Last year turned out to be another exciting year for gamers across all platforms, both regarding the games that found their way to shelves and the backstage drama that occurred throughout the industry. Here are some of the biggest news stories that made headlines in 2015.
Satoru Iwata Passes Away
Satoru Iwata, the former president of Nintendo, passed away in July. He was only 55. Satoru Iwata had a long history with the company, having worked at Nintendo since the early days in the 1980s, and helmed the company during the time that well received products such as the DS and the Wii were released.
PlayStation 4 Pulls Ahead in the Console Wars
The PlayStation 4 officially hit a record breaking 30 million units sold in November. While Microsoft has as of yet refused to release an official number of Xbox One consoles sold, most experts estimate that it is probably about half that number.
Hideo Kojima Leaves Konami
This story spanned nearly the whole year, beginning in March when rumors were spread around the internet that Kojima had either been fired or quit. Strange events such as his name being erased from the box art on Metal Gear Solid V and photos of an apparent going away party ensued before Kojima announced in December that he had left the company to start his own design studio, Kojima Productions.
Virtual Reality is Coming
While none of the major anticipated VR products that are expected saw a real release this year, news was appearing everywhere about products expected next year. Sony is pushing their PlayStation VR, Microsoft in preparing the HoloLens and is attempting to introduce compatibility with the Oculus Rift and HTC will be releasing their Vive VR in 2016.
Xbox One Backwards Compatibility
As the capabilities of consoles continues to grow with each new generation of different systems but the delivery system remain the same, many gamers are left wondering why backwards compatibility seems so hard to implement. Microsoft surprised everyone at E3 2015 with the surprise announcement that they would be making good on their promise to expand backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, and it looks as if Sony may soon follow suit.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Confirmed
Sony’s big announcement at E3 2015 was that a Final Fantasy VII was well underway and would delivered soon. This beloved RPG has had is fans begging for a remake for over a decade, and by all reports the energy in the room when Sony made the announcement was positively electrifying.