Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

16th May

  • Budget Cuts (Vive, Rift)
  • MachiaVillain (PC)

18th May

  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Switch)
  • Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (Switch)
  • State of Decay 2 (PC, Xbox One)

Upcoming Games

EA has committed to a March 2019 release for BioWare’s Anthem. It is set to release in Mass Effect’s traditional launch slot but hopefully won’t suffer the same fate as Mass Effect: Andromeda. [link]

An exclusive Monster Hunter game is coming to the Switch in the form of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate. It’ll be arriving on 28th August and will allow players to transfer their save data from the original 3DS game. There will be new monsters, new areas to explore, and a “G” rank that features even deadlier versions of each adversary. [link]

EA is releasing a new Red Alert! Before you get too excited, it is mobile only and probably China only in that it is being developed by Tencent. No release details have been revealed for Red Alert Online but a few videos have surfaced showing fairly standard mobile RTS gameplay. [link]

A new Superhot game has been revealed by Japanese developer GameTomo. Tentatively titled Superhot JP, the game will be a standalone title inspired by Japanese culture. There is no official release date as of yet but the game will be released in Japan first and then possibly other countries worldwide on at least PC and PS4. [link]

Re-Releases

Hello Neighbor is coming to iOS and Android on 27th July. It is following a “free to start” business model with the first episode available for free and an in-app purchase required to unlock the rest of the game. The interface looks slightly cluttered but our experience with the PC game would indicate that is better than no interface at all! [link]

DLC and Updates

‘The Color of Madness’ DLC expansion for Darkest Dungeon will arrive on PC on 19th June. Interestingly it adds a wave-based combat mechanic along with new enemies, new items, a new vendor, new music, and more. Redhook notes that it will come to Switch, Xbox One, PS4, Vita, and iPad versions after the PC release although no date for those platforms has been given. [link]

A new roadmap has been released for Rocket League and contains a number of interesting updates including a new arena in May, licensed DLC in June, and a birthday celebration in July. More excitingly there are progression updates and a removal of the lvl 75 cap, cross-platform parties, and an intriguing “Rocket Pass” which can unlock content as you play either on a free pathway or a premium paid one. This could be the next in-game purchase business model and hopefully the death of the loot box; I’m excited to see the detail later this year. [link]

Rumours

Netherrealm’s Ed Boon replied to a fan’s thinly veiled request for more Injustice 2 content with a hint that a new Mortal Kombat game may be on the way. [link]

Leaks

The Steam Summer Sale is apparently starting on 21st June according to Steam Database. [link]

Walmart posted numerous unannounced video game listings this week including Borderlands 3, Just Cause 4, and Rage 2. It was probably an overexcited employee making (fairly) predictable guesses but you never know. [link]

Of course, if it was a lucky guess then Bethesda likely weren’t too happy. They’ve been doing sterling work on social media to build hype though and have all but confirmed that Rage 2 is coming. [link]

BREAKING NEWS: The Rage Twitter account just tweeted “C:\Desktop\Videos\AnnounceTrailer\Monday” [link]

A leaked video from the Brazilian Overwatch Twitter account has revealed details about the 2nd Overwatch Anniversary Event. [link]

Hardware

Nintendo have finally realised you can’t charge the Switch and use the kickstand at the same time. Their remedy? An official charging stand that will be on sale on 13th July for $20. [link]

Software

Nintendo have finally spilled the beans on their paid online service revealing a $4 per month cost with reduced pricing for 3-month and 12-month purchases as well as a 12-month family plan. It was announced that 20 NES games will be available at launch (I really don’t understand why this is “highly anticipated”) with 10 titles having being unveiled including The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Mario Bros. The most exciting thing is the announcement of cloud saves; this definitely makes the cost worthwhile especially considering that there is no other way to backup your save files! The online service is due to launch in September. [link]

The Virtual Console has been available on the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS, but Nintendo have finally stated that “there are currently no plans [on Switch] to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems”. I really don’t get why they wouldn’t go for the easy money of selling Super Mario Galaxy, Ocarina of Time, and other classic games on Switch and are instead trying to get people to play NES games via a paid subscription service. I guess they’d rather just re-release Wii U games with a 200% price markup… [link]

Steam made an unexpected announcement that it is making their Steam Link hardware purely software based and releasing iOS, Apple TV, and Android apps to take advantage of it. This will mean you can use an MFI controller with your iOS device to play games streaming from your PC. The free Steam Link app will be launching on 21st May. [link]

VESA has released a software tool to check if HDR certified monitors are working correctly. This initial release is aimed at professionals and lab users (due to the command line interface) but a consumer version with a GUI will be released later this year. [link]

Hiring

A job listing has popped up at Nintendo that indicates the company is staffing up for a new Legend of Zelda title with a level design contractor required to work on dungeon design, encounters in the field, cutscenes, and even some enemies. [link]

Business

Atari has cut off the ability to buy Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 after developer Frontier Developments filed suit over $2.2m in unpaid royalties from the game. [link]

UK-based online video game shop Gameseek has gone into liquidation leaving customers who had pre-orders out of pocket. This is a lesson in why you shouldn’t pre-order games from companies that take payment at point of reservation rather than point of dispatch. [link]

Charity

Blizzard has partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to produce a Pink Mercy skin in Overwatch. The skin costs $15 and is available to purchase from the 8th-21st May with 100% of the proceeds going to the BCRF. [link]

Cool Shit

Somebody has created the entirety of the island from Lost in the Far Cry 5 arcade map creator. [link]

Stephen Fry is doing some voice acting in Destiny 2: Warmind. [link]

Two Point Studio tried to get Alan Partridge to host a radio show within their upcoming Two Point Hospital. He was too busy with other projects but the idea of a hospital radio DJ has apparently persisted in the game. [link]

And Finally…

“5 Very Compelling Reasons Why It Would Be Good For Our Website Traffic If Sony Revealed The PlayStation 5 At E3 This Year” [link]

The next game franchise to come to the big screen will be Monster Hunter which is going into production this September with a $60m budget. [link]

A good number of Red Sox players are apparently playing Fortnite. It’d be good if the Rays would follow suit as then maybe they’d be on a .700 pct as well! [link]


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