After a couple busy weeks on the news front, this week was a bit slower – but there were still a few things I saw that are worth mentioning.
MINECRAFT UPGRADES TO CURRENT-GEN
It was no secret that Minecraft was in the process of an upgrade to the XBox One and PS4 consoles, but a solid release date had been elusive throughout the summer. Well wait no longer – Minecraft is available on both consoles as of last night. If you have somehow managed to not yet experience the game, now is definitely the time to pick it up. I played the XBox One version last night for about an hour or so – the upgrade to the newer consoles is definitely noticeable, but the game is still Minecraft. If you had already purchased the game on the previous generation, upgrading will only cost you $5. On the Xbox front, the Xbox One edition comes with a new list of achievements, with a good number of them using mechanics that were introduced in some of the later updates.
SAINTS ROW IV NEW DLC AND UPGRADES
There were rumors going into PAX Prime last week that we were going to get some new Saints Row news. Turns out it wasn’t a whole new entry in the franchise, but instead a new DLC episode with Gat Out of Hell as well as an upgraded version of the game being brought to current-gen consoles. As much as I enjoy the Saints Row games, the latest game felt hollow to me, not to mention the game is well over a year old, so I don’t know exactly how much demand there will be for the Re-Elected edition.
POKEMON FIGHTING GAME ON THE WAY
This one might actually have been on the ticker last week, but I didn’t catch it originally. Namco and Game Freak announced that they have teamed up to create a fighting game using Pokemon. Since Namco is responsible for two of the most technical fighting franchises out there with Tekken and Soulcalibur, the upcoming Pokken Tournament should be a solid experience. My only thought is I wonder just how much crossover there is between the Fighting Game Community and Pokemon players.