Thursday, 5 March 2015

GDC/IGF Round-Up Day 2


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There's been another jam-packed day of GDC news, the biggest being that WE DID IT! Harmonix finally announced Rock Band 4 for PS4 and Xbox One later this year! As well as having new peripherals, the game will be compatible with older guitars and drumsets too, as well as support all previous Rock Band songs, which amounts to over 2000, all importable from previous games. 

Microsoft also had a lot to announce for consumers and developers alike: the former getting a list of Windows 10/Xbox One Cross-Play games, including #IDARB and The Behemoth's upcoming Game 4, and the latter getting two free Xbox One dev kits and the ability to turn their Xbox One into a test kit by joining the ID@Xbox program. There were also a couple of rumors surrounding Microsoft: one being from GamesIndustry that suggests Xbox VP and former SCEE VP Phil Harrison will be leaving his post, and the second being from Eurogamer, who's interview with Phil Spencer sparked rumors that some type of Battletoads game could be coming this year , backed up by the fact that this ear is creator Rare's 30th anniversary, and how Rare are owned by Microsoft.

Last of all, both IGF and GDC held their awards ceremonies today, with the big winners being space exploration game Outer Wilds and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor respectively. Each winner of a IGF award earns $3000 for development, while a GDC award winner earns respect. There were also three people who earned awards at GDC: CEO of Frontier, David Braben, won the Pioneer Award for developing the first Elite game way back in 1980; Mistwalker founder and Final Fantasy creator won the Lifetime Achievement award for obvious reasons, and developer of Wizardry Brenda Romero won the Ambassador Award for being one of the longest-serving women in the gaming industry.

So what do you guys make of this? Are you excited for Rock Band 4? And dod you think that Battletoads (Or any Rare property) will be revived later this year? Tell us in the comments!

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