This Sunday’s news roundup sees the next Tomb Raider in prequel form, Super Mario Galaxy 2 appealing to the hardcore rather than causal, and long awaited Alan Wake perhaps not even coming to the PC at all.
Tomb Raider Prequel?
New pictures from an insider ‘mole’ suggest the next as yet untitled Tomb Raider will see Lara getting a full-makeover. Detailed descriptions of the direction of the new game also indicate it will incorporate a heavy survival element.
A “young and inexperienced” Lara Croft will be stranded on a mysterious island, being forced to ‘hunt or be hunted’. A new combat system sees Lara using more “brutal” forms of combat and even bows. Being a more open world experience than previous Tomb Raider’s more details are sure to follow. [JoyStiq]
Super Mario Galaxy 2 More ‘Hardcore’ Than ‘Casual’
Considering Nintendo’s love of all things causal it’s a surprise Mario Galaxy 2 will focus more on experienced gamers. Shigeru Miyamoto explained in Nintendo Power that while the game is designed with causal and experienced gamers in mind, it is designed with the presumption that newcomers would be better off playing the first Galaxy.
"I do believe that there is a lot here to appeal to the more veteran and more experienced gamers, and I think it's a title that they will obviously enjoy," said Miyamoto. "But I really took it into consideration and tried to do our best to create a game that's accessible to new gamers as well.” Mario Galaxy offered an easy enough challenge for the causal gamers to complete the main part of the quest, and hard enough optional extras for hardcore gamers to play through, so it will be interesting to see how the difficulty of Mario Galaxy 2 will change. [G4TV]
Alan Wake May Not Come To PC
Remedy Entertainment announced earlier this week announced they’re "focusing all our efforts on the 360 version" of the upcoming Alan Wake. The PC version incidentally “coming at a later time”.
Lead writer Sam Lake has now changed “coming at a later time” to “who knows?” by telling Edge-online nothing is confirmed after the 360 version is complete. “Once we're done with the 360 version we'll evaluate the situation and see what makes sense”. Alan Wake has been five years in the making and is currently planned for an early 2010 release. [Edge-Online]