Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

6th February

  • Shadow of the Colossus (PS4)

8th February

  • Octogeddon (PC)
  • Civilization VI: Rise & Fall (PC)

9th February

  • Dragon Quest Builders (Switch)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia (PS4)

Pokémon Crystal is now available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Seen by many as the definitive edition of the Gen II games it can trade and battle with Virtual Console versions of Gen I & II titles and it can use the Pokémon Bank to transfer Pokémon to Gen VII titles. Most excitingly, it offers the chance to catch my favourite Pokémon, Celebi! [link]

Crypt of the NecroDancer had an unexpected release on Switch last week. It isn’t yet available in Europe and Australia but it is expected to launch there this week on 8th February. [link]

Starting last week, certain countries now have access to the mobile version of Tekken on iOS. It will rollout to further counties throughout the month culminating in the US launch on 1st March. [link]

Upcoming Games

In “unsurprising but still disappointing” news, Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed again from a vague “Q1/Q2 2018” to a more substantial 26th October 2018. Rockstar released a few new screenshots by way of apology with what looks to be a young Bonnie MacFarlane. [link]

Nintendo announced Mario Kart Tour, a mobile version of the karting franchise that is due to be released before March 2019. Bearing in mind they were unhappy about the profitability of Super Mario Run (which featured a single in-app purchase to unlock the game) I wouldn’t be surprised to see a more bullshitty freemium experience for this. I’d be disappointed, but not surprised. [link]

THQ Nordic has announced This is the Police 2 along with a trailer. The game is set in a remote border town in the north and you’ll be playing new sheriff Lilly Reed (voiced by Sarah Hamilton of The Longest Journey). There is no specific launch date beyond “later this year on Steam”. [link]

While denying an earlier report that development is behind schedule, EA told The Wall Street Journal that Anthem will launch in 2019 and not the previously announced 2018. [link]

Frostpunk, the city-building survival game by This War of Mine team 11 bit Studios, will be released by the end of March 2018. [link]

Chuchel, the next adventure game from Samorost and Machniarium developers Amanita Design, is launching on 7th March on PC and Mac. [link]

Take-Two has released a statement reminding folks it has a “highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises” in the works for release between April 2018 and March 2019 . It has to be Borderlands 3, surely? [link]

The Forest, one of many survival games to hit Steam’s Early Access over the past four years, will launch into 1.0 this April. In addition to simply launching, the game will get official controller support and a few other improvements as well as a small price increase. [link]

DLC and Updates

Hollow Knight is getting set to launch its final piece of free DLC, Gods & Glory. It features a new character and quest, new boss fights, a third game mode that is “a classic for the genre”, and new music from Christopher Larkin. You can activate the new content without starting a new game which is also nice. It will launch at some point in early 2018 and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see it launch alongside the Switch port. [link]

Psyonic Games have published a 2018 roadmap (or should that be an “along-the-road-up-the-wall-and-aerial-jump map?”) for Rocket League which includes unannounced licensed premium DLC, tournaments, improvements to Switch performance / quality, cross-platform parties, “making XP relevant again”, and a surprising date of “late 2018” for Xbox One X support. [link]

SCS Software have announced the next expansion for American Truck Simulator which will see you head to the green mountains of Oregon to help with the logging trade. No pricing or release date has been given yet but a betting man would probably say £10 in a few months. [link]

PUBG has disabled Steam Family Sharing in a bid to stop cheaters. They are also working on a new anti-cheat system and will block anything that hooks into the game executable. Finally, editing the core files of the game (i.e. deleting the Miramar files so it doesn’t show up in rotations) may get you banned. [link]

Hardware

Whilst Nvidia are trying to get retailers to sell their cards to gamers over crypto miners, AMD is just trying to produce more cards stating that miners are “consuming a lot of GPUs” and that it is now “a good part of our business”. [link]

Software

Nvidia’s latest Geforce driver (390.77) brings Game Ready pre-optimization for Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Metal Gear Survive. There are also the usual bug fixes and a few other games getting support for such technologies as Ansel and ShadowPlay Highlights. [link]

Nintendo has announced that its much awaited fee-based online service for Switch is coming in September, nearly a year later than originally planned. The service will cost $3.99 a month or $19.99 a year. [link]

Business

Monster Hunter: World has shipped a record-breaking 5 million units worldwide. Notably, that figure includes both physical shipments and digital download sales across both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the latter of which is currently only available in North America and Europe. It makes Monster Hunter: World the fastest-selling title in the series to date, and that achievement becomes all the more impressive when you consider the game has yet to make its PC debut. [link]

Facebook officially launched its “gaming creator pilot platform” last week which is basically a Twitch like service. It is too early to tell if this will be a viable competitor to Twitch and YouTube or whether it’ll quietly disappear in a few months time. [link]

Ubisoft has backed away from earlier plans to essentially increase the price of Rainbow Six Siege’s mid-tier edition by replacing the $40 ‘standard edition’ with a $60 ‘advanced edition’. A Reddit post from the team announced the decision to leave the standard edition’s price as is citing feedback from frustrated players and fans. [link]

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is set to arrive on 20th February on the Windows Store but not on Steam, an absence that was incorrectly reported as being the fault of Valve. A Microsoft rep has cleared it all up by stating that they are releasing on Windows Store first (for a number of hand-wavey reasons) but that they aren’t opposed to releasing on other storefronts eventually so long as they fully support Windows 10. [link]

Mattel has announced that it has formed a partnership with the Chinese technology company NetEase to create a new game development studio called Mattel163. The joint venture aims to use Mattel’s library of brands, which include Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, and Thomas & Friends, to create mobile games and educational apps for the global market. The studio’s first release, a mobile UNO game, launched on Facebook Messenger last week and is due out on both iOS and Android in the near future. [link]

Microsoft’s latest earnings announcement has showcased an 8% improvement to their gaming business since last year mainly fuelled by the Xbox One X release. Just imagine how much higher that would be if they’d had an exclusive game release beyond Forza Motorsport 7 in the past 12 months… [link]

Sega has announced that it will publish the first project from Interior Night, a new studio founded by ex-Quantic Dream lead designer, Caroline Marchal. Sega says that it won’t be discussing Interior Night’s first project just yet, but Marchal’s role as lead game designer on Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls will likely offer some clues as to the studio’s eventual output. [link]

Cool Shit

Assassin’s Creed: Origins is getting the comic-book treatment from the publisher that produced comics of Wolfenstein II, Tekken, and Bloodborne. [link]

Dark Souls: The Card Game will be released on 16th March for around $50 and feature over 400 cards. It is allegedly just as difficult as the video game. [link]

Capcom has been releasing videos detailing the creation and design of Monster Hunter: World. [link]

And Finally…

The previously rumoured Super Mario movie by “Minions” creators Illumination Entertainment is happening. It aims to be released before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. [link]

A man in Alaska attacked his roommate with a replica Master Sword and then with a real knife. [link]

An avid Counter-Strike: Global Offensive esports fan spent over $60,000 on a single weapon skin. [link]


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