This week’s blog post about the video game world and the news that came out of it is rather jam packed with all sorts of news. With this week we’re covering just the gaming releases and gaming news as the entertainment side of news doesn’t have much exciting going on. And just to make sure this out there I’m covering the news that caught my attention and that I thought worth sharing for May 10th to the 16th of 2020.
In a futuristic city the mafia and the gangs rule the streets. Cops don’t dare bother dealing with crime leaving it up to the bounty hunters to take on the criminals. This 2D side scrolling action comedy shooter puts you in the position of a bounty hunter fighting through the hordes and bosses of baddies. The game was developed by Easy Trigger Games and published by Coffee Stain Publishing for its May 12, 2020. It came out on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Game Store. A Steam version will be released next year.
Super Mega Baseball 3 –
Arcade baseball is back in action with this weird and wacky latest game. This time with a full multiple seasons mode and more of the over the top action the games have become known for. Released on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch by Metalhead Software who also acted as publisher. The game released on May 13th, 2020. Also the PC version is only on Steam.
Deep Rock Galactic –
Cooperative action, shooting, and a bit of exploration as you and three other dwarves take on alien planets. Your job is to hunt down objects deep in the interior of crazy planets all while blasting away the creatures that are trying to stop you. Released after spending several years in early access on May 13th, 2020 to PC and Xbox One. It was developed by Ghost Ship Games and also published by Coffee Stain Publishing. It’s is available on PC on both the Microsoft Store and Steam.
Sony is launching a new publishing brand called Playstation Studio to act as the publisher for all of Sony’s first party games. When the Playstation 5 launches all of Sony’s games that they publish will fall under this new label. This news came out of Gameindustry.biz who of course have more lengthy post about it.
Not the world’s biggest news, in fact one could say that it doesn’t matter at all. It does potentially give them a stronger brand image should they decide that they want to publish games on other platforms. But, Sony has never seemed keen on that idea so yeah this is mostly just marketing to make things look nice.
Skateboarding is popular once again and so on Tony Hawk’s 52nd birthday he announced that a remake of the original and the second Tony Hawk Pro Skater are being worked on. The game development is being handled by Vicarious Visions who did the remake of the Crash Bandicoot trilogy. The game will be coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on September 4th 2020.
This is pretty cool and a bit surprising that it didn’t occurred sooner. I don’t know that it will be for me though I do have fond memories of the first game. Hopefully the remake turns out well unlike the last few Tony Hawk games which never seemed to go anywhere.
Epic Game is causing waves once again, but this time with their newest version of the Unreal Engine. They’re showing off their usage of triangles to make polygons to make crazy looking games. They also announced for any indie games using their engine that any profits up to the first one million dollars would be royalty free. After that million though the developer will have to pay royalty fees of 5%. This deal for the first million dollars from a company or so which effects but Unreal 4 and Unreal 5 was tweeted about by the market manager Dana Cowley for Epic Games.
Overall not a bad deal and it gives indies a bit of room to play with engine choices. Now developers don’t automatically have a choice of Unity or pay heavy royalty fees. As for the new engine, it is of course pretty. It does come across a bit video gamey but, nothing is perfect and the engine is still young so we will probably see a lot of improvement out of it.
The game series Mafia has its fans and they’ve been excited as from nothing to suddenly getting an updated version of the first game and the second happened. This is the first time you’ll be able to play through the entire trilogy of games on the same platform aka PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
This is great for fans of the series getting a chance to play all the games in one place. I for one am sort of ambivalent to this as while I played the first game it never really caught me. Still none of that matters much as long as fans get good games.
Nintendo went and dropped a surprise announcement for a new Paper Mario game and that it’s only two months away from release. Titled Paper Mario: The Origami King the RPG will revolve around a mysterious origami king who is folding up Mario’s paper world. The game launches on Switch on July 17th 2020.
I certainly was wrong and didn’t expect Nintendo to just drop an announcement for a game let alone a release date. It’s pretty cool and the game looks like a fun take and twist for the Paper Mario franchise. The humor and all its oddity seem to be there at least from what I saw on the video which is good as it is what really separated the series from being just a Mario game with RPG elements.
A new state of play video from Sony gave a much better look at the upcoming game Ghosts of Tsushima. The game will launch on PS4 on July 17th 2020 and gives you the choice of playing more as a samurai or as a ninja using more stealing and deception to complete missions in an open world. There is also the interesting idea that the game is using wind and animals to direct players to where they have markers on the map or to little hidden secrets.
I’m a bit on the fence with this game. One on side it looks good and the premise should be interesting. On the other side, some of the animation and the fights looked down right bad to me. I don’t know it just had that slightly off feel to it and it left me unsatisfied with what I was seeing. I will admit that it could feel very satisfying game play wise but just doesn’t translate well to video. That said developer Sucker Punch’s combat in games never seemed to be all that solid, but I’ve only watched game play of their games so what do I know?
In grand strategy news and slightly other Paradox Interactive news, Crusader Kings 3 now has a release date of September 1st, 2020 alongside a new game play trailer. That alongside a new DLC for Prison Architect which will now allow you to build prison on islands.
Prison Architect is turning into one of those games where development just never seems to end on it. And it is amazing to see it’s continually development despite the thought that the game doesn’t really need much more to it. Now Crusader Kings 3 on the other hand, I don’t know what it is but I’m having a hard time getting excited for it. Intial I was curious about it, but I don’t know maybe I’m just bored of the same old grand strategy from Paradox. Maybe it is because you need the DLC to feel like you have a complete game and I rarely ever get DLC for their games. I don’t know, it will probably be good, but I’ll wait for it to be on sale.
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