Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

13th September

  • Frozen Synapse 2 (PC)
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut (Switch)

14th September

  • NHL 19 (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit (Switch)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

Upcoming Games

Athlon Games has announced that it’s partnering with Middle-earth Enterprises to create a new free-to-play MMO based on Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Information on the project is currently limited, but we do know that it’s set prior to the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and that it’s coming to PC and consoles at some undisclosed future-date. [link]

Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be playable before release via a closed PC beta going live on 9th October 2018. The news was revealed by way of a livestream and the only way (currently) to guarantee a spot in the beta is to pre-order the game. A standard edition pre-order will secure you a single beta key whilst pre-orders of the Deluxe Edition will give you four codes to share. [link]

After being announced to hit mobile back in 2015, PAYDAY: Crime War has repeatedly been labelled as “coming soon” but now it finally looks to be happening. A closed beta of the PvP multiplayer game is launching on 10th September lasting until the 14th October where it is expected to go live for everyone on iOS and Android. [link]

Re-Releases

As rumoured a little while ago, the remaster of LEGO Harry Potter is coming to Xbox One on 2nd November after a 2-year exclusivity period on the PS4. The game bundles both of the original Harry Potter games together (Years 1-4 and 5-7) with some character and spells DLC but is also getting yet another new coat of paint and Xbox One X enhancements. This would be great news on its own but the game is also coming to Switch at the same time although it isn’t clear if this will be the remaster or the same fidelity as the original games. [link]

There was due to be a Nintendo Direct last week to announce yet more games coming to the platform but it was cancelled due to the recent earthquake in Japan. Whilst we haven’t seen everything that was due to be announced, a few publishers couldn’t wait for a reschedule. These include:

  • Forgotten Anne coming in 2019 with “more details soon” [link]
  • Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition which was released on PS4 and Xbox One at the time of the announcement so we expect to see the Switch version very soon [link]
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 releasing on 16th November [link]

DLC and Updates

Developer Deck 13 has unveiled a new Wild-West-themed expansion for The Surge. ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented’ will launch on 2nd October and like the previous ‘A Walk in the Park’ expansion it is attempting to move away from the core game’s monotonous industrial-sci-fi corridors for something a little different. [link]

Abandon Ship, which most people refer to as “FTL with pirates”, has released a big update that adds sea forts and floating outposts along with new weapons, a bigger crew size, trade routes to raid, and the added danger of being marked as “Wanted” leading to bounty hunters being dispatched to chase you down. [link]

Leaks & Rumours

The delayed Nintendo Direct looks to be the cause of an accidental leak on Nintendo’s own website that revealed the upcoming Yoshi game will be named Yoshi’s Crafted World. [link]

Software

Nintendo Switch Online is set to arrive at some point later this month and adds the ability to save games in the cloud. Unfortunately, not all games are supported with several (such as Dead Cells, Dark Souls, and Splatoon 2) now showing the disclaimer “this game does not support Save Data Cloud backup” on the Nintendo website. The reason for this is to avoid cheating and scoreboard manipulation according to a statement to Ars Technica from Nintendo of America. [link]

Business

Brace Yourself Games, the developers of upcoming XCOM-inspired strategy game Phantom Brigade, have merged with Tetragon Works who created Crypt of the Necrodancer. [link]

2K senior producer Rob Jones has said that microtransactions are an “unfortunate reality of modern gaming” as gamers want to buy their way to the top rather than grind for hours. [link]

A fascinating article from Gamasutra talking again about how some companies, inspired by Epic Games, might be thinking about selling their games direct rather than through third parties like Steam. Their guess for the next big name to do this? Rockstar with Red Dead Redemption 2. [link]

Valve has outlined a series of imminent changes to Steam, designed to help more effectively filter violent and sexual content on the platform. While the announcement doesn’t contain a verdict on whether previously banned sexual content will soon be re-introduced to the storefront, it does show how Valve intends to deal with similar software into the future. [link]

THQ Nordic has bought the much-muddled rights to Kingdoms Of Amalur from whatever remains of 38 Studios. [link]

Cool Shit

YouTube user Mety333 has discovered a new glitch in Breath of the Wild that lets you explore an interesting world outside of the Master Trials DLC that is most likely a development test area. [link]

If you only read one story this week, make it this one. A heartwarming tale of a developer wanting to visit the Nintendo offices in Seattle 30 years ago. [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.

Final Fantasy VIII

  • Recruiting Ifrit - first playthrough in over 15 years! [link]

Orcs Must Die! 2

  • Revisiting this class third-person shooter / tower-defense [link]

Rocket League

  • Winning Wednesday [link]
  • Will our custom overlay work again? [link]

Trespasser: Jurassic Park

  • Escaping from Isla Sorna [link]

And Finally…

2K wants people to “contact your local government” to say lootboxes are good actually. [link]

Henry Cavill has been cast as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s live-action series, a move welcomed by Doug Cockle (the voice actor in the games). [link]

Xbox has announced a limited edition ‘greaseproof’ controller to celebrate PUBG. It’s all about chicken dinners apparently. [link]

Fortnite Monopoly. Speaks for itself really. [link]

Wedding proposal hidden in Spider-Man becomes world’s saddest easter egg. [link]


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