A new week is blasting its way through the seconds, minutes, and hours of its existence laving behind a nice wake of gaming releases and news to summarize. And that is exactly what will happen for the week known as October 15 to 21, 2017. I shall make note of the fact that I do not cover all that has happened during the week, only the news that caught my interest and that I thought was worth talking about.
Bomber Crew –
Take control of the crew of a World War 2 bomber managing them as they go on missions from England to attack Germany. You must help the crew deal with issues, damage, and incoming enemy fighters and aces trying to get them home safely from missions. The game was developed by Runner Duck for PC and published by Curve Digital on October 19, 2027.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole –
The cartoon world of South Park has returned to the video game world in an all new adventure where you’re role playing your way through town as a created super hero. You play as New kid, the new kid in town who joins up with the Coon friends to fight crime. Cartman who plays as “Coon” has found out there is a missing cat with a reward of a couple hundred bucks. With that money he intends to get his “Franchise” the “Coon Friends” back on track. It’s up to you to help fight the evil that is plaguing the town and kidnapping cats. The game is out on Xbox One, PC, and PS4 and was created by Ubisoft San Francisco and published by Ubisoft. It came out on October 17, 2017.
Gran Turismo Sport –
GT returns to the Playstation after a bit of a wait since the release of Gran Turismo 6 in 2013 for the PS3. It’s back completing more racing laps this time for the PS4 only with more of an online e-sports focus to the game. Designed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment it came out on the PS4 on October 17 (US) October 18 (EU) and October 19 (JP) 2017.
Sony is opening up a new publishing arm to allow them to bring some games to PC, the surprise in all of this is that they’ll be working to publish Switch games as well. Now these titles will not be first party projects from Sony, but rather smaller independently developed projects that are looking for a small leg up. This will be happening through Sony’s music division of all places. You can read the news report from Gamespot.com.
A bit surprising to hear this news and it throws one through a bit of a loop, especially coming from Sony’s music side. It makes sense though, in that business are all about finding ways to make money, this potentially does that for them. It also makes one wonder if Sony has decided that the Nintendo Switch is not truly competition for their console. We may never know the whole answer, but it is a bit of fun to speculate.
EA Games has made the decision to shut down Visceral an in house studio working on an untitled Star Wars single player project. That project will continue but the focus of the development will shift. It’s unsure what that shift will entail at this time. There are some reports that this is a strike against single player games. Other reports say it is all about the fact that investors thought that the development was a mess. EA informed the public through their website.
I don’t know that I buy the idea that somehow this is a death knell to single player gaming. It’s a bit hyperbolic and attention seeking from that news outlet. This move by EA is more about money and not funding an already sinking ship so to speak. If a game is caught in a terrible development cycle it’s hard for that game to get out of it. Often times its best to cut the fat and move on, it happens in businesses all the time.
EA and Dice have unleashed a new Star Wars Battlefront II trailer that is all about the single player. You’ll be playing as an elite special forces operator for the Imperial faction. The story intends to tie the events between Star Wars Return of the Jedi and Star Wars The Force Awakens. The single player looks to be at the very least action packed with some nice explosions to go along with the fighting, plus some intrigue teased in the trailer.
A good trailer overall that does more teasing than telling. I suppose that works well for this type of game where most people will probably play the story regardless of the trailer due to it being Star Wars. Still though it’s a trailer that is interesting enough and teases just enough to catch most peoples attention.
IGN is reporting that the upcoming Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon versions of the game will be the last main story games for the 3DS. This lines up with the announcement out of this years E3 (2017) that The Pokemon company is working on a main game for the Nintendo Switch.
It’s a move that makes sense, but still catches you a bit by surprise. I’ve associated Gameboy and the DS so much with Pokemon that its odd hearing that soon there will be no more major titles. I’m not saying that there will never be another main title on a handheld device, just that Ultra will be the last for the 3DS unless there is a change of heart. On the bright side of all of this it will be interesting to see what kind of game we get when the hardware isn’t so limiting.
The trailer for Amazon’s upcoming show Jean Claude Van Johnson starring Jean Claude Van Damme as himself sort of. He plays actor JCVD who is really a spy Jean Claude Van Johnson that has retired from both lines of work. That changes when an old lover pops back into his life and he decides to get back into it to mostly silly offbeat results. The show will arrive on December 15, 2017 on Amazon. The pilot episode aired last year (2016) in August and is available for any Prime members to watch.
This is potentially another quirky and weird Amazon show that most definitely will not take itself too seriously while still giving a fun ride. It might be a bit meta at times, but that is the in thing with the internet currently so it should work. Overall I’m curious about the show but I’m going to let it unfold without getting hyped up about it.
That is the end of this rather slow week of gaming news and releases. Thank you for visiting this little blog of mine, I appreciate it along with the likes, follows, and comments one might leave. For anyone looking to get in touch with moi, there are three ways in which you can do so. You can find and message me on Twitter at @Snipehockey, or you can use the comment section below, or there is contacting me through plain old email at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com.
Well that’s all I have to say for this week, so see you next week for another wacky wavy ride that rounds up the gaming world.