Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

Tuesday 1st May

  • Super Mega Baseball 2 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

Friday 4th May

  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch)

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion was supposed to be launching last week but has been delayed until 17th July in the US and 20th July in the UK. [link]

Release Date Announcements

May

  • Tacoma (May 8th: PS4) [link]

June

  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (June 29th: Switch) [link]

July

  • Sonic Mania Plus (July 17th: PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4) [link]

Upcoming Games

Jurassic World: Evolution continues to cast some well-known stars from the franchise with Frontier announcing that Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong will reprise their roles as Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu respectively. [link]

Chucklefish have announced Eastward, a single-player dual-character adventure RPG with puzzle-solving and dungeon elements from Shanghai-based studio Pixpil. No release date has been shared yet. [link]

Nintendo has announced a surprise new addition to its smartphone game release schedule: Dragalia Lost, a new action RPG co-developed with Japanese developer Cygames. No price has been set yet but it should launch at some point this summer. [link]

Square Enix unveiled Shadow of the Tomb Raider in full today along with early details on the Season Pass and some screenshots. They also gave certain outlets access to an early build with several publishing thoughts on the first hour or so of gameplay. [link]

MLB Advanced Media have announced they are developing MLB Home Run Derby VR, a smaller experience than R.B.I. Baseball 18 that is targeted for release on PSVR and HTC Vive later this spring. [link]

Re-Releases

After a few months of exclusive availability on developer WWO Partners’ website, Wild West Online will be launching on Steam on 10th May. The Steam release date was revealed alongside a host of other changes released with patch 0.8 such as social hubs, redesigned public events, and character and weapon customisation. [link]

DLC and Updates

Stellaris has another narrative story pack on the way titled “Distant Stars” that targets exploration and discovery. It will cost $9.99 with no release date as yet. [link]

Even though Pillars of Eternity 2 isn’t out until next month, details on three DLC packs have arrived including a doomsday cult, a treasure island, and some wizards. The DLC will arrive between July and November. [link]

Hardware

Philips has announced a new 43-inch monitor with a 4K 60Hz resolution and HDR support with a peak 1000 nits brightness level! It’s the first monitor to display VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 badge, the highest end certification VESA conceived when it rolled out its DisplayHDR standard for LCD panels. It will cost $999 when it launches this summer. [link]

Software

Nvidia have released a new driver (397.31) which adds support for BattleTech and Frostpunk. There is also developer support for the RTX ray tracing technology for DirectX 12 and a number of bug fixes. [link]

Business

Magic: The Gathering is testing a new digital code system which grants players who purchase physical booster packs access to random in-game items in Magic: The Gathering Arena. These test boosters will only be sold in New Zealand and will grant random cards from a fairly short list. [link]

Blizzard has jumped into the thorny issue of paid mods with its real-time strategy game StarCraft 2. Two premium Arcade maps will soon be available to buy – “ARK Star” and “Direct Strike” – each costing $4.99 with a share of the sales going to the creators. [link]

Bandai Namco have cleared up some confusion around Dark Souls upgrades confirming that if you own the original Dark Souls release on Steam you’ll be able to get Dark Souls: Remastered at a 50 percent discount. [link]

Nintendo’s president Tatsumi Kimishima is retiring after two-and-half years in the job. Kimishima has been replaced by Nintendo and The Pokemon Company board member Shuntaro Furukawa. [link]

Super Mario Odyssey has sold 10.41m copies since it launched last October making it the Switch’s best-selling game. Well over half the console’s entire userbase now owns a copy! [link]

Any user leaving a review on Steam will now need to tick an option to allow comments. [link]

H1Z1 developer Daybreak Games has laid off a portion of its workforce, cutting jobs across various departments within the studio in the process. There is also a bizarre Russian connection which may have forced the hand of the developer. [link]

Frostpunk has achieved profitability within one week thanks to over 250,000 copies sold. In response, CEO Grzegorz Miechowski promised several expansions and free updates. [link]

Nintendo has announced that it will reveal more details about the Switch’s online paid membership in early May. This information will be shared through Nintendo’s website. [link]

Nintendo has promised new 3DS games will be coming in 2019 and beyond. I’d say they really need to increase the resolution of the 3DS but technically that would be a Switch. [link]

Politics

Days after the Dutch Gaming Authority ruled that loot boxes in many major games fit its description of gambling, the Belgian Gaming Commission has reached a similar conclusion. The Belgian Minister of Justice said he’s going to be having a discussion with game publishers and developers about the commission’s report. [link]

Cool Shit

An Elite Dangerous pilot has spent a month drawing the game’s logo across the spiralling face of the Milky Way galaxy. The logo is roughly 36400 light years across and required a journey of 375000 light years (through 6500 jumps) to complete. [link]

And Finally…

Maxis has changed “insane” to “erratic” in The Sims. [link]

Steven Spielberg claims he played “Mario and so on” in VR on the PlayStation. [link]


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