Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

29th May

  • Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition (Switch, PS4)
  • Ikaruga (Switch)
  • Moonlighter (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • SEGA Genesis Classics Collection (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4)

31st May

  • Smoke and Sacrifice (PC)

Release Date Announcements

July

  • Earthfall (13th July: PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]
  • Sleep Tight (26th July: PC, Switch) [link]

Upcoming Games

Battlefield 5 has finally been revealed and is heading back to World War 2. Some of the series’ core systems are being redesigned dramatically with squad play gaining more emphasis, an overhauled revival mechanic, improved animations, and the return of co-op. Origin Access members can get the game on 11th October with the Deluxe Edition releasing on the 16th October and standard game following on 19th October. [link]

The second season of Telltale’s The Wolf Among Us has been delayed to 2019. [link]

Developer Frogwares (who you may have heard of from their Sherlock Holmes seies) has unveiled a teaser trailer for its promising open-world Lovecraft horror, The Sinking City, ahead of a bigger reveal at this year’s E3. [link]

Madruga Works, the developer and publisher behind the space colony game Planetbase, has announced a spiritual successor called Dawn of Man. Players will be able to create their very own village for prehistoric man and guide its development over a period of 10,000 years. The game is set for release in late 2018 and there is a trailer showing off some game footage. [link]

Feudal Alloy, an upcoming Metroidvania action RPG, centers around a bizarre concept; you play through a medieval era as a robot powered by a goldfish on a quest to defeat bandits that burned down their home. It is expected to launch on PC later this year and a trailer is now available. [link]

Re-Releases

After remastering The Silver Case and its sequel 25 Ward on modern platforms, Grasshopper Manufacture has set its sights on bringing its cult hit Killer7 to Steam. It will be a graphical refresh rather than a remake and will debut at some point during autumn this year. [link]

DLC and Updates

Psyonix has announced the Salty Shores update for Rocket League will land on 29th May. The free update includes the titular beach-themed arena, adds a new car (available only via loot box), begins competitive season 8, and hopefully fixes the bugs with the rankings page! We’ve started Twitch streaming our sessions and expect to play some more on Wednesday this week (May 30th) at 8.30pm UTC. [link]

Ubisoft has announced that its long-awaited Donkey Kong story DLC for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will launch on Switch this June. A trailer and a ton of details have also landed but suffice to say this is a large piece of story content which is expected to take around 10 hours to complete. [link]

The first DLC pack for Far Cry 5, Hours of Darkness, is launching on 5th June with the next two packs releasing in July and August respectively. [link]

EA and Maxis have announced The Sims 4 Seasons, an expansion pack that adds holiday celebrations to the game with each one having unique traits and features. The expansion arrives on 22nd June on both PC and Mac. [link]

Surviving Mars is getting an update to its domes today with five new types ranging from triangles to barrels. They are also (finally) adding a tutorial to the game. We have started releasing videos of our Surviving Mars exploits every Wednesday and are going to be showing off mods along with a tutorial on how to build your own! [link]

Leaks

Sunset Overdrive could be on its way to PC according to a new rating released by GRAC, the Korean games rating board. I will be all over this if it is true. I’m intrigued as to whether there would also be an Xbox One X patch and whether this is happening now due to a potential sequel that could be announced at E3? [link]

Hardware

Nintendo Japan has announced a cheaper Switch bundle that doesn’t come with their a TV dock. It comes in at around ¥5000 (£35) cheaper than the original Switch bundle which isn’t a great deal when you consider the official dock costs a ridiculous £90. In any case, there are no plans to extend this bundle outside of Japan. [link]

Samsung has started issuing firmware updates that add FreeSync to a number of their 4K TVs. This is particularly useful for Xbox One owners as the recent update added FreeSync support when running at 1080p (although DigitalFoundry point out there is little point using it on Xbox One X as 4K without FreeSync tends to be much better than 1080p with FreeSync). [link]

Software

Nvidia has released some new drivers (397.93) which add optimisations for The Crew 2 and State of Decay 2 as well as resolving a few other issues. [link]

AMD also has new drivers (18.5.1) which has improved support for the April 2018 Update for Windows 10 along with support for PlayReady 3.0 (required to stream 4K HDR Netflix) and ‘Raven Ridge’ Ryzen APUs. [link]

The Xbox 360 received a new system update, 2 years after its last one just before it was discontinued. Nobody seems to know what it does but I’d bet it has to do with GDPR compliance. [link]

Business

Avalanche Studios, the developer behind the Just Cause series and Mad Max, has opened a third office in Malmö, Sweden. The new studio is reported to be working on current and future IP, particularly “relatively small and flexible projects which rest on a solid foundation of AAA production values and award-winning proprietary technology”. [link]

Mirage: Arcane Warfare has been removed for sale as they weren’t able to make it GDPR compliant. Makes you wonder what data they were pulling and why they couldn’t just make a necessary patch! [link]

Apple have rejected Valve’s Steam Link app preventing it from releasing on iOS. The circumstances are suspect as Valve says the app was approved by Apple but then retroactively rejected prior to launch after Valve had publicised it. Apple have released a statement saying the app broke a number of rules and that they have notified Valve of this. Apple should be embracing technology like this but instead they are throwing up roadblocks to preserve the freemium parade of bullshit that they class as games. What a fucking mess. [link]

Charity

UK-based charity Infer Trust is calling on Valve to prevent the Steam release of Active Shooter, a game described as “a dynamic SWAT simulator” but actually sees you shooting up schools. [link]

Cool Shit

A mod for XCOM 2 that adds 1000 lines of voice content from Red Dwarf. [link]

Official Overwatch-branded LEGO sets are coming. [link]

An interesting dive into the netcode behind Fortnite and the impressive updates they have made to it. [link]

And Finally…

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is getting a new vendor mount which will cost around $475. [link]


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