Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

Tuesday 24th April

  • Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchridion (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Frostpunk (PC)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Switch)

Friday 27th April

  • Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly (Vita)

Project Highrise has been released worldwide on iPad and Android tablets. The most depressing thing about this announcement is the line “sold as a premium-priced title” followed by a price of $4. Something needs to change if that is considered “premium” for something that runs on a device which costs much more than a console… [link]

Thunder Lotus Games has announced that Jotun will be arriving on Switch on 27th April. I hope Sundered will follow it at some point in the near future! [link]

In an unexpected announcement, poorly reviewed Japanese style action game Bullet Witch is getting a Steam release this week 12 years after the original Xbox 360 release. The game will launch on Wednesday 25th April with all of its add-ons and DLC included. [link]

Release Date Announcements

May

  • Agony (29th May: PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]

Upcoming Games

Castlevania is back! Unfortunately it is only back on mobile and only back in Japan. Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls doesn’t have a release date yet but there are a handful of screenshots showing co-op play and an indication that it may be available “around the world”. [link]

The Shy Guys are actually meeting in person this weekend and planning on playing the classic board game Mansions of Madness (the 2nd gen with iPad controller). As if sensing our imminent approval, Asmodee Digital have announced a fully digital video game adaptation titled Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace, a hybrid of the tabletop rules with digital twists. It is scheduled for a PC release early next year. [link]

Saber Interactive has announced that its two-on-two arcade basketball game NBA Playgrounds is getting a sequel, due to arrive on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Switch later this year. NBA Playgrounds 2 will add new online and local multiplayer game modes, new courts, new music, and a new single-player Season mode. [link]

Electronic musician Joel Zimmerman (better known as “deadmau5”) is developing a first-person shooter game, but it will be “a year at least” before release. Zimmerman streamed himself playing a prototype of the game on Twitch, showcasing shooter gameplay within a Team Deathmatch setting. [link]

PlatinumGames is taking its brand of intense action games to touchscreen devices with a new title, World of Demons, developed in cooperation with mobile company DeNA. The goal, according to the game’s creators, is to bring the hack-and-slash style of games like Bayonetta and Devil May Cry to touchscreens. The free-to-play game will come to iOS first this summer with an Android version arriving a bit later. [link]

Croteam and Devolver Digital have announced Serious Sam 4: Project Badass, currently only listed for release on Steam. There is a teaser trailer (from which you can read what you want i.e. open world game, multiple characters, etc) but we’ll hear more at E3. [link]

Re-Releases

Dark Souls: Remastered will miss its May release date on Switch and has been pushed back to “summer” along with the Solaire of Astora amiibo. The original release date of 25th May remains for the PC, Xbox One, and PS4 releases. [link]

Developer Crema has announced that its Ancient Egyptian-themed first-person shooter roguelike Immortal Redneck is coming to Switch on May 10th. [link]

Night Trap, the controversial Mega CD FMV game from 1992 is coming to Nintendo Switch this summer in both digital and physical release. This is particularly noteworthy as Nintendo famously said in a 1993 US Senate hearing that the game would never appear on its consoles. [link]

DLC and Updates

Monster Hunter World received its v3.0 patch last week including a new monster in the form of elder dragon Kulve Taroth, a new location in The Caverns of El Dorado, the ability to sort investigations (yay!), and a load of UI improvements and bug fixes. The patch weighs in at 1.2GB on both Xbox One and PS4. [link]

A patch for Sonic Mania was prematurely released to PS4 users in the UK before being pulled. It showed off a few updates that are designed to precede the “Plus” update including additional transitions between levels, skipping of cutscenes, redesigned menus, and a number of other game tweaks. [link]

Get your Blur-based lyric puns ready, Cities: Skylines is getting a park-themed expansion titled “Parklife” on 24th May. You can create everything from basic playgrounds right up to amusement parks and zoos. Alongside the expansion, Paradox will release a free update that includes a new tourism panel, modding features, and other bells and whistles. [link]

The Division received a v1.8.1 patch which adds support for the Xbox One X including a solid 30fps framerate, improved textures, and a native 4K resolution. [link]

Marvel Super Heroes 2 is getting some DLC to coincide with the Avengers: Infinity War film release. It includes several new characters and an action-packed level that offers players the chance to control Thanos. [link]

War for the Overworld received its final expansion last week alongside a big new update. The expansion, titled “The Under Games”, is a new seven-level campaign that revolves around skirmish-like matchups across new game modes. Patch 2.0 adds new scripting support for the map editor as well as a remastered main campaign, with new cutscenes and an extended ending sequence. [link]

Stellaris is overhauling the way that anomalies work in an upcoming update such that a low-ranking scientist will simply take longer rather than having a chance to fail. The patch will also add multi-star systems and a new choke-point system to the Hyperlane. A release date is not yet set. [link]

Rumours

There has been more than one leak suggesting that Intel is getting ready to launch an 8-core Coffee Lake processor, though the strongest evidence to date is a series of technical document listings on the company’s website. A user on Reddit discovered the listings, of which there are three that reference an unreleased “Coffee Lake S 8+2” part. [link]

An April Fool, a tweet, and a talkative app all point towards Watch Dogs 3. I wouldn’t be shocked if we hear something more at E3, probably a flashy demo that is nothing like the final game if memory serves from the original… [link]

Shinya Takahashi, series producer at Nintendo, said that Wave Race is among classic series the company is trying to revive. [link]

Leaks

Following the announcement that No Man’s Sky would be coming to Xbox One this summer, the release date seems to have leaked on Amazon Italy dating the launch for 29th June. [link]

A leaked video has surfaced showing off a fresh look at the updated avatar system for Xbox One and Windows 10 with a focus on customisation options. There’s no official release window for the new avatars but The Verge is reporting that they’ll be arriving in May along with a dashboard update and avatar storefront. [link]

Nina Bergman has apparently let the cat out of the bag on a new Doom movie and confirmed today that Universal will be producing it. The only info so far is that she’s in the movie, a director is attached, and the movie is filming in Bulgaria. [link]

Software

For some reason, the May update for Xbox One will add support for a 120Hz refresh rate when using 1080p and 1440p output resolutions. Xbox Insiders will get access to a build soon. [link]

Business

Nintendo has added randomised loot box-style payments to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. [link]

Sensor Tower reports Fortnite Mobile has earned $25 million since its full release on the App Store at the beginning of the month. Daily spend on the title has exceeded $1 million. The battle royale game is not available on Android devices just yet and Sensor Tower suggests if it maintains momentum it could gross over $500 million by the end of 2018 across both platforms combined! [link]

EA is cleaning house on Maxis staff laying off multiple people from the Sims 4 team and transferring others to development of The Sims Mobile. The free-to-play mobile version made $2m in March alone so it isn’t a surprise that EA would want to prioritise getting more money out of those unfortunate players. [link]

Firewatch development studio Campo Santo has been acquired by Valve. In the Valley of Gods, the first-person Egyptian adventure game, is still in production but will now be a Valve game whilst Firewatch will continue to receive support. [link]

Politics

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has ruled that lootboxes which contain items that have value outside of the game themselves violate the country’s Betting and Gaming Act. The NGA has given the publishers of the four games (rumoured to be Rocket League, PUBG, FIFA 18, and Dota 2) eight weeks to either amend their model, face fines, or possibly pull the titles from sale in the Netherlands. [link]

Cool Shit

It has been 10 years since Gary Gygax, the creator of Dungeons & Dragons passed away, but now his youngest son has restarted Gygax Games and put out an open call for developers who want to produce games based on Gary’s unpublished works. [link]

The DOOM original game soundtrack is getting a physical release in four variants: a Deluxe Double CD, a Double Vinyl, a Special Edition Four-Disc Vinyl, and a Special Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set pressed on red 180g wax.[link]

The NHS in Leeds is placing adverts in Football Manager 2018 promoting their mental health services. [link]

“6 Games That Have Snoop Dogg in Them”. [link]

Nintendo brought in Bill Nye the science guy to play around with Nintendo Labo. [link]

And Finally…

Fortnite is so popular that high school kids are literally using matches to ask each other to prom. [link]

A speedrunner has demolished the blindfolded record for beating Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!. [link]


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