Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

13th March

  • Devil May Cry: HD Collection (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

16th March

  • Burnout Paradise Remastered (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Kirby Star Allies (Switch)

Beamdog launched Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear onto the iOS App Store last week. It was a new title for PC in 2016 and bridges the gap between Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II. [link]

Release Date Announcements

March

  • Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition (27th March: PC) [link]

April

  • Frostpunk (24th April: PC) [link]
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole (24th April: Switch) [link]
  • Swords of Ditto (24th April: PC, PS4) [link]

May

  • Little Nightmares (18th May: Switch) [link]
  • State of Decay 2 (22nd May: PC, Xbox One) [link]
  • Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers (24th May: 3DS) [link]
  • Dark Souls Remastered (25th May: Switch) [link]

June

  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (8th June: Switch, 3DS) [link]
  • Mario Tennis Aces (22nd June: Switch) [link]

July

  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (10th July: Switch) [link]
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (13th July: Switch) [link]
  • Octopath Traveller (13th July: Switch) [link]

October

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (12th October: PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]

Nintendo Direct March 2018

A Nintendo Direct was held last week focussing on 3DS and Switch games. There was a lot to digest including:

  • Super Smash Bros is coming to the Switch in 2018 and will feature Splatoon’s Inklings. No clear indication as to whether this is a “deluxe” style port of the Wii U version or whether it is a new game but a tweet from Masahiro Sakurai suggests the latter.
  • Mario Tennis Aces will launch on 22nd June for Switch with more than 15 games.
  • WarioWare is coming to the 3DS in the form of a “most packed” package of mini-games.
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is getting a 3DS release next year along with an expansion titled Bowser Jr’s Journey.
  • Luigi’s Mansion is coming to the 3DS this year. It’s slightly odd it isn’t going to Switch when the 3DS got the sequel back in 2013.
  • Okami HD is coming to Switch in the summer.
  • Undertale is definitely coming to the Switch but no release date has been given yet.

Upcoming Games

Cyan, the developers behind Myst and Obduction, have another mysterious adventure in the works titled Firmament. Whilst release date and platforms haven’t been announced yet, it is going to be a VR-game first and foremost. [link]

Ubisoft dropped hints about a sequel to its online multiplayer shooter The Division last year, and now it has confirmed that The Division 2 is a real thing. No release date has been set but it will be shown off at E3 2018. [link]

In “predicatable-if-you-see-how-much-money-is-at-stake” news, Fortnite Battle Royale is coming to mobile. It is a full port of the game replete with cross-play and cross progression with all platforms except Xbox One. An invite event is happening today for early access but the game should roll out worldwide over the coming months. [link]

PlayStation 4 motorbikes and zombies game Days Gone, which pops up in conferences but never seems to get much further, has been pushed to 2019. [link]

Space sim Starmancer still has 4 days to go on its Kickstarter (despite smashing the $40k goal in 3 days) but it has already been picked up by Chucklefish Games, publisher of Stardew Valley and Starbound. [link]

Re-Releases

The classic 1991 game Out of This World (also known as both Another World and Outer World) is getting a Switch version in late April. The 20th Anniversary version of the game has been available on Steam since 2013. [link]

If you own the original three Tomb Raider games, Realtech VR is getting ready to issue a free remaster including a new 3D engine and support for OpenVR. [link]

Early Access Graduations

Bombslinger is a Spaghetti Western “Action-maze” game unabashedly inspired by Bomberman. It can be played solo or in local co-op with up to three friends and it’s launching out of Steam Early Access on 11th April. [link]

I mentioned last week that this might happen but didn’t expected it quite so soon: Daybreak Games has announced H1Z1 is going free-to-play. As a thank you to those who supported H1Z1 during its time in Early Access, everyone who already purchased the game will receive the “H1Z1 Appreciation Pack” which includes 10000 Skulls and 10 Victory Crates as well as a Gasrunner Hoodie, Bloom Survivor T-Shirt, and Splinter Camo ARV. [link]

Viking RTS Northgard has just left Early Access adding a singleplayer campaign in the process. [link]

DLC and Updates

Grim Dawn is getting a big expansion titled Forgotten Gods that will see players journey beyond the bounds of the Erulan Empire traversing burning sands, lush oases, and volcanic wastes to reach the sun beaten ruins of a city with secrets that should never have been disturbed. There is a new gameplay mode, quality of life features, hundreds of new unique items, and more. The expansion is set to release in the second half of 2018. [link]

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 received a free update last week adding a new game mode – Infected – along with a new map. [link]

The next piece of paid DLC for South Park: The Fractured But Whole, “From Dusk Till Casa Bonita”, is launching on 20th March with a new superhero class and campaign. [link]

Dead Cells has received another major new content update, its last before leaving early access later this year. Update 6, also known as “The Hand of the King”, includes two new enemies, a new melee option, and a new four-cell “Nightmare” difficulty. [link]

The PUBG roadmap has been published and includes a 4x4km island map, an emote system, new game modes and vehicles, achievements, in-game friend lists, limb and vehicle bullet penetration, and overhauled animation and parachuting systems. There are also graphical upgrades, sound improvements, and some esports stuff being developed over the year. [link]

Video games development simulator Game Dev Tycoon now has an ultra difficult “Pirate Mode” where your software gets pirated. There’s also a new console platform to develop games for – Ninvento Swap – which has bitter-tasting cartridges. [link]

Rumours

CD Projekt Red has hinted that The Witcher’s lead character, Geralt of Rivia, could be about to make an appearance in another game later this year. The smart money seems to be on Soul Calibur 6. [link]

PlayStation 5 development kits have reportedly been sent to some third-party studios. [link]

Nintendo have filed a patent which hints at Donkey Konga bongo support for the Switch. [link]

GTA 6 will take place in two locations (of which one will be Vice City), feature the series’ first female lead character and could release as late as 2022 according to a new report. Literally anybody could guess that and make it sound plausible but I include it just for the sake of completeness. [link]

Hardware

HTC is gearing up for the imminent release of the Vive Pro with developers being seeded with the hardware. As part of this, it has been revealed that the link box has been completely redesigned with far less cable clutter. The Vive Pro is supposed to go on sale by the end of Q1. [link]

Software

AMD has released new Adrenalin Edition drivers (v18.3.1) which adds support for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 and Final Fantasy XV. There are also performance boosts for Dota 2. [link]

PS4 firmware v5.50 (which I’ve mentioned numerous times whilst it has been in beta) is finally available to all weighing in at just over 400MB. [link]

The Xbox One S and Xbox One X are getting support for AMD FreeSync allowing for tear free gaming on a compatible monitor. [link]

Developers

The Khronos Group has unveiled v1.1 of the Vulkan API with support for multiple GPUs. There is also support for protected content and subgroup operations. There are also updates to the SPIR-V specification including compilers for GLSL, OpenCL C, and HLSL meaning that DirectX shaders no longer need to be rewritten in order to run on Vulkan. [link]

Business

Monster Hunter World has become the best-selling game in Capcom’s 38-year history. [link]

In related news, Iron Galaxy (the studio that ported Skyrim onto Nintendo Switch), wants to work on a port for Monster Hunter World. In a tweet aimed at the Capcom dev team, Iron Galaxy CEO said “give us a shot & we won’t let you down ;)” [link]

Microsoft has started a new monthly video show called Inside Xbox. The first episode showed off more details around Far Cry 5 and Sea of Thieves, formally announced some of the Xbox updates that have been in beta, and revealed that Cities: Skylines would be one of 8 games coming to Game Pass in April. [link]

Pinball FX3 has a performance problem on Nintendo Switch and the developer has confirmed that it’s unlikely to be fixed saying “we might have been premature in the excitement surrounding the Switch release”. Obviously people are more than a little annoyed especially as they were promised a 60fps patch which is now not happening. [link]

A new storefront named Kartidge has been launched by Kongregate with a focus on indie games. [link]

EA have teamed up with Warner to bring a number of games to the PC Origin service including the Batman Arkham series and LEGO Batman games. [link]

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the third highest selling game in Steam’s history says Gabe Newell. He neglected to say what the top two games were. [link]

And Finally…

Oculus Rift headsets all stopped working last week due to an expired certificate in the software. A patch has to be manually downloaded to fix it. Whoops. [link]

Playdead is teaming up with iam8bit and RealDoll for a collector’s edition that’s full of mystery. The $375 package includes a physical copy of INSIDE for PlayStation 4, Steam codes for INSIDE and Limbo, and “other stuff”. I’m not sure that two games in which you play a child that dies repeatedly should be teaming up with a company that sells sex dolls and making a mystery box but I guess we’ll see what is inside the box when it ships next year. [link]

As if it wasn’t bad enough that we have to put up with “May the 4th” and “Revenge of the 5th”, Nintendo has teamed up with Google Maps to celebrate March 10 a.k.a. “Mar10 Day”. What a time to be alive. [link]


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