Game Releases

Notable game releases this week include:

13th December

  • Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam (iOS, Android)

14th December

  • Below (PC, Xbox One)

Release Date Announcements

February

  • Ape Out (7th Feb: PC, Switch) [link]

Upcoming Games

Toejam And Earl: Back In The Groove has been delayed again until March [link]

Epic’s new Unreal Tournament no longer in development [link]

Conan Unconquered, by C&C’s remaster studio, coming in 2019 [link]

Super Meat Boy Forever gets a new release window and teaser trailer [link]

Re-Releases

Gorgeous metroidvania Sundered comes to Switch and Xbox this month with added co-op [link]

Tropico releases on iPad this month [link]

Annapurna Interactive is bringing Gone Home to iOS this week [link]

DLC and Updates

Resident Evil 2 Battle Royale event headed to PUBG Mobile [link]

Elite Dangerous “Big Beyond: Chapter 4” update is out this week [link]

Battlefield V’s first big DLC update has been delayed [link]

The second Rocket Pass for Rocket League launches today (10th Dec) [link]

Planet Coaster ‘Magnificent Rides Collection’ announced for 18th December [link]

Two Point Hospital dropped a surprise ‘Bigfoot’ DLC [link]

Fortnite “Creative” has launched for battle pass owners [link]

CS:GO adds a battle royale mode and goes free-to-play [link]

Forza Horizon 4 ‘Fortune Island’ is arriving this week [link]

The Walking Dead: The Final Season ‘Episode 3’ shuffles into view in January [link]

The Game Awards 2018

  • Game of the Year: God of War
  • Best Action Game: Dead Cells
  • Best Action/Adventure Game: God of War
  • Best Role Playing Game: Monster Hunter: World
  • Best Game Direction: God of War
  • Best Narrative: Red Dead Redemption II
  • Best Ongoing Game: Fortnite
  • Best Art Direction: Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Best Score/Music: Red Dead Redemption II
  • Best Audio Design: Red Dead Redemption II
  • Best Independent Game: Celeste
  • Best Performance: Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption II
  • Games for Impact: Celeste
  • Best Mobile Game: Florence
  • Best VR/AR Game: ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Best Fighting Game: Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Best Family Game: Overcooked 2
  • Best Strategy Game: Into The Breach
  • Best Sports/Racing Game: Forza Horizon 4
  • Best Multiplayer Game: Fortnite
  • Best Student Game: Combat 2018
  • Best Debut Indie Game: The Messenger
  • Best eSports Game: Overwatch
  • Best Esports Player: Dominique “SonicFox” McLean
  • Best Esports Team: Cloud9
  • Best Esports Coach: Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu
  • Best Esports Event: League of Legends World Championship
  • Best Esports Host: Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Best Esports Moment: C9 comeback win in triple OT vs FAZE
  • Content Creator of the Year: The Shy Guys (oh wait, it was Ninja)

Announcements at The Game Awards 2018

  • Joker from Persona 5 is to be the 76th fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Unveiled, coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on 23rd April
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order announced as a Switch exclusive, arriving next year
  • Far Cry: New Dawn, a post-apocalyptic entry in the franchise set just after Far Cry 5 and releasing on 15th February for Xbox One and PS4
  • Ancestors, previously announced in 2015, now has a 2019 release date and trailer
  • Rage 2 given a 14th May release date
  • A new Dragon Age game was briefly teased
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game was announced and is not the Telltale Games thing
  • Obsidian and the creators of the original Fallout unveiled a new RPG: The Outer Worlds
  • The creators of Ark: Survival Evolved announced Atlas, an open-world survival MMO that is said to be 1200 times bigger than Ark and is in early access on PC this week
  • PUBG’s new snow map, “Vikendi”, will focus on tracking gameplay thanks to the snow
  • The Pathless is the ABZÛ team’s beautiful follow-up
  • Ashen, an action RPG inspired by Journey and Dark Souls, is out now
  • The Last Campfire is a surprise new adventure from Hello Games

Leaks & Rumours

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order story details leak along with November release window [link]

Hardware

Nvidia’s Titan RTX doubles down on extreme pricing [link]

Software

Nvidia touts up to 50% ray tracing performance gains in Battlefield V with new drivers [link]

AMD’s oddly named 18.12.1.1 driver update adds support for the Epic Games Store [link]

Developers

Nvidia’s physics engine is now open source [link]

Business

Starbreeze in desperate need of a payday after Overkill’s The Walking Dead flop (not improved by arrest after office raid) [link]

Layoffs at Jam City as mobile studio “reallocates resources” [link]

Former Final Fantasy XV director Tabata announces JP Games [link]

THQ Nordic buys Carmageddon IP [link]

A Steam bug has reportedly halved the revenue of some indie developers [link]

Bethesda will send proper canvas bags to Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition owners [link]

Epic launches digital games store with 88 percent revenue going to developers [link]

Ubisoft uplay points now have an expiry date [link]

Bioware veteran Mike Laidlaw joins Ubisoft [link]

Layoffs hit Daybreak; former boss says 70 lose jobs [link]

Cool Shit

Resident Evil 2 remaster extended hands-on preview [link]

Valve’s Steam Link app lands on raspberry pi (still no sign on iOS) [link]

A-Ha, an awesome easter egg in Just Cause 4 [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.

Hollow Knight

  • Hunting Bugs - Not in code for once! [link]

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

  • Blind Play. Hard Mode. No ducks given. [link]

Pathfinder: Kingmaker

  • Evil Campaign. Modding. Chat Interaction. [link]

And Finally…

Halo TV series production delayed as director Rupert Wyatt steps down [link]

Bethesda support site leaks Fallout 76 customers’ personal info [link]

Fan recreates Friends opening in Red Dead Redemption II [link]

Valve reveals bold new plan to literally feed indie developers to AAA publishers (don’t miss the URL) [link]


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