Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

25th September

  • Parkasaurus (PC: Early Access)
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker (PC)
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth (Switch)
  • Timespinner (PC)
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4)

27th September

  • Dragalia Lost (iOS)
  • Life is Strange 2 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

28th September

  • FIFA 19 (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4)

Release Date Announcements

October

  • Cthulu Tactics (4th Oct: PC) [link]
  • The Missing (11th Oct: PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4) [link]
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (23rd Oct PC, Dec 4th: Xbox One, PS4) [link]

November

  • Tetris Effect (9th Nov: PS4, PSVR) [link]

Upcoming Games

After a fairly lengthy private beta, Magic: The Gathering Arena is going into public beta on 27th September. As part of this, existing accounts are being completely reset today so ensure you have exported your deck lists if you’ve spent considerable time creating them! [link]

Rockstar Games announced that Red Dead Redemption 2’s multiplayer component will be called Red Dead Online and will launch some time in November. I’m glad to see that this isn’t going to be live at the launch of the game as it suggests this is an appropriate extension to the single-player experience rather than the overriding focus, something I have long feared given the massive success of GTA Online. [link]

Re-Releases

Sega will bring its Mega Drive Classics compilation to Nintendo Switch later this year. Already available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, this medley of Mega Drive games features more than 50 titles including such classics as Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, and ToeJam & Earl but interestingly only includes the first two Sonic the Hedgehog games. The Nintendo Switch version adds local co-op via split-screen alongside the online multiplayer, achievements, mirror modes, rewind and save states available in other versions and will launch at some point this winter. [link]

Accounting+, a revamped version of the original game, is heading to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift in October. The game adds new levels and features, such as “Trick Shots” and “The Most Dangerous Space Level Ever Made”. John and I massively enjoyed the short original game and I’m sure we’ll both pick this up. [link]

Capcom had a special Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright-themed presentation at the Tokyo Game Show and it used the occasion to announce something not entirely unexpected; the Phoenix Wright Trilogy is coming to Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One early next year. [link]

DLC and Updates

Rocket League is getting another Hot Wheels piece of DLC today in the form of the “Hot Wheels Triple Threat DLC Pack”. Branded as “one of our biggest Premium DLC packs ever”, the pack costs $6 and includes 3 new vehicles along with decals and toppers. In addition, a free update will add a ‘Hot Wheels Rivals’ arena and a number of other customisation objects. Finally, a 5-pack of die-cast Hot Wheels Rocket League cars will be available in stores from mid-October. [link]

Sea of Thieves’ Forsaken Shores DLC has been delayed until 28th September due to “a memory leak”. Surely you can just hammer a plank of wood over that…? [link]

Developers Motion Twin have given an update regarding future content for Dead Cells with an intriguing “Custom Mode” on the way to beta branches before the end of the year. They’ve also asked for feedback regarding paid DLC and shown off some screenshots of some upcoming free DLC. [link]

Planet Coaster is getting an oft-requested feature in the from of ‘The Thememaker’s Toolkit’, a way for custom 3D models to be added as scenery items to the parks. It isn’t available yet but an announcement was made as the code will be visible in an update coming this week. Planet Coaster already has a wonderfully creative community and I can’t wait to see the new items that are going to be available, even if they don’t exist for customising rides just yet. [link]

Leaks & Rumours

Castlevania Requiem: Symphony Of The Night & Rondo Of Blood has just received a rating courtesy of the Korean game rating board indicating that a collection of series’ favourites could be on the way for PS4. [link]

The Korean game rating board has also inadvertently revealed the existence of a PS4 version of PUBG. [link]

Zenimax, Bethesda’s parent company, applied for a trademark entitled “Redfall” which mentions both console and PC platforms. The title is tantalizingly easy to connect to the Redguards that inhabit Hammerfell where the next Elder Scrolls game is rumoured to be set. Of course it could be a trademark for some mobile game so lets not get too excited! [link]

Hardware

The launch of the Sega Genesis Mini has been pushed to next year in order to meet the “level of quality Sega fans expect”. [link]

Meanwhile, Sony have announced the PlayStation Classic with a launch date of 3rd December (exactly 14 years to the day that the original PlayStation launched). [link]

The reviews are out for the GeForce RTX cards and it looks like there are fairly significant boosts in performance when comparing the 1080 to the 2080 and the 1080Ti to the 2080Ti. Of course, the prices have risen so many are taking issue with the comparison but I’m just glad to see a decent boost in addition to all of the Ray Tracing fanciness. The real standout feature though is DLSS which is getting some incredibly impressive results in games such as Final Fantasy XV. [link]

Software

Nintendo Switch Online has launched and bought along the ability to play free NES games. These can be played offline for up to seven days before you need to reauthenticate with Nintendo’s servers presumably due to the fact that these games are planning on being rotated over time. [link]

Nvidia has new drivers (411.63) to add support for the new RTX cards that launched last week (although mine still hasn’t arrived *pout*). The drivers also enable Game Ready support for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Forza Horizon 4, and FIFA 19 as well as the usual round of bug fixes. [link]

AMD has new drivers (18.9.2) that aim at improving performance in Fornite, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, F1 2018, and Star Control: Origins. [link]

Business

YouTube Gaming, the specialised app and site dedicated to video game streaming and more, is being shut down by Google as all the features are now being incorporated into regular YouTube including livestreams, Super Chat and channel memberships. [link]

Capcom Vancouver is being closed completely early next year with a statement saying “as a result of reviewing titles in development at Capcom Vancouver, Capcom has decided to cancel the development projects at this studio and will concentrate development of major titles in Japan”. [link]

Telltale Games has taken steps to shut down completely due to bankruptcy with a huge number of layoffs made last week leaving just “25 staff to fulfil the company’s obligations to its board and partners”. The fate of the final season of The Walking Dead is unknown although it is rumoured it will be released in full before shuttering. The second series of The Wolf Among Us has been cancelled as has the upcoming Stranger Things game although it sounds like this was terminated earlier in the year leading to the financial trouble they now find themselves in. [link]

THQ Nordic continues its weekly acquisitions by obtaining the Alone in the Dark and Act of War IPs. [link]

Valve and Ubisoft have been fined by French authorities over the refund policies of Steam and Uplay, specifically their failure to specify that consumers in the country have 14 days to demand a refund from digital services. [link]

Rocket League has now surpassed 50 million total players. [link]

Meanwhile, Fortnite hit 73.8 million players for the single month of August… [link]

Cool Shit

Somebody rebuilt the Nintendo Labo system in LEGO. [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.

Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

  • Chilled, Classic GameCube Action [link]

Final Fantasy VIII

  • Headed to Galbadia Garden and Deling City [link]

Jurassic World Evolution

  • Trying out the new “Challenge Mode” (includes a lot of whinging) [link]

ReCore

  • Blind play with a big mug of Singapore TWG Tea! [link]

Rocket League

  • Wednesday night RL with our custom OBS overlay! [link]

And Finally…

‘Addiction to Fortnite’ has been cited in 200 divorces so far this year. [link]

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed obstacle course is coming to Australia on October 5th/6th. [link]

“If you’re dealing with the aggravation of a slippery grip, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Gamer Goo is worth a try”. [link]

Thanks to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you can now change Alexa to Alexios. What a time to be alive… [link]

“Telltale Games CEO vows to remember choices leading to studio closure in next episode of his beautiful life” [link]


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