Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

7th August

  • Overcooked! 2 (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4)

10th August

  • Madden NFL 19 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • We Happy Few (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

There’s a new Sim City style game available on the App Store and, *shock horror*, it isn’t a shitty freemium thing full of timers. Pocket City is the real deal for $5 with no IAP or advertising on both iOS and Android. [link]

Release Date Announcements

August

  • Donut County (28th Aug: PC, PS4, iOS) [link]

September

  • Planet Alpha (4th Sep: PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4) [link]
  • HEVN (7th Sep: PC) [link]

November

  • Artifact (28th Nov: PC) [link]

Upcoming Games

Nintendo is going to be showing off more of Super Smash Bros Ultimate as part of a Nintendo Direct on 8th August (Wednesday). It kicks off at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST. [link]

The upcoming Spyro Reignited Trilogy will require a fairly hefty download even if you buy a physical copy as only the first game is actually on the disc. This is super weird as you’d expect it could store all three games in the same way that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy did. [link]

One of the most popular board games right now, Gloomhaven, is coming to Steam thanks to Asmodee Digital. Unfortunately it will not be a direct translation of the tabletop game but instead an adaptation of the experience like Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace. The Steam page is live with a Q1 2019 release date. [link]

Rockstar has created another crossover between GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 with a stone hatchet item that can be found in GTA Online and then used in the upcoming game similar to last year’s double-action revolver challenge. I hate these kinds of things as it sits too close to “pre-order bonus” territory for me. [link]

FIFA 19 will add local-only “House Rules” options to its Kick Off exhibition mode including a survival game type. [link]

Tanglewood, a side-scroller in the 16-bit style, is coming out on the Mega Drive next week alongside a PC release. The game is arriving on a physical cart playable on consoles from any region although these are primarily reserved for Kickstarter backers. I particularly like that the game has been built with a proper Mega Drive dev kit. [link]

Telltale will release a browser-based Story Builder for The Walking Dead that lets you recap the story so far and create your ideal scenario for importing into The Final Season just like a regular save file. It also rewards players with a downloadable poster that reflects their choices. [link]

Members of the Not Tonight Discord are voting on whether to rejoin the EU and if they do the price of the game will be set at £15.49 instead of £16.49 to reflect a fictional increase in the strength of the pound. Whilst an interesting idea, it would have been better if the price change was kept secret until after the “vote” as hard to tell if people are voting for a second referendum or a better price (though it is probably both). [link]

DLC and Updates

When the PC port of Chrono Trigger came out in February, it made one of the best-loved RPGs of the past 25 years look like a shoddy mobile game. A number of patches have been released since then with the final one arriving last week that lets you rebind keyboard keys and gamepad buttons along with a number of other improvements. [link]

More characters have been announced for Tekken 7 as part of a new season, including the return of veteran fighters Anna Williams and Lei Wulong. The biggest surprise, however, is a totally new addition: Negan from AMC’s television show The Walking Dead. [link]

Hardware

Logitech has announced plans to acquire Blue Microphone, the creator of the popular Yeti microphones. The announcement included the phrase “logical adjacent opportunity with great synergies”. [link]

Nvidia is planning a GeForce event with “spectacular surprises” on 20th August, the day before Gamescom kicks off. Lets hope one of those surprises is an imminent release date for their new GPUs. [link]

AMD has collaborated with hardware manufacturer Zhongshan Subor to create custom windows-based console hardware for the Chinese market. First impressions suggest a hardware specification similar to PlayStation 4 Pro in terms of GPU compute power but combined with next-gen Ryzen processor architecture. [link]

Software

Microsoft has introduced a new and improved interface to the Xbox Games Pass service that it hopes will connect new users to the large catalog of content it has available. Unfortunately this only improves the UI on the Xbox, not on Windows where it remains utterly abysmal. [link]

Nvidia has released some new drivers (398.82) that contain performance improvements for both WOW: Battle for Azeroth and Monster Hunter: World as well as a number of bug fixes as per usual. [link]

Modding

Dead Cells has improved its mod support in a recent update but also added an intriguing Twitch integration that allows your audience to add challenge to boss fights, withhold potions, and help you spot secrets you may have missed. I’ll definitely be checking this out! [link]

OpenSC2K, an open source version of the classic SimCity 2000 that was released earlier this year, has been taken offline following a DMCA takedown request filed by Electronic Arts. The request, posted to GitHub, points out the rather obvious problem that while OpenSC2K might be open source, SimCity 2000 and its assets are most definitely not. [link]

Business

Fortnite is coming to Android (obviously) but doing so in an interesting way that TouchArcade hopes will upset the entire mobile app store ecosystem (they’re just a little pissed off that Apple killed one of their revenue streams this week). Basically, Epic have decided to roll out their own Android App Store rather than using Google Play. TouchArcade hope they’ll host other games and reduce the industry standard 30/70 split down to 12/88. [link]

Octopath Traveler, the Nintendo Switch-exclusive JRPG from Square Enix, has shipped over one million units worldwide in the first three weeks since launch. [link]

Cool Shit

The mind bending science behind the planets of Elite Dangerous. [link]

An official Horizon Zero Dawn board game is in the works and will be launching a Kickstarter campaign later this year to “gain visibility” and raise production funds. [link]

“The Harry Potter Wiki suggests that the Dursleys may have pre-ordered a prototype of the [PlayStation] console directly from the manufacturers”. [link]

What You Missed On Shy Guys

Streams

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

Castlevania 64

  • Nitro, mandragora, and poor jumping [link]

Cuphead

  • It’s a good day for a swell battle as John starts a new Cuphead series [link]

Factorio

  • Building a new life in Factorio [link]

Outlast 2

  • Scaring Ben with the final quarter of Outlast 2 [link]

Rocket League

  • Can we hold our ground in Platinum 1? [link]

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

  • The power of mint and berries, yet with a satisfying, tasty crunch. [link]

And Finally…

There’s an official Fallout cookbook coming including recipes for baked bloatfly and mole rat manicotti. Good luck rounding up the ingredients for braised Deathclaw and Mirelurk Queen steak. [link]

Elon Musk has announced a collaboration with Atari to release some of the classic games in the Tesla V9.0 update later this month. Pole Position is set to be linked to the actual car’s steering wheel while in a stationary position… [link]


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