The weekly express blog post of the week of gaming releases, news, and that dashed touch of entertainment news is here. This time for the week of May 3rd to the 9th of 2020. I’m covering the news that caught my interest that I thought worth re-sharing and threw in a bit of my take on things. Please enjoy.
Spirit of the North –
A third person adventure exploration game set in the mysterious country of Iceland. You play as a fox traveling across the lands discovering things and becoming entangled with the guardian of the Northern Lights. Released last year on PS4 it now comes to PC and Switch as of May 7th, 2020. It was developed by Infuse Studio with publishing being handled by Merge Games.
Amazon released a trailer for their upcoming free to play game, Crucible. It’s a shooter where you’re taking on other players and the environment as it throws things at you during a team based fight. It will have ten distinct heroes of which you pick one to take to field of battle with.
The game doesn’t stand out much visually from other games, but it does seem at the very least interesting to me. I need to see more of it before I really judge it and I’m probably giving it a try as it is free to play and what’s the harm in trying it out.
An old company has risen from the grave of dead companies. MicroProse has been brought back to life after 16 years to once again make games. The original studio was widely known for a variety of niche military simulation games on PC. They’ve announced three all new military simulation style games. First up is Task Force Admiral which takes place during WW2 in the pacific ocean as you command a U.S. carrier task force. Then there is Second Front which also takes place during ww2 and is a turn based sort of board game. It is made to look like paper craft game with its art style. Lastly there is Sea Power a cold war game with a deep strategic element as you take control of the U.S. navy as wars break out in Europe and the Middle East. You must figure out how best to fight these wars and where to lend your support. You can check out the Microprose website for more information on the games.
All three of these games look pretty neat in their own way. Now, that might just be me being a sucker for niche military games but still the look good. I’m excited to see how these turn out with hopes that they’re all good games.
The rights to some games have traded hands. Red Faction and the Painkiller series are moving over to Deep Silver while coming to THQ Nordic are Singles: Flirt up your Life, Risen, and other games. This sort of trade can happen because both companies are owned by Embracer Group. This allows games budgets to be better adjusted so that Red Faction and Painkiller will get more money. Gamesindustry.biz broke the news and have the full report on what’s going on.
It’s unusual but trades like this have been known to happen. Hopefully the games get what they need under their respective development studios now. It will be curious to see how much if at all this impacts the games and or slows development of them. I doubt it will slow development but you never know what can happen when you start moving things around.
With the Last of Us 2 now inching ever closer to release developer Naughty Dog dropped a story trailer to get fans excited. It appears to show Ellie on a quest for vengeance as a group of humans have taken something precious from her.
The whole time I was watching this I could help but feel that Ellie looked so much like Lara Croft in the latest Tomb Raider games. She was bloody, beaten and kept going to get what she wanted. Now, I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing, just what I kept thinking of watching the trailer. Also for whatever reason there feels like a massive disconnect from the first game to this one. I think that is because what the trailer showed me felt like a pretty bog standard post apocalyptic looking game. It’s kind of on the disappointing side of things to see.
Microsoft held an Inside Xbox video event to show off the third party games coming to their next generation console. These games are cross generational games made for PS4 and Xbox One that are also coming to the next generation.
People seem rather upset that there was no killer game and that some of the trailers didn’t include game play as promised. Overall though, it was nice to see some unannounced games come to light and to see what third parties are doing for next generation consoles. Also there was a nice variety of games and not just a bunch of third person action adventure games which while nice can get a bit tiresome.
The Battle Royale genre is about to get much more colorful and less violent. Devolver Digital has released a new trailer for Mediatonic’s Fall Guys a game all about competing against a lot of players to be the last one standing. It’s a bit like the show MXC where players were forced through though paths and obstacles in the way. This game throws that at you as well as a bunch of players in the same arena trying to do much of the same thing you are. The game is currently planned for PC and PS4 release in the summer of 2020.
This looks like a bit of silly fun depending on the price. It would be a great game for a bunch of friends to play and just cause mayhem between them. I love the silliness of the art style which is very different from the usual color schemes games use. It’s pastel colors are a welcome difference in my opinion.
Netflix released a trailer for the upcoming Steve Carell starring series Space Force which was created by him and Greg Daniels. In this new show Carell plays a newly promoted general who has been given command of the newly created Space Force. He is almost wholly unsuited for the role as he does his best to keep things from falling apart. The series will blast off, to use a terrible pun, on May 29th 2020.
The trailer for this has a very odd feel to it. Much like the trailer for Mr. Daniels other show Upload it felt very typical and didn’t stray to far from the expected. I expect it to be a fun little show that doesn’t break boundaries but keeps things light and fun. Also, since this is a Netflix show and Upload is an Amazon show it is different from the expected course of a showrunner/creator working with just one network. It begs to question if one or the other of the shows he’s just creating and producing and not really impacting the story.
That will do it for this blog post. Thank you for visiting my silly blog and taking the time to read about what’s going on. If you have any suggestions, questions, and or comments I certainly welcome them. You can get in touch with me via Email: Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, Twitter: @Snipehockey, or leave your comments below. Thanks once again and stay safe out there.