PERTH, Australia (CMC):Former West Indies captain Brian Lara will headline Western Australia’s Festival of Cricket for a third straight year when he turns out in the Twenty20 exhibition match on December 13.The iconic left-hander will line up alongside several ex-stars like Australians Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting in the game against Perth Scorchers.Former South Africa stroke-maker Herschelle Gibbs is also expected to fly in for the event.”The Festival of Cricket presents the public and corporates with a unique opportunity to not only watch a high-quality T20 match in a relaxed, social environment, but also to mix and mingle with many current and past greats of the game,” Gilchrist said.”The chance to run around with a bunch of old mates and pit ourselves against the Scorchers is exciting and sure to be entertaining for all.”Lara has proven to be the star of the event in the two previous fixtures, showing he had lost little of his touch by carving out half-centuries on each occasion.He is regarded as one of the finest batsmen of his era, amassing 11,953 runs from 131 Tests to be the West Indies all-time leading run-scorer.The game, carded for Aquinas College Ground, also serves as a warm-up for Scorchers ahead of their Big Bash League campaign.
Dark Souls III has been on store shelves for a little over two weeks, received rave reviews with the averages on all three platforms (PS4, Xbox One, and PC) north of 86%, and three sets of DLC expansion packs are expected later this year and into next. And yet, the question is already being asked as to whether there will be a Dark Souls IV?Financially it makes a lot of sense to make that game, but developer FromSoftware has no intention of doing so. Dark Souls III is the last game in the Dark Souls series. Hidetaka Miyazaki, president of FromSoftware and director of the Dark Souls series, has confirmed in an interview that there is no plan for another game, and even if there were we wouldn’t even see development start for at least 5 years.Instead, FromSoftware is focused on brand new IP, meaning the potential for a new series of games possibly (and likely) in a different genre. Remember, FromSoftware has been around since 1994 and counts King’s Field, Armored Core, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Enchanted Arms, Otogi, and many more games as part of its history. FromSoftware can turn its hand to any game type, and the decision to focus on new IP should certainly be welcomed by gamers everywhere.For anyone upset that this is potentially the end of Dark Souls games, just take a step back and remember you already have three solid games to play in the series, alongside Demon Souls and Bloodborne. The last thing anyone wants is for Dark Souls to turn into Call of Duty and having a mediocre games pumped out every year. I’m much more intrigued about what FromSoftware manages to produce next, and whether it will trigger another trilogy of games for us to get excited about.One last thing: all talk of Demon Souls being remastered and re-released is mute. Hidetaka Miyazaki has said that’s not happening, either.