Welcome back to Gameutha.com’s GameNama Weekly, where we bring you the latest and greatest in gaming news every single week! In this week’s roundup, we’ll go over some important developments related to Crystal Dynamic’s Avengers title and Ubisoft’s long development of Beyond Good and Evil 2. Also, in this week’s coverage are updates on Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad game and season 2 of Modern Warfare II. For this and more, keep on reading.
Marvel’s Avengers to Cease Development
Crystal Dynamic’s take on Earth’s mightiest heroes was met with widespread critical censure when it first launched in late 2020. Since then the team went on to release several new heroes to the roster including Hawkeye, The Winter Soldier, Spiderman, and more each with their own story arcs alongside new game modes and tweaks. While the game was slowly trying to rebuild its momentum, the lack of meaningful content, a bizarre loot system coupled with a dwindling player base meant that it was only a matter of time before the game would be canned.
Crystal Dynamics announced late last week that the game was ceasing development in March with a final patch. While the game will still be available to purchase physically (while supplies lasted) it will be pulled from all digital storefronts in September. Existing players will be granted every cosmetic item ever released (hero skins, emotes, and player cards) as a thank-you for supporting the game. Characters that were in the development pipeline (Captain Marvel, Iron Heart, and She-Hulk) have also been canned Marvel’s Avengers will disassemble in March, after a run of nearly three years.
Modern Warfare II Season 2 Delayed, Warzone 2.0 to Receive Major Overhaul
Modern Warfare II launched late last year and managed to successfully deliver a tight and enjoyable multiplayer experience (albeit with a lack of traditional 6v6 maps) alongside the introduction of the new DMZ mode and the new and improved Warzone experience, Warzone 2.0. The game has had a few bumps since its launch almost three months ago (mainly directed at the changes made in Warzone 2.0) but it seems like Infinity Ward is finally listening to player feedback to make the overall experience much more enjoyable.
Infinity Ward announced last week that Season 2 of Modern Warfare II will be delayed by two weeks as they continue to implement player feedback and deploy bug fixes and tweaks. Warzone 2.0 will see the return of traditional 1v1 gulags in addition to the old-style looting of the original Warzone. Furthermore, DMZ is set to receive a difficulty setting in addition to new missions and a new exclusion zone. The core multiplayer experience is also set to receive a traditional hardcore mode as well. Infinity Ward has a developer deep dive scheduled for later this week that will go into more detail about the changes coming to Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0. Season 2 of Modern Warfare II/Warzone 2.0 launches on February 15. For our original review of Warzone 2.0, click here.
PS VR2 Receives Several New Launch Window Titles
Sony’s next-generation virtual reality headset, PS VR2 is set to release in just under one month and the launch lineup seems to be getting bigger and bigger. During the initial reveal of the headset games like Horizon Call of the Mountain and Resident Evil Village VR were announced, since then Sony and their third-party developers have gone on to announce several new titles, bringing the total to a staggering 30 games.
The most recent games that were announced include Kayak VR, Before Your Eyes, and Pavlov. The launch window lineup of PS VR2 puts it in a very good position as early adopters will have a plethora of games to choose from when the headset launches next month. PS VR2 will be available starting February 22, 2023, starting at $549.99.
A Rainbow Six Movie is in the Works
A Rainbow Six movie based on the popular novels by Tom Clancy and the equally as successful video game franchise has been rumored to be in development for some time now at paramount pictures and it seems like the project is finally moving forward as it has now found its director and lead actor. John Wick director Chad Stahelski is now attached to the project with actor Michael B Jordan set to star. Both individuals, known for their work in action-centric movies are a natural fit for a franchise of this nature. The Rainbow Six movie is currently without a release date.
Suicide Squad Leaks Reveal Battle Pass, Several Currencies
Rocksteady, the studio behind the critically acclaimed Batman Arkham trilogy is set to make its return later this year with Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, a new co-op shooter based on the popular villain team that first gained prominence following David Ayer’s film adaptation for the DCEU in 2016. The game was announced during the 2020 DC Fandome with information being few far and few in-between. The game received a new trailer during the game awards but more recently a screenshot from the alpha build of the game surfaced online.
The screenshot showed a Call of Duty style menu complete with a battle pass tab and hero customization tab. While cosmetics of some kind are to be expected in a co-op game in this day and age. The thing that has most fans worried is the inclusion of several new currencies. It is unclear how they will be used but if they are used to purchase certain buffs and/or skins it could spell trouble for the studio and the overall success of the game, especially given how the Avengers game from Crystal Dynamics fared. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is scheduled for May 26, 2023.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 is Still in Development
Following reports of several titles being canceled at Ubisoft last week, doubts were placed over the future of Beyond Good and Evil 2, the sequel to the 2003 classic which has been in development for several years now. But Ubisoft confirmed that despite many cancellations the highly anticipated title is still in development. “Beyond Good and Evil 2’s development is underway and the team is hard at work to deliver on its ambitious promise,” said a Ubisoft spokesperson. While this does instill confidence that the game is coming it’s unclear when Ubisoft will release the title. 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the original game. Beyond Good and Evil 2 is currently without a release date.
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