A mad week of gaming news before the madness of E3 2019.

The march of games will not be stopped even for the week before E3 as many attempt to get in that last bit of attention before becoming over run. And before we go any further welcome to my blog post for June 2nd to the 8th, 2019. I’ll be covering the gaming news, releases, and some entertainment news of the week that caught my attention.

Game Releases:

MotoGP 19 –

The motorcycle racing series returns for the 2019 racing season. Race as one of your favorites or create your own racer in both current and historic races or through the ranks of GP’s to reach MotoGP. Released on June 6th, 2019 for Xbox One, PC, and PS4. It was developed by and published by Milestone S.r.l.

Pixel Noir –

You are a former police officer who is haunted by what happened ten years ago in a hospital that led to your partners death. You finally have a chance to set things right. Will you be able to do it? The game plays out in an isometric perspective as a 2d pixel role playing game. It was developed by SWDTech Games and published by BadLand Publishing. The game released on PC on June 7th, 2019 to Steam Early Access.

Game News:

THQNordic unveiled three games this week all of which won’t be at E3 2019. They started with the short unveil of SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated a remaster or remake of the popular SpongeBob game coming to all consoles and PC. Then on June 6 they announced the spin off game Darksiders Genesis which will play as a top down co-op rpg from what the trailer showed. This will be hitting Google’s Stadia, major consoles, and PC. The final game to be announced was a remake of the first Destroy all Humans game for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

Some cool stuff, and hopefully these all turn out well as I want to see more remakes and remasters from THQNordic as a publisher. I’m still hoping and praying for a Timesplitters game from them. It would be very cool if it was a surprise for E3 2019… pretty please? Anyway, these all look pretty good, though the SpongeBob one didn’t show any game play. I suspect fans of that game already know what they’re getting into and probably don’t need to see much to jump aboard.

Nintendo held a Direct video event to show off Pokemon Sword and Shield for the Switch. The game will be taking place in the Galar region with plenty of wild areas to explore with seeable Pokemon. There are still Pokemon that will be hidden encounters but they will be avoidable. The two games will be launching on November 15, 2019 for the Switch. There is also a two pack that will have both games but all of the details haven’t been made available yet.

It looks good over all and the “wild area” gave me a feeling of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. No idea if it will have that feel in the end, but it looks cool. There isn’t much to say other then it continues the slow evolution of the Pokemon games.

The gaming studio People Can Fly who are known for Bulletstorm are working hard on a new game and have teamed up with SquareEnix to make it happen. The story is that it is a big triple A type game is being made and thus the need to expand. They have opened a studio in New York city as a result. This news is courtesy of Gamasutra.com.

Okay, I guess? It’s hard to get a read on where this is going without much information. It’s good that the studio can grow, now I just hope that they can support that with this new game and can continue to operate it.

A new pixel side scrolling game where you must slash your way through opponents and explore in a metroidvania style has been announced. The game is called Blasphemous and it will be coming soon to PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch. It is developed by The Game Kitchen and will be published by Team17.

The combat on this looks heavy but in a satisfying way. It has my curiosity to see how this one turns out. I also want to see and know more about it to see if it feels more like a boss battle game or if there are plentiful minions one must fight through first.

More vampire stories are coming from the Vampire the Masquerade franchise. This time in Vampire the Masquerade – Coteries of New York. A story about two vampire factions fighting in New York city in a narrative adventure game. This is planned for a fourth quarter 2019 release on PC and Switch. It’s being developed by developer Draw Distance.

This is a bit hard to get a read on as the trailer doesn’t show anything and only has some voice work to go with it. It could be cool or perhaps not cool, but it depends on what comes of it. Hopefully, at E3 there is some footage of game play to give an indication of what’s going on.

The weird wacky My Friend Pedro, a shooter with aerobatics and points combinations got a release date trailer. It shows off some game play and a release of June 20th, 2019 on Switch and PC. It’s developed by Deadtoast and published by Devolver Digital.

I’m glad this finally has a release date so that it can get out there in the wild and we will see if it is any good. I hope it is, because it looks ridiculous and that’s what I want out of a game like this. That and I want the talking banana to play a big part just to add to the mayhem and confusion.

Google unveiled some of the games and the pricing plan for their upcoming streaming service Google Stadia. In order to use this service seamlessly they want you to have at least a 35Mbps download but you can use it as low as 5Mbps. If you want to get in early there is the founders edition which you buy for 129.99 USD that comes with a Chromecast Ultra, a controller, plus three months of Stadia Pro there subscription plan. The monthly plan which will cost 9.99 USD, but nets you: up to 4k resolution, 5.1 surround sound, free games, and discounts on games. There is a free basic version coming next year which allows you to just buy games and play them. You can play games on practically any device that runs Google Chrome from cell phones starting with the Pixel 3 and 3a phones all the way to TV’s. It will be available in 14 countries when it launches in the fall. In the United States there are two notable exceptions that cannot use it in Guam and Hawaii. If you wish to learn more or to see if your internet connection is good enough check out the Google Stadia store.

The project sounds solid. It’s a good idea if they can pull it off but I still have two issues with this. One of which Google can control the other they kind of can but, it is iffy here in the U.S. Now the first issue is going to be privacy in the form of data of what you buy, how you subscribe or don’t to Stadia and so on. Google needs to make promises to protect data and not to sell it to the businesses that come calling. It’s one of the issues that people have with the Epic Store since Epic is partially owned by Chinese conglomerate Tencent. The other issue is going to be internet and having a solid enough connection plus data caps that are present in the U.S. Now this could be the perfect time for Google to expand Fiber beyond the city market but I somehow doubt they’re willing to take that chance. Thus many people will be stuck with Comcast and caps on their internet limiting gaming time to make the whole thing feel not that worth it. Potentially.

Larian Studios the developers behind Divinity: Original Sin 2 are taking on the task of creating a sequel to a much beloved RPG series. It is not Divinity but rather they’re working on Baldur’s Gate 3. It will be using the rules set from the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons’ rules and will not be using an isometric camera. Other then that it is all up in the air and the developer wants to hear from gamers about what kind of game they want,

Well the introduction trailer to the game is certainly disturbing. I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to checking this out. I keep saying that I want to check out Original Sin 2 but then never get around to it. I need to see more of this game, which should go without saying honestly but here I am saying it.

In big news Destiny 2 is changing since the departure for Activision. They’re introducing the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep update, it will be shifting over from the digital store Battle.net to Steam, and it has a version called Destiny 2: New Light going free to play.

This might be what Destiny needs to draw in a new audience, or it might just let them keep on trucking until their next game. It’s a lot of changes but the world of video games always seems to be going through a lot of changes all at once. It’s all a wait and see kind of thing to find out how it will all turn out.

EA skipped having an actual E3 conference this year and are just holding there EA Play event. This event was so that people in Los Angeles can get their hands on the games that are being made by EA. This includes: Apex Legends, Madden 20, FIFA 20, The Sims 4, Battlefield V, and of course the main course that everyone wanted to see Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Full Conference

The Fallen Order game play didn’t do anything for me as I felt it looked generic, slow, and unfortunately clunky. I wanted to be wowed and well I didn’t feel like there was anything that made me sit back and go I have to play this. Overall this little event wasn’t bad, the hosts were on the bad side, but it was okay. It’s nice to have a breakdown of exactly what they’re going to talk about, but with no surprises it was a bit dull. Also they might want to cut back a little bit on all the chit chat as it felt like it went on and on. Three hours was far too much time for this little event.

Entertainment News:

Apple has released the first trailer for its first show For all Mankind. It is an alternate history show that explores the space race between the Soviet’s and the United States during the cold war. In this timeline the Soviets have managed to make it to the moon first and so the United States is doing everything it can to catch up.

Hmm. I’m not sure I like this trailer. It might be a fine show but the trailer itself felt a little roughly cut together throwing a lot at the screen to show off what they have. I might be a bit harsh on it but it hasn’t won me over as it feels kind of bland and too by the numbers. At least that’s what I’m getting from the trailer with the lone exception being the moment the Soviets land on the moon.

The Le Mans competition between Ford and Ferrari during the 1960’s has been made into a lot of documentaries. Now it’s hitting the silver screen as an adaptation called, Ford v. Ferrari from Fox. It stars Matt Damon as Carol Shelby and Christian Bale as race driver Ken Miles as they help Ford try to win the fabled race. The film is scheduled for release to theaters on November 15th, 2019.

I’m worried that this movie will concentrate on the winning of the 1966 race and not tell the entire events. That in my opinion would be a grave disservice to the story and what happened. There are so many little things that happen that are going to get lost in the shuffle to concentrate on Shelby and Miles. I just hope that the movie doesn’t feel too over the top and manages to stay grounded.

Amazon released a teaser for its upcoming show Undone a live action show with rotoscope animation. It’s about a woman who was in a car accident and because of that discovers that she can meld time to her will. She uses this ability to search for the truth about her father and what caused him to die. The show will air later in 2019 for Amazon.

This has a very trippy look and well I guess the whole trailer was a trip and a half to get through. It was a bit refreshing to see this as I was worried that Amazon had gone all in on big shows and fantasy. They started out on niche weird stuff and they did it well. I like it when they do crazy off the wall shows as I loved Comrade Detective and other shows like Forever. If this show can replicate those in that they’re their own thing, I’ll be happy.

I think that’s about enough for this week’s blog post swamped as it is with information. Thanks for stopping by. For those who wish to contact me, you can find me on Twitter @Snipehockey, or comment below, or email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com. Thank you for reading and well bye for now.

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