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The month in gaming news, put through the HYPER BS filter
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Tekken 7 is now officially a thing. Built on the latest version of Epic’s Unreal engine, almost nothing is known about it save for what was revealed in a brief and deliberately vague teaser trailer. “With Unreal Engine 4, we could rapidly achieve visual quality expected on next-gen platform and go beyond it,” says game director Katsuhiro Harada. “Not only is Unreal Engine 4 powerful and easy to use, but it allows us to immediately bring Tekken 7 to any platform we desire.”... except Wii U, which is not compliant with DirectX 11 and, by extension, Unreal Engine 4. By the way, Harada, what happened to Tekken x Street Fighter? It was only announced FOUR years ago, so yeah, no rush. Could its (perhaps terminal) delay have anything to do with Street Fighter x Tekken’s failure to meet sales targets? Hmmmm! >> American games retailer GameStop is allegedly seeking to fund videogame development in exchange for exclusive content, claims analyst Colin Sebastian of investment firm RW Baird. “[GameStop] indicated that software publishers are more enthusiastic about partnering with it,” Sebastian wrote in a note to investors. “For example, by offering exclusive content on each major game release, and longer term, future models may include GameStop offering exclusive gameplay.” Asked for comment by Eurogamer, a spokesperson for the company responded “We will not be involved in the creative process - the artistic design and development - that's not our domain!”... Ha. Bullshit. Here’s the thing: money buys influence irrespective of whether it’s acknowledged. If we ran GameStop – and God willing, one day we will – there’s not a snowball’s chance in a hell that we’d pump millions into a game and not expect some say in its construction. It wouldn’t be a matter of simply demanding certain features or cutting others, but more like emphasising certain features, such as the one’s exclusive to GameStop, at the expense of other, perhaps non-GameStop-exclusive features. This is a bad idea. >> Fox News has used an edited version of the BioShock Infinite logo as a title card for – and this is just too ironic for words – a xenophobic jingoistic segment called “Defending the Homeland”. Tweeted BioShock Infinite creator/designer/megamind Ken Levine: “It's not the irony of that Fox news thing that bothers me so much. It's the typesetting.”... We concur. And that’s some shittyass photoshopping there, Fox.