“Rehashing and Trashing”

Anytime “Half-Life 3” is among one’s headlines, you know the internet isn’t too far behind. Believe it or not there was other news this week as well. Microsoft’s exclusivity period with Rise of the Tomb Raider was given an end date, Black Ops 2 became the most wanted backwards compatible game on Xbox One, and a few more precious Fallout 4 details were revealed. Here’s everything worth noting that made waves this week.

  • Half-Life 3 May Never Happen

Half-Life 3Just seeing the words “Half-Life 3” is enough to give hardcore fans of the series a stroke. This week’s set of rumors making the rounds are no different. In fact, this week’s chatter could be the most devastating yet. Half-Life 3 may never see the light of day. The story comes by way of YouTube channel, The Know, which covers video game news and rumors ranging in various levels of believability. The channel has been responsible for breaking numerous rumors based on their anonymous sources that eventually turned out to be fact, surrounding both Rise of the Tomb Raider and Dark Souls 3. Their anonymous sources surrounding this week’s hot-topic of discussion, suggests Half-Life 3’s script has been completed and the game currently in production. The catch being, the team working on the project is only a skeleton crew of 10 or so people, making it virtually impossible to release a game of this magnitude. The story goes on to highlight even more reasons the likelihood of Half-Life 3 being released is slim to none, including the fear from the possible backlash of angry fans and Valve’s insanely high annual revenue. As to be expected, fans contacted Valve’s Marc Laidlaw, to which he shut down the rumors with the following comment:

“Anonymous sources have been posting speculation masquerading as inside knowledge since the Half-Life 1 days, and that fear is the last thing that would ever drive a decision about what to work on.”

It’s been years and we still don’t know what’s going on with Half-Life 3. If time, Valve’s revenue and The Know’s claimed inside source, are to be of any indication; Half-Life 3 is all but confirmed…or not.

  • Rise of the Tomb Raider Gets Release Dates For PS4 and PC

BraxtonHaugenSquare Enix has officially announced Rise of the Tomb Raider will be available on PS4 and PC in 2016. It’s been almost a year without the exact terms of the exclusivity period being detailed with Microsoft. That changed this week, when Square revealed the release windows for both the PC and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. The company has confirmed an “early 2016” window for the PC version of the game, and a console exclusivity window of one year. This means Rise of the Tomb Raider won’t make its way on PS4 until the 2016 holiday season. The Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions are due out this November, on the exact day Fallout 4 hits shelves; there goes a $120 of my hard earned cash.

  • Black Ops 2 Most Wanted Backwards Compatible Game on Xbox One

BraxtonHaugenThe Xbox community has spoken. If they were to have one game make it on the Xbox One backwards compatibility list, it would be Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The 2012 futuristic shooter has officially overtaken Rockstar’s western masterpiece, Red Dead Redemption, as the most-requested Xbox 360 game with more than 80,520 votes. Microsoft’s official backwards compatibility survey page features some of last generation’s finest. Following Black Ops and Red Dead at the top two spots, are Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Halo: Reach. The list continues to highlight even more from the Call of Duty series–begging the question–if players want previous Call of Duty titles on Xbox One, why doesn’t Activision just release remastered versions? Remaking a game for a new system and just getting the old version to work on new hardware are two very different things. Activision is on record saying they’re not opposed to re-releasing past titles, but would require plenty of time and talent to do so. The market is already crowded with remasters, and more Call of Duty is the last thing we need. Activision is a smart company and sees the possible caveats that might come with porting past games. Namely, taking away steam from Treyarch’s upcoming Black Ops 3. In the meantime, If you’ve yet to cast your vote, I’m sure Red Dead Redemption would gladly accept it.

  • New Fallout 4 Details Surface

BraxtonHaugenThis week during Quakecon, a few more Fallout 4  details were uncovered. The game will feature up to 12 non-playable companions able to join one’s side when gallivanting about the post-apocalyptic wasteland. Players will also be able to romance a select few companions from the lineup, regardless of gender. Humans won’t be the only ones aiding in your adventures, as the dozen companions may include the likes of Dogmeat, a canine, and Codsworth, a helpful robot. Note, these companions can’t be romanced. Now just months away, Fallout 4 continues to shovel coal into the hype train. It’s easily my most anticipated game to drop this year, and I can’t wait to see what kind of greatness they’ve cooked up over the last few years. Bethesda’s long awaited RPG will officially arrive on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on November 10, 2015.

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