Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

5th June

  • Onrush (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Vampyr (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Warhammer 40,000 Inquisitor: Martyr (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

8th June

  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Switch, 3DS)

Agony was released last week and Madmind has dropped its plan to release a patch that would remove the censorship from the PC version of the game. “Please bear in mind that leaving this content uncensored would result in the game being banned and us […] being sued” they say. [link]

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company dropped a surprise Pokemon release on Switch last week: Pokemon Quest. This free-to-play touch screen optimised title has players controlling a trio of Pokemon in action-RPG battles, where each Pokemon attacks automatically but also has special attacks on cooldown timers to use. Free-to-play? Cooldown timers? Touch screen interface? Yup, it’s a freemium mobile title that they decided to launch on Switch first for some reason. It’ll arrive on iOS and Android later this month. [link]

Memories of Mars is an open-world first-person survival game set on the titular red planet. It first popped up on Steam back in January and it has now been announced it will enter Early Access on Tuesday for $30. It is expected to be there for a few months prior to launch and a pricing decision for that launch has yet to be made. [link]

Upcoming Games

Farm 51, the developer behind Get Even, has announced a serious-about-realism multiplayer shooter called World War 3. In one mode it’s like Battlefield, with big battles and tanks, and in the other, a battle royale game like PUBG. How it’s different from PUBG isn’t immediately clear, but a press release called the battle royale Recon mode “Tactically-oriented” and said you’ll work in small squads to capture high-value targets in hostile territory. It’ll be released on Steam Early Access this year. [link]

The Pokémon Company, in addition to announcing and releasing Pokemon Quest, also announced two new games and some interesting hardware last week. Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are both being released exclusively for Switch on 16th November and are described as “core RPGs” in the franchise although they are based on the Pokemon Yellow generation. There is a Poke Ball Plus controller to go along with it that also works in Pokemon GO with which there will be some crossover. Finally, it was confirmed that GameFreak are working on an untitled game coming at the end of 2019 which will be “in the style of Pokemon X and Y and Sun and Moon”. [link]

Bethesda Softworks has made good on its teases by revealing not a remaster or re-release, but an entirely new game from Bethesda Game Studios: Fallout 76. The company revealed a brief teaser video but most of the specifics remain unknown with a full reveal coming at E3. [link]

TT Games and LEGO are teaming up yet again, this time to make LEGO DC Super-Villains which is set in a world where “the Justice League has disappeared”. It’ll be released on 16th October. [link]

SEGA has announced Team Sonic Racing, a new racing title from developer Sumo Digital. The game, which was teased earlier this year at SXSW, will receive a physical and digital release this winter for Switch, Xbox One, and PS4, with a digital-only release for PC. [link]

In a new developer spotlight, Insomniac has teased a new exploration-based VR game on the Oculus. The studio hints at a solution to the issue of movement in an open-world environment, eschewing the typical short-range teleportation system that many VR games currently use. [link]

Ubisoft has confirmed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is real and teased more information will be revealed at E3. The trailer shows a kick straight out of 300 and was invariably released because the name was leaked by a keyring earlier in the week. [link]

Re-Releases

NISA has announced that the two Yomawari titles, Japanese ghost-horror games done in a somewhat cutesy artstyle, are coming to Switch as Yomawari: The Long Night Collection. The collection is made up of two games, Night Alone and Midnight Shadows. It releases in Europe on 26th October with the US following on 30th October. [link]

Early Access Graduations

Wreckfest, the demolition derby-themed racer from Finnish developer Bugbear Entertainment, will release on 14th June following nearly four and a half years in Early Access. [link]

DLC and Updates

A roadmap for Frostpunk has been unveiled featuring 5 free major updates throughout 2018 with more stuff unannounced for 2019. [link]

Elite Dangerous is getting another update, “Beyond Chapter Two”, on 28th June featuring a new ship (the Alliance Challenger), as well as a handful of new wing missions, installation interactions, new explorable settlements, and new Tech Broker-supplied weaponry. [link]

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 just got a sizable, and free, content update that brings Steam Workshop support to the game plus a bunch of new cosmetics and a new challenge mode delivering loot prizes. The shortage of the green dust crafting item has also been addressed. [link]

State of Decay 2 has received a 20GB v1.2 patch that fixes some of the issues that led to fairly poor reviews at launch. These include stability fixes, audio mix optimisations, prevention of crashes, and improved networking. [link]

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine has received another patch to try and improve its slow pacing, this time by adding an “auto walk” option, some bug fixes, and 15 new vignettes. [link]

Rumours

According to Kotaku, Fallout 76 is an online, survival RPG in the vein of popular games like Rust and DayZ. Interestingly, this lines up with a 4Chan post from back in December last year that no one paid attention to. [link]

Korean Ratings Board Leaks

These seem to be a recurring theme so now have their own section. This week, the following games have been leaked courtesy of our Korean friends:

  • Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition (PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]
  • Fortnite (Switch) [link]

Other Leaks

The pre-order page for Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Windows Store went up publicly for a short time revealing a number of bonuses such as a treasure map, war horse, cash bonus for the story mode (gross), and $500000 for use in GTA Online. I despise pre-order bonuses like this. [link]

Hardware

Nintendo will release a new model of its New Nintendo 2DS XL this summer with a fresh Legend of Zelda theme. Based on Link’s Hylian Shield, the handheld will be sold exclusively at GameStop stores. [link]

Among the recent crop of 4K and HDR monitors that have shown up in the marketplace, Asus has quietly introduced the ROG Strix XG248Q, a more basic display that focuses almost entirely on speed. It’s the native 240Hz refresh rate that Asus is hoping will appeal to fast-action gamers, along with an ultra-fast 1ms response time and FreeSync support. Asus did not say when it will be available or for how much. [link]

Apple’s WWDC conference kicks off today and it is widely rumoured that they will be releasing a dedicated games console and their own controllers for iOS devices (rather than relying on 3rd parties). [link]

Software

AMD has a new driver update (18.5.2) that fixes a crash in Sea of Thieves and some white screen issues in The Crew. There are a couple of other smaller bug fixes but not much else; that’s apparently because AMD originally intended to include performance optimisations for Budget Cuts but the game was delayed shortly before launch. [link]

Business

PUBG Corp.’s has filed a copyright violation lawsuit against Epic Games over copyright infringement in Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode. More specifically, PUBG Corp. is asking the the Seoul Central District Court, where the suit was filed, to rule whether or not the similarities between PUBG and Fortnite constitute copyright infringement. [link]

The Pokemon Company made $80.8 million in profit during the fiscal year ended February, according to Japanese game industry consultant Dr. Serkan Toto. While this year’s fiscal year profits were impressive, it’s a substantial drop from the previous year, which saw a record $145.6 million in profits thanks to a cut from Pokemon GO and the release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. [link]

Microsoft laid off a team of Xbox support staff earlier this month replacing them with volunteer Xbox fans that were trained by those same staff. [link]

Active Shooter, which I mentioned last week, has been pulled from Steam. Interestingly, it wasn’t removed due to the content but due to the fact that the developer is known to Valve (and to us - he made that awful asset flipped Piccled Ricc) and is, in their words, “a troll [with] a history of customer abuse, publishing copyrighted material, and user review manipulation”. [link]

Epic’s director of publishing, Sergey Galyonkin, has said that STALKER 2’s 2021 release date announcement last week was made early to drum up excitement for the project and allow GSC to get a publishing deal at E3. Awkward. [link]

Nordisk Film announced today it is acquiring full ownership and shares of all three Avalanche Studios, including the one it opened last week in Sweden. The acquisition is said to be worth €89 million, according to GI.biz, with Avalanche Studios currently valued at €117 million. Holfve went on to say Nordisk Film is “Fully committed” to the studio’s road map, and the developers will be able to maintain creative independence. [link]

Bungie has partnered with Chinese tech giant NetEase for its future projects. As detailed on a recent blog post, the partnership will help Bungie become an entertainment company which can “explore new directions” and “build new worlds”. [link]

Patrick Naud, the boss at Square Enix Montreal, has confirmed that their acclaimed Go line of mobile titles has come to an end basically saying that freemium games have killed the market due to a “perception of choice”. [link]

Roughly a year after its launch, The Elder Scrolls: Legends has been handed to a new studio in the form of Sparkypants Studios, makers of Dropzone. Updates for the game will be shared at E3. [link]

Terra Battle 2 will be shutdown in the US on 3rd September, less than a year after it launched. All in-app purchases have been suspended and the game will not be playable after that date or even be able to be redownloaded. [link]

Cool Shit

Virtual Cities, a beautifully illustrated atlas exploring and mapping the spectacular imaginary cities of video games. [link]

First announced back at CES in January, Philips has released a Philips Hue Sync App for both PC and Mac which allow you to sync hue lights to games, video, and music. [link]

Multiple unreleased 2nd generation Pokemon have been discovered, including never-used baby forms and evolutions, different starter Pokemon, and other entirely abandoned concepts. [link]

Planet Coaster hit a milestone of 200,000 Steam Workshop items. [link]

Paradox CEO Fred Wester has said that he’d love to see a baseball management sim. If anyone from Paradox reads this *cough* then please persuade him to do this… [link]

And Finally…

Aston Villa has launched an esports league. [link]

Forget the $475 mount in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth last week, Star Citizen has an in-game pack containing nearly every ship in the game on sale for £20000… [link]


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