A quicker slap dash blog post for this week’s gaming blog post.

Welcome to a quiet week in the world of gaming and a blog post about this weeks games. This time I’m covering May 17th to the 23 of 2020 and the news that caught my interest, plus some game releases, and some entertainment news. Enjoy.

Game Releases:

Total Tank Simulator

Arrange your troops on the battlefield and let them loose to fight for you. This is a strategy game where you choose what types of vehicles are thrown into combat against the enemy and watch how the battle plays out. It also allows you some control over vehicles and troops sent to battle by allowing you to take control of one. Released on May 20th 2020 for PC on Steam by developer Noobz from Poland with publishing being handled by 505 Games.

Crucible

This is a free to play shooter which pits you against another team of players as well as the environment in which your fighting it out on. You and your team will have to work together and make choices that could impact the way the game plays out. Created by Relentless Studio and published by Amazon Games it came out on PC on May 21st 2020.

Maneater

Have you ever wanted to be a shark? Or better yet a man eating shark? Well now is your chance in this over the top action arcade game where eating things as a shark is your job. By eating things you’ll also earn points so that you can evolve your bull shark into a fearsome creature. The game even has a story about how you as a baby bull shark witnessed the murder of your mother by shark hunter Scaly Pete and have set out to get revenge. The game came out on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on Epic Game Store. It was developed by Blindside Interactive and Tripwire Interactive who also acted as publisher with Deep Silver who handled the retail versions of the game which hit stores on May 22nd 2020. A Switch version is in the works, but does not have a release date.

Game News:

Tencent has acquired the rights to System Shock 3 from OtherSide Entertainment. They will take over development of the game which had been announced in 2015 and see it through its troubled development. Both OtherSide and NightDrive have retained the rights to the first two System Shock games and NightDrive is working hard on remaster of the first game for consoles. Check out the tweet from OtherSide or the article from Engadget.com for the story.

It’s not a big surprise if development is moving to a bigger studio if you have been working on a game since 2015 and barely have anything to show for it. Sadly, it was too much for the studio and I hope that there next project goes more smoothly. There is also the question of who at Tencent is going to actually be developing the game now?

The biggest gaming company in Europe has changed hands, going from Ubisoft to CD Projekt Group who created the Witcher game franchise and own gaming platform GOG.com. But, Ubisoft has five games coming this year that will likely vault them back to the top compared to one big game from the development team under CD Projekt Group. If you wish to know more or want to try and understand the financials head over to gameplaymechanix.com.

Well that is a surprise I didn’t think that they’d gotten that big as developer but low and behold they have gone and done it. It’s great news for them and hopefully their employees will get paid better as a result. It raises a lot of questions about how involved Ubisoft is in Europe, I know they have several studios there in different countries. Do they look at this as a challenge to them? Or do they continue to concentrate on a more global approach at Ubisoft which seems like a smarter route seeing how big they are.

Unfortunately for fans of Kerbals being sent into space on rockets that probably should fall apart will have to wait a bit longer for the second game. It was announced that Kerbal Space Program 2 is being delayed into the fall of 2021.

Delays are going to probably become at least a little more common as COVID-19 has caused a lot of up heveal in development of games. We aren’t really seeing it much yet, because most of the games lately have been near complete and didn’t require much more. But, games just getting started, or have had some trouble will likely either be announced as delayed or quietly meet the same fate.

Entertainment News:

The Tom Hank’s upcoming film Greyhound will not be getting its original theatrical run thanks to COVID. It now instead will premier on Apple TV+. The movie was set to debut on father’s day but with few theaters probably being open at that time Tom Hanks who wrote and star’s in the film moved it to streaming but with no firm release date. The film is about a first time captain of a destroyer who must escort cargo ships across the Atlantic while being hunted by German U-boats in the early stages of U.S. involvement of WW2. The news was reported by Deadline.com who of course have a full story.

This is unfortunate because this seems like a movie that would draw at least a decent crowd to theaters. It has the feeling of a movie that probably should be seen on a large screen the largest one can get a hold of at the very least. Now, it is stuck to smaller screens and perhaps and even smaller audience on Apple TV.

The trailer for Christopher Nolan’s next movie Tenet was released though when it will actually arrive in theaters no one knows. The premise is that a man can seemingly control a bit of time only in reverse as he tries to use that to help stop world war 3. The film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Kenneth Branagh.

This is one of those movie trailers that leave you with more questions then answers. And to me that’s a good thing as I want to go into this movie knowing as little as possible.

In sad news former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard has passed away. He was swimming with his son about fifty yards from the beach when they got caught in a rip tide. His son was saved by a life guard however, Shad disappeared. Known for his wrestling, Shad appeared in movies and his body was used to provide the look for Kratos in the latest God of War game which he also did some motion capture for. CBSnews.com has a report about what happened.

My condolences to his family. It’s a sad day to have lost someone so young and full of life. May he rest in peace.

That’s it for this blog post. Thank you for visiting and poking around a bit. For those with questions, comments, and or suggestions please feel free to leave those. You can do so by Email: Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, the comment section below, or via Twitter: @Snipehockey. And with that good day and be careful out there.

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