A quick slip and dip into the latest gaming news.

Another week of gaming/entertainment/ and gaming releases is here to be gone over. I intend to do just that for this up and down week of January 6 to 12, 2019. It will only be about the news that I found interesting, as trying to find and write about everything that happened would be exhausting. So, on with the madness.

Game Releases –

Bury me, my Love

A narrative text adventure that plays out through Syrian refugee Nour phone as she tries to make it to Europe. Her husband Majd sends her encouraging phone messages to help her keep going. This was originally a mobile game for iOS and Android but now comes to PC and Switch as of January 10, 2019. It was developed by The Pixel Hunt, ARTE France, FIGS, and published by Plug in Digital and Playdius.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

A role playing game in a fantasy world where energy to power things comes from blastia a mythical substance. The problem became that Blastia created a side product which could create monsters if too much was consumed. The Blastia was safely tucked away so that it could not be over harvested but now someone has created a new form of it and set the world on its current course. You must fight to save the world. This version is a remastered to celebrate the games tenth anniversary. Originally released on Xbox 360, then the PS3, it now comes to Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Switch. It was developed by Namco Tales Studio and published by Namco Bandai Games on January 10, 2019.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

The side scrolling adventures of Mario and Luigi are back to hop, skip, and jump there way across levels. Originally released on the Wii U, this version includes the Luigi DLC and the playable characters Nabbit and Toadette. It was released on January 11, 2019 for Switch by developers Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo.

Game News:

In a surprise move well the well loved game Prison Architect,where you built your own prison and tried to keep it running, will no longer be made by Introversion Software. This is because the development team have sold the IP rights to Paradox Interactive. This news comes from gameindustry.biz if you wish to know more about it.

This is an interesting turn of events. It always felt like Introversion would do that one more thing to Prison Architect and that they could never quite leave it alone. It was nice to have that as the game continually improved because of it. But now, they really are done with it and it will be interesting to see if Paradox does anything with it, or just collects money on future copies sold.

Also shocking much of the gaming world, Bungie known for creating Halo and the Destiny franchises has split from Activision. Bungie will now take over full distribution of Destiny and all publishing rights. Kotaku’s Jason Schreier broke the news.

It has been a rough few months for Activision and with this split they basically only have Call of Duty games and whatever games Blizzard decides to make. That’s not a big portfolio for what is one of the worlds largest publishers. As for Bungie, well this seems like a good move for them, but they really need to make sure to hit the next Destiny out of the park as so many people felt burned by the second game. Only time will tell if they really were held back by Activision or if all of their game design issues were in studio the whole time.

Nintendo fans have been hoping for a new Nintendo Direct to give them their latest fix on Switch and 3DS gaming news. Instead, Nintendo has released news on Yoshi’s Crafted World and Kirby Extra Epic Yarn got a press release giving the release dates. Yoshi has a March 29, 2019 release date while Kirby arrives on the 3DS on March 8, 2019. Along with the new NES games that will be coming to Switch for those that pay for the online service. Those will be: Zelda II – The Adventure of Link, and Blaster Master. Also announced was Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen port which will be released on April 23, 2019.

This is all kind of meh news and I could potentially see why Nintendo didn’t feel it worthy of a Direct event especially if they don’t have much else to announce. It is nice to know that such stuff is coming soon-ish. The NES online games real do seem to be a disappointment to many. None of the titles seem to have caught peoples attention and really made them happy.

Delays often happen in the gaming world, and now here come one more. Tropico 6 has been pushed off of its release date in a few weeks to March 29, 2019. For those that had pre-ordered the game before the January 10, 2019 7pm will receive the first DLC pack for free as compensation for the delay. Head over to the Kalypso media blog to see why the CEO decided to delay the game.

While its sad to not get the game in the few weeks as planned. It is being done for the right reasons, they want to polish the game to a higher level. Hopefully the extra time they now have will allow them to do that. And it is nice that they threw in the first DLC for those that pre-ordered the game as compensation, most studios would just delay the game.

Switch games can now be purchased on Humble Bundle for those that like having a different option from Nintendo’s eShop. This potentially could lead to Humble Bundle offering bundles of games for the Switch. Currently this is only for the United States according to the Humblebundle blog post.

It is always nice to have options for where you buy games from. Hopefully some bundles are also made so that people can pick up titles they might not otherwise buy. That’s what is always great about PC bundles you often get small treats when you buy them, games you don’t expect to be good and so on.

With the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in full swing, companies are furiously competing to get the best news out there about their products. Nvidia announced that they will allow FreeSync, which brings variable refresh rates to monitors, to be usable with their graphics cards. This comes after Nvidia’s own G-Sync didn’t manage to catch on as much with the market. Meanwhile, AMD is going all out to try and win over fans with its new 7 nano-meter chip set for both its CPU and GPU line up. Arstechnica has the Nvidia Freesync story while the Verge talks about AMD’s 7nm tech.

While AMD’s 7nm tech is cool and hopefully helps them develop great tech, this CES for both Nvidia and AMD was kind of a let down. Nothing really mind blowing came out that people wanted.

Game engine maker Unity has gotten into a fight with software company Improbable over their software SpatialOS which allows cloud based creation of simulations and massive multiplayer worlds. The issue stems from Improbable having their Unity Engine license revoked by Unity after a Terms of Service conflict and had been for more than a year. Improbable contends that it happened suddenly and without warning. Unity has said they warned them twice before revoking the license. Epic Games has also jumped in by creating a 25 million dollar fund to help developers stung by this to port their games over to Epic’s Unreal Engine. You can read all the drama via blog posts on the companies respect websites at Unity and Improbable.

Yeah, this is a petty squabble that should have been sorted out well before it got this point. It seems that Improbable had no interest in fixing things and was talking to Epic well before Unity revoked the engine license. That isn’t to say that Unity is in the clear, they had there part in having an unclear ToS that led to the mess. All in all, just companies pretending they are better then everyone else only doing so in the public eye.

Entertainment News:

In sad news actor/voice actor/video game voice actor William Morgan Sheppard passed away at age 86. He was known for his roles in Star Trek, and many films, he became widely popular in the video game world for narrating Sid Meier’s Civilization 5 as well as voice acting in Medal of Honor Allied Assault and MOH Frontline.

I will always remember Mr. Sheppard for his role in narrating and acting in the movie Gettysburg which is one of my favorite war movies. He will be greatly missed.

And that will be all to be written about this week. Thank you for visiting my blog, please check out my Twitter @Snipehockey where you will find a link to my silly novel published on Kindle. For those with questions, comments, or suggestions you can leave them in the comment section below, or email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com. For now, I say goodbye until the next blog post runs around.

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