Angry Birds 2 Coming July 30th
Rovio, developers of Angry Birds and nothing else, have announced that Angry Birds 2 will be available for download at the end of this month. What's that? You think that the name Angry Birds 2 is inaccurate? Of course not! Angry Birds is the only game in the series, not including Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Friends, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Trilogy, Bad Piggies, Angry Birds Star Wars II, Angry Birds Go!, Angry Birds Stella, Angry Birds Epic, Angry Birds Transformers, Angry Birds Fight!, and Angry Birds POP! I'm glad to see this popular video game finally gets the sequel it deserves.
Duke Nukem Just Won't Die
Back in 2011, when Gearbox released Duke Nukem Forever, they did something astonishing. They managed to find a way to, overnight, turn the most well-known example of vaporware into the most well-known example of disappointing sequels. Bolstered by that success, Gearbox says that they have worked on concepts for a sequel, and are looking for a third-party developer to work on the game. That's not really promising—in 2013, Gearbox managed again to turn expectations on their heads and create a bug-filled pile of disappointment by working with TimeGate Studios to turn a popular movie franchise into Aliens: Colonial Marines. There's probably a lesson on setting your expectations too high in all of this...
Oculus Buys Hand Sensing Tech Company
You know what part of virtual reality I've always felt was missing? Hands! We've never had such technology before! I mean, sure, we've had Leap Motion, and the Kinect, and the Playstation Eye, and the Playstation EyeToy before it. But do those companies have a demo where you can see weirdly colored hands flicker in front of you, somewhat translating your real life motions into motions of your virtual, still flickering hands? Possibly. I might be ripping on this too much, but Oculus just bought Pebble Interfaces, a company that makes 3D hand-sensing technology. This is not the kind of input device that I think we need for virtual reality. But hey, nobody's done it before!
Stephen Colbert's New Show Gets Promotional Video Game
For almost ten years now, R. Kelly has held a monopoly on media where the main character is trapped in a small space. But no longer! In promotion of the upcoming The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS has released a promotional game titled Escaped from the Man-Sized Cabinet. In this text-based video-game, you play as new late show host Stephen Colbert as he explores his office and his non-Narnia-copyright-infringing adventures. You can play it right now. Wow!
Five Nights at Freddy's 4 Comes Out On August 8th
Indie dev, YouTube cultural manipulator, and media mogul Scott Cawthon has announced that Five Nights at Freddy's 4 will be released on August 8th. FNAF4, or FN@F4, depending on how Web 2.0 you are, is the fourth in the series of animatronic pizzeria murder games, and the first in the series to not take place at the titular Freddy's. Instead, you play a child with a flashlight being stalked by nightmarish animal robots in his own home, which hypothetically could be called Freddy's if you or your dad was named Fred. New gameplay mechanics include the ability to move your head in various directions, using your legs to move around, and fan favorites closing doors and turning on flashlights. The game was originally to release on Hallowsween, but the date was pushed back to the first anniversary of the original game in a bid for the award of "World's Fastest Franchise." Free DLC will be released on October 31st for additional spooks.
Shenmue 3 Breaks Kickstarter Funding Record
Man, it seems like every month there's a new project breaking Kickstarter funding records. Last month it was Bloodstained, this month it's Shenmue 3, becoming Kickstarter's most funded video game project ever, ending at $6.3M. Why does a big company like Sony need all that money to produce a sequel to Shenmue? I don't know. Considering they're making tens of billions of dollars every year, and have billions of dollars of cash on hand ($7.9bn at the end of last fiscal year), it seems like $6.3bn is peanuts to them. But I'm sure they have only the best of intentions.
Nintendo Shuts Down Unlicensed Legend of Zelda Cartoon Kickstarter, Obviously
If you're trying to make money to make a cartoon on the internet out of a video game that you don't have the rights to, it might be a better idea to do a video game made by a company that's not Nintendo. They're not exactly known to be friendly to fan-made works. But some people started a Kickstarter for an animated series based on The Legend of Zelda anyways, and it got taken down. What a surprise. The project got a cease and desist from a firm representing Nintendo, though that may or may not be the reason for the project's creators to shut it down (I'm guessing it was).
Horror Game The Flock Will Only Be Playable For a Limited Time Ever
There once was a flash game called One Chance, commonly referred to as One Chance to Save the World. Once you finish the game, you aren't allowed to play it ever again. Unless you just delete the save file. However, Vogelsap, developers of the upcoming multiplayer horror game The Flock, have decided to take this concept one step further. There are a limited amount of player lives in the game. Once all the lives are used up, that's it—the game is over. Forever. You know how people get mad when their favorite MMOs shut down after five years? This is like that, but on purpose.