Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

28th August

  • Blade Strangers (Switch, PS4)
  • Donut County (PC, iOS, PS4)
  • Monster Hunter World: Generations Ultimate (Switch)
  • PES 2019 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Strange Brigade (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • The Universim (PC)
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4)

30th August

  • Two Point Hospital (PC)

31st August

  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Xbox One, PS4)

Release Date Announcements

September

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

February

  • Trials Rising (12th Feb: PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4) [link]

March

  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (22nd Mar: PC, Xbox One, PS4) [link]

August 2019

  • Shenmue 3 (27th Aug: PC, PS4) [link]

Upcoming Games

Dying Light’s battle royale mode ‘Bad Blood’ will be available as a standalone game via Early Access this September whilst a beta kicked off last week. [link]

Hitman 2 is getting a ‘legacy pack’ that will allow players to revisit remastered versions of all of the locations from Season 1. Each map will have new updated features found in Hitman 2 and the pack will be free for owners of the original game. This is a really good move and I can’t wait to replay Sapienza again, especially as this game will have ray tracing support… [link]

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the next game from former Castlevania designer Koji Igarashi, has been delayed until 2019 whilst a planned version for Vita has been abandoned. Kickstarter Backers that opted for the Vita version will be able to choose another platform or obtain a refund. [link]

Ubisoft Blue Byte has announced the eighth game in the Settlers series, simply titled The Settlers, will be available in autumn next year. It has been built with the Snowdrop engine although no gameplay footage was shown. [link]

Developer Mimimi, which made the excellent stealth game Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, is reviving a Wild West real-time tactics series with Desperados 3. It will be available at some point next year and lets you control five characters across missions in “frontier towns, desert canyons, Mississippi swamps, sprawling modern cities and many more”. [link]

QC Games, a development team made of former Bioware developers, announced an online cooperative action RPG called Breach in which players must battle creatures of a parallel alternate mythological Earth that is invading modern Earth. Breach will enter early access later this year with plans to enter a full free-to-play launch in 2019. [link]

Nerial and Devolver Digital announced that they are working with HBO to create a Reigns: Game of Thrones which is available for pre-order now on both PC and iOS. It will be released at some point in October. [link]

CD Projekt Red appears to be streaming the text representation of Base64 encoded PNGs on their Twitch channel to advertise Cyberpunk 2077. [link]

Re-Releases

Grand strategy space game Stellaris is “coming soon” to Xbox One and PS4. It is, allegedly, the first time a grand strategy has been playable on console. [link]

A Hat in Time is due to be released on the Switch “soon” whilst some DLC is coming to the PC version on 13th September. Interestingly, the DLC will be free for the first 24 hours of release at which point it will cost $5 most likely as it is easier to do that than to try and give out keys to all the Kickstarter Backers… [link]

Saints Row: The Third, the much-loved 2011 open world game, is getting an unexpected Switch port with a firm release date of “next year”. [link]

Hollow Knight is getting a physical and digital release on Xbox One and PS4 next spring. The console versions of the game will, like the Switch and PC, come with all four content updates that have been released thus far. I couldn’t quite believe it wasn’t already on Xbox One and PS4 but it will definitely do well there! [link]

Bohemia Interactive is releasing an early access version of DayZ through Microsoft’s Xbox Game Preview program on Wednesday this week (29th Aug). [link]

Microsoft has confirmed cult horror series The Amnesia Collection is coming to Xbox One on 31st August. The Collection includes the original The Dark Descent game, its sequel A Machine For Pigs, and expansion ‘Justine’. [link]

Gone Home for Switch has been delayed by a couple of weeks with a release date of 6th September rather than 23rd August. [link]

DLC and Updates

The PC version of Monster Hunter World has received an update to fix the numerous session disconnects that have plagued the game since launch. [link]

Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter Three is launching on 28th August and is the second of two small updates before the big ‘Chapter Four’ at the end of the year. The update adds Guardian Beacons that help you uncover new secrets and a new ship in the form of Hybrid Fighters. [link]

Hello, what have we here? ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is making the jump to pinball tables with 3 tables based on the film arriving in Zen Pinball and Pinball FX3 on 12th September. [link]

Undead Labs has revealed the next piece of State of Decay 2 DLC, titled ‘Daybreak’, will arrive on PC and Xbox One on 12th September. It will add an entirely new mode playing as a well-equipped Red Talon soldier in a siege defence style mission. [link]

PUBG is getting a training mode update in September that will allow 5-20 players to explore a brand new 2x2 km map and practice all aspects of the game from driving the game’s various vehicles around the island’s race tracks to practicing parachute landings on scattered targets. [link]

Nintendo Indie Showcase

First of all, I refuse to call them ‘Nindies’. Secondly, Nintendo released a surprise showcase video announcing new games while revealing release dates for other keenly anticipated titles such as:

  • Morphies Law (out now)
  • Bad North (out now)
  • Prison Architect (out now, DLC later this year)
  • Windjammers (23rd October)
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (6th November)
  • This War Of Mine (November)
  • Everspace (December)
  • Moonlighter (2018)
  • Children of Morta (2019)
  • Night Call (2019)
  • Slay the Spire (2019)
  • Terraria (2019)

It doesn’t stop there, a livestream video presentation to highlight more indie games coming to Switch is scheduled for tomorrow (28th Aug).

Leaks & Rumours

Reports about an upcoming contract service called Xbox All Access have been making the rounds online, and it sounds like a fully-featured deal. Sources say that US customers will be able to pay $22 per month to get an Xbox One S with Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass. [link]

Hardware

Nvidia has (finally) announced a new generation of graphics cards using the “RTX 20xx” moniker. Whilst there aren’t any non-biased benchmarks available yet, Nvidia reckons the card will add significant speed boosts to existing titles but the real meat of the card is in the ability to add real-time ray tracing to games. There are 21 games with this feature announced so far and it looks incredible. Add to that some Tensor cores for machine learning and you get some interesting new features such as DLSS that allows for driver updates to include boosts that will effectively add a better version of anti-aliasing to games allowing for a cleaner image without the performance penalty. The RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti are due to launch on 20th September whilst the RTX 2070 will appear in October. [link]

The Vive wireless adapter will launch on 24th September and costs £300 for the base model with the Vive Pro adapter selling for £364. Latency is apparently very low and the signal reaches six metres with a 150-degree field of view. [link]

Logitech have announced the ‘G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse’ that has been designed with the feedback of more than 50 pro gamers. It contains a 16000dpi sensor that can track movement at over 400 inches per second whilst also being 90% more power efficient than their previous version allowing it to function for 60 hours on a single charge (or 48 hours if you use the RGB functionality). [link]

Software

Valve has announced a beta of the Steam Play compatibility layer for Linux that was leaked last week. They have already tested and validated over two dozen traditional and VR games but developers will be able to mark their own games as compatible once the beta period is over. Steam Play testers can toggle an override switch to test any games that Valve has not internally whitelisted thus far. [link]

Nvidia is upgrading its GeForce Experience software to utilize the ray tracing capabilities of its recently announced GeForce RTX series graphics cards. Ansel can leverage the tensor cores and RT cores to generate more detailed photos taking a 1080p screen grab captured by a user and, through some nifty AI processing, generating an 8K up-res photo. Compared to real-time ray tracing, Ansel RTX can process 30 times more rays since it’s only dealing with a single scene. No firm date has been given for the software update although it is a safe bet it’ll be here before 20th September. [link]

Business

Microsoft is continuing to dip its toe back into Steam (and physical release) with a handful of games following in the footsteps of Quantum Break including ReCore, Super Lucky’s Tale, Disneyland Adventures, Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure, and Zoo Tycoon. [link]

CD Projekt Red have launched a mobile studio called Spokko. There are no details on what they are working on aside from an “interesting idea based on one of [their] brands” but it seems a safe bet that this won’t be a freemium loot-box filled version of Gwent. [link]

Ubisoft has confirmed that the Assassin’s Creed series is going to take another year long hiatus in 2019 following the release of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey later this year. [link]

Cool Shit

Film director and animator Patrick Osborne (who won an Oscar for the Pixar short “Feast”) is developing and directing a live-action / animated hybrid Monument Valley “family franchise” which is likely to be a series of small films. [link]

An interview with some of the developers of Goldeneye confirms that playing as Oddjob is cheating. [link]

Speaking of which, here is a wonderful oral history of Goldeneye to celebrate its 21st anniversary. [link]

Fortnite is rewarding players that enable two-factor authentication with an exclusive emote. Clever. [link]

GOG have started a new initiative called FCK DRM. [link]

“Inside Two Bit Circus, LA’s new VR and arcade amusement park”. [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.

Cuphead

  • Will we finish Cuphead this evening? [link]

Dead Cells

  • Two boss battles with Twitch Integration [link]

Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

  • Classic GameCube Retro Horror [link]

Magic The Gathering: Arena

  • A few games with my Gruul RIX Dinosaur deck [link]

Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster

  • Friday Night Fright Night! [link]

Rocket League

  • Wednesday night Rocket League [link]

Trespasser: Jurassic Park

  • Throwing boxes, tossing guns, and getting crushed by a barrel [link]

And Finally…

Gabe Newell is coming to Dota 2 with a voice pack. [link]

“Epic: No one pooped in a bag while standing in line for Fortnite at Gamescom”. [link]

“Twitch launches new Sub-Prime membership”. [link]


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