Games Inbox: Will there be more Xbox Series X stock this week in the UK?

The Tuesday Inbox wonders what IO Interactive’s James Bond game will be like, as one reader feels sorry for CD Projekt developers.

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Without hesitation
I get that the PlayStation 5 has been more popular out of the gate, with no real new games on the Xbox Series X it’s not surprising, but it’s Microsoft’s console that I’m waiting for and it’s even more frustrating than trying to get hold of a PlayStation 5. I know two friends that have given up and just went and got an Xbox Series S instead, but I really don’t want to make that compromise.

Just like Sony, Microsoft hasn’t said anything about stock availability and I’m not sure whether they secretly want people to buy an Xbox Series or not, given they are a little easier to get hold of. I agree that the silence of both companies since launch is highly irritating, bordering on neglectful.

I can’t afford a gaming PC and I’m beginning to hate the fact that I still want a new console so much. I feel like my enthusiasm for gaming is being taken advantage of, even though it’s just my lack of self-control. I also know that if they come back in stock today I’ll order one without hesitation. Although that’s still a big if, somehow I get the feeling I’ll be waiting for much longer than just the week.
Goro

Evil remake
Worrying news about Resident Evil 4. Sounds like the developers knew they had to stick close to the original game and then Capcom just overrode them. That worries me. To me it means we’re probably just going to get another rehash of the Resident Evil 2 remake, with the same gameplay but a different setting. That was not how the original worked though. The difference between 2 and 4 was enormous and I don’t see how they’re going to reflect that in the remake unless… it’s first person. But does anyone really want that? I don’t.

I agree that it would’ve been a much better idea to remake Code: Veronica, a game a lot of people haven’t played and even those that have probably barely remember. It’s barely playable now with the tank controls but I remember enjoying it at the time, which means you could revamp it to be fun again.

If it wasn’t for Resident Evil Village looking really good I’d feel more worried than I do but I do think remaking Resident Evil 4 is a problem that Capcom didn’t need to bring onto themselves. Nobody’s going to be full satisfied and then it’d be two remakes in a row that disappointed. And what are they going to do after that anyway? Is there really anyone that wants a remake of Resident 5 or 6?
Olliephant

Licence to sell
Great to see Hitman 3 doing so well, even in terms of physical sales, which I would’ve thought would’ve been quite small given it’s more of a hardcore kind of a game. Between that and getting the James Bond licence that must mean IO Interactive have quite a bit of money behind them now, which is great to see for a company that has been messed around by big publishers for too long now.

I do wonder how they’re going to handled Bond though. It’s easy enough to imagine that the basic combat will be similar to Hitman but will they be putting vehicle sections in there? You’ve got to imagine they’d have to. What about a dialogue system? You can’t have James Bond without trying to chat up the ladies/wind up the bad guys.

It’ll be interesting to see IO get outside of the comfort zone and also how much of an action game they try to make it. I also wonder if we’ll then see some of this stuff leak into whatever they do with the next Hitman. I’m definitely interested though, their stuff is nearly always good.
Stormie

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Not for sale
Seeing how ready people were to believe that Konami had sold off their games business was kind of funny. Why would they? It’s really only a few franchises and they do quite well slapping them across all their pachinko and gambling machines.

I doubt anyone would really pay that much for Metal Gear and Silent Hill even if they are quite well known. Most people don’t think the Silent Hill remake rumours at Sony are true simply because the series doesn’t seem famous enough and think of how many people were confused by the Smash Bros. reveal for Castlevania, because they’ve never heard of it?

To hardcore gamers Konami are an important company with lots of classic games, to most people they’ve never heard of any of it. And yet I think this news could be the best chance in a long while for them making a comeback. If everything gaming is being consolidated together that means they recognise change is needed and maybe we’ll finally see some big projects and, who knows, maybe even some new IP.

I’ll settle for a new Gradius but I’m going to guess that’s probably not their number one priority at the moment.
Dan

Xbox live goal
I don’t think this Xbox Live Gold price hike ever got as far as the UK but interesting that Microsoft immediately changed their mind as soon as people started complaining about. That’s good, but it’s also kind of surprising, in that they made the mistake in the first place and that they just gave in instantly. Despite all their money and power it often seems like Microsoft bend in the wind when it comes to any kind of criticism.

I can’t think of anything they’ve done wrong that they didn’t immediately change, other than long term stuff like not investing in first party games. A lot of people wouldn’t be aware of that though and in terms of the more straightforward money stuff they always seem quick to react.

That is a good thing but in a way it also make me have less confidence in them. Like they’re always just desperate to please people without having any real plan. Maybe that’s not fair but apart from using their money to make things like Game Pass good value I don’t really get the feeling that Xbox has much of an identity or goal, not like Sony or Microsoft. I’m not dissing them but I am glad I got a PlayStation 5 and not an Xbox Series X.
Knudsen

New management
After dreaming of a Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic 3 for the best part of 20 years I don’t know what to think of BioWare not making it. On the one hand I’m glad, as their output over the last few years has been pretty substandard, but on the other it could reinvigorate them.

Interestingly, is it a coincidence that this comes out less than a week after Gabe Newell stated that Valve are back to making traditional single-player games? I know it’s not their genre but have Valve ever made a bad game?

The obvious choice would maybe be Square Enix after the Final Fantasy 7 remake did so well, both critically and commercially. My personal choices would be either FromSoftware, after Elden Ring, or maybe Bluepoint games if they fancy tackling something semi-original rather than remakes.

Any thoughts GC on who you either think or would like it to be?
Mr.Saveloy

GC: As we said in our article, the rumours suggest a little-known studio – we’d guess one made up of former BioWare developers.

They’ve still got it
RE: Mr B. Seeing as it has been a decade since Valve developed any games it remains to be seen what sort of talent they still have at their disposal, but the Half-Life, Portal, and Left 4 Dead games are as good as anything released by any other developer before or since.

I’d certainly be interested in a new game in any of those series, or any new IP that may create.
drlowdon

Unsung victims
I don’t know if it gets said enough but I feel really sorry for the people who work at CD Projekt. Not the managers though, the talented people who are actually doing all the work. They don’t deserve this. It must be absolutely grim at the minute dealing with all these self-imposed problems and now they’ve released an update it leads to even more issues.

I’m just putting myself in the shoes of these people having to come into work each day and face an endless slog on top of all the negative reports of how the top people treat them. As gamers I feel we’re partly responsible. We need to take a really hard look at ourselves and the demands we now make on companies. It destroys me how entitled some gamers are.

If a company announces a delay to a game in my view this is a positive. Take as long as you need to make it work. But no, the amount of abuse they get for it is unreal. Then when they release to early it’s 20times worse. Silver lining to the whole Cyberpunk 2077 travesty is that maybe companies wise up a little and just focus on getting their games right before release. Stop pandering to the internet as much. Not holding my breath though.
Chris

Inbox also-rans
Have you/or will you please do a preview of the year regarding game releases you’re especially looking forward to? I want to know your take on Xbox 2021 confirmed releases.
Jez

GC: Okay.

Crazy how a game that’s created such a negative buzz can be such a massive. Cyberpunk 2077 truly is the game of our time, mostly for the wrong reasons.
Meso

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