Games Inbox: Is a Viking themed Assassin’s Creed a good idea?

The Monday Inbox is bemused by people that have already chosen which next gen console to get, as a reader is glad Edge magazine is still going.

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Ragnarok and roll
Given the crazy days we’re living in I know longer have any idea when to expect anything from games companies and I somehow doubt they have a much better idea of what’s going on either I imagine this is compounded by them having to wait for Sony and Microsoft to announce first, and they’re probably not sure what to do either. (This doesn’t explain Nintendo at the moment, but whatever does?)

But to focus down on one specific game I really looking forward to learning about the new Assassin’s Creed which was originally supposed to come out this year and is widely rumoured to have a Viking setting. If the Vikings are true then I assume that isn’t going to change but I imagine there’s probably a good chance of it being delayed until next year.

Apart form anything Ubisoft are famous for having some of the biggest teams in the business and someone I doubt huge developer farms of up to a thousand people are a thing right now.

But all this kind of deflects away from the big question: are Vikings a good idea? For me it seems a very surprising one, given how similar a lot of it is likely to be to God Of War and how Vikings and their mythology are quite common in games anyway. It might have worked better if the gods were mentioned less and it was more grounded, except Assassin’s Creed Odyssey put in more of that kind of stuff than ever before.

Personally I would have preferred ending the Ancient World trilogy with Rome, after Egypt and Greece, and I’m going to be at least a little disappointed if that’s what the new game is, even though there’s no rumours of it. Rome seems super obvious in general even without the last two games and, unlike Vikings, is actually fairly uncommon in games. But what does everyone else think?
Tolly

Be the customer
Following the Reader’s Feature I was struck not by the actual subject matter, but more the decision to decision pre-order a console right now.

We know next to nothing about either console yet. I would want to wait to see what each one offers, the relative merits against my needs, before deciding which console to pre-order.

I hope that people make these game companies earn their money, and they don’t sink a £400-500 investment on a console because it’s got Xbox on it instead of PlayStation, or you have a good gamescore or Trophies.

Buy the best console. Drive competition in the gaming industry by making choices based on how good their next console is, not because you liked the last one. Keep these companies vying for your attention and money every step of the way. THAT is how you drive innovation and development in games and game consoles. Vote with your wallets and purses everybody!
Dan (grimwar85 – gamertag/PSN ID)

Wait and see
I really don’t understand the thinking behind Saturday’s Reader Features. First there is someone stating that they believe the PlayStation 5 will definitely be worth the launch price, despite not knowing what the price is or the games the console will launch with. Second a reader saying they are definitely pre-ordering an Xbox Series X, again without knowing anything of the price, games, etc.

Why take this stance? Why not wait and see what features and games these consoles will offer and then make your decision. In fact, as a wider point, why pre-order anything gaming related at all? If none of us did, publishers and console manufacturers would work harder to ensure they had better products.
Barry

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Switch is broken
Hi GC, cheers for keeping us entertained daily during this hard time for everyone, much appreciated.

This week I’ve been playing a fair bit of Baba Is You on Switch. A very good puzzle game, really works your brain. I’m only on the third world but already some levels just seem impossible and after almost an hour on them, I have to admit defeat and leave the world without clearing them.

Anyway, over the past few days, the Switch kept losing connection to the Joy-Cons during the game, even though they were connected to it in portable mode, and I’d have to press x to reconnect. At first it was intermittent, but eventually started happening almost every minute, to the point the game became unplayable.

And now today I’ve tried to recharge my Switch and it isn’t taking a charge at all, no signs of power to the battery, neither using the dock or connected to the charge cable directly.

Has anyone else had this problem? It’s probably just under two years old, I wonder how long the warranty is? Guess I’ll have to contact Nintendo UK and see what support they can offer.
Stephen

GC: Is it a launch console? Because that sounds similar to the issues that were happening in the first few months, but which are now quite rare.

Next generation
RE: next big remake. I reckon it’s got to be something from the PlayStation 2 generation as the classics from PS1 have been done now, so I reckon it will be the GTA games. They would benefit from a graphical overall into the new engine and from better gameplay, specifically around the shooting mechanics.

It would be something I’d love to see myself, I’d definitely love to play them all again in the GTA 5 engine or even an improved next gen engine. The soundtrack of the games is always really important and I suspect the original soundtrack could still be maintained, seeing as the games are available on digital stores at the moment with no issues.
Angry_Kurt (Twitter)
Now playing: Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One X) and Lara Croft And The Temple of Orisis (PC)

Parallel generation
It’s been said the next gen will see a long period of cross gen support. Microsoft confirmed this was their policy by not having any first party Xbox Series X exclusives for the first two years. Now a Bloomberg report suggests Sony will have a limited number of PlayStation 5s to sell in the first year, which suggests the 100+ million PlayStation 4 will remain salient for sometime after the PlayStation 5’s launch. I get the feeling that the majority of third party games will release across both gens for probably two years. Also, cash cow games for services like GTA Online will want to remain cross gen for as long as possible.

Financially, it’s probably a wise move for everyone concerned. I’m a little disappointed that we won’t see many games that really take advantage of the new hardware for a while but can see the merit of folks being under no real need to upgrade. There’s the advantage that the latest released console can be high end when it’s part of a range of devices, like phones and now the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X leading to the very powerful next gen consoles.

Those that don’t care about better graphics, ray-tracing, 60 frames per second and load times have no need to upgrade anytime soon. I don’t care about phones and have owned three in my life, could not give a monkey’s about having an up-to-date to phone. Gaming though, I want the best and happy to pay for it. Everyone, or most, it seems win with long cross gen support.

I’m still very drawn to an Xbox Series X at launch. It should give me the performance upgrades I find frustrating on current consoles, of load times and frame rates plus a ray-tracing boon while offering a huge catalogue of games with backwards compatibility and value and variety with Game Pass.
Simundo

GC: Two years is normal for cross-gen support under ordinary circumstances. This could mean it goes on for twice that, or maybe even the whole next generation.

Still publishing
I’ve had some good news, Edge magazine emailed me a few days ago and they still intend to publish a magazine each month, but they are also going to give me a digital copy as well as the physical copy at no extra cost, which is very good of them and understandable in current times.

I get the digital copy early in case the physical copy is late getting here, as there is obviously a lot of letters and parcels in the Royal Mail network currently. I am a long-time subscriber since 2002.
Andrew J.

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Secret birthday
I don’t know if we’re going to get a surprise Nintendo Direct or something on Monday but one Nintendo anniversary that seems about to pass without mention is Fire Emblem. The first game came out on the NES on 20 April, 1990 and well… that maths isn’t hard on this one. Although the first time any of the games were released in the West was on the Game Boy Advanced in 2003 in America (2004 in Europe).

There are 16 mainline games in the series now, of which the most recent, Three Houses, is by far the most successful. Which is not bad going for a franchise that’s this old. As you might gather, I’m a big fan of the series and am over the moon to see it finally getting its due and being acknowledged as a major franchise by Nintendo. Although I admit that Super Smash Bros. had as much to do with that as anything else (although they maybe went a bit overboard on that in the end, turn some non-fans against the series, which I don’t like to see).

Not sure what is in the future for the series but obviously it’s going to get a sequel now that Three Houses did so well. Although I have to admit I hope that Intelligent Systems take over full development of the next game and not leave so much up to Kowi Tecmo, who I blame for the less than impressive graphics. Not that you felt you could really complain before but now I feel Fire Emblem only deserves the best!
Focus


Inbox also-rans

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is 10 years old! Hooray! To this day, still the best of the Battlefields. And still with a full house of players. Still playing on my humble PlayStation 3, which I call ‘Uncle ‘. Have a nice day!
Henry

Maybe it’s me, but Hojo from the Final Fantasy 7 remake reminded me of Riddler from Batman: Arkham Knight, look-wise and insanity wise. If they’re brothers then that’s a dangerous family!
Liam

This week’s Hot Topic
The question for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Iceman, who asks what game have you played the most so far this year?

Regardless of when it was first released, what game have you racked up the most hours on so far and why? Is it something to do with the coronavirus lockdown or would you have played it that much anyway?

Is it just because it’s a long game or perhaps because it’s an online title that encourages you to play regularly? Or maybe you just haven’t played that many games this year and it wins by default? How does the game fit with your usual tastes and has it influenced you to play any other related titles?

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