Well, it’s officially November, which is usually the busiest month for releases in the year, and we started that off right away this past week. It might not have been the smoothest of launches, especially for me personally, but I think it’ll even out over the next couple weeks. There were a couple other stories worth mentioning this week too, so let’s get going.
CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE LAUNCHES
The big release for this week was the new entry in the venerable franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. It’s become a bit of a standard these days for shooters to have a little bumpy launch – and while this wasn’t Battlefield 4 bad, there were a couple issues that cropped up with the launch of Advanced Warfare. The biggest issue I’ve seen deals with people who bought the physical edition of the game – especially on the Xbox One. When installing the game, you’re also prompted to install a Day One patch – but players have found that installing that when prompted will instead hang the entire installation. The disc will spin up, then stop, then spin up again, repeating ad nausea. The work around for the Xbox One seems to be to tell the update you’ll install it later, and then it works fine. While I didn’t encounter that, since I got it digitally, I have had an issue where my digital content for the collectors edition isn’t unlocking on the One. It might have to do with my not playing the 360 edition I originally got yet, but I have seen that I’m not alone. It’s growing pains, and I expect Sledgehammer Games and Activision to deal with them over the next couple weeks.
STAR WARS EPISODE VII GETS TITLED
While it’s not exactly a gaming news, I do still think it’s a relevant story to gamers. Yesterday, Disney and Star Wars, while announcing that principle photography wrapped on Episode VII, stealthily announced the subtitle for the movie as well. Episode VII will be titled – The Force Awakens. It’s a title that can provoke some thoughts as to what exactly the movie will contain within the story. We’ll just have to see what exactly is on the way.
UBISOFT PULLS GAMES FROM STEAM, GAMERS SCRATCH HEADS
One of the stranger stories this week came thanks to the folks at Ubisoft. In a decision that had many scratching their heads, Ubisoft pulled the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Far Cry 4 off of Steam, instead requiring PC players to get the games from their own UPlay system. They’ve been trying to make UPlay work for years now, and it really hasn’t caught on, perhaps primarily because it’s just not too user friendly. This is also coming on the heels of the announced system requirements for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which were beyond high end. It almost is as if Ubisoft is alienating the PC market, and banking on Consoles for this season. I can guarantee that’s not the case, but it really does feel like it.