Friday Family Gaming News Update: 09/25/2015

Below is a list of the biggest family video game news stories of the past week!

Star Fox Zero Delayed

Miyamoto-san made the follow very candid post on Facebook last week to announce the delay of Star Fox Zero into the first quarter of 2016.

“I made a big decision last week.

We have been developing Star Fox Zero for Wii U with the aim of releasing it this year. Although we felt that the development had been progressing well, we now believe that we will need a little more time to work on areas such as the unprecedented discovery that we want players to experience in the game by using two screens, and further polishing the level designs and perfecting the tone of the cut scenes. While we have already reached the stage where it would be technically possible to release the title in time for the year-end holiday season, we want to polish the game a bit more so that players will be able to more smoothly grasp the new style of play that we are proposing.

To the people looking forward to the launch of the game this holiday season, I am very sorry.

Star Fox Zero is going to bring new game play and experiences that take it far beyond the framework established by Star Fox 64. All the members of the development team are doing our best so that the final product will not betray your expectations. And the game will not be delayed for a very long time – we’re aiming to launch the game in Q1 2016. Please stay tuned for further announcements.”


 

Star Wars Battlefront Beta Announced

Electronic Arts has announced that the beta for Star Wars Battlefront will take place from Oct 8th through the 12th.

The game is mostly done, but this will provide EA with useful data about their servers to help make the launch as smooth as possible. It will also have the advantage of serving as a demo for interested players to help them make up their mind.

The beta will not feature the entire game, of course, but fill include several of the more important game modes. The download will be around seven gigs so you will want to take that into account when making your plans to play the game.

We will be playing the beta so you can keep your eye here for more information and our impressions!


 

Minecraft confirmed for Oculus Rift

This year’s Oculus Connect conference for virtual reality developers started with a bang. Mojang confirmed via a brief video that the Windows 10 edition of Minecraft will launch on the Oculus Rift “next year.”


 

The Toys to Life Hat trick is Now Complete!

The toys to life category of toys has been huge in recent years. This year will be no exception as we will have three different games competing for our attention. Disney Infinity 3.0 launched on August 30th. Skylanders Superchargers launched last Sunday. And, LEGO Dimensions releases this Sunday.

We’ll be publishing a comparison article this week. So keep your eyes on Engaged Family Gaming!


 

Turner Networks Enter eSports Business

Turner Broadcasting System and WME/IMG are coming together to start a new eSports league. This on its own wouldn’t be that interesting except for the fact that they will be televising the tournaments on Turner networks.
The league will launch next year on TBS and each tournament will last 20 weeks. The first game they will be playing is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

This may not be a tournament for families considering the game is a squad based shooter, but the proliferation of eSports is certainly relevant.


 

Angry Birds The Movie Trailer Released

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