Weekly News Rundown: Arkham Knight, Naughty Dog, and Disney Interactive
Greetings and salutations, gamers and gamerettes! It’s the end of the week again, and time for another Weekly News Rundown!
Let’s start off with the announcement of Batman: Arkham Knight! The latest to the Arkham series, and possibly its last was announced by Rocksteady earlier this week. It’s said that this game’s map will be five times bigger than that of Arkham City’s map. They will also debut the Batmobile in this game. With the introduction of the Batmobile, they had to widen the streets for easier mobility while driving the Batmobile. You can even eject from the Batmobile at a moment’s notice simply with the touch of a button.
We get to see some familiar faces, along with a new one. Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, Two-Face and Penguin will play a part in the game, along with the possibility of Hush coming back. Hush made his mysterious debut in a side mission in Arkham City.
The game is slated for release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 14th of this year.
Also, Naughty Dog lost their writer for Uncharted earlier this week. Amy Hennig, who had been with Naughty Dog for just a little over ten years, had her last day with the company on March 3rd. The only reason given for her leaving in previous reports was that The Last of Us’s Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley had “forced” her out, and would now be in charge of the new Uncharted game she was working on for the PS4. Since then, Naughty Dog has stepped forward and stated that the two men did in fact have nothing to do with her departure, stating:
Earlier this week we had to confirm the regrettable news that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog. She will be missed and, as we stated before, we appreciate the significant contributions that she has made to Naughty Dog and the industry in general. We wish her the best.
However, we feel it necessary to clear up a very important point that was unprofessionally misreported when the story broke. Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann were NOT involved in what transpired. It was very upsetting to us that dozens of stories were run, linking back to the same hurtful accusations in the original report. As co-presidents of Naughty Dog, we are responsible for all studio affairs.
Normally, we wouldn’t respond to rumors and speculation on matters that are internal to Naughty Dog, but because the personal reputation of two of our employees is being damaged we needed to set the record straight. There is nothing left to be said on this subject. Now we’re going back to what we should be focused on – making games.”
Also this week, Disney Interactive laid off over 700 employees, making that about one-fourth of their global staff. This comes as no real surprise as they had been anticipating to lay-off a few hundred people, even though their game Disney Infinity had done so well. These lay-offs will have no effect on Disney Infinity or its future.
And last but not least, let’s talk about all of the new games that released this week. On March 4th, we had some pretty good titles release. The list is as follows:
- South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3, 360, PC)
- The Walking Dead: Season 2, Chapter 2: A House Divided (PC, PS3)
- Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F (Vita)
- Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition (PS4)
- Nascar ’14 (PS3, 360)
On that note, Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition is free on the PS4 for those with a PlayStation Plus subscription.