As the world of video games slowly gets back to its normal routine of news and releases, so to does this little blog come back to life. Though it is a quiet week of not much happening. No game releases that caught my attention and only a bit of gaming news and entertainment news. Welcome to the week of January 5th, to the 11th, of 2020 and the first round up blog post of the new year. Enjoy.
Tencent the Chinese conglomerate that seems to have its hands in every little thing it can has invested into Platinum Games. The studio shall retain its independence from others and with this infusion of money intend to continue their third party route with making games for all platforms. This was announced via a blog post on Platinum’s website.
While I’m glad that Platinum Games is getting the funds that they need to keep operating solo, that it comes from Tencent makes me a little nervous. They’re a giant conglomerate from China which means they’re probably heavily tied to the Chinese government. O who seem to like to change art to meet their perspective instead of allowing different ideas which is what art should be. I’m a proponent of letting an artist create art without a government telling them how they should do things. Hopefully though, this investment just means that Platinum gets a bunch of money and no interference from Tencent on how to make games.
Nintendo held a video direct event to share some Pokemon news. This was to announce the expansion pass for the recently released Sword and Shield along with a remaster of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX for the Switch. The expansion pass features two new areas with one dropping in June 2020 and the other in the fall of 2020. Also depending on which version of the game you have characters and certain Pokemon are tied to those games. This first ever DLC pass for a Pokemon game will cost 29.99 USD. They’re also launching the much maligned Pokemon Home in February 2020 but have yet to announce a price for this service.
It looks like a pretty beefy DLC which hopefully it lives up to for the price point that they’re asking. Hopefully, now with Pokemon Home launching many older Pokemon might get into Sword and Shield through that, but who know how well it will work or if it will be worth the price once again. It’s all up in the air and I don’t think some of the hardcore fans are ready to forgive the slights that they feel they’ve suffered so it will be interesting to see how things go in the future.
WB Montreal is back to teasing what appears to be a Batman game. It looks like it will be based on the graphic novel series Court of Owls and also League of Assassin’s will be the main concern for this new game. WB Montreal began teasing the game in September of 2019 with a single tweet and then fell radio silent until these latest tweets.
Teasing a game is good and fine, I get wanting to hype up excitement but it kind of kills the curiosity if it is several months between reveals. Worse for me is none of the teasers really show anything. Doing things this way feels like it is going to exhaust excitement and interest for the game before we get to see any of it. I hope that they show something like a trailer soon otherwise the trailer when it does come will have a long hard fight for public attention.
At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) Sony unveiled the PS5 logo which looks pretty much like the PS4, PS3, and PS2 logo’s. It is simple and straight to the point like the previous console logos. I doubt anyone expected much change from Sony when what’s worked previously could easily be applied to their new console with subtle changes potentially. You can head over to cnet.com to see the logo if you’re all that interested.
It’s about what we’d expect from Sony who probably felt that continuing with the same brand image logo made for better customer relations. The bigger surprise out of the company from CES was probably that they built an electric car without anyone really knowing about it. Sony works in mysterious ways or so it seems when it comes to CES in keeping some things the same while going wildly in other directions for other projects.
Alienware who are owned by Dell are making a handheld PC with a built in screen and controllers that detach. If that sounds exactly like what a Nintendo Switch is well, this is the expensive PC version of that concept. It is using the CPU’s integrated graphics unit to avoid being to bulky and having to put a massive cooler on the product. The product is called Alienware UFO and like many things at CES it might remain as a prototype kind of idea.
It’s a good concept the whole issue remains price and battery life if this were ever to come out. Part of what makes the Switch so liked is that it is fairly cheap and Nintendo’s games. The UFO does have a potentially greater library with all the PC games out there, it’s just a matter of making sure that they can work on the device, which leaves price. Alienware tends to overprice all of their stuff, so I don’t think that anyone should hold their breath that this will be anyway affordable.
The indie game Death and Taxes got a trailer showing off your job as a grim reaper deciding peoples fates. Do you let people live or do you decide their time on earth has come to an end. But, be careful as your actions have consequences and Earth could burn down in response.
This looks like it will be an interesting twist of a game. It reminds me a bit of Papers, Please though with its own feel and very different look to it. It’s one of those games where I’m curious enough about it that I hope I don’t forget it when it releases.
Margot Robbie is back in her role of Harley Quinn in a new trailer for the Birds of Prey: And the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. This time the trailer gave a bit of what’s going on in the film as all of the female characters in the movie have pissed of Roman Sionis aka Black Mask who seeks to kill them all. The movie arrives in theaters on February 7th, 2020 as a part of the greater Warner Brothers DC extended universe of films.
Honestly, I feel like I should like this trailer but I don’t. Something about it feels just that bit off and I can’t put my finger on what exactly it is that’s itching at me. I like the concept and idea, and I like that it is colorful and different. I don’t like the sort of over the top campy feeling that the film has though, it just doesn’t feel like it fits. And as I said on Twitter, I don’t think I much like Margot Robbie’s version of Harley. The character comes across a bit too ditsy in the trailers and I feel like Harley is much smarter than that.
Well that will be all for this week in a return to blogging about video games and other stuff. Thanks for visiting my silly little blog. Please feel free to leave and comments, questions, and or suggestions below. You can also get in touch with me on Twitter where my handle is @Snipehockey, or emailing me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, with that good bye until the next week of mad blogging comes to haunt my blog.