Video Game News: ‘Black Ops 3,’ ‘Silent Hills,’ and More
The video game industry never sleeps, which means even in a relatively slow month like April, developers and publishers keep cranking out exciting stuff for gamers to look forward to (or dread). We have quite a bit of exciting stuff happening right now, with news about everything from Call of Duty to Silent Hills, along with a little bit of Yoshi thrown in for good measure. And that’s just for starters. Read on to learn about all video game the news that’s fit to print.
Konami cancels Silent Hills
Fans of survival horror were thrilled last year to learn that Konami had assembled a super-team to create a new installment of Silent Hill. The names attached to the project were heavy hitters like Hideo Kojima, the creator of Metal Gear Solid; Guillermo del Toro, the creator of Pacific Rim; and Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl on The Walking Dead. With so many big names gathered together, what could possibly go wrong?
A lot, apparently. The project’s doom seems to have begun when Kojima and Konami began having difficulties that led to Kojima all but announcing he would leave the studio later this year. The writing was on the wall for Silent Hills, but Konami made it official with a statement it sent to Kotaku:
Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic ‘Silent Hills’ project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued.
In terms of Kojima and Del Toro being involved, discussions on future Silent Hill projects are currently underway, and please stay tuned for further announcements.
Last year, Konami released a Silent Hills demo called P.T. — “playable teaser” — that has been praised to high heaven by outlets like Kotaku UK. In light of the cancellation of Silent Hills, Konami said P.T. will be pulled from the PlayStation Store on Wednesday. If you have a PS4 and haven’t downloaded the free teaser, be sure to grab it before then.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III revealed
Over the weekend, Activision began pulling back the curtain on this year’s installment of the Call of Duty franchise. As the company had been hinting for some time, it is in fact Black Ops III, a game that’s set in 2060 and features a number of new movement abilities, many of which seem pulled directly from Titanfall.
So far the announced features include four-player co-op, zombie mode, and “Specialists.” Specialists are characters who each have a unique power and weapon that can be unleashed when you rack up a few kills in a row.
If you pre-order the game, you’ll be able to participate in the beta. The title will launch November 6 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Minecraft is getting a female character
Everyone who’s played the block-building game Minecraft knows Steve, the blocky main character. It turns out Minecraft is played by more than just male gamers, so developer Mojang is adding a playable female character named Alex to the game. According to the game’s official blog, Alex is there to better “represent the diversity of our playerbase.”
Alex has been available in the PC version of the game since September, but she’ll make her console debut Wednesday.
These 10 songs will be in Guitar Hero Live
The upcoming music game Guitar Hero Live will launch later this year, but developer Activision has taken to Facebook to announce 10 tracks that will be in the game. Here they are:
- “Sing,” Ed Sheeran
- “Best Day of My Life,” American Authors
- “What Doesn’t Kill You,” Jake Bugg
- “Don’t Owe You a Thang,” Gary Clark Jr.
- “Asleep at the Wheel,” Band of Skulls
- “Little Talks,” Of Monsters and Men
- “Cry of Achilles,” Alter Bridge
- “Sounds Like Balloons,” Biffy Clyro
- “Sometimes,” Blitz Kids
- “Under the Pressure,” The War on Drugs
Activision says the game will launch with “hundreds of songs.” For more information about the new Guitar Hero, as well as its upcoming rival Rock Band 4, read our full breakdown here.
New Yoshi’s Wooly World screenshots
Development of Nintendo’s next side-scrolling platformer continues apace, and the big N has released a new set of screenshots to prove it. If you’re sensitive to such things, you might find them to be a little too adorable. Glance at them with caution by clicking on the thumbnails above.
Some players unhappy about Steam charging for mods
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim came out in 2011. Like with many games, creative fans began building their own modifications (“mods” for short) that players can load into their game to make it look or play differently. The PC gaming platform Steam has a section where players can download mods for their games.
Last week, Valve, the makers of Steam, began allowing the creators of Skyrim mods to charge money for their creations. Many of the game’s fans, who were used to being able to download mods for free, are not happy with this change and have been vocal about their displeasure. You can read an in-depth report of the situation on The Verge.