Planetside Arena shutting down, Gothic potentially getting remake, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Monday, December 16th.

Planetside: Arena shutting down January 10

Daybreak Games have confimed that they will be turning off the servers for PlanetSide Arena on January 10th of next year. This was an FPS that did 250 player vs 250 player deathmatches, but unfortunately only 4 months after releasing, that’s it right only came out in Early Access last September, they’re shutting it down. And its no surprise, it would be hard to fill a 500 player gamemode when you only have about 50 playing at any one time. With the announcement they’ve removed all DLC and currency, and anybody who has purchased the game during Early Access will automatically receive a full refund.

Gothic remake is possible: THQ sends out teaser

THQ Nordic has released a prototype of a game and are soliciting feedback to see if they should go all out on it. The game is a Gothic remake, developed by Piranha Bytes back in 2001, and the teaser they released has been modernized graphically, as well as mechnically, I believe. And they said, “hey, if people like this, we’ll remake the whole thing. If not, no worries.” The teaser is currently free to anybody who owned a Piranha Bytes game on Steam, so that could be Gothic 1-3, Risen 1-3, or Elex. And then once you finish it, you’re a given a survey to fill out. Interestingly this teaser wasn’t made by Piranha Bytes, though THQ acquired them ealier this year, instead its by a THQ studio in Barcelona. In response to the potential comment of them using this as a publicity stunt, they adamantly responded “We will only start full production if the community demands a Gothic Remake…In order to do so, we will need to grow the development team and rebuild Gothic from scratch.” So far the Steam reviews are indicating that not everybody is happy with it, but the overall score sits at Mostly Positive. That being said, I would imagine they’re putting more weight into the survey they made themselves.

The Outer Worlds getting a DLC. Telltale’s Batman possibly getting a graphical DLC

A new story-based DLC will be heading to The Outer Worlds some time in 2020. There are basically no details associated with the announcement, but its nice to know that it was well received enough to get some extra content. Also another interesting DLC thing here, so a company accidentally sent out a press release early in regards to Telltale’s Batman series. Apparently there is going to be a new feature added to the game called Shadows Mode, and it seems like it’s basically a graphical update. It says this “Shadows Edition beings a sinister new look…adding a noir-style visual makeover and graphical update.” So when you buy the game for the first time you can get that bundled in, or as a standalone DLC for $5. So to me, this is kind of a weird thing to return to. We know that Telltale IPs are being worked on now, especially with the announcement of the Wolf Among Us 2, but this doesn’t seem like a whole lot of content to warrant an entirely new edition of the game. Nonethless, we’ll see how it plays out, maybe there is a reason they don’t want the press release out yet.

That is all for today, thank you very much for tuning in, and I’d also like to thank Christopher, Dan, Seth, Alex, Cupiid, and Dahid all for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon, thank you very much. As you know I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow and until then….Happy Gaming Everyone.