*Update at the bottom*
So here’s the deal. Since E3, there hasn’t been a whole lot of news. However, I have found some that will prove very interesting.
Let’s start with the facts. The Last of Us: Remastered will be bundled with the PS4 starting on July 30th. The game itself, however, will be released the day before.
Good news for Saint’s Row fans. Saints Row IV: National Treasure Edition will include the original game as well as ALL 29 DLC items and will release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on July 8th in physical and digital forms for only $30.
Sadly, that’s about it for the facts. (Other than a big one I’ll drop later).
So, rumor has it, the next Zelda installment (Zelda Wii U, NOT Hyrule Warriors) might have multiplayer included. From what’s being said, the creator of the Zelda franchise wants to add multiplayer to a future Zelda title, and he hinted it may be included in the new installment.
Now, remember that big news I just mentioned?
CAPCOM is officially up for sale. They chose not to renew (by majority vote) their Takeover Defense plan. The Takeover Defense plan protected their company from hostile takeovers. It’s looking like they might be in some hot water financially and are looking to be bought out to save themselves.
Along those lines, Crytek may be drowning as well. Anonymous emails from people claiming to be employees have stated that they haven’t been paid since April, bonuses have been missed, and one email stated that 100 people have left Crytek in the last 3 months, including higher ups such as project managers, which has people afraid for their job.
It’s looking like Crytek is in financial trouble, but Crytek’s PR has denied all claims, but also denied any and all comment on the matter. So rumors are flying around saying that Crytek might become the next THQ, and with them denying any comment on the matter, it sounds like the rumors might actually be (somewhat) true.
Along these lines Ryse 2 was cancelled, some believe it was because Ryse was a financial blunder for Crytek, (a true cult classic of a game now), but others state that it was because they had an ownership dispute with Microsoft.
So there you have it. I should also let you know, I have reached out to Crytek for comment, but so far there hasn’t been a single company that’s heard back from them. I will also be reaching out to CAPCOM to see if they can shed some light on the Takeover Defense plan.
UPDATE: I have reached out to both Crytek and CAPCOM for comment.