A slippery and slidy week of gaming news.

Welcome to another blog post about a week of gaming related madness. Though, it isn’t really mad just typed that for the fun of it. Anyway, this blog post will cover what happened to catch my interest for the week of February 16 to the 22 of 2020 and I’ll be covering game releases, game news, and a small touch of entertainment news.

Game Releases:

Besiege

If you’re a mad scientist who loves to build crazy machines well step right up. A physics based puzzle game that allows you to build mad machines until they also accidental blow up your computer from dealing with too much on screen. Your job is a simple one build to destroy the objects and move onto the next level. It was developed and published by Spiderling Studios after having spent many a year in Steam Early Access after being Greenlit. The game was released on February 18th, 2020 on PC.

Death and Taxes

You are the newly appointed Grim Reaper just assigned to your first job keeping the office nice and neat. The only thing you really have to do is decide if a person should die or live. Except it isn’t that simple as your choices may have consequences the earth can be destroyed if you let too may people live or die. The game came out on PC on February 20, 2020 by developer and publisher Placeholder Gameworks.

Game News:

THQ has decided after releasing a public demo of the potential remake of Gothic that they will follow through and make the game. They’d released the demo to garner and see if their was interest in a remake and since gamers responded they will be doing so. The announcement came via the demo’s Steampage which you can check out here.

This is good news for fans of the series and hopefully the developers listen to when the fans what to an extent. Of course not everything fans want in the game can be implemented and they’ll probably have to make a few sacrifices along the way as the game changes and takes shape.

Animal Crossing got it’s own Nintendo Direct video event. All so you could see how Tom Nook is going to take all of your bells for a vacation package on an abandon island. They showed off a lot of the little new improvements from the previous game from renovating the land itself to how and where things will be place including houses.

This is a series that always has quite the calming air to it which is why I’m glad its managed to find an audience and stick around. This looks to add on to that ascetic and puts some fun interesting twists to keep game play fresh.

In shocking news Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord is getting an early access release date. It will be coming out on Steam on March 31st, 2020. They’ll be charging $49.99 to get access to the game. It was one of those games that has been long in development and was feared to be stuck in development hell. Once more this announcement was made over on Steam where you’ll find the news.

This is great news for the many fans of Mount and Blade though at that price point their obviously looking to only attract those hardcore fans of the series. I doubt the price will even drop that much when it comes out as a full release or even at all.

If you’re headed to PAX East Sony will not be there bowing out due to Coronavirus concerns. This is a blow as they usually have a fairly decent presence at the expo and they were bringing a new The Last of Us 2 trailer. Sony is also dropping out of the upcoming Game Developers Conference because of the virus. Sony made a blog post about the news on their website and Gamesindustry.biz caught the news of them dropping out of GDC.

That sucks. A lot of fans were looking forward to seeing the latest on The Last of Us 2 and that seems like it won’t be happening now. Public health is a very real concern and conventions always seem to fester some kind of cold or flu like bug to the people who attend. So, this may be for the best for all parties regardless of wanting to see the new footage or playing demos of upcoming games.

A new studio is being created in Seattle by publisher Private Division, the sole purpose of the studio is going to be working on Kerbal Space Program 2 and any future iterations and so on. Several members of the original development team will be working on the game to keep the zaniness of the original while adding improvements to make it a better overall experience. Take-Two released a press release which you can read if you’re so interested.

It’s good to know that the development of the game is moving forward and that it is being concentrated on a single developer. I still worry about how this game will deal with mods or if it will have micro-transactions as Private Division’s owner Take-Two Interactive has taken a shine to liking them. Only time will tell though.

The settlement between Riot Games and the plaintiffs in the class action gender lawsuit against them has been withdrawn. They’d settled on a 10 million dollar settlement but the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has said the settlement undercuts and shorts the victims about 390 million dollars. The department has also accused the original lawyers of the women of failing to properly get money for their clients or analyze pay data. Read all about it over on PCGamer.com who have the story.

Yikes all around for both sides. I hope the matter can be settled to the satisfaction of both parties. It does seem that this will drag out for all parties involved and that those wronged will not get the money owed for some time.

Entertainment News:

Lionsgate is teaming up with director Eli Roth to bring the video game franchise Borderlands to the movie screens. Handling the script will be Craig Mazin who wrote and created the HBO Chernobyl mini-series. The film will not have the signature cel-shaded look of the game. Head on down to TheHollywoodReporter.com for the full report.

I’m curious to see if this can be pulled off without coming across as immature as the game series has a very defined feeling for its dialogue. It will be an odd thing to watch and I don’t know how it will set itself apart without the look from the games. I’m guessing that it is prohibitively expensive to go for a cel-shaded look hence why they’re dropping that concept. Though they might be able to do it with a lot of make-up as cos-players tend to do. Either way it is a project that has my curiosity to see where it goes and what happens with it.

Now that I’ve written out all of that, I think this is a good time to bring this blog post to its conclusion. Thank you for stopping by. For those with questions, suggestions, and or comments please feel free to get in contact with me. You can do that through Twitter @Snipehockey, using the comment section below, or old fashion email at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com. With that, thank you and good night or day or well however or whenever

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