Welcome ladies and gents to the Weekly Initiative, where I, helloazae, bring you some of the interesting bits and pieces of news of the week in concise headlines and summaries, with a slight write-up on the end.

4 main topics this week, but make no mistake, it’s been a big week for news!

1. Starcraft: Remastered.

The classic Real-Time-Strategy game StarCraft is going to be remastered and made available to audiences around the world this summer 2017. Blizzard President Mike Morhaime announced during an event in Seoul, South Korea that Blizzard Entertainment will be remastering both the original StarCraft and its expansion StarCraft: Brood War.

While no major changes will be made to affect the game’s balance in terms of units, potencies, attack speeds and the like, players will be able to zoom in and out of the screen a bit further, along with being treated to audio tune-ups and potential 4K resolution.

Source: Kotaku, Polygon.

StarCraft has a rich history in the eSport scene, and seeing its remaster is a wonderful homage to the Pro Players who brought the game to the limelight and the loving fanbase that widely supported its successor StarCraft 2 over a decade later.

This is certainly a nice touch for fans of the franchise. That said, and despite my computer definitely being unable to run it, I would have liked to see a modern retelling of the StarCraft story. 

2. Destiny 2 Officially Announced and Dated!

After multiple teases from company earnings and Jason Schreier’s many reports on twitter over its existence, Destiny 2 has been officially announced and Guardians are slated to return for its September 8th, 2017 release.

The game is available for pre-orders on PS4, Xbox One and PC, with the inclusion of PC as a platform announced recently as well. A public beta will be made available at a later date, with players who preorder receiving early access. The beta will be available for all platforms.

A live stream will be made available on May 18th with a gameplay premiere.

Also a quick note, character loot will NOT be carried over from Destiny 1 to Destiny 2. Certain aspects such as character designs and look are more likely to be carried over.

Source: Kotaku, Twitter, IGN

Since I wrote about Destiny 2 slightly last week, I want to just lightly touch on it in this blurb. 

There is definitely excitement buzzing around Destiny 2, largely because of how much Bungie has learned about launching a title that’s part FPS, part MMO. To see if they’ve learned a lot from their supposed mistakes will be interesting, to say the least.

3. Persona 5, 94% on Metacritic!

Persona’s embargo had officially lifted earlier this week and the numbers and opinions are pouring in, calling Persona 5 easily the most refined game of the JRPG-Turn based genre. Sleek, and brimming with style and flair, Persona 5 is truly stealing the hearts (hah, get it??) of its audience.

Thus far, the game has averaged 94 at the time of writing, getting universal praise.

Source: IGN, Kotaku, Twitter, Polygon, NeoGaf, GameSpot, Metacritic

I’m excited to play this game. Pure and simple. A slightly selfish push on my part to promote this title, but as a personal favourite, I find it difficult not to spread the love.

The series has garnered a strong following in the past few years since Persona 4 on PS2, with multiple spin-off titles, anime, and even an enhanced port over on the Playstation Vita. Fans of JRPGs that wish to experience a turn-based dungeon crawler with a dynamic cast/party are urged to give this modern JRPG a chance. Atlus has a truly remarkable title on their hands, and they’ve taken very good care not to disappoint fans or alienate new fans in their latest game.

4. Final Fantasy XIV prepares for Next Expansion, 3.56 patch and more!

Gearing up towards the launch of Stormblood, Final Fantasy XIV has officially released their final patch until the expansion’s release in late June. Patch 3.56 concludes the storyline of Heavensward and will tie the story into new horizons in Stormblood.

To help players acclimate and garner interest in this fan-favourite MMO, Square Enix has declared that their Free Trial system, consisting of 2 (two) weeks of free play will be replaced by a new system. Players will be able to level up to Level 35 (current max is 60) and continue to play the game for free with no restriction on time! Restrictions such as currency caps and certain chat restrictions will still apply, however.

Source: Siliconera

As a former Final Fantasy XIV player, I can not be more happy for new adventurers to give this MMORPG a chance. The development team for FFXIV are a dedicated bunch, and clearly want to give its fanbase the best experience reminiscent of Final Fantasy’s legacy.

A lot has changed since the game was launched again in 2013, and with Stormblood (4.0), there will be much more once again to look forward to.