A new Sierra game, a new John Romero game, and a new Rollercoaster Tycoon published by Atari were all announced this week.
What, is it 1999?
Metal Gear Solid has always been a console series. And mostly a PlayStation series, for that matter. Earlier this year Metal Gear Rising came to PC, but at the time it seemed like an anomaly--a special treat because Rising was a "spin-off" game and showed up on the Xbox also.
Ready for a heart attack? Metal Gear Solid V is coming to PC, it was confirmed during Gamescom. Both Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain are making their way over to Steam.
Tomb Raider brouhaha
Earlier this week Microsoft reduced grown men and women to puddles of tears by announcing Tomb Raider as a 2015 Holiday Season Xbox One Exclusive", and the Internet exploded and death was threatened and generally everyone got really mad.
And then the next day it was revealed that Microsoft's super-specific language wasn't a mistake, but, of course, Tomb Raider is coming to PC and PS4--eventually. Still annoyed.
Mr. Bones Wild Ride
Say it with me: New Rollercoaster Tycoon! And it's scheduled for early 2015! And there's cooperative multiplayer so you can murder your park visitors with friends! And there are absolutely no microtransactions!
Seriously, Atari and Pipeworks say the game is a "full premium PC experience, giving fans the ability to enjoy a micro-transaction free amusement park," allowing you to nickel and dime your guests without being nickeled and dimed yourself.
Lucky number seven
The PS4 is the top-selling console for the seventh month in a row, according to the July NPDs. That's in addition to Sony's announcement earlier this week--the PS4 has reached 10 million units sold through to consumers.
It's not Beyond Good & Evil 2
Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel revealed a new game titled Wild during Sony's Gamescom press conference. It comes with a pretty wild trailer.
And no, I don't think it has anything to do with that Reese Witherspoon movie.
Microsoft announced a new bundled Xbox One for this fall--$400 for a package that includes both a white Xbox One (as opposed to the standard black model) and a digital copy of Insomniac's Sunset Overdrive. It launches Oct. 28 and is available for preorder now. And it's the best deal you can get right now, if you're planning to buy an Xbox One.
Battle of the Bulge
There's a new Company of Heroes 2 standalone expansion on the way, and it's (by-the-numbers, anyway) larger than the base game--18 new singleplayer missions spread across the Ardennes Assault, otherwise known as the Battle of the Bulge. Players will control three new U.S. companies fighting against the Germans.
Most intriguing: Sega says that player decisions will carry throughout the campaign, affecting future battles.
Mad for Madden
Surprise: There's a new Madden coming out this year. And I'll be honest, I have no interest in Madden. But this promotional video, showing off a heated rivalry between Kevin Hart and Dave Franco, is super weird. And maybe something you should watch.
World of WarCraft also has a new expansion coming in November, BioWare is making a new action-RPG, you can play the new Unreal Tournament right now, Sierra's remaking King's Quest, and John Romero is making a new shooter.
And to celebrate back to school, here are 14 games that feel like class. Sort of.