GotGame Daily News Update: Next Gen Consoles Announced Soon, Batman Arkham Domains, And More
Welcome to the GotGame Daily News Update
Are the next generation of consoles closer than we think?
What does Michael Pachter think about the Wii U’s power?
Does the Wii U gamepad really look like an iPad?
What of the next Batman Arkham game?
But first a few quick news bytes:
There’s a Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS bundle coming out on February 4th for $199.99. The bundle also comes with a 4 GB SD card.
Journey has been nominated in eleven categories for the 16th annual DICE awards.
Apparently compilation bundles for Far Cry and Splinter Cell have been leaked on to UK retailer GAME’s website. The Ultimate Far Cry Compilation will supposedly be £40 while the Ultimate Splinter Cell Compilation will be £30.
Star Trek Online Season 8 has a May launch window. Unfortunately for you, the Enterprise-J will not make an appearance due to its large size. Enterprises between F and J may make an appearance though.
And thanks to the Cinder Kitten pet sales in World of Warcraft, 2.3 million dollars have been raised for the Hurricane Sandy Relief fund.
Now back to your regularly scheduled news post.
We’ve been hearing rumors about the fabled vaporware known as the PS4 as well as the XBOX 720. Nothing solid has come out, and still hasn’t. Rumors however are putting the announcement quite close, closer than E3 it seems. Apparently in the upcoming February issue for Game Informer, it is rumored that Microsoft and Sony are going to announce the consoles near the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) which will take place from March 25th to March 29th. The software behind the machines will supposedly be shown off at E3 later in June. Both consoles allegedly will have a $400 price point, which might just make them worth it depending on what this next round of consoles will bring to the market.
Speaking of next-gen consoles; Michael Pachter, as usual, has something to say about them. More specifically he is gazing into his crystal ball and saying that, contrary to what Nintendo has said, the Wii U will be underpowered compared to the PS4 and XBOX 720.
There’s been a lot of debate about tablets and how they’re all “iPad knockoffs”. Nintendo however, says that they thought of their game pad about a year before the iPad came out. Satoru Iwata, CEO of Nintendo had this to say about the similarities:
“We began talking about having another screen being a good idea around 2008,” Iwata said. “We thought thoroughly about our other options, but in the end, this was the idea which was the most logical for us. So, in 2009, just as we began to press forward with this idea, sure that we were on the right track, this thing called an ‘Ipad’ came into the world.
“So, 2.5 years after the debut of the Ipad, when we were announcing the Wii U, it was the start of the tablet boom, the reaction was, ‘Nintendo’s just added a tablet to a game console, and there’ll be no revolution this time.’ Even though we’d been working on dual screens prior to the release of tablets, it looked like we were just following a trend.”
Finally, after the rumored “Arkham World” game that was shot down, Warner Brothers has been collecting domain names relating to the Batman franchise, specifically the Arkham bit. There are fifteen in all and most have “Arkham” in them. Here are a few: “batmanarkhamrises.com”, batmanarkhamorigins.com” and “thearkhamuniverse.com”. Could the last one be a hint at an online game? Or since Azrael appeared in Arkham City and Scarecrow seemed to be experimenting with cockroaches, we might see an “Arkham World” but in a different way than expected.
Here’s your questions for the day dear readers:
Do we really need new consoles so soon? What else could they bring to the table other than slightly better graphics?
What do you think is going to happen in the next Batman Arkham game?
Leave your thoughts below in the comments section!