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Hacker Groups and Delayed Games - Six Months Later...

Hacker Groups Ruin Everything

The Playstation Network went down for 10 hours effecting all core services for players worldwide. It was later revealed to be hacker group Phantom Squad who were responsible, the same group who shutdown EA servers over Christmas and Xbox Live a week earlier. 

I hate this stuff. While hacker groups such as Phantom Squad, Lizard Squad and Anonymous will say it's Microsoft and Sony's faults for not having protection against DDoS attacks, even if the appropriate security measures were in place you could reasonably expect these same groups to continue doing what they do for one simple reason. Because they can.

No matter how much these big companies invest into preventing these attacks, the 'thrill' of breaking in will always be the illusive trophy awaiting hacker groups on the other side.

Scalebound Delayed

In a message to their fans, Scalebound developer Plantinum Games announced that they had to delay the game until 2017 to "deliver on their ambitious vision". Delayed games are nothing new to the industry and can often help add that last bit of polish. Then again it can also whip the existing fanbase into a frenzy as seen with No Man's Sky back in late May.

Since then we have seen some gameplay footage at E3 this year. It looks very Japanese and as a western gamer also very bland. It seems like the kind of game that will get absolutely no marketing push after the release date which is never a good sign. I know Platinum Games have a big following in certain circles having released other titles such as Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101, but I just don't know if they can pull this one out. I hope they prove me wrong.

Assassin's Creed Taking A Year Off

Rumours began to leak out about Ubisoft entertaining the idea of breaking the annual cycle of Assassin games and Kotaku corroborated the story into fact using their inside sources. As they pointed out in the article it is likely due to the upcoming release of Watch Dogs 2 and because the franchise has been feeling stale since the new generation of consoles. Ubisoft also have the Assassin's Creed movie to oversee so it's safe to say they have a lot on their plate right now.

The suspected location of Egypt as the next game's backdrop has also all but been confirmed in what appears to be one of the worst kept secrets in the video game business right now. 

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