Gaming News Wrap-Up 1/2/16 – 1/8/16

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-Only 4 days into the year we received the first major delay of 2016. The Xbox One exclusive third-person action game Scalebound was delayed till 2017. The developer Platinum Games stated in a blogpost that “in order to deliver on our ambitious vision and ensure that Scalebound lives up to expectations, we will be launching the game in 2017.” The small studio is currently working on four different games including Star Fox Zero, Nier: Automata, Project Guard, and Scalebound, which might be related to Scalebound’s delay.

-Preorders for the Oculus Rift began this week, and with them, the 600 dollar price tag was revealed. The price does not only include the Rift, however, and will also come with the sensor, the remote, an Xbox One controller, as well as copies of EVE: Valkyrie and Lucky’s Tale. You can also preorder the Rift now without having to fork over the money until it actually ships to you sometime in the coming months, but also know that there is a limit of one per customer.

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-Since the release of Assassin’s Creed 2, the series has seen the release of at least one mainline title every year, but according to Kotaku, year might be different. The site has speculated that there’s a good chance the next mainline game might not come out until 2017, which will be set in Egypt. It was also reported that this biannual release schedule may continue to be the trend for the series, but spinoffs from Assassin’s Creed: Chronicles series are still expected to come out in the coming months.

-Recent reports have come out confirming that Star Wars Battlefront has sold more than 13 million copies. Before the games launch EA had stated that they expected the game to sell this much, but not this early. They had expected it to sell 13 million copies by March, and it’s only the beginning of January. Battlefront was the third best selling game of November (which is often the biggest month for game sales), behind only Fallout 4 and Black Ops 3.

-Scalebound wasn’t the only game to get delayed this week, but at least Recore won’t be pushed back all the way to 2017. The Xbox One console exclusive being produced by Keiji Inafune (the creator of the Mega Man series) was original slated for sometime this spring, but now is expected to come out during the second half of the year. The game still does not have an exact release date, but it was recently revealed that the game will be available on the Windows Store for Windows 10 users, but it is still unsure if it will come to Steam.

-Minecraft 2 hit the iOS store recently, and reached number four on the sales charts in the App Store. There’s one small problem though; this isn’t actually the sequel to Minecraft. This seven dollar scam was not developed by Mojang and is actually a top-down swipe game that also steals from IP from the Mortal Kombat series, just in case tricking thousands of people by naming the game Minecraft 2 wasn’t bad enough.

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-Amplitude

-That’s pretty much it