Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

30th January

  • Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4)

1st February

  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PC)
  • Night in the Woods (Switch)

2nd February

  • EA Sports UFC 3 (Xbox One, PS4)

SteamWorld Dig is coming to Switch on February 1st. This is slightly odd bearing in mind the sequel was released just a couple of months ago but it will be welcome news to anybody yearning for more digging on the Switch. [link]

Upcoming Games

Atari announced a crowdfunding campaign to bring a new RollerCoaster Tycoon game to the Switch. Bearing in mind this is being pushed by a big company like Atari and that they released the utterly terrible RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch it isn’t really a surprise that there has been some backlash to this. Regardless, with 84 days to go it has currently reached $30k beating the $10k minimum they were looking for but still short of the $1.07m target. [link]

Tomorrow Corporation, the developer behind World of Goo and Little Inferno, has announced 7 Billion Humans, a new game for PC and Switch. It is described as a “thrilling follow-up” to the developer’s 2015 puzzler Human Resource Machine but no release date has been set. There is also no word on mobile versions of the game although it is all but certain they will come after the initial platform release. [link]

In “news not news”, Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah confirmed on Twitter that a new Dragon Age game is coming. Um.. that’s it. [link]

Developer Stoic Games has announced that The Banner Saga 3 will launch this summer, considerably earlier than its originally anticipated December 2018 release date. There is no word if the game will arrive on anything other than PC at the moment. [link]

Sea of Thieves ran into some choppy waters with its closed beta that was available to anybody that signed up to their website before the end of last year or who pre-ordered the game. Errors ranged from connection time outs to incorrect messages about them being too early to the beta. A number of people were very upset as it was one of the pre-order perks for the game; perhaps developers should stop trying to sell access to betas if they aren’t going to be rock solid? [link]

Dead Cells is officially on its way to Switch, Xbox One, and PS4. There is no timing beyond “later this year” but I’d bet that it’ll launch around the same time as the game leaves Early Access (which should also be later this year). [link]

Developer Obsidian has announced that Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire will be launching on 3rd April. [link]

DLC and Updates

In development since 2013, survival game Rust is finally coming out of Early Access on 8th February although with an odd proviso that it shouldn’t be compared to “some other finished game or some idealized version you have in your head”. [link]

Season 6 of Rocket League will finish during the first half of February with some highly detailed wheels as rewards for the various competitive levels. Season 7 will then begin with a soft reset of ten matches required for all players (again). [link]

ARMS has concluded its generous schedule of free content updates and will now just be performing balance adjustments and adding extra Party Crash events. [link]

A new expansion for Stellaris has been announced in the form of Apocalypse. The main draw is Death Star style weaponry that can destroy entire planets but there also new ships and enemies. The expansion arrives on 22nd February for £15.49 but there is also a free v2.0 ‘Cherryh’ update that adds a huge number of updates to edicts, borders, and war goals. [link]

Kentucky Route Zero, an episodic game that’s been in production for more than seven years, has suddenly sprung back to life. The fifth (and final) episode isn’t available but a small game interlude named “Una Pueblo De Nada” has appeared replete with a cable channel and phone-in hotline. The fifth episode is expected to arrive in early 2018 along with a full release on Switch, Xbox One, and PS4. [link]

Ubisoft has announced that the fifth season of For Honor, known as Age of Wolves, will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on 15th February. Along with many bug fixes and balancing tweaks, there will also be the long promised dedicated servers which should improve things significantly. [link]

Capcom has announced it will be introducing Street Fighter V’s Ryu and Sakura into Monster Hunter: World, allowing players to acquire armor sets that reskin them to look like the two World Warriors. Those that have a Street Fighter V save data file on their PS4 will be able to embark on the quest get Ryu first before it becomes available to everyone else although no release date beyond “in a few weeks” has been given. [link]

Business

Stardew Valley has sold over 3.5 million copies on Steam as reported by analyst firm Superdata. In other good news for the game, it took the number 1 third party spot on the Nintendo eShop for the region of everywhere that is not Japan, beating out Minecraft, Sonic Mania, Rocket League, and dozens of other big titles. This craze looks set to continue with the upcoming multiplayer update. [link]

Xbox Game Pass, the all-you-can-eat game subscription for the Xbox One, will now include all games exclusive to the console on the day they launchnbeginning with Sea of Thieves in March. [link]

Nvidia is reportedly asking retailers to do what they can when it comes to selling GPUs to gamers instead of miners. [link]

Amazon Prime Video has launched a new subscription-based channel for Pokémon content. This new channel will feature seasons 2-5 and 10-16 of Pokémon the Series, plus four Pokémon movies and will be available to Amazon Prime members for a monthly subscription fee of S2.99. [link]

Nintendo has officially announced that they’ve decided to shut down the Miitomo service this coming May. It was notable for being Nintendo’s first foray into iOS / Android gaming although it wasn’t what people expected. [link]

UK retailer GAME has halved the number of reward points it now offers. I wasn’t aware anybody still went to a physical game store so this is just one more groan of a dying whale methinks. [link]

Epic Games has announced that it is closing down its free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena title Paragon following player retention issues that made the game unsustainable. [link]

Cool Shit

An independent brewery has crafted a beer that pays homage to The Legend of Zelda. Second Self Beer Company dubbed their latest drink “Triforce” because of its three base malts and three types of hops. [link]

If the new Kentucky Route Zero interlude has made you yearn to get back into the eerie world of ‘The Zero’ then you may enjoy this talk by developer Tamas Kemenczy about the various artistic inspirations that influenced the game. [link]

Man At Arms: Reforged, a YouTube show that creates replicas of weapons from pop-culture, has dedicated its latest video to forging a life-size weapon of Shovel Knight’s Shovel Sword. [link]

And Finally…

A number of PlayStation games are getting amiibo-like figurines with the exception that they have no functionality in any games nor any form of RFID tag so they are just… figurines. [link]

Fortnite went live in Korea this week and received one of the most amazing launch videos ever. All games should be advertised in this way. [link]

Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena is in talks to star in a Duke Nukem film. [link]

Meanwhile, the better known wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a new trailer for the film of the classic video game Rampage. I know which I’d rather watch! [link]

The next Borderlands game may include Elon Musk’s sentient flamethrower. [link]


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