A mad dash of gaming releases and news to fill a week.

A new week of gaming news, entertainment news, and game releases has arrived to be discussed. This time I’ll be looking at the week of October 14 to 20, 2018 to see what it holds.. Please note, I don’t cover all that has happened during the week it is just the stuff that caught my interest.

 

 

 

Gaming Releases:

Return of the Obra Dinn

A puzzle adventure game where you discover the ship the Obra Dinn which was lost at sea in 1802, sailing abandon without a crew. It is now 1807 and you board the vessel to try and discover what happened on the boat. Published and developed by 3909 LLC which is run by Lucas Pope the creator of the game. It came out on Mac, Linux, and PC on October 18, 2018.

 

Rimworld

This management survival game where you take some colonist to a foregin planet and do your best to survive. You will have characters die and you’ll have to question your own beliefs if you want to keep these characters alive. This game has been in early access for the past five years and has now been pushed out the door by Ludeon Studios who both created and published the game. It is a PC , Mac, and Linux game and came out on October 17, 2018.

 

SoulCalibur VI

This game marks the return of the weapons based fighting game which started in arcades and then made its way to consoles. It is a re-imagining of the first game taking the series back to its starting point. The game came out on October 19, 2018 after being developed by Project Soul and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It came out for PS4, PC, and Xbox One.

 

LEGO DC Super-Villains

When the heroes are kidnapped by elseworld versions of themselves it is up to the villains to save the day. You with your created villain join up with likes of Harley Quinn, Joker, Lex Luthor and others in the action adventure puzzle game. Released by Traveller’s Tales who developed the game and published by Warner Brothers. The game hit stores on October 16, 2018 for Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC.

 

Starlink: Battle forAtlas

An action adventure game featuring spaceships and real life toys that can be used to modify your ship. The game starts with your mother-ship being ambushed by The Forgotten Legion who take your captain hostage. Using this opportunity the Legion’s leader is searching for lost ancient technology to continue their domination of the area. Created for the Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 by Ubisoft Toronto and published by Ubisoft. It came out on October 16, 2018.

 

 

Gaming News:

Sony has dealt with the reported issue on the Playstation 4 where if a user was sent a message it would cause the console issues. Customers say that the message would cause the console to brick, while Sony says it merely puts the console in a constant state of rebooting. Either way Sony has said it has the issue fixed and that consoles effected should be working again. This news comes to us from IGN.com.

Hopefully this matter is truly settled and that people no longer have to fear for their consoles. It is a bit weird that this exploit wasn’t found by either Sony or hackers earlier in the PS4’s life span. But, now it is fixed and Sony can make sure that whatever console they make next, it won’t have that same flaw.

 

Rockstar despite their status as a highly admired company have run into a bit of a public relations snafu. Dan Houser CEO of Rockstar said that some of his staff work 100 hour weeks. This was later clarified to mean that some of the veteran writing staff work that and only if they want to. Head over to gamasutra.com for the story.

Yikes, no matter how you spin it this doesn’t sound like a healthy work environment for anyone. I’m surprised that Rockstar thinks that this is in anyway okay and is simply brushing it off. I think this will once again bring up the many debates of unionizing game developers to protect themselves against behavior that takes advantage of them.

 

Supply of the much anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 seems to be short already? There are reports that independent game stores will not be getting the game until November at the earliest. This news reports comes from Kotaku.com.

This is not a good look for Rockstar or its owner Take-Two. If there is one thing you expect for one of the most anticipated titles of the year is abundant supple. What in the world is going on that you don’t have enough copies to satisfy the market?

 

And of course more RDR2 news over the file sizes for Xbox One and PS4. The full size on the One for both the digital and disc is 107 GB. On the PS4 its a little different matter. On the disc it will be 99 GB, but the digital version requires you to have 150 GB free to be able to install it. Once installed it drops down to the 99 GB of the disc version. This is from the official support page on Rockstargames, so if you have any common questions before the release of the game it will be your source.

This is more of a heads up then anything else. It is interesting to see download sizes and how they potentially effect how things will go for you. I also think it is pretty interesting to get a look into how companies handle their console installations process differently.

 

Discord the online chat service that allowed you to connect with friends to chat while playing games now has a store. Earlier this year the company announced that they were building a digital distribution store, now that store is in beta an available to anyone who downloads the app. Head on over to the Discord blog for all you neat little information on what’s going on.

Competition is always a good thing for the digital distribution market which already has a dizzying amount of stores. It will remain to be seen if Discord can break through to capture the attention and a market share of gamers. I don’t see the service grabbing a huge share right off of the bat, but if investors trust them then they can slowly establish themselves and take over more and more of the market. That is, provided that the keep things consumer friendly and manage to stay on the good side of developers.

 

 

 

Entertainment News:

Two comic books movies saw their potential production dates pushed way back to 2021. Both DC’s The Flash and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy have have had the start of their movies slide back. In DC’s case it looks like they’re trying to make sure the script it right before they move on with the project. The more interesting situation is Marvel due to the firing of Gunn and having a script some felt was ready to go. It was also was supposed to launch the next phase of the Marvel universe. If you want more information on the delays you’ll find The Flash news on Deadline.com, and the Guardians news on Screenrant.com.

I’m surprised that Guardians seems to have suffered so much since they lost the writer/director of the movie. I know it takes a lot to get a busy ensemble cast together for another movie, but I half expected Disney/Marvel to have stipulations in the actors contracts that they need to clear space for the next movie when it is ready to go. But nothing is simple in Hollywood and this might be a case of the studio trying to put some distance between the ugly firing and the movie itself to give it some breathing space. We may never know unless someone on the inside writes a tell all that lets out the gory details, which probably never happens because Disney lawyers will loom very largely in the rear-view mirror. As for The Flash movie, I can’t say I’m surprised that this happened. It looks like DC wants to get the script right before going to production, but they might also just be trying to move on from almost all of the cast of Justice League. Ezra Miller might be caught up in a situation where his version of the Flash doesn’t get to see more than a minor appearance thanks to Justice League.

 

Amazon’s Romanoff’s series dropped on October 12, 2018 with the first two episodes are out and then an episode every Friday until all eight episodes are out. It is an anthology series that revolves around people who have some sort of relation or wish that they had some sort of relation to the former Russian Tsar family.

I wanted to talk about this series because I have actually been rather enjoying it despite a lot of bad to middling reviews that it has been getting. It’s a fairly funny show that often shows the terrible side of people and the issues that they deal with. I get that people are tired of people with issues being the stars of a show, but that does make up pretty much all of television, movies, and books. So, I don’t completely understand that criticism, but its fine as not everything has to click with everyone.

 

And out of left field Netflix scurries in canceling another of their Marvel shows. This time Luke Cage gets the chop after two season. Again no reasons were given for the cancellation. This becomes the second Marvel series to hit the chopping block after Iron Fist was taken out back last week and laid to rest. This news was reported first on Deadline.com.

Rather shocking news, though they say if you want to deliver bad news do it on a Friday night when no one is paying attention. That saying however, might only be true for the stock market and even then in a social media world its hard to keep news like this down. I’m curious to see why this happened, people loved the first part of season one and they seemed to like season two. I guess the viewership numbers just weren’t there for the show. That idea leaves you wondering how well such a show might do on a Disney streaming service? Would it see better numbers or worse? Some people have guessed that this could lead to a new series where Iron Fist and Luke Cage join up in Heroes for Hire, but if that is true would it be a Netflix series? Or do any new shows go back to Disney now? There are way too many questions that need to be settled and it might be a while before we know anything.

 

 

 

A quiet week in news made up for by the plethora of game releases to talk about. However, that will be it for this post. Thank you for stopping by and looking around. I welcome any suggestions, questions, and comments. Please feel free to contact me via email at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, or on Twitter at @Snipehockey, or leave them below in the comment section. That’s it for me so, goodbye for now.

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