Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

3rd April 2018

  • Simon the Sorcerer: 25th Anniversary Edition (PC)
  • Minit (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

Release Date Announcements

June

  • LEGO The Incredibles (15th June: PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4) [link]

September

  • Dragon Quest 11 (4th September: PC, PS4) [link]

Upcoming Games

The System Shock remake, a project that was Kickstarted in 2016, has now got a release window of Q1 2020. Nightdive Studios put the project on hiatus last month to give the team time to “return to vision” of the game. [link]

An interesting game has been announced for release on PC this summer; Not Tonight, a management sim set in a Britain where Brexit talks have collapsed and a far-right government is in charge. You assume control of ‘Person of European Heritage #112’ in Relocation Block B, whose kind have been rounded up and exiled. Should get tongues wagging! [link]

Re-Releases

Guacamelee! 2 is “coming soon” to PC. [link]

Ubisoft has confirmed the release date of the upcoming Far Cry 3 Classic Edition. It is coming to consoles on 26th June but will be available from 29th May for players who have purchased the Far Cry 5 Season Pass. [link]

THQ Nordic announced Red Faction: Guerrilla Remastered for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. It features reworked textures, improved shadow rendering and lighting, shader and post-processing rework, and native 4K support. It’ll arrive in Q2 2018. [link]

DLC and Updates

PUBG is getting its newest batch of cosmetic items, the game’s first-ever weapon skins, unlockable via PUBG’s newest loot boxes called Triumph Crates and Raider Crates. These crates will only contain weapon skins and no other traditional player cosmetics. [link]

Hollow Knight will get a new update named “Lifeblood” soon but it is available now in public beta. In addition to a few fixes and tweaks, the update introduces a brand new boss, dramatic upgrades to an existing boss, and the ability to use map markers. [link]

Sea of Thieves launch has continued to be mired by issues with the most recent being that an update to fix things required a total redownload of the game. The devs decided to go that route to get it out quicker. Achievements are still slowly being rolled out to those that unlocked them during the downtime in which they were broken. [link]

Resident Evil VII has received its Xbox One X patch which adds 4K output, HDR support, and “improved skin tone display through Screen-Space Subsurface Scattering”. [link]

PS4 Pro players are still waiting for a promised patch for The Witcher 3. CD Projeck RED’s community manager has confirmed it is still in development and that HDR support will be extended to the base PS4 in the same patch. There is still no timeframe announced. [link]

DOOM has received patches for both the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro adding 4K support and improved framerates. As with other Bethesda titles such as Wolfenstein II, there is no HDR support which is a great shame. [link]

Nintendo has added two new costumes to Super Mario Odyssey; a baseball uniform and a Satellaview costume. [link]

Hello Games has announced that its ever-expanding space exploration sim No Man’s Sky will get its next big update this summer, and will also be heading to Xbox One. The new update has been given the name NEXT but there are no details on what it contains aside from it being the “biggest update so far”. [link]

Rumours

Nintendo Italy’s Instagram account posted (and then deleted) an image of Donkey Kong and three bananas with a caption in Italian which loosely translates to “good things come in threes”. There are two Donkey Kong Country games released so far suggesting a 3rd is on the way. [link]

Hardware

Sony has dropped the price of the PlayStation VR camera bundle by $100 bringing it down to $299. [link]

Software

Nvidia has released new drivers (391.35) that add support for Far Cry 5. [link]

AMD also has some new drivers (18.3.4) that add support for Far Cry 5 and improves cryptocurrency mining performance. [link]

Valve has introduced a new SteamVR feature that enables per-application video settings so you can better utilize your graphics card’s resources in less demanding titles and not overload the GPU in graphics-heavy titles. [link]

Business

Fortnite has now set a record for most videos uploaded in a single month throughout the entire history of Youtube. [link]

SensorTower reports that iOS augmented reality applications built with ARKit have been installed more than 13 million times since September. [link]

Universal is offering a challenge for game studios with winners being rewarded with the use of IP like Back to the Future and Jaws. They want to get momentum with strong partners for now and then think about owning game studios down the road. [link]

Story adventure game Where The Water Tastes Like Wine struggled critically and flopped commercially according to lead developer Johnnemann Nordhagen in a post-mortem of the game. He argues that its difficulties don’t bode well for experimental indie games. [link]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has received an update that changes skin trading to add a 7 day cooldown similar to marketplace sales. It has not gone down well with the community. [link]

On Shy Guys

Rest in PC: Ben embarks on an educational journey through death in A Mortician’s Tale. [link]

Cool Shit

Mario Kart is coming to a Monopoly board near you. Get ready to add a hotel to the Rainbow Road… [link]

A brilliant interview with Yoko Taro: “Writing when drunk and turning in your script months late”. [link]

“Mr. Hillman says stop playing in class.” [link]

And Finally…

PUBG mobile players are using a mouse and keyboard on Android to gain a severe advantage. [link]

Kirby is now an otamatone. [link]

#NotMyPirateLegend [link]

Black Mesa is getting an exciting patch that adds loot boxes and a “Last Freeman Standing” mode. [link]


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