Weekly News Recap – Week of January 19, 2015

For the most part the news this week was dominated by the Microsoft press event for Windows 10 on Wednesday. I wrote at length about the major details to come from that already yesterday, so let’s take a look at a couple other stories this week.

Resident Evil Remastered

I’ve mentioned in the past that January tends to be a slow month for new games. This past week saw two new launches – of course they aren’t actually new games, but still. This week we saw the launch of Resident Evil Remastered for current-gen as well as Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, along with the new expansion Gat Out of Hell. Both are current-gen updates to older games – Resident Evil being a major upgrade to a classic game. I loved the Saints Row games, but the fourth game honestly left a little sour taste in my mouth – it felt a little rough around the edges, almost like it was rushed a bit. Maybe the new update has smoothed out those issues.

Borderlands Handsome Collection

In a somewhat surprise move, 2K Games announced this week a two-game collection of Borderlands games for the current-gen consoles. The Borderlands: Handsome Collection will include both the recent Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as well as Borderlands 2, along with all of the DLC for both games. The best part of the package isn’t the HD upscale to me – it’s that the price point is being set at $60. That’s a crazy amount of value – two full games, which cost $60 at launch, along with the DLC for each (which the season passes for were $30) all for the $60 – that’s unreal. Bringing it to current-gen helps set the table for future games by ensuring that there is an audience on the current-gen consoles ready for more. The low price helps doubly ensure that that audience is pretty sizable.

Rock Band 3 Cover

Harmonix late last week sent out their usual email newsletter. Normally it’s just a typical update on what’s going on with the company. This one was a little different. It included a link to an online survey, spurred due to the recent DLC for Rock Band. The survey featured a whole slew of questions about the Rock Band series as a whole, including a number of questions spinning the series forward. To me, the entire survey felt very much like early market research for a current-gen addition to the series. Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen, but it’s certainly encouraging for fans of the games.