On this week’s Pixels and Ink Podcast Phil and Brendan are back and have a lot to talk about. Brendan talks all about Gears of War 4, Cody goes over the latest in news, and Shak and Phil talk all about the movies they saw at TIFF 2016.
Following the news that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey was behind a pro-Donald Trump NPO, one developer has already distanced themselves from the Oculus Rift.
Polytron Games, headed up by Fez creator Phil Fish, has released an official statement condemning Luckey’s action. In addition to this, they have decided to not pursue an Oculus Rift release for SUPERHYPERCUBE, their upcoming VR title.
“You may have seen the news yesterday that ties Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey to Nimble America, a Trump-endorsing organization Luckey started to defame Clinton via “the power of Internet memes,” the statement reads. “In a political climate as fragile and horrifying as this one, we cannot tacitly endorse these actions by supporting Luckey or his platform. In light of this, we will not be pursuing Oculus support for our upcoming VR release, SUPERHYPERCUBE.”
Polytron went one step further. Without officially endorsing a candidate, the developer did issue a de facto condemnation of Trump and his supporters. “If you are a voting citizen of the United States, please remember to register and make your voice heard this November 8th. Do not let bigotry, white supremacy, hate and fear win.”
Neither Luckey nor Oculus have issued an official response, but one could expect that we’ll hear one at some point in the near future.
This move makes a lot of sense on Polytron’s part. It’s also a bold political statement, as poking the 2016 election hornet’s nest online is a messy affair across the board. Yet it’s something we are bound to see more of in the coming days, considering the divisive nature of Trump’s campaign and supporters. Many developers would rather not have their titles affiliated with that in any capacity.
One wonders if this will go to a corporate level, with larger game companies boycotting Oculus based on these recent developments. Only time will tell.
The Nintendo NX’s official release is approaching fast, with the console slated to be out on the market by March 2017. For the time being, the Wii U is still Nintendo’s flagship home console throughout the world. But acquiring a Wii U straight from Nintendo might become a bit more difficult in the next couple months. At least, it will be if you live in the UK, where Nintendo is ramping down their unit sales.
According to UK’s Gameseek, the end of next week is the last time to acquire a Wii U from the company in the UK. By Oct 1st, Nintendo will no longer have Wii U units available in the UK. No official word yet on whether this applies yet to the rest of Europe, and certainly there’s been no announcement about this applying to North America.
However, GameSeek did provide some interesting news to expand on the announcement. According to them, rumours have emerged that the Nintendo NX is in a “trial production” period, with 10 million consoles produced per year. That means Nintendo is certainly planning to hit the market hard with the NX. Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad also provided some fascinating insight into the move. According to him, Nintendo’s Wii U unit forecast is incredibly low: just a mere 580,000 shipments.
But for reals, Nintendo's internal forecast is to ship another 580,000 units through to March 2017 and then that's it.
(580k is nothing)
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) September 23, 2016
It certainly seems Nintendo is ready to take the Wii U off shelves and put the Nintendo NX in its place. Now is the opportune time, too. With less than 6 months to go until the Nintendo NX’s March 2017 release, Nintendo’s unveiling is coming closer than ever. That said, it’s hard to say whether we’ll see any official news on the Nintendo NX at the start of the month. But with holiday season 2016 rapidly approaching, and a major Legend of Zelda title already planned for the NX, it seems likely that Nintendo is getting ready for something major in the next couple of weeks. As always, stay tuned for more NX coverage!
Palmer Luckey has been called the “face of virtual reality in gaming,” and for good reason: Luckey founded Oculus VR and invented the Oculus Rift, the VR headset that initiated today’s virtual reality boom. After Luckey sold Oculus VR to Facebook, he remained at the company, working on Oculus’ VR technology. But a new controversy has thrust him into the public spotlight for an entirely different reason: Palmer Luckey has been funding a Pro-Trump meme organization.
Citizens of the Imperium of Man will be delighted today as details have come to light regarding the loathsome Eldar playable faction in Relic Entertainment’s upcoming Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III. These vile creatures join the power armor clad Space Marines and the vicious Orks in the struggle to obtain a terrible weapon from the world of Acheron.
Dawn of War 3 is next installment in Relic’s extremely popular series of real time strategy games set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, a heavily distopian setting in the far flung future. Though little has been said on the subject, DoW 3 is expected to have a robust multiplayer experience paired with a multi-tiered single player mode that focuses on epic, large scale engagement in a brutal world.
The ancient Eldar, the few survivors of a dying race which once ruled over the galaxy. They will use powerful psychic abilities and advanced technology in their futile war. Eldar players will have a vast array of tools in their arsenal with which to fight their impending death, such as the Webway, portals that relocate Eldar armies and provide speed and health buffs to nearby forces, and the Eldritch Storm, a massive tempest of psychic power that slows enemies and throws lightning at them.
DoW 3 will also emphasize hero units and super units for each faction. In this case, we’ll see Farseer Macha bringing powerful psyker abilities and fearsome spear, which she can plant to further modify her abilities but making her a more vulnerable target. Luckily, her fallen comrades will lend her army their aid in the form the the super unit Wraithknight Taldeer, controlling the battlefield with an oversized blade and a nasty paralyze.
Dawn of War 2 managed to do a lot of things right, and it looks like it’s sequel is shaping up to continue the tradition. Whether this latest game will please the Immortal God Emperor or not will have to wait until its 2017 release.
It’s that special time a year again. Another Toronto International Film Festival has wrapped up, and even though the festival issues its own awards that people actually care about, we here at CGM like to go our own way.