Gaming News: 16 December, 2016 Edition

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This week in gaming news: The former Kickstarter sensation Shenmue 3 had some new info released this week by its series creator, Yu Suzuki. The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu carried the interview and the kind folks over at Gematsu did the translation. It goes as follows:

“Development is entering the final stage headed towards full-scale production. Early in the new year, I think we’ll be able to show you things such as new videos.

“We will continue progressing with development so that our backers and those who experience the world of Shenmue for the first time can do so with pleasure.

“Also, at noon on December 15, we will start pre-order sales for the PC version of Shenmue III, which received a lot of requests.

Those interested in Shenmue III, please check the official website.”

Great news for all of the fans of this franchise, as the game is expected to still be on track for its slated December release in 2017. As an avid gamer I often support not pre-ordering anything, but in this case I cannot blame avid fans for holding onto hope.

Onto The Division: This week it released its latest update which brought along with it DirectX 12 support as well as a several adjustments to audio placement, controller support and high CPU usage. To add to this, a free weekend is now running for the game, via Steam and uPlay, with a 50% discount running until Monday.

As is usual with Ubisoft, the good must always come with the downright insane. The upcoming Viking/Samurai/Knight brawler (ran out of names huh?) For Honor is said to feature a heavy reliance on multiplayer modes, which even a fully playing single player campaign. So what seems to be the issue? Well this Ubisoft representative had this to say on a Neogaf forum post:

“We can confirm that For Honor is an always online experience. Some elements of progression, which is hosted online, are shared across story and multiplayer mode. Players will need to be connected to the internet at all times to play For Honor,”

Has Ubisoft learned nothing from past failures when it came to always online requirements for titles that have single player campaigns? Ridiculous.

And finally we turn Overwatch: Blizzard has released the chains on the Winter Wonderland holiday event for Overwatch this week, so yes gamers, the event has gone live!!! Players can expect loot boxes packed with new cosmetic items like profile icons, sprays, victory poses, and of course, holiday-themed skins, as well as a new winter event: Mei’s Snowball Offensive, a 6-on-6 single-elimination snowball fight. Enough for me talking however, view the trailer down below !!!

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