Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

26th June

  • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Lumines Remastered (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4)

29th June

  • Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy (PC, Switch, Xbox One)
  • The Crew 2 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • MGXP Pro (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Switch)

Release Date Announcements

September

  • Life is Strange 2 (27th Sep: PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]

Upcoming Games

Following a countdown clock for a mystery collaboration between two companies, a game based off the popular anime series Kill la Kill is being developed by APLUS Games and is set for a 2019 release on unspecified platforms. Kill la Kill The Game is described as a “battle action” title that supports up to two players and looks to play in the same vein as Dragon Ball FighterZ or the recently announced Jump Force. [link]

Developer Three Fields Entertainment, the studio founded by former Burnout creators Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward, announced two new games last week; Danger Zone 2 and Dangerous Driving . The first is a sequel (obvs) to Danger Zone and will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 this July. Meanwhile, Dangerous Driver is an arcade racer on closed tracks that is coming to unspecified platforms towards the end of the year. [link]

Valve has returned to the world of Portal for Moondust, a brand new virtual reality demo. It’s a sandbox experience designed to show off the Knuckles EV2, Valve’s latest VR controller that is currently only available to developers. [link]

Re-Releases

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is arriving on Switch on 13th July but a demo is available now on the eShop. I really enjoyed this on the Wii U so will definitely be picking it up on release. [link]

After a long wait, Playdead’s dark and wonderful games are finally making their way to Nintendo Switch. Both Limbo and Inside are launching worldwide on 28th June. I can highly recommend both. [link]

DLC and Updates

When you think of World of Tanks, you probably think of a very serious tank combat game full of very serious tanks. To celebrate the World Cup, the tanks are having a break from being serious to play a Rocket League type mode of 3v3 Tank Football. It’ll be running until 29th July. [link]

Darkest Dungeon released its massively anticipated (by me at least) “The Color of Madness” DLC last Tuesday but they also released a huge update for all players titled “Core Game Balance Patch”. The update notes are so vast that they didn’t fit on the Steam forums but the basic gist is that lots of stuff has been rebalanced and crits have been overhauled. They also released The Musketeer class (a mirror of Arbalest) to all players as FreeLC after previously being a Kickstarter exclusive for the past 2 years. [link]

Modding

Motion Twin has revealed that Dead Cells is getting mod support. They have limited support working internally and are currently ironing out some bugs before they release some documentation, hopefully in the next month or so. [link]

An interesting article from PC Gamer on the modders that add sex and nudity to the least likely games including Hearthstone and Stellaris. [link]

Leaks & Rumours

Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC according to a LinkedIn profile update from one of the developers. It could feasibly be a typo but based on the success of GTA V it would be highly odd if it didn’t make its way to PC some months after the console release. I also would not be surprised if we saw the original get a PC version as a pre-order bonus. Related: it was nice to see the amount of respect the leakers had for the employee caught up in this by refusing to release their name or a link to the page in question. [link]

A car list for Forza Horizon 4 has leaked online. It is still missing 13 manufacturers but looks to be pretty complete. [link]

Business

Some players have complained that PUBG uses store bought assets in its maps. The developers hit back saying it allows them to develop faster and that they are using less assets with every update. Calling it an “asset flip” is a little over the top in my opinion. [link]

It doesn’t seem to be hurting PUBG that much bearing in mind they’ve just hit a milestone of selling 50 million units. That number goes up to 400 million players when you include mobile with up to 87 million playing every day across all platforms. To celebrate, the game is on sale for the first time with a 33% discount until 5th July. [link]

The final thing on PUBG, TouchArcade has interpreted those stats with a conclusion of “PUBG started as a hardcore PC game on Twitch [but] has since transformed to be a super popular mobile game with a tiny niche PC/console component”. I don’t think 50 million is a tiny niche but it is terrifying how all-encompassing mobile can be! [link]

Fallout 76 will get a beta and it’ll be available first on Xbox One. There is no date as yet but you will need to preorder the game in order to get invited. [link]

Bethesda is suing Behaviour Interactive over their recently released Westworld mobile game alleging that they are clearly using some of the code from Fallout Shelter. Whilst Behaviour Interactive coded Fallout Shelter, Bethesda owns the work and so they were a little miffed when they found a bug evident in an early version of the game was present in Westworld indicating that the same code had been reused. This will end badly for Behaviour Interactive. [link]

Nintendo and Disney have partnered on a new family game show; “Nintendo Switch Family Showdown”. [link]

Health

The NHS is set to fund an internet addiction centre with a focus on gaming disorders. The initial goal of the clinic is to protect young people from dropping out of school. [link]

Cool Shit

A new game has been released for the 1MB Amiga. [link]

It’s now possible to see how much money you’ve ever spent on Steam 😬 [link]

“An oral history of Leisure Suit Larry”. I loved this article, particularly the reveal that the game took down several European banking terminals. [link]

Josef Fares has popped up for a new interview with VG247 and had some great things to say about playthrough rates. When told that A Way Out has a playthrough rate of 52% (which is pretty good), Fares replies “Imagine someone like James Cameron going, ‘Oh, only 50% of the people walked out of the cinema, wow, that’s great!’ It’s insane”. [link]

What You Missed On Shy Guys

Podcasts

  • Connecting to Host #46: Styx, Shards of Darkness [link]

Streams

You can follow us on Twitch as Orendil_ and ShyGuysTheDod. We stream Rocket League and co-op games together but do some solo variety streaming as well.

Darkest Dungeon

  • First look at The Color of Madness DLC [link]
  • Embarking on an epic quest into The Courtyard [link]

Jurassic World Evolution

  • 3 hours on Isla Muerta [link]
  • Unlocking new islands and the T-Rex whilst also working out how to curve fences! [link]
  • The dinosaurs are loose! Sabotage, disease, and storms stalk this island… [link]
  • Trying, and failing, to keep raptors contains on Isla Tacano [link]

Rocket League

  • Rocket League and E3 chatter [link]
  • We play Rocket League so you don’t have to [link] (including this epic pinch)

Styx: Shards of Darkness

  • It’s time for some Styx: Shards of Darkness! [link]

Vaporum

  • Playing Vaporum so you don’t have to! [link]

And Finally…

People are gettings refunds for Mario Tennis Aces as you can’t actually play a regular game of tennis. [link]

YouPorn’s gamer traffic dropped by 13% during the Fortnite Pro-Am tournament before perking right back up again. [link]

“Open world game promises escape from enormous, overwhelming set of real life responsibilities to enormous, overwhelming set of in-game responsibilities”. [link]

Sega is producing scented candles that look like Dreamcast and Mega Drive consoles… [link]


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