The Saturday Papers.
Well, we’re another week closer to Christmas people. That’s right – I’m that guy. But forget about that idea I’ve just planted in your mind; forget about the impending terror of having to spend an entire day with your family, and having to put up with your infuriating extended family. Because it’s only October – and it’s the weekend, which means it’s just about time for another of our weekly news roundups, that’ll put the inevitable arrival of Christmas at bay for a while.
Future Publishing close Game Master and GamesTM
Future Publishing confirmed on Friday that long-standing videogame magazines Game Master and GamesTM will be closing their doors, with the last issue of both magazines being published on November 1. Future, one of the biggest magazine publishers in Britain, said in a statement that “despite the company’s strong performance overall, unfortunately, games™ and GamesMaster are no longer profitable parts of the business, which means that their next issues, on sale November 1st, will be the final editions,” (via gamesindustry.biz).
Fortunately, it seems that those affected by the closures won’t lose their jobs, as Future has said that they’ll be “redeployed” to other outlets in the company, and with the likes of Edge, Official PlayStation and Xbox magazines, PC Gamer, and Retro Gamer in that group, hopefully, everyone affected at the two outlets will find a suitable new role quickly.
The news is an incredibly sad note though, with Game Master having been in circulation for 25 years, and GamesTM regularly pushing the boundaries of quality and insightful features. We al wish the very best of luck for those affected by the closures, whether that be in their new roles at Future or elsewhere in the industry.
Destiny 1 exotics could be showing up in Destiny 2
A series of data mines and leaks from Destiny 2 audio files have suggested that the Cosmodrome area and the Thunderlord machine gun could be soon be arriving in Destiny 2, according to reports from GamesRadar+.
A Reddit user, ImaginaryEscapism, shared audio files that are supposedly attached to Destiny 2’s Festival of the Lost, in which Amanda Holliday’s voice is heard asking: “That’s where your Ghost found you, right?” Which suggests that the starting area of the original Destiny, which had your Ghost prodding you back to life in the Cosmodrome, may very well be a kind of new area for Destiny 2.
Other leaks have suggested that the setting my pave the way for the exotic Thunderlord weapon to return as well. It’s all a bit convoluted, but essentially The Thunderlord was picked up in the first game after killing a Fallen major found in the Cosmodrome. Add to that the “Feeding Frenzy” perk that was attached to the Thunderlord was spotted on Light.GG by YouTuber Houndish and the clues look a little more than coincidental.
As for why the starting area of Destiny 1 is making a return, we don’t know. But if you’re still playing Destiny 2, then you won’t have to wait too long to find out, as the Festival of the Lost is now underway, so hopefully, we’ll get some answers this month.
Days Gone delayed until April 2019
The next zompocalypse adventure, Days Gone by Bend Studio, has been pushed back from its February 2019 release date to April 29, 2019.
The PlayStation exclusive seems to have only been delayed to stave off unwanted competition, with February 2019 also seeing the release of Crackdown 3, Anthem, and Metro Exodux – and don’t forget that both the Resident Evil 2 Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 are poised for a release in late January. Bend Studio has said that it’s using the extra time to “further polish Days Gone.”
Days Gone has been in development since 2015, with the game originally aiming for a release this year before being delayed until 2019.
And finally… You can now legitimately unlock a particular Stanley Parable achievement
Remember The Stanley Parable? The most self-aware game that didn’t star Deadpool? Well, if you played it back in 2013 then you might remember there being a fair few hilarious achievements catered to getting you to try and find all the little curiosities hidden away in the game.
But there’s also an achievement, called “Go Outside”, available for doing the exact opposite of exploring, rewarding you for not playing the game for a lengthy five years. And now, in the not-too-distant future of 2018, the trophy can now be achieved,
Players had previously unlocked the reward after fiddling with the clock in their computers, but you can unlock it for realises now – no foolin’ or nothin’! As long as you played Stanley Parable in October 2013 (the game was released on October 17, 2013) then you should be able to simply boot the game up and receive you – hopefully – final achievement.
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