Bouncing around a weird week in gaming news.

A week has come and gone leaving us with a bunch of announcements that are mostly release dates for upcoming games. A trend that seems to be happening a lot lately. This weekly post will be covering the week of January 21 to 27, 2018 a month which is fast wrapping up and will soon be a distant memory. I’ll be covering the gaming releases, news, and some entertainment news, but not all that’s happened because that would take forever.

 

 

Gaming Releases:

Subnautica

An oceanic survival adventure where you have crash landed on a planet that is all water. You must build a base and explore the oceans in order to survive. The game comes out of early access which it has been in since December of 2014. Released fully on January 23, 2018 for PC and Mac, the Xbox One version will follow which is very close to the version on PC, and a PS4 version in the works. The game was developed and published by Unknown Worlds Entertainment.

 

Monster Hunter: World

An action role-playing game where you hunter the many monsters inhabiting the planet you’re on. For doing so you get loot which in turn makes you stronger allowing you to go after bigger monsters. You’ll still be planning out how you want to fight creatures before going on the hunt, but with the improved graphical power comes some game play style changes to smooth out combat. The game came out on January 26, 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One. A PC version will be coming at a later date. It was developed and published by Capcom.

 

Dragon Ball FighterZ

The dragon ball characters are ready to once again fight it out for supremacy against one another. There is like many other fighting games a story mode, but most won’t care much about that instead going straight for learning the moves so that you can beat opponents online. Developed by Arc System Works and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment it’s out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

 

Celeste

A side scrolling platformer action 2D pixel adventure game. It stars Madeline who is on a journey to the top of Celeste Mountain. You must climb and maneuver through difficult terrain using her dash but she has to touch the ground before she can dash once again. Out now (as of January 25, 2018) for the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Linux, PS4, and Mac. It was developed and published by Matt Makes Games.

 

Railway Empire

Build a transportation empire right as trains begin to become a boom across the United States. Lay down tracks, run routes and try to run your competition out of business. Be careful though, as it is easy to think you’re ahead of the game, as the AI will do all in its transporting power to get deals done and cargo delivered before you can. Developed by Gaming Mind Studios and published by Kalypso Media Digital the game came out on January 26, 2018 for PC and Linux. An Xbox One and PS4 version will be coming out on January 30, 2018.

 

 

Gaming News:

Rust will soon be leaving early access after spending a fair amount of time there, since December of 2013, and will be coming out on February 8, 2018. The game is a mixture of open world survival with crafting bases in order to protect yourself. The developer Facepunch Studios will continue to work on the game after its release. PCGamer has the full news story if you wish to read it.

This seems like it has been a long time coming, especially for a game that has been early access for so long. It does feel like the game spent most of its lifetime in early access so now all that’s left are the curious few who don’t buy early access games. It will be interesting to see if the game stays strong after release or will it slowly be talked about less and less.

 

Santa Monica Studios has announced that the latest God of War will be coming soon to the PS4. It now has a release date set for April 20, 2018. This latest iteration is considered a soft reboot of the series, eschewing Greek mythology that dominated the series and now will be using Norse mythology. You will still play as Kartos though. The way the game plays will also be changing as the developer have rebuilt Kratos fighting mechanics from the ground up, plus he now wields an ax. The news story can be found on Gamespot.com, or you can just watch the trailer.

It’s been a while since Kratos has come out to play and I’m both curious and worried. I like the switch to Norse mythology because its fun to explore such topics. I worry because of the weapons change and that Kratos doesn’t fit in all that well to the world because were so used to him fighting Greek gods. It could work, or it could feel off putting. What I’d rather like to see is that by the end of the game you wind up handing it off to Kratos’s son, thus allowing the game to gain its own identity away from that of its origins.

 

Board games made from video games are nothing new, and vice versa, however games that have run a kickstarter and have yet to come out… Uboot, a World War 2 submarine game where you’re playing a German submariner will get such an honor. Making matters interesting is that in order for this board game to be made is that the creator is turning to kickstarter to help fund a production run. It will use an App to enhance the game and help give you missions and issues that need to be dealt with aboard the sub. You can check out the kickstarter which has raised the money they wanted and has 18 days to go as of the time I wrote this.

As I like to be honest, I will note that I did back the video game version of Uboot on Kickstarter. The board game is interesting to me as it isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you’re like let’s play a board game. Still it’s a really awesome idea and it’s pretty cool to see such a different game become a board game.

 

Strategy game Banner Saga will sooner rather than later have the third game in its series released. Thanks to a larger development staff Banner Saga 3 is set to come out this summer, 2018, instead of the December 2018 planned release. This comes from a Reddit post on R/games which has confirmation from developers who posted in the thread.

It is rare to hear that a game is ahead of schedule and will release earlier than anticipated. It also potentially makes some a bit nervous because people have come to expect issues when things are delivered early. That or after a single game manages to come in early that that should be the case for all such products. Either way, it will be interesting to see how this third game will turn out.

 

Developer BioWare while hard at work on their newest game Anthem that they say won’t be coming until 2019 at the earliest. This comes as reports say that this will be the only game that they’ll be concentrating on until its ready. The company also let slip that they are working on a new Dragon Age game. However that was all they let slip as video games have become highly guarded secrets. Jason Schreier of Kotaku has the report on what is going on with Anthem while a tweet and a follow up tweet is all we have about Dragon Age.

Pretty much this news is all pretty expected. BioWare loves some Dragon Age so of course in some form they’ll be working on a new one. Also the secretive untalktive nature of game companies, letting some small things slip and then shutting up, is to be expected. The major news is that BioWare is concentrating so much on one game. Usually they have a couple of projects running simultaneously.

 

7 Billion Humans is a new quirky game from developers Tomorrow Corporation will be coming soon to PC and Nintendo Switch. The game tasks you with putting out of work humans back to work solving puzzles. You have 7 billion or so humans to put back to work, after they complained that technology took all the jobs.

This has the look of a fun quirky game, and the studio is known for such games. They’ve produced World of Goo, Little Inferno, and Human Resource Machine. Hopefully, this game turns out as well as their other ones.

 

Miitomo is being shut down by Nintendo on May 9th, 2018. The mobile app which was popular when it launched in March 2016, quickly fell off in popularity. Meant as a gathering place for friends as a sort of social media platform. The Verge has the full story for you to read.

Nintendo’s apps seem to have a short life span, they catch on for sometime then drop off. A lot of the issues seem to have to deal with content wise they never feel fully supported. That does seem to line up with Nintendo’s idealism of not being big into app games.

 

The game Dead Cells, a rouge-like metroidvania side scrolling pixel style game has been announced for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, Mac, and Linux to be released some time in 2018. The game originally came out on May 10, 2017 for PC in early access.

A neat looking game that I thought I would share because it looks good, and well its coming to consoles so yeah. Go check it out on Steam or what for it to come out on consoles hopefully later this year.

 

 

Entertainment News:

Reboot culture is strong in the film and television industry in the United States. The latest will be a Murphy Brown which will be coming to CBS. The show will join, Will and Grace, Rosanne, DuckTales, and a few others in bringing back 90’s television. Originally Murphy Brown came out in 1988 starring Candice Bergen as Murphy who was an investigative journalist for a fictional CBS news program. The show ran until 1998 and had 247 episodes in that time period. The new reboot has a 13 episode order and will air for the 2018-2019 season. US Weekly has the report on the upcoming reboot.

I don’t know of anyone that was clamoring for a reboot of Murphy Brown, but maybe my head was just stuck in the ground. That said, I don’t mind reboots they can bring life to old shows. But it does seem to be happening a lot lately, which makes it feel like Hollywood has run out of ideas. This is probably not the case. What’s probably happening is that plenty of ideas are thrown around and argued for and against but these ideas don’t have the brand recognition behind it of say an old TV show which come with a built in audience. That is much more attractive as you’ll get viewers and the ad revenue from an audience the television channels are always chasing after.

 

And speaking of reboots, the rival to the NFL in the looses sense possible. It looks like the XFL an American football league created by WWE’s Vince McMahon will be aiming to come back in 2020. The idea is to give the game back to the fans, giving them a bit of a say in this new league. OF course they will also be listening to coaches, players, the media, and anyone who loves the game of football. This time it will be gimmick free football to boot. ESPN.com broke the news.

Well this is certainly a shot across the bow of the NFL. I’m not sure it will work this time, but I’ll be curious to see if they can manage to go for more than a year. In my mind if they wind up running fewer ads and fewer breaks then they’ll have a good opportunity to catch a segment of fans frustrated with watching the NFL on TV.

 

 

 

Welcome to the end of this blog post. Thank you so much for checking out what I have to say. For those interested in getting in touch with me there are three ways in which you can do so. You can find me and contact me on Twitter at @Snipehockey, email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, and lastly you can leave a comment below.

I’ll be back next week with a bit more gaming madness. Bye.

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