A busy busy week in the world of video games.

This has been a busy week in the world of gaming, with many PC gamers remaining upset at Epic Games. Anyway let’s get to the releases, news, and some entertainment news for the week of March 17 to the 23, 2019. Please know that I cover the news that caught my interest and thought worth sharing.

Game Releases:

We. The Revolution

Set during the French revolution you play as a judge who must decide the fate of the people that come before you. Do you save some people or send them to have their heads chopped off? Go too far or not far enough and you might find yourself being judged by the people and then without a head. Released on March 21st, 2019 on PC it was developed by Polyslash and published by Klabater.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Set during the Shengoku period of Japan you play as the shinobi Sekiro who has seen his lord kidnapped. He seeks revenge for the attack that kidnapped his lord and left him missing an arm that has been replaced by a prosthetic that acts as a tool for his mission. The game was developed by FromSoftware and published by Activision for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It came out on March 22nd, 2019.

Game News:

Epic Games Store has scored another few games that will not arrive on Steam for a year. The Outer Worlds, The Sinking City and Control have been the next few exclusive games. However, Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds it will also arrive at launch on the Windows Store. People are still wary of Epic’s store due to DRM, bought exclusives, and fears of spyware on the store. Then there is also Quantic Dream’s games Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human that will arrive exclusively on the Epic Game Store. PCgamer.com has the news that broke out of GDC on the games coming to the EGS.

I understand that Epic has to find a way to compete with Steam as there are so few ways to really break Valve’s stranglehold on the market. They might not be doing it in the best possible way but it also doesn’t take much for gamers to get annoyed at anything a company does. I believe both gamers and Epic need to take a step back. Epic needs to make the store a better platform and make sure it is secure. Gamers need to realize that Epic isn’t some evil company and that the competition is good for Valve even if it does hurt the company. Let’s face it, the so called “Valve time” where it takes forever for an improvement to arrive on the platform should not be happening.

Humble Bundle and Epic Game Store will soon be selling the exclusive games from Epic’s store. You will be able to purchase from the Humble store a game such as say The Sinking City and the profits from that will be cut between Humble and the developer. Epic will not get a cut from the sale of the game. If you want to read more Variety.com has you covered.

This is a great deal for pretty much everyone. It get’s Epic store keys out there hopefully, it allows developers another source of revenue. It might allow for some Humble bundles to happen. I can’t see why people would be angry about this but knowing gamers, you can never quite tell what will annoy them or that they will take the wrong way.

Google’s attempt at gaming has been unveiled at this years Games Developer Conference. They’re calling it Stadia, so that it sounds similar to stadium, and it is all about streaming games. There will be no downloads, installs, or patches as the game will be on a server and automatically be up to date. They plan to launch the product sometime in 2019.

As a concept this is a cool idea. It allows many people to play games that they might not otherwise have the chance to. Now, it all depends on have a good internet connection with a 25 Mbps download capability and an internet service provider (ISP) who doesn’t cap your internet. I worry that you’ll have to pay out for the ability to use Stadia as a service and also to pay out full price for a game which is going to make things prohibitively expensive for some out there, mainly the audience you were trying to attract in the first place. Also what happens if this isn’t successful and Google or its owner Alphabet decides to shut it down? Do you lose your games that you bought? What happens?

Nintendo held a small direct to concentrate on indie games that are out now and will be coming in the future. Games released on Switch after the event dropped were Nuclear Throne and Blaster Master Zero 2. And some of the other highlights are Cadence of Hyrule a game made by the developers of Crypt of the Necrodancer. There is RAD a rogue-like that involves mutations that comes from DoubleFine. Then there is the game The Red Lantern which is all about iditarod style racing across the Alaskan wilderness. And the crazy bullet shooter slow motion game where a Banana talks to you My Friend Pedro. It’s worth noting that many of these games will be coming to PC and other consoles in some cases.

Some cool looking stuff came out of this, and of course the Microsoft games which was announced beforehand Castle Crashers plus the newly announced Cuphead are also coming. It was an okay video that won’t blow you away but it seemed to have a little something for potentially everyone.

Battlefield V’s battle royale mode Firestorm is ready to launch. This game mode will of course be a last man standing fight to the death using whatever you can find. All the while a circle of fire closes in on a center point. This content will arrive on March 25th, 2019. Developer DICE also laid out the roadmap for what to expect up to June for 2019 in terms of content.

It looks like a pretty standard battle royale but with destruction of a Battlefield game. It could be good, but if it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table it will slip by the wayside.

The development team behind Kenshi, Lo-Fi games have announced that their next project will be Kenshi 2. The original game took from 2005 to 2018 to complete as it started off a solo developed game. They aim is for the new game to be done in about 2 years, but game development always has some weird twists and challenges that can knock that date far far away. If you head over to the Kenshi steam page you’ll find the news about the announcement.

I wish the game the best, the original has interested me since I saw it on Steam Greenlight. I just never got around to picking it up. Hopefully this new game gets a bit more fan love and press love as I’ve heard a lot of people like where the original was going but there were some issues with game play.

Klei’s latest game Oxygen Not Included will soon be leaving early access and arrive at a full release by the end of May 2019. This news comes from Klei’s forums where they outlined the roadmap for the next month and made the announcement.

I’m excited for this one, I know Klei does some amazing games, but they always feels just that little bit too expensive for me. This probably won’t be any different price wise, but I’m still curious to see how this one turns out.

Nintendo released a video explaining what exactly they’re Labo VR cardboard kit is. The kit includes googles which when paired with the console create a virtual reality experience in 720p resolution screen. And it’s worth noting that if you don’t want to use the VR for the games it can be played with just the cardboard Labo kit.

The only thing I kept thinking about was that it would get so heavy to keep holding the Labo plus Switch up to your eyes. But, it was pointed out that these are small mini-games so you don’t have to hold it up all the time. I’m glad that they’re still doing the whole garage build your own little mini-game thing with this pack. It’s a great way to help younger gamers to understand what making a game is all about.

Paradox have brought back Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines in the form of a sequel by adding 2 to the end of the long title. The world of vampires returns along with original writer Brian Mitsoda for the game which is planned for Xbox One, PS4, and PC in what they hope will be a first quarter 2020 release. Also what most people consider the first quarter the January, February, March period might not be where Paradox’s first quarter begins and ends.

I didn’t play the first game and the announcement trailer really didn’t do anything for me. I hope this is good, but I’m not seeing why anyone is excited for it. I’ve heard a lot of people love the original, so I hope this turns out to fulfill what they want, but I need to see more than this to get excited.

Entertainment News:

The Quentin Tarantino movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood got a teaser trailer that didn’t show much of what the movie will be about. It was more or less there to give us an impression of the starring characters Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie is set to be released sometime in July of 2019.

I liked this teaser even though it didn’t give me much of an idea of what it was going to be about. It showed a bit of the humor which I like. I didn’t like the internet trolls of Twitter getting into a huff about the Bruce Lee character training a the stunt double for a fight. That was Lee’s job on many films. Anyway, overall the movie has me curious to see the next trailer.

Bill and Ted, a.k.a. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winters, are back together and their latest movie will begin shooting in the summer of 2019. It’s called Bill and Ted Face the Music and is aiming for release in the summer of 2020. Bill and Ted will be middle aged men struggling with the fact that their band has not yet had the hit to save to the world. A person from the future arrives to help them and so they set off on an adventure to make the song to save the world.

This is cute? It feels weird saying that about an announcement video, but there it is. I don’t have high hopes for the movie as comedies sequels that take a long time to come out usually aren’t great. Still, I hope the best for this project as it seems to be a passion project for so many of the creators and the fans.

The Disney and Fox merger is now completed. The entertainment side of Fox now belongs to Disney with such shows like The Simpsons and The Orville now belong to Disney along with many beloved movies. Fox keeps their news side of things concentrating solely on that. The only thing that Disney now must do is sell the Fox Sports stations as they already own ESPN. You can check out an article on CNet.com weighing a bit of the pros and cons of the purchase for consumers..

I’m not a fan of two big companies becoming one. It reeks of a monopoly even if it isn’t one. The other issue becomes that it feels like there is one less studio to go to if you want to make a movie or TV show. The studio is still there but under Disney and if one side of Disney says no, does that mean all of it turns down the project? Plus we now have a bunch of people being fired because of redundancy. It’s a turbulent time for both studios.

That’s it for this week in up and down and frustrating gaming news, and a touch of entertainment news. Thank you for visiting my blog and reading what I’ve written. For those seeking to comment please feel free to do so below. Or you can contact me via Twitter @Snipehockey or emailing me Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com. With that all said, goodnight or day, or morning to you.

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