Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

20th March

  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue: Remastered (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Attack on Titan 2 (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Sea of Thieves (PC, Xbox One)
  • Titan Quest (Xbox One, PS4)

23rd March

  • Detective Pikachu (3DS)
  • A Way Out (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

The 2014 platformer Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is set to sail to the Switch on 20th March making it the second Shantae title to be ported within a year. It is already available on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, and 3DS. [link]

Release Date Announcements

May

  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire [DELAY] (8th May: PC) [link]
  • Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time (15th May: PC, PS4) [link]

June

  • Jurassic World Evolution (12th June: PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]
  • The Crew 2 (29th June: PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]

August

  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 (28th August: PS4) [link]

Sepember

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (14th September: PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]

Upcoming Games

It has been confirmed that the headline cameo for Soulcalibur VI will be Geralt of Rivia. [link]

Indie publisher Annapurna Interactive has announced Outer Wilds, a first-person space mystery game about exploring the horrors of the universe. It will be released on PC and as yet unspecified platforms at some point in 2018. [link]

Re-Releases

In “yet-another-platform-for-Skyrim” news, Skyrim VR is coming to PC on 3rd April with support for both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. It’ll cost £40 and includes the Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn DLC. [link]

Konami’s previously Switch exclusive Super Bomberman R is making its way to PC on 13th June and then Xbox One and PS4 the day after on 14th June. There is an exclusive Bomberman for each platform with PC getting P-Body (from Portal 2), Xbox One getting Master Chief, and PS4 getting Ratchet & Clank. There is no “Xbox One X enhanced” badge so it’ll be interesting to see what resolution this runs at on both PC and the mid-cycle consoles. [link]

ARK: Survival Evolved is inexplicably coming to iOS and Android, with an iOS beta opening a few days ago. It is a full port of the game with virtual controls that runs at 30fps on iPhone 7 and above but requires 2GB of space and 2GB of RAM (increased to 3GB of RAM on Android). [link]

A beta version of the mobile port of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (currently limited to China) has soft-launched on the Google Play Store in Canada. [link]

To celebrate the 25-year anniversary of Myst, developer Cyan is releasing updated versions of all five of the Myst games later this year. No word on exactly how they will be updated or when it will be released but a visual update with a couple extra puzzles in September seems likely. [link]

DLC and Updates

Monster Hunter World will receive Devil May Cry-themed armour and weapons in an upcoming event quest. The armour will work similarly to the Horizon: Zero Dawn crossover in that it transforms your hunter entirely into Dante. [link]

A Hat In Time has officially launched its mod support (that has been in beta for a while) via Steam with lots of content already available. They plan to roll out mods to the GOG version this week. [link]

The first major update for Monster Hunter World is landing on 22nd March introducing a new monster into the ecosystem while also adding the ability to change your character’s appearance. There are also various weapon adjustments being made. [link]

DICE and EA have revealed the sweeping changes being made to the controversial progression system in Star Wars: Battlefront 2. XP now gives you skill points as you level up which can be used to buy star cards rather than having everything hidden within random loot crates. [link]

Sonic Mania is getting a slightly odd update titled Sonic Mania Plus that expands the competition mode to 4 players and adds two characters that you likely haven’t heard of; Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. There is also a new “encore mode” which offers new ways to explore each act and some unspecified visual changes. You’ll be able to get a retail copy for $30 and a digital update for the original game will be available but no details on price have been released as yet. [link]

Rumours

More gossip on Nvidia’s next-gen Turing cards with the latest rumour being that they won’t be revealed in June (or March) but at some point in Autumn. [link]

Bethesda has dropped another tease for something Prey related (likely DLC) with an anagram based video tweet. [link]

It is rumoured that 100 Acre Woods is making a return to Kingdom Hearts 3 whilst Frozen is making its first appearance. This is based on filenames of screenshots pulled from a server somewhere but seems highly likely as it would be crazy for Disney to not want to get Frozen into the game. [link]

Leaks

Sega is launching a compilation of classic Mega Drive Games on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on 29th May according to a quickly-deleted Twitter post. [link]

TT Games are definitely working on LEGO The Incredibles as outed by a flyer included with ‘The Incredibles 2’ LEGO sets that have begun arriving in stores. The game is set for release later this year for PC, Switch, Xbox One, and PS4. [link]

Hardware

8BitDo has a USB adapter for the Nintendo Switch dock that has been updated to support Xbox One S controllers. In addition, previously supported DualShock 4 controllers now have vibration adjustment. I’ve ordered one as I’m not that keen on the pro controller; I’ll post some impressions once it arrives! [link]

Software

The Nintendo Switch received a big v5.0 firmware update that adds… very little. You can now add Facebook and Twitter contacts to your Switch friends list, there are some new avatars based on ARMS and Kirby, and Pro Controllers are now coloured in the controllers menu. Yay. [link]

Steam has a new update that adds auto-scaling VR resolution. It detects your GPU and headset and then sets the appropriate native resolution for apps that are being run. In practice, this means that more powerful GPUs will use super-sampling with your headset whilst less powerful ones will run at a lower resolution in order to hit that critical 90fps. All SteamVR apps will work with the resolution scaling technology without the need for an update. [link]

Developers

The AI for the leaders in Civilization 6 has been a bit strange due to a misspelling in the data files. The word YIELD was misspelt as YEILD so the default priorities for each leader were not set correctly. The developers say a fix is on the way shortly and that they’ve “made sure that everyone knows that I goes before E except after C”. [link]

Business

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has sold half a million copies in under a week. [link]

Fruit Ninja developer Halfbrick Studios has laid off over 30 people. The remaining staff will apparently focus on “maximising opportunities” (which doesn’t sound great) for the company’s two most famous games; Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. [link]

Twitch has announced ‘Free Games with Prime’, a new program which grants Amazon Prime subscribers a selection of free games each month that can be downloaded and kept forever. The program kicked off last week with five games including Superhot, Oxenfree, and Shadow Tactics. April will see another five games including Tales from the Borderlands, SteamWorld Dig 2, and Tokyo 42. [link]

Ubisoft has announced a For Honor “Starter Edition” for PC for $14.99. It includes everything from the Standard Edition; the only difference is the number of playable heroes available at the start and the way the Hero unlocking system works. [link]

Cool Shit

“It gets 10 Goldblums out of 10 Goldblums… that’s my highest rating”. [link]

A dad pranked his daughter with a fake letter telling her she’d had a school application rejected due to cheating at Mario Kart. The video is pretty good. [link]

Valve let some journalists take photos inside their fancy new office in Bellevue. [link]

Microsoft fired human cannonball David “The Bullet” Smith out of a cannon to promote Sea of Thieves. He broke the world record for distance travelled although he was the previous record holder. [link]

The BBC has launched a new media literacy initiative aimed at teaching kids and teenagers how to spot fake news by way of an online game in which players pretend they are a journalist running down their first big story. [link]

A new, longer-term study of video game play from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Germany’s University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf recently published in Molecular Psychiatry found that adults showed “no significant changes” on a wide variety of behavioural measures after two straight months of daily violent game play. [link]

Nintendo occasionally posts abstract hint artwork for Super Mario Odyssey that shows where to find a power moon. Last week they broke with that with a hint that instead produced an 8-bit Luigi who gives you coins. Naturally there is speculation as to what this means, whether it was added in the recent update, and whether there is more lurking below the sand. [link]

And Finally…

‘PUBG Is Better Than Fortnite’ graffiti is showing up in Melbourne. [link]

I often think that my real-world aim for throwing stuff has got better after 400+ hours of Rocket League but Alex Lovell says his devotion to videogames enabled him to fend off a near-fatal attack by his girlfriend who assaulted him with a samurai sword while he was asleep… [link]

Luigi has a 3.7” flaccid bulge. [link]


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