn 10 Studios’ proprietary graphics and simulation engine for Forza. We’ll have more to share at E3.”
It’s not yet known if the new engine is in use for the upcoming Forza Motorsport 6, which is set to release later this year.
EA to Release Minions Mobile Games
For many youth, the minions are the best part of the Despicable Me movies. In fact, they’re so popular that the little yellow characters have popped up in advertisements, their own short movies, and mobile games. And it looks like the power of the Minions isn’t slowing down.
Electronic Arts announced a new partnership this week with Illumination Entertainment that will bring the Minions to multiple mobile games in the future. The first game, a free-to-play title called Minions Paradise is set to release this summer.
We have no doubt these little yellow pranksters will continue to provide a strong revenue stream for both companies. Mobile games with microtransactions are still extremely profitable, so it’s no surprise EA and Illumination are working to expand their Minions offering further into the mobile space.
‘Professor Layton 7’ Heading to Mobile
Developer Level-5 announced this week the next games in the Layton 7 and Fantasy Life series, which will hit the mobile market in Japan this summer. Layton 7 was originally set to release on 3DS, though the developer didn’t mention the handheld version during the mobile announcement.
While there’s no word yet on whether the games will make it to mobile in North America and Europe, it’s a likely next step if the games do well in the Japanese mobile market. However, those who have played the past Layton 7 games will discover the developer is taking a slightly different approach for the next game in the series, which may be a result of the mobile focus.
The stronger focus on mobile games is sure to continue as mobile devices receive better processors and graphics, and as the mobile game market continues to grow. We’ll be interested to see what other handheld developers also increase their focus on mobile games.
Raptr Looks to Launch Play.tv as the Instagram of Video Games
After the great success of gaming video services like Twitch.tv, many businesses are looking for ways to capitalize on the popularity of the gameplay video trend. Raptr, the online gaming community, has announced a new gaming video service known as Plays.tv, which is looking to become the Instragram of video games. Essentially, these 20-second videos will let players capture their best moments and share them with friends.
According to Raptr’s chief executive, Dennis Fong, the company is looking to provide gamers a way to share short, quick videos with their friends.
“With Twitch, it’s like television. You sit back and watch for hours at a time. We’re not that. We’re the opposite end of the spectrum.”
This service will sound familiar to Xbox One gamers, who have the ability to quickly record a 30-second clip of a game they’re playing. We’re sure the gaming company will find success with their new service, especially considering Raptr already has 46 million current users.
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