Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

8th May 2018

  • Conan Exiles (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Destiny 2: Warmind (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (PC)
  • Tacoma (PS4)

10th May 2018

  • Laser League (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Warhammer 40,000 Inquisitor: Martyr (Xbox One, PS4)

Release Date Announcements

May

  • MachiaVillain (16th May: PC) [link]
  • TSA Frisky (17th May: Rift, Vive) [link]
  • Goosebumps HorrorTown (30th May: iOS) [link]
  • Smoke and Sacrifice (31st May: PC) [link]

Upcoming Games

A role-playing game from CD Projekt Red will be at E3 2018. The game in question is almost certainly Cyberpunk 2077. [link]

The third trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 has been released along with a plot description, box artwork, and a load of screenshots. Some outlets have also been given 45 minutes with the game. I could not be more excited. [link]

A week before release, NISA has delayed Disgaea 5 Complete’s PC release to an indefinite date this summer. The delay comes a day after a strange set of circumstances with the game’s demo which appeared to contain the full game. [link]

Early Access Graduations

The Forest has graduated from Early Access and has announced a free VR update coming on 22nd May. [link]

Free-to-play class-based FPS Paladins is leaving Early Access on 8th May. It has been in open beta testing for almost twenty months. [link]

Arabian Nights style roguelike City of Brass (from former Bioshock developers) has left Early Access after just under a year. The 1.0 update added the final boss fight. [link]

DLC and Updates

FIFA 18 is getting a free World Cup mode adding all 32 nation teams and 12 Russian stadiums. You’ll also be able to start a custom tournament and “rewrite history using non-qualified nations such as USA, Italy, Netherlands, and Chile”. [link]

Stardew Valley’s long-awaited multiplayer mode, along with new single-player features, is now available for testing in a beta branch on Steam. [link]

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been updated on iOS to add native support for the iPhone X. [link]

Leaks

PES 2019 information has leaked and it sounds like Konami has splashed some cash on new official licences. The Hong Kong PlayStation Store briefly listed a release date of 30th August and, on the cover of the Legend Edition, an image of David Beckham from his England days. [link]

Hardware

Oculus is only one day into the launch of $199 mobile VR headset but the company has already begun hinting at the future of its higher-end line of Rift products with a few demos of tech they are working on including moving lenses and a wider 140° FOV. [link]

Software

AMD has a new set of drivers (18.4.1) that don’t include any game optimisations but does add support for the Windows 10 April 2018 update known as Redstone 4. [link]

Nvidia have released ‘GeForce Hotfix Driver Version 397.55’ to fix the boot loop issue with GTX 1060s that they introduced with the most recent driver update. [link]

Developers

Unity version 2018.1 is now available to developer with a scriptable render pipeline and C# job system representing two highlighted features implemented to help improve graphics quality and runtime performance. [link]

Politics

UK Culture Secretary Matt Hancock (famous for having his own app titled “Matt Hancock MP”) has warned that games like Fortnite: Battle Royale might be damaging the lives of children. TechRaptor correctly points out that it is poor parenting that damages the lives of children. [link]

Cool Shit

Dark Horse Comics has announced The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia, a 328-page book that explores the lore of Hyrule and features listings of all the creatures, potions, items, and other hallmarks of the series. It’s intended to be the final book in Dark Horse’s “Goddess Collection” trilogy, following the Hyrule Historia and and Art & Artifacts hardcovers. It’ll be available on 19th June. [link]

It’s Mega Man’s 30th anniversary and Capcom is teaming up with iam8bit to produce classic cartridges and fan packages for Mega Man II and Mega Man X. The two cartridges are totally playable on NTSC NES systems! [link]

I’m not the only one to despise “May the 4th” (and it’s even worse counterpart “Revenge of the 5th”) but this year some good came out of it as GOG re-released 1999’s Star Wars Episode I: Racer. [link]

IGN got 45 minutes with Red Dead Redemption 2. I know I mentioned this earlier on but I’m so excited it merits being shown twice. [link]

Four landmark video games spanning 50 years of history have been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame: Final Fantasy VII, John Madden Football, Spacewar!, and the first Tomb Raider. [link]

Beat Saber has managed to become the highest rated game on Steam within one week of being released into Early Access! [link]

And Finally…

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery guilt trips you into spending money by showing your character being strangled to death for an inordinate period of time. [link]

Nintendo removed the $20 Wii U version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze just before they added the $50 Switch version of the game. [link]

A large number of the videogame press made a tit out of themselves when they misunderstood that Shadow of the Tomb Raider would run at either 4K or 60fps on the Xbox One X rather than both at the same time. I would have thought this was obvious to anybody with even a passing knowledge of GPUs, especially when the previous entry in the title has the same options. [link]

After 28 years as the voice of Mario, Charles Martinet will finally be stepping out of the sound booth and onto the screen as a playable character in Runner 3… [link]


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