Sad news hit this week regarding Disney pulling the plug on not only their ‘Toys to Life’ development but also closing down their gaming division completely resulting in the loss of approximately 300 jobs. Is this move simply a reaction by Disney to a recent financial shortfall or could the decision have been contributed to by Disney making the decision that creating games is just no longer a profitable path? Shocking news from an entertainment behemoth like this one.
The Sparks discuss this news and speculate as to whether Disney Infinity reaching its zenith could be an early indicator of a decrease in interest across the board of the Toys to Life market, signifying the decline of Skylanders and even Lego Dimensions. Or is this just an isolated move contained within entertainment powerhouse Disney as a damage control measure, in light of the company missing its financial goals for the year that caused their stock to fall 6 percent?
Antony and Darren look therein for a silver lining and hope that a move to licensing out IP’s to external parties may lead to gamers getting more licensed games than ever before and cross their fingers that the quality will remain on the level of the likes of EA’s handling of Star Wars Battlefront. Here’s hoping this is not the start of a slippery slope for Disney – surely an impossibility!
This week in the ‘What are you playing‘ section is all about the hotly anticipated Uncharted 4. Listen in as Darren and Antony recall their first few gaming sessions of Uncharted 4 and find out if it’s ticking all the Spark boxes and living up to the hype (spoiler alert: IT DOES AND THEN SOME!).
In this week’s news section we have details on the new Battlefield game from DICE, Battlefield 1. Battlefield 1 takes you across multiple and varied locations in a bid to fight your way through immersive battles. From tight urban fights in a besieged French city to big open spaces in the Italian Alps and frantic combats in the deserts of Arabia, discover a world at war through an adventure-filled campaign.
In multiplayer, players will take to the skies and engage in dogfights through treacherous landscapes, or have a battleship obliterating the coast from the sea and engage in the 64 player multiplayer action that Battlefield is best known for.
(image: via FUZE)
Also in the news section we report on the new android powered console that has been announced in China, the Tomahawk F1 from FUZE. This ‘interesting’ console that looks like the love child of Xbox One and PS4 will be released in July with a ¥899 price-tag – around $140/£100.
Nvidia has officially revealed the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, based on its new Pascal architecture. This new power house of a graphics card offers an astonishing leap in performance and power efficiency over existing cards. According to Nvidia, the GTX 1080 is faster than two GTX 980s in SLI and the GTX 1070 offers Titan X level performance at the pleasing price of $379/£280. Both cards are set to be released in the Summer.
In the week’s VR News Desk we have some more details on the Star Wars Battlefront VR experience for PlayStation VR.
NVIDIA has announced a new in-game camera system called Ansel, a technology designed to aid the progression of video game photography. For VR this will include the option to capture a full 360 degree stereoscopic image.
Also from the VR News Desk this week we have news on a brand new and mind blowing experience using VR, The VOID will using cutting edge VR tech to fully immerse the player in VR. The VOID isn’t like other VR systems you might have heard of. It is a full-body simulation, and it is completely wireless.
Sony Pictures has teamed up The VOID to build a virtual reality experience based on the new Ghostbusters movie that will be playable at Madame Tussauds in New York from July 1st 2016. The experience will have players joining a team of supernatural exterminators as they chase a ghoul down to a New York apartment complex and trap it for permanent containment. Let’s hope you ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost.
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