We are entering the last three months of the year and things are starting to calm down. October would generally be incredibly busy with game releases, but with many games delayed due to development issues related to the Covid pandemic, a lot of attention has gone elsewhere. One of the most important announcements was the confirmation that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy was real and was due out very soon. Elsewhere, rumors abound that some familiar Konami franchises may be making a comeback.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition Is Real
A trilogy from the PlayStation 2 era Grand Theft Auto Favorites remastered for the latest generation of consoles were another of the video game industry’s less well-kept secrets. Rockstar announced Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, who presented Grand Theft Auto III, grand Theft Auto Vice City, and grand Theft Auto San Andreas all remastered for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Sadly, its November release sparked some controversy. The PC version became unplayable after developer Grove Street Games halted sales of the game to remove files that were accidentally left in it, including “hot coffee” content and licensed music. The console version was riddled with bugs and graphical issues. Rockstar then apologized to the game “Was not launched in a condition that meets our own quality standards.” Title updates were promised, but the physical edition of the game was later delayed until the game was patched. For now, the game remains one of the worst rated games of 2021 on Metacritic.
Konami could revive Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill
There is no doubt that players would love to see a new Castlevania, Metals Gear Solid, Where silent Hill Game. Rumors started circulating in October that Konami was planning to announce the rebirth of all three franchises. Castlevania would be a reimagining of the series, while Solid metal gear will be a remake based on Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. There will apparently be several silent Hill projects.
We shouldn’t see any news until some of the major gaming shows next year, but there have been other indications. Chinese studio Virtuos is currently working on an “unannounced AAA action-adventure remake” that is reportedly mentioned above. MGS3. The Bloober team also fed the silent Hill rumors when they revealed they were working with Konami on a horror IP. We’ll have to wait until next year to see if the rumors are true.
Sony’s Play at Home initiative has been a tremendous success
Sony’s Play at Home initiative has encouraged gamers to stay home and play games rather than going out unnecessarily during the Covid pandemic. They offered 14 games, three months free subscription to Funimation and Wakanim, as well as a variety of expansions and other in-game content for several popular sports and free games. The initiative turned out to be an “overwhelming success” with 60 million games and 4 million free game content packs downloaded during the two phases of the promotion. It turns out that gamers love free games. Who would have thought?
EA Sports and FIFA fight over FIFA brand
Electronic Arts began to think about renaming their famous football franchise from FIFA at EA Sports FC. The revelation came after EA filed a new trademark application in the UK and Europe. As EA sought to retain their licensing deal with football players, there were several reasons they were considering a name change. First, FIFA wanted to charge EA $ 1 billion for a four-year license. FIFA has also said it does not want EA to be the only company to “control and operate” the license.
For its part, FIFA issued a statement saying it was extremely unlikely to use the FIFA license in the future and did not “foresee any major risks as long as we continue to meet expectations. players”. It would be the end of an era if they did not use the FIFA trademark, especially since their football matches have been called FIFA since 1993.
PlayStation State of Play emphasizes third-party titles
A month after their PlayStation Showcase, Sony returned with a State of Play show that this time focused on third-party titles. they announced Death’s Door, Star Ocean The Divine Force, Deathverse: Let It Die, and Kartrider: Drift for PlayStation platforms, while Bugsnax was going to get a Bigsnax Island update. There was also gameplay for several other titles including Little devil inside and Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach. Those who expected bigger names during the 20-minute show were disappointed, but the show was still going to pale into insignificance compared to the PlayStation Showcase.
Our favorite anecdote from October 2021
Who remembers Agent? Rockstar announced the PlayStation 3 exclusive action game at E3 in 2009. Set to take place during the height of the Cold War in the late 1970s, the spy game promised to be very different from Grand Theft Auto. Shortly after the announcement, the game got its own website. We heard very little about it afterwards. The game was still in development in 2011, but rumors of its cancellation started in 2014. Rockstar renewed the brand in 2016, but then discontinued it in 2018. Although the game was never officially canceled, Rockstar finally deleted the game’s website in October 2021. The address now automatically redirects to the official Rockstar website. The story of the game seems to finally come to an end.
October 2021 PSLS Game: The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes
The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes is an awesome addition to the series that not only looks stunning on the next gen but is also played out in multi-player controlled scenarios, which can range from triumphant to downright heartbreaking. It’s a dark journey through horror and gore, with only you (and possibly a co-op friend) to determine who comes out on the other side.
Tune in tomorrow as we wrap up our series with the final two months of 2021. We’ll have more interesting news, trivia and game of the month. In case you missed them, you can check out the previous months below: