343 Addresses Halo Concerns, Spider-Man Exclusive to PlayStation
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343 Industries Addresses Fan Concerns about Halo Infinite Reveal Footage (Source: IGN)

John Junyszek, the community manager for 343 Industries, recently took some time to acknowledge concerns about the developer’s upcoming title Halo Infinite. These concerns were mostly in response to the Xbox Games Showcase reveal.

The biggest issues to discuss pertained to graphics. First, he talked about the direction the developer would be taking in terms of art style. Specifically, he said, “With Halo Infinite, we’re returning to a more ‘classic’ art style which was a key message going back to the very first reveal that garnered enthusiastic and positive responses. This translates to a more vibrant palette, “cleaner” models and objects with less “noise”, though it doesn’t mean less detail.” He then went on to say that they would also be addressing feedback regarding “visual fidelity,” which mostly refers to the ways in which objects and lighting looked dull, flat, and lifeless in the demo. Junyszek stated that the footage was from an old build and the company expected some feedback about the graphics, but were also taking matters they hadn’t yet considered very seriously.

Jynyzszek also stated that the grappling hook item would have a place in multiplayer, the Battle Rifle will be returning, and there will be no “real money loot-boxes.” Additionally, the date for the beta has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the company isn’t sure, at the moment, when the beta will launch. The game itself is set to launch on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC for Holiday 2020.

Spider-Man Coming Exclusively to PlayStation Versions of Marvel's Avengers (Source: PlayStation)

It’s not controversial to say that console-exclusive DLC isn’t well-loved so it shouldn’t be surprising to find out that people are, generally, not thrilled about the recent announcement that the extraordinarily popular character, Spider-Man, will be exclusive to the PlayStation versions of Marvel’s Avengers.

The news was made official today in a blog post by Crystal Dynamic’s Associate Art Director, Jeff Adams, who wrote, “we can’t wait for you to add Spider-Man to your Marvel’s Avengers roster in early 2021, and as we’ve promised before, he will be available at no additional cost to owners of the base game, exclusively on PlayStation.” Aside from the specific bit of news, much of the blog post spoke about how great Spider-Man is which, while agreeable, can only heighten the sting for people who will be playing on other consoles.

The game officially comes out this September, so the wait for Spider-Man already seems like it will be a bit long, all things considered. If Spider-Man turns out to be a timed-exclusive, then it is a very lengthy timed-exclusive and, so far, we have no evidence to suggest that even being the case.

Animal Crossing Summer Update Includes Improved Photography

The second part of the “Summer Update” for  Animal Crossing: New Horizons just went live and one of its included features has its origins as a glitch.

The glitch, which was removed by Nintendo about a month ago, allowed players of the game to remove the UI for the purpose of taking a nice, clean photo through the game’s “Nook Phone” item. Now the ability to remove the UI is as easy as pressing in the right analog stick thanks to the update.

The ability to remove the UI makes sense for a game that has such a prominent place on social media in no small part because of the way it motivates players to make and share cool things. The fireworks that were also added as part of this update should be a good opportunity to test out the new photography feature.

 

Benjamin Maltbie
Benjamin Maltbie

Writing Team Lead
Date: 08/04/2020

08/04/2020 11:55AM
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