Suikoden spiritual successor, Nintendo Giga-Leak, more

JULY 27, 2020

Daily Gaming Update

How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to The Gaming Observer for Monday, July 27th. I hope you had a wonderful weekend, let’s go ahead and recap all of the news from the past few days.
Some of the key creators behind the RPG series Suikoden have announced a spiritual successor called Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. A kickstarter for the game is going to be going live some time today with a target of $500,000, though if I know anything about Suikoden fans, that target won’t be hard to hit. It’s going to be made by the newly formed Rabbit and Bear Studios, with writers, designers, directors, and composers all having a legendary JRPG background, especially with Suikoden. The gameplay is going to have “classic JRPG exploration,” combat will be turn-based, and there will still be over 100 heroes to recruit. Also the graphics look a whole lot like Octopath Traveller, which they called 2.5D. It’s currently slated for an Autumn 2022 release, though you know how things go with Kickstarter. And currently it is only planned for PC, however a console release will be a stretch goal. Super fun stuff, I know that people have been clamouring for more Suikoden for a long time, so if they manage to pull this off then it should go well for them.
An insane amount of classic Nintendo source code has been leaked, revealing a great deal of prototypes for a number of games. This means that people are able to see the original code of a ton of games, that normally people would never be able or allowed to see. There have been just so many cool nuggets of info that have been released over the past couple of days that just never saw the light of day. There’s a ton of unused assets from games like Super Mario World – there’s an old version of Yoshi with a white beard and cane. Bowser has legs. They’ve got early versions of games like Mario Kart, and Starfox 2, and Yoshi’s Island. They got stuff from the N64 as well, with the long-time rumour that Luigi was at some point in Super Mario 64. So from a game preservationist side, there’s a lot of really cool things here, and people now just have access to a ton of Nintendo assets that either have never been seen before, or are just in their purest form. The leak has proven to be somewhat controversial, after all these leaks were illegal, but also, as Polygon puts it, this stuff was never meant to be seen. If you are a creator of some kind, you can probably agree that you don’t want people seeing every version of everything you’ve created. The leak also includes some personal information, like snippets of a diary and a calendar, and private conversations. So certainly, a lot of this can be fun, but it definitely shouldn’t be encouraged. Nonetheless, hopefully everyone is able to walk away from it unscathed.
Ghost of Tsushima sold 2.4 million copies in its first three days of sale. This makes it the fastest selling new IP from Sony this generation, which granted there aren’t a tremendous amount of, it probably beat out Horizon Zero Dawn. It fell short of existing IPs though, like God of War which did 3.1 million, and the Final Fantasy 7 Remake which did 3.5. Of course The Last of Us Part 2 at the top with 4 million. Nonetheless, strong sales for the game of course, and I’m sure they are very happy with the reception.
Alright and just a few notes here on movies and television. First of all, they are teasing a revival of the network television channel G4, and the show X-Play. It’s a pretty short teaser they made, but obviously they are trying to drum up some kind of interest, so if that’s your thing make sure you keep an ear out. They’ve also announced that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel is going to be releasing in April of 2022. If you liked the movie, it’ll be the same director and script writers, which is pretty cool. Lastly, The Witcher Netflix series was hit pretty hard by the pandemic, understandably, and filming probably won’t finish until early next year, so if you were waiting for that it’ll still be a while yet. 

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