The evening Inbox is still unsure about the idea of boycotting abusive developers, as one reader reveals his hopes for Metroid Prime 4.
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Coming not soon
Funny to think it’s been four years now since Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced and we’ve basically seen nothing of it in all that time. Square Enix really need to get a handle on when they announce games and when they’re actually supposed to come out. If they’re going to come out really, because I’m not convinced about the remake until it’s sitting there on my hard drive.
But ignoring that I know I’ll be there day one no matter what happens. I’m most curious to know whether it’s still being released episodically, because that sort of thing seems to have fallen out of fashion nowadays and yet it does seem like the only way to adapt such a huge game and still have a way to make a profit at the end of it.
My main concern, which is obvious given the situation, is that part one will come out and then it’ll be another five years till part two. They really need to avoid that. When they announce it announce three separate release dates (or however many there are) and stick to them. If you’re not sure when they’re out don’t say anything. It’s as simple as that, but I doubt that’s how they’ll handle it.
Just a couple of minutes for Final Fantasy VII Remake doesn’t seem very plausible on the face of it. But maybe if the State of Play thing is just an annoucement that it’ll be at E3 in more detail. I can completely see that happening.
It could be a big years for Square Enix if they have that and Avengers, although I’d hope they have time for some smaller and quirkier stuff. Something new from the Octopath Traveler team would be nice and a look at whatever the developer that did Life Is Strange: Before The Storm is working on now.
Square Enix make some of my favourite games but they can be very uneven in the quality and types of games they make but they’re still responsible for some of my all-time favourites as well.
I know CD Projekt has said they’re not doing The Witcher 4, which is very admirable given what easy money it’d be, but I’m always surprised they don’t remaster The Witcher 1 and 2 for consoles. Neither has even been on a PlayStation console before, which is crazy when you consider how popular the third is.
I know they’re quite different games, and not open world, but I’m sure they’d still be of some interest to fans and I know I’m curious to play them. But I don’t think I’ve heard CD Projekt talk about them even once.
I guess they’d just say that they’re busy with Cyberpunk 2077 and other games, which is fine and cool, but there are plenty of studios that specialise in remakes like that who I’m sure would be more than happy to work on them. I know I’d buy them.
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Although admirable, I am not sure I understand the slightly perverse logic of boycotting games where the developers have a slightly less than desirable reputation.
Well at least I guess it is one way of making sure the employees no longer have to work long hours! Surely it would be better to keep the developers in work but raise awareness that these practices are not acceptable in any employment sector.
Making a stand
I totally understand where the reader is coming from, about being uncomfortable with buying games by developers that are known to bully their employees. It’s difficult really, because the more they bully the better the games tend to get (or more frequently updated) and I guess that’s how they’re hoping to stop people from complaining.
But we really should. I know it all seems like someone else’s problem and you’d rather take the benefit and run but when you’ve been in a similar position yourself you know how it is to wish someone would do something about it.
I don’t work in the games industry but knowing you basically have to work double your hours for no extra pay or risk being sacked is a terrible feeling, especially when it’s a temporary thing. I will not be buying Mortal Kombat 11 and I’ll be emailing Warner Bros. to explain to them exactly why.
Totally fell for it
I know I should have sent this in last month but what is the daftest April Fool gaming-related joke anyone has ever fell for? Obviously the 2p coin on top of the cartridge in the original Mortal Kombat to get the blood was a well-known one but I fell for an even worse one with a review in an old and short-lived magazine called Ultimate Future Games (it came out in 1995 I think and had the excellent Frank O’ Connor from Total magazine) where they had a review of a game called ‘Pub Fighter’ featuring people fighting outside pubs, unsurprisingly!
I can’t remember the format they claimed it was on (Atari Jaguar, maybe) but I remember thinking how brilliant the digitised graphics looked when it turned out to be just photos of people pretending to fight with energy bars at the top of the screen!
I know I’m testing everyone’s memory here but do GC or anybody else remember the review or at least remember the magazine?
GC: We vaguely remember the magazine, it was a Nintendo title wasn’t it?
Last gen vault
Regarding EA Access on PlayStation 4 do you think there is any chance that they will somehow find a way to be able to offer the Mass Effect and Dead Space trilogy or any of the PlayStation 3 games they have in the vault on the PlayStation 4 version?
Rawdog1985 (PSN ID)
GC: We don’t see them remastering anything just for EA Access, but who knows what will happen in the future.
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This might amuse some readers. It’s concept art for four cartoons that were going to be made in the 90s by the same company behind most of the crappy tie-ins of that era. Castlevania seems to have barely anything to do with the games but Metroid is the weirdest because the alien is very authentic but Samus has an astronauts helmet and… is a man!
It’s funny that her being a woman was just a weird joke if you got the secret ending and I’m sure was not intended as any kind of push for equality, but it kind of became that anyway because they couldn’t change it afterwards. Well, until the appalling Other M turned Samus into a simpering wimp.
I really hope that’s going to be ignored going forward and that Samus will be back to being a laconic badass in Metroid Prime 4. Giving her more personality and backstory is fine but to my mind it’s not really necessary. Samus is a bounty hunter and she’s really cool, there’s not really anything more to it!
Thanks for the indie list. Was Ape Escape a typo?
GC: Oh yes, that should be Ape Out. Not that Ape Escape isn’t good, but it’s certainly not indie.
I don’t know if GC will allow this but someone has leaked the whole of the Detective Pikachu movie online. Probably won’t stay online very long but the effects really are amazing. Story is a bit basic though.
This week’s Hot Topic
With Pokémon: Detective Pikachu out this week, the subject for this weekend’s Inbox was fairly obvious: what’s your favourite video game movie?
What movie based on an existing video game franchise is your favourite and why? Is it a good movie in its own right or do you just enjoy the connection to the game? Are there any TV shows or cartoons that you’d rate higher and what do you think in general is the best way to adapt a video game into live action or animation?
Why do you think so many movies get things wrong and what advice would you give on upcoming movies or your own dream projects? And do you think Detective Pikachu (or Sonic) will change anything?
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