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  1. Skyrim 2.0 Is Go... Hello and welcome to yet another instalment of Open Letters! In this “weekly” column I write an open letter to something relating to news, or I respond to a letter sent in from one of you, the readers! (if you want to send in a question/concern for me to write about, email me at: [email protected]) This week however this article/column/trash-heap is aimed at Elder Scrolls VI Rumours. Rumours, they've ruined High School Prom, they've ruined your chances with Scarlett Johansson or Leonardo DiCaprio and now they're going to ruin your hopes and dreams of having Elder Scrolls 6 any time in the future. Pete Hines is the Vice President of PR/Marketing at Bethesda and he had some lovely words to say earlier this year about the upcoming sequel to Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim; what were those words? "Elder Scrolls VI is happening, but not any time s**n" The game itself has been described as "Skyrim 2", by Hines himself which leads to the thoughts of where the game will actually take place. My money is on Valenwood, since the Thalmor had a part in the war in Skyrim - but we have yet to see. The game itself will begin production as soon as the Fallout 4 DLC has stopped churning out, which should be by the end of the year - which means if they begin working on the game at the start of 2017 we may have the game itself out in 2019 or 2020 depending on game scale and if pre-production has already begun. So after getting your hopes up I shall now provide, my open letter to the Rumours of Elder Scrolls 6. Hello. I've heard you may be at E3 this year, we both know that's not true and I don't appreciate getting any hopes up for seeing the next instalment in this amazing franchise so please just don't rear your head on the internet again until you're ready to show yourself off. Thanks. Where will the game be? What role will you play? Will Talos ever be a God again? Guess we're going to have to wait to find out. Image credit: Christian Post
  2. Return To Your Roots Hello and welcome to yet another instalment of Open Letters! In this "weekly" column I do one of two things, write an open letter to something relating to news, or I respond to a letter sent in from one of you, the readers! (If you want to send in a question/concern for me to write about, email me at: [email protected]) This week however this article/column/trash-heap is aimed at Game Developers of the Battlefield/Battlefront/Mirrors Edge franchise, DICE. For clarities sake, today we are focusing on the Battlefield aspect of the previous sentence - as many people may be already aware Battlefield 5 was announced back at the end of 2015 and there is a rumour flying around that the franchise will be returning to its roots by taking place during World War I. I'm getting ahead of the curve here let's have a history lesson. (learning is fun!) DICE was founded in 1992 and has been a subsidiary of Electronic Arts since 2004 and have a hefty list of games they've developed including but not limited to: NASCAR Heat*, Battlefield 1942, Midtown Madness 3*, Battlefield 2/3/4, Mirrors Edge/ME: Catalyst, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit*, Medal of Honor (multiplayer), Star Wars: Battlefront *Indicates DICE co-developed this game with another developer Okay the list is huge and I've already made it too big but they've made some of the best games for the past two decades and I'm trying to make a point here that they created Battlefield, which is one of the (if not THE) direct competitor(s) of that other huge FPS series called Call of Duty, developed by Infinity Ward/Treyarch/Sledgehammer Games and financed by Blizzard/Activision. Don't let my ADD drive you off course, this conversation is about Battlefield - specifically about Battlefield 5 which is due out in what is estimated to be October of 2016. And finally, for the love of God finally an FPS game developer has listened to me. With no further ado, my open letter to DICE: Dear DICE, If you are reading this, then first allow me to say - yes I will happily beta test anything you need for the foreseeable future. But that's not what I'm writing to you about, I am writing to thank you for listening to not only me, but what I can only assume is a very large collection of gamers (both male and female) who are incredibly tired of shooters all feeling the same. Call of Duty has gone so far into the future I get the feeling that the next iteration will be World War III including sticks and stones; however you over at DICE have decided to return to the roots of what made these franchises so successful - you're returning to the most fascinating period of history and wartime that exists. World War I/II settings used to flood the marketplace over a decade ago - to be fair many of them still exist however none as popular as what Call of Duty or Battlefield can pull off. I have fond memories of playing the old games with bolt action rifles, running about as hulking tanks drove past to crush the opposition. Ah, nostalgia why do you feel so damn good? Hindsight is not 20/20 however so if you really do intend to bring Battlefield 1914 into 2016 it needs to be incredible, bring back that nostalgia that I had as a kid but revitalize how it feels because I have car payments now. For Battlefield to truly continue to succeed the franchise needs to evolve in the right way and I feel like going back to what you're good at is a great move. I'm sure we have things to look forward to at E3 this year. How do you feel about Battlefield 5 going back in time? Let us know down below - or hop over to the forums, sign on up and be sure to donate your teeth to the growing collection. Image credit: Yibada
  3. The ball is in your court, Sony/Developers Hello friends and welcome to my new series: Open Letters! In this sporadically posted column, I will write open letters to things relating to the gaming community while tying in news you may now know in a very informative, yet somewhat humorous manner. Our very first open letter is to the software giant Microsoft's gaming division, Xbox. Microsoft. Synonymous with Bill Gates, Tablets, Phones, Phablets and Windows Vista (I shuddered too it's okay). And just last week, Xbox announced they would support cross-platform multiplayer with both players on Windows 10 and Playstation 4. In fact just EARLIER this month, I criticized Xbox themselves for potentially destroying everything we know and love about games. Now they've come full circle and decided, GAMES FOR EVERYONE! This is a great success for all gamers, allow me to elaborate. What exactly has been done? Well, Xbox has said they're all good to go for developers to create cross-platform multiplayer, as in Xbox will support this going forward. This is unexpected as ever since the formation of Xbox Live, it has been very restricted to Xbox only content. Now that we're seeing the boys at MS let up, this could literally change everything. Xbox has stated that the developers of 3rd party games (ex. Grand Theft Auto, Destiny, Call of Duty) can create cross platform multiplayer which means those friends of yours who got a PS4 instead of an Xbox One? You can in the future hopefully play against them despite your console preference. What about those elitist PC players? Yes you too, can face off against PCMASTERRACE in whatever game tickles your fancy. Now, I say hopefully very sarcastically because we're not quite sure where this could lead. Sony has responded to Xbox regarding the cross-platform play -Sony Worldwide Studios' Shuhei Yoshida suggests there's no technical issue preventing cross-network play between PS4 and Xbox One. Rather, the debate will revolve around whether it is in Sony's best interests to allow it. So onto the topic of this post - an open letter to Xbox: Hello, Xbox The recent news that you're willing to allow cross-platform support on games is astonishing and not something I ever expected from either side of the aisle. Thank you for knowing what your fans want, thank you for being willing to take whatever risk to promote this and to hopefully make it a reality. Those things I said last time I wrote about you guys, I was mad you know how these things go we all say things we don't mean.. so basically what I'm saying is.. *gets out flowers and goes down on one knee* make this a reality..? For me? Thanks for reading guys at Xbox, I hope this inspires some serious fan-fiction that we can all laugh about in the future. (I never said this was a LONG open letter) In closing, in all seriousness - this has a long way to go, so far we only have Xbox's word that they're willing to go along with this, some may call it an empty promise, some may call it the future. But until we have a concrete answer from Sony and game developers about how the science of this will work out - it will remain a pipe-dream. Happy about the news? Tell us over at the forums, or in the comments down below. Also please don't send me fan-fiction, please.
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