Microsoft talks about the possibility of a Minecraft 2

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I wonder how Minecraft 2 will look like?

I hate to tell you guys this, but i told you so! Because right after that i wrote my "Microsoft buys Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5billion" article back in September. I pointed out that it´s very likely that we will get to see a Minecraft 2.

Because just like i said back then, 2.5 billion dollars is a lot of money. And Microsoft want that investment to pay off asap. And that´s where Minecraft 2 comes into the picture. Because i´m quite sure that a sequal to Minecraft would sell millions and millions of retail copies (and downloads).

Then we got the upcoming Minecraft movie as well. Which Warner Bros and Shawn Levy (the director for Night at the Museum) works on right now (it´s set for a 2017 or 2018 release). And one should not forget that Microsoft also cash in on ALL the Minecraft merchandise as well.

T-shirts, toys, candy, you name it! So i guess that it would be a really good idea to release Minecraft 2 sometime around 2017, or 2018 (close to the Minecraft movie release). Oh well, time will tell. I´m at least glad to hear that Microsoft won´t remove Minecraft from other competing platforms (PS3, PS4 and PSV for ex).

But it´s quite obvious that Microsoft will do whatever they can to make their version of Minecraft THE superior one. Anyhow, this is what Phil Spencer (head of Microsoft's Xbox division and Microsoft Studios) told IGN about Minecraft 2 and the Minecraft buyout:

"I think what we've learned through Xbox Live is something that we can help in unifying a little bit of what happens with Minecraft today," he said. "If I'm on PC I get access to the mod servers; if I'm on console or the mobile editions, I don't. We're looking at how do we bring that whole system together a little more. Because there are other games out there that let me move from screen to screen fairly seamlessly."

"I don't know if Minecraft 2, if that's the thing that makes the most sense. The community around Minecraft is as strong as any community out there. We need to meet the needs and the desires of what the community has before we get permission to go off and do something else," he said. "It doesn't mean that everything we're going to do is going to map to 100 percent of their acceptance, because I don't know if there is any topic where 100 percent of people agree. But we look at Job 1 is to go out and meet the needs of the Minecraft community first, and then we can think about ways that we can actually help grow it. That's our sole focus."

"And frankly, I love what [Minecraft] means for us as a gaming industry--maybe that's overstating it a little bit," he said. "Kids creating things, playing together, having a good time--it has a role in classrooms. I just think it's good for us. I see us as shepherds of the IP."

"It's a big deal," "For me, I look at it as a great game to add to our portfolio. I love [the gamer] who plays Minecraft. I love that male, female, young, and old--it's something that lives on so many different screens. I'd love to bring it to more screens out there."Phil Spencer, IGN 


/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Resident Evil HD Remastered preview - Death awaits you!

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Jill Valentine and mr Barry Burton, doing their thing.

Every single Resident Evil fan knows that Capcom have been struggling for years to make a decent old school Resident Evil game. You know, the kind of RE game that are true to the roots of the series. But no, instead we have been given none horror games, which basically were 70-80% action games.

In my book, Resident Evil has ALWAYS been all about horror and fear. And that´s the way it should be. So that´s whyi really, really hope that Capcom won´t mess things up with Resident Evil HD Remastered. Because i´ve been waiting such a long time for a Resident Evil game that´s of the old school kind (but with awesome graphics of course).

At least i feelt some good vibes from Gamespots Resident Evil HD Remastered preview video. And btw, RE HD Remastered is now live on Steam. You can´t pre-order the game just yet though. And yes, i have made up my mind.

I will buy the game to PC, unless i just happens to own a PS4 before RE HD Remastered get´s released next year (early 2015). But what about you guys? On which format will you play the game?

About Resident Evil HD Remastered:
The game that defined the survival-horror genre is back! Check out the remastered HD version of Resident Evil. In 1998 a special forces team is sent to investigate some bizarre murders on the outskirts of Raccoon City. Upon arriving they are attacked by a pack of blood-thirsty dogs and are forced to take cover in a nearby mansion. But the scent of death hangs heavy in the air. Supplies are scarce as they struggle to stay alive.

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Super Smash Bros. for Wii-U Opening cinematic

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Yet another reason to own a 3DS and a Wii U.

I have to say that the Super Smash Bros. series has become just as an important title as any given Mario title (if not more so). You simply can not have a new Nintendo console without a new Smash Bros. game, it´s unthinkable nowadays.

Because let´s face it. Smash Bros. has become the Tekken of Nintendo consoles. It´s THE fighting game to play if you are a Nintendo Gamer that loves fighting games. And it seems like Super Smash Bros. (for 3DS and Wii U) has taken the whole "Smash Bros." experience to the next level.

The 3DS version is off with a good start at least. Because at this moment the game has an average score of 85.44% (Super Smash Bros. 3DS was released on October 3th in EU). The Wii U version however, won´t get released until the 5th of December.

But i hardly doubt that it will become less epic than the 3DS game. Anyhow, please enjoy the Wii-U Opening cinematic!

About Super Smash Bros.:
In Super Smash Bros. multiplayer games, characters from all Nintendo universes meet up in Nintendo locales to duke it out. Bring together any combination of characters and revel in the ensuing chaos that we have come to associate with the game.

An action-packed fighting game, Super Smash Bros. features a ridiculous number of characters that have appeared on Nintendo platforms, from Mario to Link to Pikachu to the Wii Fit Trainer! As they square off in famous locales drawn from the rich history of Nintendo, literally anything can happen in Super Smash Bros. - and usually does.

With limitless customising options, items and weapons that boggle the mind and a wealth of modes, Super Smash Bros. has truly infinite replayability. Use your chosen character’s unique attacks and special moves to damage your opponent, then hit ‘em with a smash attack to send them flying off the stage!

The higher your opponent’s damage – represented as a percentage – the farther they’ll fly when launched, so pummel away until you see them steaming, then unleash your strongest smash attack and watch your target skyrocket off the stage. Take on nearby challengers in local multiplayer, or bring the battle to faraway friends and foes in online matches.

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Pop! Ilumbo - A puzzle game with pop art vibes

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There´s quite a few puzzles to just waits to be solved in Pop! Illumbo.

It´s been a while since i played a decent puzzle game on my Android phone. But today i had the pleasure to try Ilumbo´s F2P puzzle game "Pop! Ilumbo". And i sure don´t regret doing so. Especially not due the fact that Pop! Ilumbo uses Ilumbo’s WarpHole technology.

And that enables the possibility to borrow art from other games that´s installed on your Android device (and that´s a really cool feature imo). So if you´re into puzzle games and just happens to own a Android tablet or smartphone.

Then you might wanna give Pop! Ilumbo a go!

About Pop! Ilumbo:
Puzzle goodness that is enjoyable by all and leaves an eye-candy reward for every solution. Delicious and unforgettable. It’s as if we included that special ingredient we stole from your grandma. Fully WarpHole-powered. This technology brings your other games to life inside Pop! Ilumbo. Discover the art hidden in the data space of your device. Beware: upsetting your device’s hardware may affect Pop! Ilumbo.

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Whispering Willows will be at Game Connection in France

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Whispering Willows collected over $20,000 in total via Kickstarter back in March last year.

It seems like the Night Light Interactive crew are out on the road at the moment. And their next bus stop will be at the Game Connection (29th to 31th of October) event in Paris, France. And on site Night Light will showcase their adventure/horror game "Whispering Willows" (which you can buy for $15 via Steam), which just happens to be nominated for three awards btw ( Best Storytelling, Downloadable Game and Casual Game).

So if you´re going to visit the Game Connection event, don't forget to drop by the Whispering Willows booth!

About Whispering Willows:
Young Elena Elkhorn embarks on a harrowing journey to find her missing father and discover the secrets of the Willows Mansion. Aiding her journey is a unique amulet, she received from her father, which allows her to astral project her spirit into a ghostly-realm and communicate with the dead. Play as Elena to find her missing father, use your astral projection to solves the mansion’s tricks and puzzles, help the lingering souls and discover so much more in Whispering Willows.

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Rocket League is set for a spring release next year

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Think soccer, but with rocket-powered battle-cars instead of soccer players.

Some of you might remember Psyonix´s highspeed battle-cars sports/action game "Battle Cars"? Well, now it´s time to take that experience to the next level with "Rocket League". And that means even more intense action, new gameplay modes, vehicles, arenas, more than 100 customization items and much, much more!

Oh, did i mention that Rocket League runs on the Unreal Engine 4? And that Rocket League aims to become a really awesome online experience as well? Anyhow, you will find everything that you need to know about Rocket League down below!

Press release:
San Diego, CA – October 23, 2014 – Psyonix, the respected independent developer responsible for Square Enix’s upcoming hit Nosgoth, unveiled its plans to launch the fast-paced action-sports game Rocket League in spring 2015.

The sequel to the international hit Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, Rocket League expands on its successful pedigree with improved graphics and physics systems, a robust new single-player campaign, considerable customization options, and a fully-charged multiplayer game geared for a next-generation action- sports experience.

Rocket League Key Features Include:
- New Season Mode: Players now can enjoy a full single-player experience with Season mode, bolstered by extensive vehicle customizations, unlockable items, multiple arenas, and more.
- Fully Upgraded Online, Local and Splitscreen Multiplayer Modes: Fans of the original will love the returning options for two- to four-player competition, from on-the-couch split-screen competition to the robust online play.
- Team-focused Gameplay: Rocket League’s team-oriented play compels gamers to learn short- and long-term tactics and strategies to stay in the game, challenge their friends, and stay atop the monthly leaderboards.
- Physics-driven Vehicle Interactions: Built with rocket-equipped vehicles capable of aerial attacks, passes and shots, and physics-driven ball action, Rocket League is a wild, visceral action-sports experience.
- Content Overload: Rocket League builds upon its predecessor with a healthy array of completely new unlockable vehicles, arenas, more than 100 customization items, and other surprises.
- Dedicated Gameplay Servers: Super-smooth online gameplay guarantees an even better Rocket-Powered Battle-Car experience.
- Broadcast-Quality Replays: Gamers can play with, stylize, and create the ultimate replay of entire games with the new replay system. Fast forward, rewind, or view the action from anywhere in the arena!

“We are excited to let the world know that Rocket League is coming in 2015 with a new set of next-generation upgrades, features and physics systems,” said Dave Hagewood, President, Psyonix. “We believe its unique mix of stunning physics, crazy aerial action, and compelling multiplayer combat will drive our current fan base – and a whole new generation of players – absolutely wild.”

About Rocket League:
Like the 2008 PlayStation®3 original, Rocket League is a futuristic action-sports game where players pilot rocket-powered vehicles in an enhanced version of soccer by driving their vehicles into the ball and other players in a variety of arenas. Rocket League uses an advanced physics system to simulate realistic interactions between cars and the ball, where mass and momentum determine how hard balls and cars hit each other, creating a unique and visceral playing experience.

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Highlands - A turn-based strategy game with RPG elements

Yep, Highlands is inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's "Castle in the Sky".

Burrito studio´s are very, very close to reach their Kickstarter goal of 20,000 CAD now. Because their turn-based strategy/RPG (think Risk meets Hayao Miyazaki's "Castle in the Sky") "Highlands" just needs another 3,000 CAD to happen for real.

But time is running short as we speak. To be exact, there´s just 4 days left on the Kickstarter campaign for Highlands. So i would strongly recommend that you guys show the game some love asap (if you want the game to happen).

And if you´re looking for some convincing gameplay videos. Then just watch the "Let´s play alpha build" video of Highlands.

Press release:
The stunning strategy game *Highlands* has entered its final week on Kickstarter -- with $14,877 toward a $20,000 goal! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/439704341/highlands

Highlands is a turn-based strategy game that mixes “Risk-like” gameplay mechanics with resource management and RPG elements in a world made of thousands of small floating islands. Instead of controlling anonymous armies, players recruit characters with actual personalities and backstories who can *also* level up

Inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's *Castle in the Sky,* Highlands features beautiful hand-drawn graphics with battles taking place over 4 unique areas (countryside, city and docks, industrial district, and citadel interior), crafting, sector-by-sector fighting -- and special Strategic Actions including Support Strike, Skirmish, and Bombardment. The goal is to secure and hold strategic positions at all costs.

Highlands combines a strong narrative with many scripted and random events to create an unforgettable experience (or as one of the backers puts it, “simple mechanics, complex execution on multiple fronts”).

In Highlands, you play the heirs of a royal family overthrown by a mysterious army of bots and mercenaries. To regain control of your land, you must gather what's left of the population and resources, improve the stats of your characters, and build up the resistance. Every character on your side is essential to achieving victory.

* Breathtaking setting composed of picturesque floating islands
* Turn-based strategy game with advanced battle mechanics and resource management
* Units are individual heroes with special traits and abilities
* Beautiful hand-drawn graphics with sectors instead of hex tiles
* Character classes:
- Combatants: protect and attack sectors
- Mechanics: fortify (defend) sectors and craft items
- Leaders: inspire the population, gather resources and recruit new heroes.
- Academics: heal troops & performs research
* Items crafting system
* Story-driven – where player choices have real consequences

* Steam Greenlight URL: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=315532416
* Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
* Beta demo available in December for backers
* Release date: Early 2015
* Cat contest! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/439704341/highlands/posts/1005733
(Entries: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/439704341/highlands/posts/1021267)

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is now available!

disney fantasia music evolved
I wonder if Music Evolved will become a huge Christmas hit this year?

It toke a while. But now the wait is finally over! Because Harmonix (and Disney Interactive´s) Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved have now landed on both 360 and Xbox One in EU. And grade wise, things has gone rather well for Music Evolved (the Xbox One version has a 80.81% average score at the moment via Gamerankings.com).

I may not be the best of dancers, singers or composers. But i really enjoy good music from artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Gorillaz, Elton John and David Bowie (all of which just happens to star in Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved).

So, will you guys kick out the jams with Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved this weekend? 

Press release:
Copenhagen, Denmark, October 24, 2014 Disney Interactive and Harmonix just announced that Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, a breakthrough musical motion game, is now available at retailers worldwide for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and for Kinect for Xbox 360.

Developed by Harmonix, critically acclaimed creators of Rock Band and Dance Central and the world’s leading music and motion gaming studio, players become the sorcerer’s newest apprentice, exploring remarkable worlds and unlocking the magic within the music, with Disney Interactive’s Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.

Now, get a behind-the-scenes look into the making of “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” with these newly released, exclusive videos about the animation, design, history, archives and more with the creators of the game: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJAfkY7eGVnvOPxorWIfi4rK4NSSUSQnP.

Featuring over 30 tracks – including contemporary pop, hip hop, rock, classical, and more – Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved transports players to a breathtaking world where music and magic combine to transform extraordinary interactive landscapes in entirely new and creative ways. Using Kinect motion control technology and natural, controller-free gameplay, players will control the musical flow of these hits, unlocking the power to transform the music and living world.

Below is the complete soundtrack for Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved:

· AVICII – “Levels”
· Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
· Cee Lo Green – “Forget You”
· David Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust”
· Depeche Mode – "Enjoy the Silence"
· Drake – "Take Care" (ft. Rihanna)
· Dvořák – “Symphony No. 9 from the New World”
· Elton John – “Rocket Man”
· The Flaming Lips - “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1”
· Fun. – “Some Nights”
· Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
· Imagine Dragons - “Radioactive"
· Inon Zur – “Scout's Theme” (ft. Lindsey Stirling)
· Inon Zur – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved – Main Theme”
· Jimi Hendrix - “Fire”
· J.S. Bach – “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”
· Kimbra – “Settle Down”
· Lady Gaga - “Applause”
· Liszt - “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”
· Lorde – “Royals”
· M.I.A. – "Galang”
· Missy Elliott - “Get Ur Freak On”
· Mozart – “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
· Mussorgsky – “Night on Bald Mountain”
· New Order – “Blue Monday”
· Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
· Peter Gabriel – “In Your Eyes”
· Police – "Message in a Bottle"
· Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
· Tchaikovsky – "The Nutcracker Medley"
· The Who – "The Real Me"
· Vivaldi – “The Four Seasons: Winter, 1st Movement”
· White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”

Additionally, fans can purchase the game on either platform digitally and receive Pop, Rock and Dance mix packs, which allow apprentices to create more remixes and further customize songs from the game’s core soundtrack. The Deluxe Digital Xbox One version of the game is also available, and includes all of the mix packs, as well as the DLC featuring an additional 18 songs from popular artists like Skrillex, Demi Lovato, Coldplay, The Cure, OneRepublic and more!

For additional information about “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved,” join the Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/fantasiagame, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FantasiaGame and view all videos on our YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/FantasiaGame.

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground
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