Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

27th February

  • Into The Breach (PC)
  • De Blob 2 (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Gravel (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • PAYDAY 2 (Switch)
  • Moss (PSVR)

28th February

  • Where The Water Tastes Like Wine (PC)

Fable Fortune left Early Access last week on 22nd February. [link]

There’s a new Angry Birds game within the WorldWinner iOS app that allows you to play the game for real money. The developers insist it isn’t gambling as it is skill-based. [link]

Evoland 2 is coming to iOS and Apple TV on 28th February despite the developers previously saying it wouldn’t due to being both too long and too complex a game. [link]

A new ARKit game titled Silent Streets: Mockingbird is now available to pre-order on the iOS App Store and will be released on 1st March. It is an interesting take on the detective genre using augmented reality to find clues. [link]

The Xbox One remasters of Turok: Dinosaur hunter and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil are being released on 2nd March. [link]

Upcoming Games

Luce Games has announced that its upcoming 2D “masocore” platformer OkunoKa will be arriving on Nintendo Switch later this year along with PC and Xbox One. [link]

Aksys Games has announced Little Dragons Café, the latest project from Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada. It will be released in “Late summer 2018” on Switch and PS4. [link]

Re-Releases

Capcom has announced that Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2 will come to Switch on 22nd May. If you pre-order the retail edition you can get a free Mega Man 30th Anniversary cleaning cloth… [link]

PAYDAY 2 fans have been arguing about what specific version of the game is being ported to the Switch this week with many feeling it is a very old version. The developers have confirmed it is one version behind other consoles which are behind the PC release. Some expert sleuthing through trailers and gameplay footage seems to show a blended update. [link]

Final Fantasy XV will be released on PC on 6th March and has a number of bonuses (costumes, mainly) depending on which store you buy from. The one everybody is talking about is Steam where you’ll get a Half-life pack containing a Gordon Freeman costume. [link]

DLC and Updates

The Xbox One version of Cities: Skylines now has support for user-created mods, arguably the thing that has kept the game so popular on PC. [link]

In “why-the-hell-would-you-bother-with-that-nonsense” news, the Switch edition of DOOM now supports motion controls in a similar format to Splatoon 2. [link]

Elite Dangerous is releasing its free DLC ‘Beyond - Chapter One’ on 27th February. The update adds a new ship, a tech broker, a material trader, and various interaction improvements. [link]

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is launching on 8th March and to get players excited a free piece of DLC for the original Warhammer: Vermintide has been released. Titled ‘Waylaid’, it is designed to bridge the narrative gap between the two stories. [link]

Despite being nearly 5 years old, Total War: Rome 2 is getting some new DLC on 8th March in the form of ‘Desert Kingdoms’. It adds four new playable factions whilst a free update will add playable female leaders and generals such as Cleopatra and Teuta. [link]

For some reason, PUBG developers Bluehole have been unable to talk about their roadmap recently. That has changed now though with a promise to improve their communication beginning with the news that a new map will be announced in March. They are also trying to improve game performance with an experimental new matching pool depending on ping. [link]

Rocket League is getting some more superhero DLC with two more batmobiles being added to the roster; the classic one from 1989 and the Tumbler from The Dark Knight Rises. There are also a number of DC Comics banners and customisation options such as an Aquaman decal and The Flash wheels. The DC Super Heroes DLC arrives on 5th March for around $4. [link]

Super Mario Odyssey received its (slightly bizarre in my opinion) free ‘Balloon World’ update last week that sees you hiding and finding balloons. There are also a number of new outfits and snapshot filters. [link]

The first two DLC packs for Civilization VI – ‘Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack’ and the ‘Vikings Scenario Pack’ – have been made available to the iPad version of the game. [link]

‘The Curse of the Pharaohs’, the second and final expansion for Assassin’s Creed: Origins, is not going to launch on time. It has been delayed by one week from 6th March to 13th March. Curse those Pharaohs and their calendars! [link]

Dark platformer Little Nightmares has just received its final piece of story DLC, known as ‘The Residence’. It apparently wraps the story up across both the main campaign and that of the character in the previous DLC expansions. [link]

DICE Awards

The 21st DICE Awards took place in Las Vegas last week with Breath of the Wild and Cuphead doing particularly well. Unexpected results included the Switch port of Wii U game Mario Kart 8 beating Forza 7 to best racer whilst Snipperclips won two awards!

Here is the full list of winners:

  • Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Cuphead
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Cuphead
  • Outstanding Achievement in Character: Senua from Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: Cuphead
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Super Mario Odyssey
  • Outstanding Achievement in Story: Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Outstanding Technical Achievement: Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Action Game of the Year: PUBG
  • Adventure Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Family Game of the Year: Snipperclips
  • Fighting Game of the Year: Injustice 2
  • Racing Game of the Year: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Role-Playing Game of the Year: NieR:Automata
  • Sports Game of the Year: FIFA 18
  • Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Immersive Reality Technical Achievement: Lone Echo/Echo Arena
  • Immersive Reality Game of the Year: Lone Echo/Echo Arena
  • D.I.C.E. Sprite Award: Snipperclips
  • Handheld Game of the Year: Metroid: Samus Returns
  • Mobile Game of the Year: Fire Emblem Heroes
  • Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: PUBG
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Design: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Rumours

An Amazon Germany listing suggests that Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles may be getting a release on Switch at the end of March. [link]

One of the programmers that works over at Engine Software has listed a potential Nintendo Switch port of Little Nightmares on their LinkedIn profile. [link]

Hardware

It turns out that not all AM4 socket motherboards support the new Ryzen processors with Vega graphics which is problematic as you currently need to update the firmware on the motherboard to add support. AMD have solved this with a free ‘boot kit’ that you can claim under warranty which consists of a CPU and heat sink. You can use this to boot into the BIOS and perform your update but they have to be returned afterwards. [link]

Software

AMD has a new Adrenalin Edition driver package (18.2.3) that adds support for Brass Tactics whilst improving performance for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Sea of Thieves. There are also several bug fixes for issues with FreeSync, instant replays, Fortnite, and For Honor. [link]

Developers

Google has released ARCore 1.0 and augmented reality apps using the framework can now be submitted to the Google Play Store. [link]

Business

Nintendo’s website now allows users to leave customer reviews of specific Switch games. [link]

Major Nelson teased an announcement relating to Xbox Game Pass showing Rise of the Tomb Raider alongside 7 hidden games. It is expected that a full announcement of the roster (presumably including Sea of Thieves) will be made this week. [link]

Politics

The Norwegian Consumer Council claims that Nintendo are breaking EU laws by failing to allow customers to cancel pre-orders of digital content. Nintendo responded by saying it is fully compliant with EU law. [link]

Cool Shit

You’ll soon be able to buy a statue of Geralt in the bath. It is the same as the statue given to PC Gamer last year for their continuous use of that screenshot. [link]

Dark Horse publishing is bringing Mario fans an encyclopedia after the success of the recent Zelda one. The book - a 256-page tome - covers every major game in terms of each game’s unique items, enemy variety, and more in exhaustive detail. The encyclopedia goes on sale on 23rd October for $39.99. [link]

Ben Prunty has written an article explaining how he composed the soundtracks for FTL: Faster Than Light and upcoming title Into The Breach. [link]

The Papers, Please short film (just under 10 minutes) is out now on YouTube. I loved it so much I ended up going back and playing a few hours of the game yesterday. Well worth a watch. [link]

And Finally…

TekWar, a terrible 1995 first person shooter based on the William Shatner novels and starring him in FMV sequences, has a mostly complete port you can play right now…[link]

FSLabs A320-X expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator X has some crazy DRM in it that basically lets them steal the passwords from Chrome if you pirate their software. [link]

Sonic the Hedgehog is getting a live-action footage movie with CG animation on 15th November 2019. [link]

Sonic has also turned up in Pac-Man on iOS and Android whilst Pac-Man has crossed over into Sonic Dash. What a crazy time to be alive. [link]

Assassin’s Creed: Origins Discovery Tour update covers up the nude statues with seashells. [link]


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