PS4 Sales, Metal Gear & PS+ - Game Watch Weekly #8


Your weekly fix of PlayStation related news from the past week, and my reactions to them! 

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Release Date

The release date for the next Metal Gear game was supposed to be revealed on Wednesday this week, however on Monday a user on NeoGaf posted a trailer which IGN leaked. In this trailer the date of 1st September 2015 was revealed as when the game will be released worldwide.

While a little sad for the developers that their big announcement was ruined, it's cool that we have a release date for the game, and it seems as though it'll be kicking off the avalanche of AAA titles that we get most years now, but this year should be particularly great with Uncharted 4 and Tomb Raider (amongst others, yet to be announced).

PlayStation Plus Games For March

Sony revealed the PS+ free games a little late for this month, but they were revealed just in time. The PS4 games are below, the rest can be found on Gamespot here.

Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty
OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood
Valiant Hearts

PS4 Sales Reach 20.2 Million

"Sony on Wednesday announced a new sales milestone for the PlayStation 4. As of March 1, Sony had sold through (i.e. not just shipped) more than 20.2 million consoles. The PS4 continues to show the "fastest and strongest" growth in the history of all PlayStation hardware, Sony said. This is up from 18.5 million PS4s sold at the beginning of January 2015." By Eddie Makuch on Gamespot 

That is a massive number! Wow! Congrats Sony, that's awesome and I love that the fanbase just keeps growing. And compared to the 10 million (that's the last figure the Microsoft announced) which Xbox has sold then that's even more awesome. It shows that the console market is no way near dying. It keeps getting stronger everyday.

David Gaider Moving From Dragon Age To New Bioware Project

David Gaider announced on Twitter this week that he'll be moving to a "new, upcoming Bioware project" which he apparently can't discuss. He said that he "decided it was time for something new" after working on Dragon Age for the past ten years.

I'm currently playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, and am really enjoying the story now that it's got going a little bit more (review up later this year). I'm interested to see where Bioware goes with another Dragon Age title (given that Inquisition has been so popular, and received multiple GOTYs) and also what this new franchise is all about. Only time will tell.

Wolfenstein's New Prequel Announced

"Bethesda on Wednesday announced Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to last year's critically acclaimed shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order. The game, created by The New Order developer MachineGames, will launch on May 5 for $20. It will be available on that date for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC through digital channels only." By Eddie Makuch on Gamespot

I never actually played Wolfenstein, but it was on my radar last year and I wish I did, so maybe this is a good way to get to it finally. To me it always looked awesome and despite the mixed things I heard, I hope to get to it. I also hope people who enjoyed the game enjoy this DLC! It's interesting for developers to be exploring a prequel in a piece of DLC, as I feel that isn't done as often as it maybe could be.

Project Morpheus Hardware & Release Date

Sony's VR Headset - Project Morpheus - was confirmed at GDC to have a release window of 2016. This means more demo's and such at industry events leading up to the release for Sony to show off to the consumer what it really does and why it's better than the Oculus Rift.

"The core hardware behind the PlayStation 4's virtual reality headset Project Morpheus has been finalised, Sony has confirmed in an interview with GameSpot. Speaking at the Game Developers Conference, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida described the Morpheus' core hardware as "pretty much done," although "lots of tweaks and improvements" still have to be made for both the hardware and software leading up to launch." By Zorine Te on Gamespot 

I'm still incredibly interested to see how Morpheus actually does when released. It will be fascinating to see how gamers accept VR headsets into the world of games and what it means for the future and what the next generation of consoles will be like. While there be headset controller or something?

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