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Top video game news of the week: Oct. 5

New Far Cry game announced

Ubisoft Montreal has revealed “Far Cry Primal,” the most recent entry in the popular first-person exploration series.

The game mixes up the formula and takes place during the Stone Age in 10,000 B.C. in the land of Oros and stars an experienced hunter named Takkar.

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Players will craft tools and weapons from slain beasts, learn to use fire and clash with rival tribes to conquer Oros. It is also rumored players will have a saber-tooth tiger companion.

Far Cry has always had a primal aspect to it but “Far Cry Primal” takes it to the next level. The settings are a great new way to approach the series and I’m looking forward to the change of pace.

Surprisingly, the game is only four months from release. Most games are usually announced at least a year in advance. Considering it is so close to release, I would not be surprised if this is delayed.

PlayStation 4 gets a price cut

Starting today in North America, Sony’s PlayStation 4 console will be dropped $50 to $349.99.

The price drop will also apply to all PlayStation 4 bundles releasing this holiday season.

The PlayStation 4 has been more expensive than its main competitor, Microsoft’s Xbox One, for roughly a year now, so the drop is not surprising. Given that the Xbox’s game lineup this holiday season is stronger than Sony’s, it is clearly a response to the competition. Both consoles are selling extremely well, but PlayStation 4 is currently outselling the Xbox One and this move by Sony is most likely an effort to keep it that way.

Voice Actors vote yes to strike

Last month it was revealed that video game voice actors would hold a vote to decide whether or not to go on strike about wages. The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists announced Wednesday 96.52 percent of actors had voted in favor of the strike if demands were not met.

The vote passed 75 percent approval required to authorize a strike.

Popular actors such as Jennifer Hale, Steve Blum, Tara Strong and David Hayter supported the effort.

If demands are not met, it could have drastic effects on the gaming industry. Possible outcomes include major companies refusing to give in, and therefore hire cheaper or lower-quality actors, or games could be delayed until the issue is resolved. Hopefully, the major publishers are able to come to an agreement with actors.

Ultimately if demands are met the strike would not happen. If there is a strike, it is hard to say if other areas of the development process would be impacted.

Grant Meyer can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @GrantMeyerDE.

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