Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

10th April

  • Extinction (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Masters of Anima (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Owlboy (Xbox One, PS4)

Fortnite is now available to all iOS users. [link]

Don’t Starve is arriving on Switch on 12th April complete with all of the single-player expansions released thus far. [link]

Release Date Announcements

April

  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (25th Apr: iOS, Android) [link]

September

  • Spider-Man (7th Sep: PS4) [link]

Upcoming Games

If you like the F-Zero and Splatoon games then you’ll likely be interested in Trailblazers, a blending of the two that is coming to PC, Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 some time this spring. [link]

Developer Bit Kid has announced that its long-in-development procedurally generated platform adventure Chasm will finally be heading to PC, PlayStation 4 and, unexpectedly, Vita, this summer. [link]

Re-Releases

After a leak on Amazon, Activision announced the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. It is a stunning remaster of the three original PS1 games that will be available on Xbox One and PS4 on 21st September. This definitely looks like it will be the gold standard for remasters. [link]

Popular walking simulator Firewatch is coming to the Switch at some point this spring. There will apparently be a few surprises thrown into it for the release that may well then make it back to other versions of the game. [link]

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is coming to Xbox One and PS4 courtesy of publisher Bandai Namco. The studio says that the title’s user interface is tailored for consoles including four-player online co-op and two-player splitscreen. There is no specific date beyond “August” as yet. [link]

Early Access Graduations

Developer Uppercut Games has announced that its Arabian Nights-themed first-person rogue-lite, City of Brass, will leave Early Access and launch on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on 4th May. Version 1.0 will add City of Brass’ 13th and final level - the Innermost Chamber - as well as numerous bug fixes and balance changes. It will cost $5 less than it did in Early Access so those who purchased early will receive a unique cutlass item and the soundtrack as a thank you. [link]

DLC and Updates

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is completely removing microtransactions from its game as of 8th May. If you have a balance of gold by 17th July then this will be converted to gold loot chests (ew) at a rate of 150 gold per chest rounded up. My biggest gripe with the game wasn’t the transactions but the boring opening few hours which are also going to be tweaked “for a more cohesive experience”. [link]

Assassin’s Creed Origins is getting an interesting new update on PC later this month titled “Animus Control Panel”. It allows you to tweak 75 parameters across 11 categories and will let you change everything from detection distance to your character. The new menu will come with three pre-made presets and player-created presets will be shareable through a dedicated forum. [link]

Sea of Thieves is getting an update “soon” that will allow for private, invite-only crews due to the brig being misused by groups of three when a random player is added to their ship. It will also allow for matching based on mic status and for small crews to sail in the galleon. [link]

World of Warcraft’s next expansion, “Battle for Azeroth”, will launch on 14th August. The seventh expansion for the nearly 14-year-old MMO takes players to the high seas in search of allies to aid in a renewed conflict between the Horde and the Alliance. [link]

Rumours

Gamers Nexus says it learned at GTC that SK Hynix is planning to kick its GDDR6 memory chip production into high gear in three months, and that Nvidia will be using these chips for several of its upcoming products. If it is, then it’s reasonable to expect Nvidia’s next round of graphics cards to show up shortly after SK Hynix starts mass producing the chips. [link]

Hardware

When the Vive Pro launched, many people purchased the Vive Starter Kit ($500) as it was a cheaper way of getting the controllers and base stations which cost $30 more ($530) separately, plus you got a backup old headset! Vive have now rectified this by giving owners of both HMDs a $100 credit and releasing a Vive Pro starter kit priced at ($1099) which effectively makes the accessories cost $300. [link]

Software

Two more titles are have been added to the Xbox One backward compatibility library; Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Divinity 2 - The Dragon Knight Saga. [link]

Business

Skybound Entertainment – a notable player in comics, television, and film – has expanded into gaming as a full publishing and distributing label. It has picked up The Long Dark and Slime Rancher, both of which were released in August 2017, and will be bring them to retail stores in September on both Xbox One and PS4. [link]

Ubisoft has announced that Far Cry 5 has more than doubled the first week sell-through of Far Cry 4, making it the fastest selling title in the franchise’s history. I often ignore these stories as it is inevitable that more games get sold as time goes by as there are more consoles and more gamers but this doubling is an impressive statistic and makes it the second best opening for Ubisoft after The Division. [link]

Cool Shit

Tyson Hesse, the artist behind the Sonic Mania intro animation, has produced a series of Sonic cartoon shorts that are just great. They remind me a lot of the more recent Mickey Mouse shorts. [link]

“How to play video games without messing up your body”. Good advice for us all here! [link]

Will Spider-Man have microtransactions? “Hell no”. [link]

Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game is a new, officially-licensed board game based on the classic arcade fighter series that has been funded on Kickstarter in under 24 hours. [link]

And Finally…

“We’re aware that the Fortnite PS4 3.4.4 patch size is 10GB, which was… unexpected” [link]


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