And now for a silly blog post about video games for the week.

Here it is, another week of video game news and releases along with some entertainment news to be blogged about. This is the stuff that happened for the week of January 26th, 2020 to February 1st, 2020. Please know that I don’t cover all that happened during the week, just the stuff that caught my attention. With that it is onto the madness…

Game Releases:

Warcaft III: Reforged

A remaster of the much loved Warcraft III it includes improved graphics, modding capabilities, game play balance changes, as well as some campaign tweaks, and of course it is now part of Blizzard’s modern Battle.net online system. The game will also come with The Frozen Throne expansion. The game released on January 28th, 2020 for PC and MacOS after being developed by Blizzard Entertainment Lemon Sky and published by Blizzard Entertainment.

Journey to the Savage Planet

You along with a friend have been assigned to explore planet ARY-26 to see if it is fit for humans to live on. Also you will probably be short on equipment so be ready for things to go wrong quickly but you do have a nifty 3D printer to help you out and it runs on space junk. The over the top adventure was created by developer Typhoon Studios and published by 505 Games for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It released on January 28th, 2020.

The Pedestrian

A side scrolling platformer with a rather unique twist in that the platforming sections are set in street signs and other signs with a 3D world backdrop. Originally greenlit on Steam’s former service Steam Greenlight it then went to Kickstarter to successfully crowd fund some money to complete the game. And now finally to release on PC on January 29th, 2020 after being developed and published by Skookum Arts.

Game News:

The upcoming free to play game Torchlight Frontiers which was marrying the action role playing game with MMO is no more. From its ashes however, rises Torchlight 3 as a fully fledged game. They’ve taken much of Frontiers version of the game with the aim to fully develop it as a standalone premium game that you pay for once. This game is being handled Echtra Games which was founded by Max Schaefer who helped found Runic which has closed and also worked on Diablo helping to create Blizzard North.

I was curious to see how a free to play Torchlight was going to turn out as on paper it seemed to at least be an interesting concept. That said if they can release another full fledged Torchlight game I’ll be all over that as I enjoyed both the original and the sequel. Hopefully the charm of those games is still their as well as the cartoon nature as it was what drew me so much to the first two games.

Dauntless developer Phoenix Labs has been acquired by Singapore game studio Garena. The final sale price was not disclosed as the deal closed. Phoenix Lab’s was created by former Riot Game developers in Vancouver, Canada and set up to concentrate on multiplayer co-operative experiences. They’ve launched one game in Dauntless in 2019 on all major platforms. Garena who was an original investor in Phoenix Labs are known from the free to play game Free Fire. If you wish to know more the story was broken by Variety.com who have a full article.

I wonder if this will have any effect on development of Dauntless or if this is just to make sure that they can continue development of the game. I haven’t heard much about it since it launched in beta on PC and even the full launch onto consoles sort of rolled past without me noticing. I hope it all turns out well for them.

The Pokemon Company has finally revealed exactly what they’ll be offering for the Pokemon Home. This is a cloud storage service that allows you to bring Pokemon from older games onto the new games or just save them in a data bank when the app launches for iOS and Android. You will need a premium version which costs $15.99 for a year or you can get a three month plan for $4.99. A single month will cost you $2.99. There is a free version that will allow you store 30 of the Pokemon instead of the 3,000 in the premium version and you’ll be able to take part in trades but not host any trades. You can learn all about it over on the Pokemon Home webpage for those curious to see what it might offer.

It’s hard to say if this is worth the price or not, though I’m sure many of the Pokemon die hard fans have already made up their minds that it isn’t. I’m sure a lot of this is The Pokemon Company seeing what they can get away with because they’re a company that needs to make money to keep being a company.

Entertainment:

Netflix is going all in on live action remakes of anime’s with a new series planned from Tomorrow Studio and Shueisha.The beloved manga and anime One Piece is being adapted as a live action TV series with an order for ten episode first season. This was reported by Deadline.com.

Without looking over the top cartoony I’m not entirely sure how this one is going to look or play out. Unless they downplay the devil fruit powers that the characters have which would be a bit weird. Overall until I can see an actual trailer this is just one of those weird things that’s happening and I’m not sure they’re going to pull it off.

It is no more, it has kicked the bucket, passed onto worse things, and likely will not return in some form. That is to say that Moviepass the company that brought excitement to going to see movies in a theater for one low monthly price, is no more. The company has declared chapter 7 bankruptcy and the entire board which ran the company has resigned. Head over to MarketWatch.com for the gory and terrible story.

I think pretty much everyone saw this coming but are slightly surprised that it has taken this long. For a brief moment the theater going experience was revolutionized for films but now is back to the ho-hum. Hopefully the movie theater companies keep their own little movie pass thing going on as it is a good way for movie lovers to see movies that they probably wouldn’t.

HBO has released the trailer for The Plot Against America based on the novel by Philip Roth and has been turned into a mini-series. The plot revolves around an alternate history timeline where Charles Lindbergh has won the presidency and a Jewish family in New Jersey is dealing with the rising antisemitism that leaves them vulnerable to attack. The series stars John Turturro and Winona Ryder and is brought to you by producers David Simon and Ed Burns who brought to life HBO’s The Wire.

This looks pretty haunting in the same sense that Man of the High Castle had a very haunting feeling to it. I’m curious about it but reluctant after feeling burnt by Man in the High Castle and how that show felt off during the third season. I don’t know if I’m ready to go into a dark series even a short mini-series. Though oddly enough I do feel interested in Amazon’s upcoming Nazi hunting series Hunters though that doesn’t feel quite as dark trailer wise and more of an action series. The Plot Against America seems like a series to keep on an eye on to see if the reviews are good. It also strikes me that one should probably know if they like Philip Roth’s style of work before jumping in, as he is distinctive in the way he wrote which some people might not like.

That shall bring us to the end of another silly little blog post. So, I shall say thank you for visiting and looking around at what I’ve written. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments they’re certainly most heartily welcomed. You can do so via email: Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, or Twitter: @Snipehockey, or just dropping a comment in the comment section below. For the rest of you not interested in such things goodbye until next weeks blog post.

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