The week of January 28 to February 3, 2018 has come bearing gaming news of all odd sorts. I’m here to sift through what’s happened and report on the stuff that I found interesting. I don’t cover all of the news because I feel that it would take to long to track it all down and report on it. All that out of the way, let’s get on with the show.
EA Sports UFC 3:
Mixed Martial Arts fighters are once again pounding their way through one another to become champion of the octagon. Create your own fighter or take the reigns of one of the many UFC fighters and well fight it out. Developed by EA Canada and published by EA Games it came out on February 2, 2018 for PS4 and Xbox One.
Nintendo has had some odd announcements come up plus there is quite a bit of it.
- Firstly there is the fact that they have managed to surpass the Wii U consoles sales with the Switch console in its first ten months of release alone. Source Here.
- Then there’s the news that despite rumors the Switch online service wouldn’t be coming in 2018 will be out for September 2018, though all we have to go on is the official tweet from Nintendo. Nintendo’s Tweet.
- Adding to the level of madness news is Mario Kart Tour will be coming to iOS and Android platforms. Again we get this news via a tweet and a loose release date of fiscal March 2019. Another Nintendo Tweet.
- We’re not done yet though with Nintendo as a Mario film will be happening with Illumination Entertainment film studios. And the final Nintendo tweet.
There’s quite a lot of stuff happening around Nintendo these days. Let’s start with the movie deal which had been rumored to be happening. While it’s good to see Nintendo open up a bit after being so closed off since the last Super Mario movie. That said, Illumination Entertainment has only really had success with the Despicable Me franchise which worries me about how things will turn out. Nintendo is also producing the movie so it also has to live up to their standards so there is that hope. With how well the Switch selling its both a great thing and a bit sad. Sad in that the Wii U never quite was as successfully as it probably should have been and it was so easily passed. It’s also great to see Nintendo able to not worry as much about their console and status in the video game market. As for Mario Kart arriving on mobile, it sounds like a match made in heaven as long as its fun and gets good content updates. Problem is that we know so little about what this project will turn out to be. That is the same issue I have with Nintendo’s online service that they’re saying is coming this year. We simply do not know enough about what it will be and that’s going to make consumers skittish when it comes to purchasing it.
Rockstar games has announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 has a release date. It will be arriving on consoles on October 26, 2018. Much to the sadness of PC fans hoping for a version of the game, there was no news about it. You can read the news straight from Rockstar themselves.
It is not surprising that Rockstar has continually pushed this game back, as they have a tendency to do that with all their big juggernaut games. So, this will either turn out to be its release date or it might get pushed back further, its all still up in the air. Also before moving on, I will say that titling this game as a sequel is rather an odd choice when it is clearer going to be a prequel. I’m curious to know why Rockstar decided to call their game RDR2.
Gigantic the hero based multiplayer MOBA has announced that the game will be shutting down on July 31, 2018. The January update will be its last big update as developer Motiga winds down staff from working on the project. The game launched on July, 20, 2017 after having been in a beta launch since August 2015. You can check out the farwell on Gigantic’s website.
As sad as it is, this is the state of current multiplayer games. You have to get an audience large enough and hardcore enough to keep the game alive. Otherwise you end up like many other multiplayer games, lost and forgotten in a few short months.
EA Games have announced that BioWare’s upcoming game Anthem will indeed be released in 2019 instead of the planned 2018. A new Battlefield game was announced and will be coming out for October 2018. A time period has yet to be announced for the new Battlefield and it is currently being referred to as Battlefield 2018. Also, EA will be bringing back micro-transactions to Battlefront 2, due to the game missing its sales estimates of 10 million copies. The Anthem/battlefield 2018 story comes from PC Gamer. You can find the Battlefront story on Gamedebate.com.
None of this is particularly surprising news to hear. I am a bit disappointed that the new Battlefield gets revealed in such a manner, as it deserves at least a trailer to introduce it. The other thing that worries me is Battlefield becoming such an annualized series. It won’t take long for people to start burning out on the games in the same way they have done to Call of Duty.
A new multiplayer game involving a ship and murdering passengers on board said boat has an announcement trailer. Called Murderous Pursuits, it plays out just like it sounds, you are aboard a ship and are given a target to kill on the boat. It won’t be a straight forward kill however as you’re trying to do this without getting caught by the patrolling guard and you also have to contend with other players trying to kill you so that they can kill the target. It will be a 1 to 8 player game.
Aside from the obvious comparison that this game is a replica of The Ship, which yes it is because the developers bought those rights, this game has nice silly fun feeling to the trailer. It helps that it feels a bit vaudeville and cartoony in nature while not taking itself too seriously.
Far Cry 5 got a story trailer showing off what’s to come and what’s going on in this new crazy iteration of Far Cry. You’ll be a part of a resistance fighting against a cult who is stealing land, taking hostages, and doing as they please. The citizens of the small town have had enough and are ready to fight back. Ubisoft also announced the season pass which will take you to some interesting locations: Vietnam, a zombie 1980’s inspired war, Mars, and also includes a remastered edition of Far Cry 3. For those that just want the remastered version of Far Cry 3 it will be released during the summer of 2018. Eurogamer.net has the story for your potential reading pleasure.
The more I see of this latest Far Cry the more I’m reminded of silliness and insanity of the Saints Row franchise. Granted the two series don’t have much else in common, but they do feel like they have that same insane sort of thought process behind them. It’s also interesting to point out how different and changed the series has become since the super-natural first game.
The Nintendo Switch is getting a port of the game Typoman. It’s a side scrolling platformer where you play with words and spellings to continue on a perilous journey across the land. It originally came out on the Wii U in 2015 and a revised edition came out on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Mac on August 15, 2016.
This has the feeling of a neat little game that seems to have been lost in the grand shuffle of game releases. Perhaps it is worth another look since the trailer is pretty cool.
Suspicious Developments, the creative minds behind the games Gunpoint, and Heat Signature have announced their newest game. It will be a turn based strategy a bit like the X-com franchise, but shall feature battlemages. It will be called Tactical Breach Wizards which will have a bit of a modern feel to said wizards. Once again this story comes from PC Gamer.
It’s a rather conventional yet unusual idea and I rather like it though it would be nice if it was more than just an image to look at. The developer’s previous two games have turned out well, so I’ll be keeping an eye out on this one to see how things turn out.
That is all to be written for this week. No entertainment news this time around as nothing caught my attention and so I shall end this post with a thank you. To all who have stopped by, thank you for taking a look around. If anyone wishes to get in touch with me there are three ways in which you can do so. You can leave a comment below, you can send me a message on Twitter where you’ll find me at @Snipehockey, or finally you can email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com.
See ya next week.