Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

22nd May

  • Runner 3 (PC, Switch)
  • Gorogoa (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Stardew Valley (PS Vita)

25th May

  • Dark Souls Remastered (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Detroit: Become Human (PS4)

Release Date Announcements

August

  • Okami (9th August: Switch) [link]

November

  • Ride 3 (8th November: PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]

Upcoming Games

Rage 2 will be released in Spring 2019 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 and will be a fully open-world game its developers describe as a “Shooterverse”. Revealed in a press release alongside the first gameplay trailer, the game will cover a variety of post-apocalyptic terrain from lush jungles and treacherous swamps to sun-scorched deserts. [link]

GSC Game World, the original creator of the STALKER game franchise, has unceremoniously announced a sequel. Called STALKER 2, the game is scheduled to launch sometime in 2021 according to its website. [link]

Activision has finally opened the floodgates and revealed a torrent of information about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 including all new specialists, updated multiplayer options, and a zombie mode. There won’t be a traditional single-player mode with a focus on solo specialist missions instead. Sounds a bit too Star Wars Battlefront for my liking! [link]

Square Enix gave fans and members of the media a chance to play Kingdom Hearts 3 for the first time this week offering a brief glance at two of the game’s worlds: Mount Olympus from Hercules and Andy’s room and Galaxy Toys from Toy Story. [link]

Paradox has announced a new grand strategy game titled Imperator: Rome. They promise that this is the most complicated, intricate map and game they’ve ever built and that it will be launching at some point next year. As long as there are incendiary pigs I’ll be happy… [link]

A new Age of Wonders game is preparing to launch into space: Age of Wonders: Planetfall. Coming in 2019, the game sees the series jump to a sci-fi setting for the first time. [link]

Delays

A number of games have had delays announced this week, likely to avoid having to do it at E3 and instead focus on the varying improvements that a delay will bring…

  • Metro Exodus delayed until Q1 2019 but “lots of new gameplay from a never before seen environment” will premiere at E3. [link]
  • Shenmue 3 has been delayed until an unspecified time in 2019 in order to “polish the quality of the game even further”. [link]
  • Ubisoft’s Skull & Bones has been delayed until the next fiscal year (April 2019 to March 2020) but they’ll be sharing more about the game at E3. [link]

Meanwhile, Take-Two have said one of their big upcoming and unannounced games has been delayed. This is likely Borderlands 3, especially when paired with Randy Pitchford of Gearbox saying this week “I could write it out now precisely and specifically that ‘Borderlands 3’ will not be at E3 and many of you will choose not to believe it”. [link]

Re-Releases

It was more than three years ago that Square Enix and Nexon Studios announced that they’d be rebooting and re-releasing the 2002 MMORPG Final Fantasy XI on mobile devices. According to a job posting on Nexon’s website they’re still hiring for the project and have even posted some apparent screens from the game. [link]

Resident Evil VII is coming to the Nintendo Switch (but only in Japan and done via a 180-day streaming pass). [link]

DLC and Updates

Microsoft and Rare have revealed Sea of Thieves’ first expansion, ‘The Hungering Deep’, will arrive on 29th May. In the first trailer for the expansion, a one-eyed pirate tells of ancient dangers in the deep that the earliest seafaring folks learned how to summon. [link]

No Man’s Sky’s fourth major update, ‘NEXT’, is launching for free on all platforms on 24th July. The Xbox One version will launch on the same date with the “full multiplayer experience” along with Xbox One X HDR and 4K enhancements. [link]

The Enchanted Cave 2 has received a “MEGA update” including new game modes, new heroes, new monsters, new weapons and items, bug fixes, iPhone X support, and new features like the ability to transfer game saves between devices. [link]

Stellaris: Distant Stars, the next story DLC for the grand strategy space game, will release tomorrow (22nd May). [link]

Rumours

If, after the string of mediocre-to-bad “Recent” Leisure Suit Larry games, you’re still hoping the character gets brought back, you may be in luck. Steam currently has a listing for a new game in the series, which is titled Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Don’t Die. Of course it could just be a hoax. Pretty good name either way. [link]

The latest word on the GTX 1180/2080 is that the Founder’s Edition cards will be released in July with third parties following in August / September. [link]

Hardware

Microsoft has announced the Xbox Adaptive Controller, an Xbox controller designed for people with disabilities. It has two large programmable buttons and 19 jacks that can be connected to a range of joysticks, buttons, and switches to make it easier for a wider range of people to play games on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. It will cost $99.99 and goes on sale later this year. [link]

The Acer Predator X27 is finally (sort of) here. As a reminder, this is the first 4K HDR monitor with G-Sync, a 144Hz refresh rate, and a 1000-nit brightness. The bad news? It’ll cost you $2000. [link]

Developers

The Oculus Mobile Store now allows developers to launch new downloadable content for games and apps already live on the platform with a similar update planned for the Rift Store in the near future. [link]

Business

Blair Brown, a BioWare veteran who worked on Mass Effect: Andromeda and Dragon Age: Inquisition has left the EA-owned studio after six years to work on the Star Wars game being developered by EA-owned Respawn Entertainment. [link]

Valve has recently issued warnings to visual novel developers concerning adult content in their games, according to multiple game studios who say they were affected. Where Steam draws the line for sexual themes in games remains unknown as recent titles like the comedic BDSM visual novel Ladykiller in a Bind have never received a notice from Valve. [link]

Cool Shit

Paradox is getting into the business of making board games via Kickstarter. The Swedish publisher, known for its grand strategy video games on PC, is working on tabletop versions of four of its biggest titles: Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, Hearts of Iron, and Cities: Skylines. I’d personally love to see a Stellaris board game so here is hoping these take off! [link]

Aye Fair Lady: “The world’s first point and click musical comedy adventure set in Yorkshire with robots in it”. [link]

And Finally…

PETA, in collaboration with Arcade Distillery, has released a free Switch game called Kitten Squad that teaches you about animal abuse. [link]

Microsoft has announced a new game in the Halo series! Sadly it is a light-gun game for arcades only. [link]


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