Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

24th July

  • The Banner Saga 3 (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2 (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Train Sim World (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

25th July

  • Ys: Memories of Celceta (PC)

26th July

  • Marvel Powers United VR (Rift)
  • Sleep Tight (PC, Switch)

Release Date Announcements

August

  • Two Point Hospital (30th Aug: PC) [link]

Upcoming Games

Ironhide Game Studio teased a new entry in the Kingdom Rush series a little while ago but were preoccupied with Iron Marines at the time. It looks like they are almost ready to launch though as another teaser has been released to reveal Kingdom Rush Vengeance. There are no details on release date but you can sign up for more information on their website. [link]

Skydance Interactive and Skybound Entertainment have announced The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, a VR game set in New Orleans which is set to launch in 2019. [link]

Back in 2013, Big Robot Ltd. released Sir, You Are Being Hunted, a survival sandbox game that was well received due to its quirky British touches and terrifying robots. The developer has now unveiled its latest title, The Light Keeps Us Safe, which as a stealth-survival game seems to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor. The new game will be released via Steam Early Access on the 11th of October this year and a gameplay trailer will be available soon. [link]

Re-Releases

In a slightly unusual turn of events, Ubisoft has announced South Park: The Stick of Truth will be coming to the Switch at some point in the next couple of months. The move is unorthodox because the sequel, The Fractured But Whole, has already been ported to the console. [link]

Early Access Graduations

Vostok Games was set to release Fear the Wolves through Early Access last week but it will instead arrive sometime later this summer. The closed beta will extend until the game is ready to hit Early Access and the game is still expected to launch on PC and consoles in 2019. [link]

DLC and Updates

Reigns: Her Majesty received a free content update last week that added 200 new cards, 3 new characters, and 5 new deaths. It also resolved some minor issues around the mirror death and added Steam achievements on macOS. [link]

Hollow Knight’s fourth and final free content pack, Gods & Glory, will be arriving on all platforms on 23rd August. It includes “a whole bunch” of new bosses, new music, new NPCs, and new quests. There is also a new album launching alongside which includes all of the music from the game and DLC along with a new live recorded arrangement of the Pale Court track. [link]

Excitement is building for the No Man’s Sky “Next” update this week which includes true multiplayer, third-person options, and ringed planets along with a visual overhaul. This game was a huge disappointment when it launched so I’m looking forward to giving it a second, and final, chance. [link]

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is getting its final DLC, Bring the Crunch, on 31st July. You’ll get to play as Mint-Berry Crunch as you save summer camp with the tremendous power of mint and berries. I was slightly disappointed by the Casa Bonita DLC but I know I’m going to pick this up. [link]

Grand Theft Auto Online is getting a major update this week in the form of “After Hours”. It will allow players to operate a top shelf nightclub which they can co-run with Tony Prince aka Gay Tony. There will also be real world DJs in the club which you can use as “a front for the most concentrated network of criminal enterprise ever to hit San Andreas”. [link]

Total War: Rome 2 has announced its next DLC update, Rise of the Republic, will be available on 9th August. It depicts the events surrounding Rome in the 4th century BC and is a prequel to the base game with nine new playable factions. [link]

Sea of Thieves will get more dangerous and more social when the free Cursed Sails update arrives on 31st July. Developer Rare said the update will “change things forever” by adding AI skeleton crews to the high seas and a new alliance system that will make it easier to take them on. It’s a clever way of ensuring there are still plenty of ships to interact with as the number of players presumably starts to decline. [link]

The long-awaited multiplayer update for Stardew Valley is finally being released on 1st August on PC. There is no release date set for consoles yet but the Switch version will receive the update first. [link]

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate arrives in North America and Europe next month, and just as with the Japanese version, it will feature some exclusive Nintendo-inspired content. Capcom has released a new trailer for the game, confirming it is bringing the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild crossover gear to the West. [link]

Hardware

Microsoft will use a live Inside Xbox show to debut “all-new Xbox hardware and accessories” direct from this year’s Gamescom showfloor. Eurogamer seems to think this will be an updated Elite controller with Bluetooth and USB-C but that only relates to “accessories” not the “hardware” piece. I would expect any new hardware to just be the Xbox One X with either a bigger or faster hard drive but you never know! [link]

Business

In what I can only praise as excellent news, Germany has banned vague release dates for pre-orders. They now have to have a fixed date rather than “coming soon”. I wish all the pre-orders for games that don’t even have box art yet could be removed from Amazon UK! [link]

Jurassic World Evolution’s combined physical and digital sales have hit one million copies sold over five weeks. To celebrate, Frontier have confirmed that they are working on a free update and that they are planning on supporting the game with a number of content drops. I’ve repeatedly said whilst streaming the game that I expect these drops to be far less frequent than for Elite Dangerous or Planet Coaster as every change likely needs to go through a committee at Universal. [link]

Xaviant has made the decision to pull The Culling 2 from all platforms along with issuing a full refund to all players following disappointing launch sales saying “the Culling 2 is not the game that you asked for, and it’s not the game you expect as a worthy successor to The Culling”. Now the studio says it is going back to where it all began with a “day one” build for the original game to “recapture those early glory days”. [link]

Cool Shit

Trogdor is getting a boardgame (which was successfully kickstarted in 3 hours). [link]

An excellent story about a Sea of Thieves adventure after meeting up with some “new” players on Discord. [link]

A seventeen-year-old developer who ported P.T. from PS4 to PC was told to take it down but was offered an internship with Konami. [link]

What You Missed On Shy Guys

Streams

You can follow us on Twitch as Orendil_ and ShyGuysTheDod. We play various games on our individual streams but also do some Rocket League and co-op streaming together every week.

Darkest Dungeon

  • Red wine and Pepsi!?!?!? Oh, and finally fighting The Baron… [link]

Jurassic World Evolution

  • Finishing the final missions on Isla Sorna • Now to 5 star the other islands! [link]

Outlast 2

  • Enjoying some creepy shit in the second chapter of the game [link]

Rocket League

  • Clutching on to our rank whilst Ben rants about loot boxes [link]
  • Some post-horror gaming wind-down whilst our rank plummets even further [link]

State of Decay 2

  • Helping ShyGuysTheDod slay zombies and become a savage warlord leader [link]

World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

  • Completing the game with both characters followed by Quackshot! [link]

And Finally…

Amazon temporarily sold pirated copies of PC games such as Frostpunk and Surviving Mars. [link]

Search “fortnite” on the App Store and the first result is PUBG. Search “pubg” and the first result is Kick the Buddy. Search “kick the buddy” and the first result is Bowmasters. [link]


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