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“Destiny has always represented a new beginning for our team. It was born from brave possibilities,” the announcement post on Bungie’s site reads. “We dreamed of a renewed and independent Bungie. We found partners willing to bet big on some crazy new ideas with us.”
Destiny is Bungie’s “mythic science fiction” open world multiplayer shooter first revealed last November. A beta for Destiny, which pre-orders will get first crack at, kicks off first on PlayStation platforms in the summer of 2014.
The winners of the 2013 Spike VGX awards have been announced, and we’ve got them all compiled here for your viewing pleasure. Waiting to see who took home Best Studio, Best Character, Game of the Year and more? Well wait no more! Envelope, please. These are the winners that were announced during the VGX 2013 awards show:
Best Action Adventure Game: Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Best Sports Game: NBA 2K14
Best Indie Game: Gone Home
Best Shooter: Bioshock Infinite
Studio of the Year: Naughty Dog
Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto 5
The Gears of War franchise has a lot of life left in it, according to Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer. Speaking with Kotaku, Spencer said Microsoft is in “active” discussions about the future of the franchise, but stopped short of confirming a new entry in the series.
“I’m a huge fan of the franchise,” Spencer said. “I want to continue to work with Gears. I think there’s a lot of life left in that franchise. We had an internal discussion on it even yesterday. It’s something that’s active in discussion about what we can do with Gears.”
Gears of War fans eager for a follow-up to this year’s Gears of War: Judgment may want to get comfortable, as Spencer said “there’s nothing even pending that I’m holding to announce.” That said, he explained that the importance of the franchise to gamers is not lost on him.
“I understand the importance of the franchise to the Xbox platform and to gamers–I’d say gamers first. It’d be great to do something forward with that franchise.”
Since its inception, the Gears of War franchise has been exclusive to Xbox and PC. Spencer declined to say if this status would change going forward, deferring to Epic for that question.
“It’s Epic’s franchise,” he said. “You and I both know that. I can’t make any assurances about anybody else’s franchise. It’s Epic’s game and we have to talk to them about a partnership and what they want to do. As you know, you probably know right now they’re more focused on other areas of their business right now.”
Gears of War creator Epic Games has no announced projects beyond the PC-exclusive Fortnite. Gears of War: Judgment was principally developed by Poland-based subsidiary Epic Games Poland (formerly known as People Can Fly).
Also in the interview, Spencer discussed the Xbox platform’s status in Japan, a region where the system has never been hugely popular. He said Microsoft has closed deals for new titles, described as “full Japanese games” that are more substantial that downloadable projects.
We have signed some things in Japan that we haven’t announced that we’ll announce in… ’14 so that people get to hear about support in Japan,” Spencer said.
Spencer also teased that Microsoft is potentially interested in older franchises, including a reboot of Phantom Dust. “It’s a discussion right now; there’s nothing signed. But we’re talking. It does seem like there’s a lot of interest around that.”
After an initial reveal at E3, Dead Rising 3 has been announced to feature smartglass only missions. Executive producer Josh Bridge explained that a phone or tablet equipped with the smartglass app will allow certain side missions to become available. The game will recognize that you have the smartglass feature activated and your character in game will interact with a phone, allowing you to play the mission.
“After you launch the [SmartGlass] app, it notices that Dead Rising is currently being played, press a button, and in kicks our phone. It actually skins your phone to be like the phone from the game’s universe.”
These are only side missions and will not be part of the main story. You will still be able to finish the game but completionists might find themselves itchin’ for the extra achievements. This goes hand in hand with the new technology advancements Microsoft has been touting so we should expect to see more of this in future games. No release date is available yet with only a window of holiday 2013.
Microsoft has announced it will sell its first-party games on Xbox One for $59.99, which is the same price most new releases are currently sold for.
Microsoft representatives confirmed the price to both Polygon and Kotaku, though it’s worth noting this does mean titles published by third-parties could be sold for more.
While nothing official has been said about the price of PlayStation 4 games, Sony America CEO Jack Tretton suggested back in February that they too would be retailing for $60. He told CNBC, “We’re going to welcome free-to-play models, games from $0.99 up to those $60 games.”
Seeing as some retailers have been inviting pre-orders for up to $90 for a single game, it’s a big relief to have it confirmed that these were just placeholder prices and not the real deal.