With no E3 this year thanks to a certain virus things are scattered about and thrown to the wind. This week we got both the Sony PS5 reveal and the PC gaming show as substitutes. This blog will cover the week of June 7th to the 13th of 2020 and encompasses the stuff that caught my attention.
Beyond Blue –
You play as Mirai a deep-sea explorer exploring the ocean with new technologies and interacting with the ocean life in new ways. This is a narrative adventure game all about your experiences in the deep ocean. Released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on June 11th 2020 it also is out on Apple Arcade which got a release date of April 17th 2020. It’s from developer E-Line Media who also acted as publisher.
Project Warlock –
A first person shooter in the classic sense like an old school Doom, or Wolfenstein 3D. You play as a warlock who is given access to lots of guns and a mission to eradicate evil. Originally released in 2018 on PC the game now makes its way to consoles. It was developed by Buckshot Software and published by Gaming Company and Crunching Koalas. It came to the PS4 on June 9th 2020, the Switch on June 11th 2020, and Xbox One on June 12th 2020. The staggered release dates are due to when games generally launch on the respective console online stores.
Game News –
The situation with Nintendo online accounts being hacked is not getting better. Nintendo admitted that the number of accounts affected might reach as high as 300,000. This news comes from BusinessInsider.com and is a good reminder to secure all of your accounts and regularly change your passwords.
I’d say I’m surprised and disappointed but this is Nintendo after all and they seemingly can’t do much right when it comes to online. This matter needs to be fixed and the company needs to take a good hard look at what they’re doing otherwise this will just happen again and no one wants that.
Sony held their much anticipated PS5 reveal event video. They showed off the games coming to console exclusively and some indie games that will be coming. Some big games announced were Horizon Forbidden West, Spiderman Miles Morales, and Resident Evil 8: The Village. Sadly no price was revealed for the upcoming console or a firm release date.
Overall, nothing really blew me away from this reveal which is disappointing but it is early days for the console so it isn’t a big deal. Lots of games were shown off and some timed exclusives which is annoying if you’re buying the next Xbox and not the PS5 but there isn’t much that can be done about that. I think the big things that remain are the price point and the release date. Both of which haven’t been reveal for absolutely no reason what so ever. Also because it annoyed me so much, it would have greatly helped if the images of the new PS5 weren’t so hard to see because some of them used a white background. Stunningly the white background completely washed out the white shell of the PS5 making it hard to tell where the console was.
The remake of the beloved cell shaded first person shooter XIII is setting sights on a November 10, 2020 release date. Development of the remaster is being handled by PlayMagic and it is being published by Microds. Originally the game was developed by Southend Interactive and Ubisoft Paris and published by Ubisoft in 2003. The story revolves around a spy who wakes up with no memories and has to fight his way through enemies to regain his memory. The story is loosely based on the graphic novel from Belgium that also goes by the title XIII.
It’s good that this now have a set release date for the game. Though the trailer felt a little off as the cell shading is not as big or perhaps to put it a better way pronounced as the original. At least from what I remember of the original game. I don’t know if this was a conscientious choice by the new developers or not, but it certainly seems to have lost a little charm.
The upcoming Paper Mario game Origami King got a new trailer showing off game play and some bosses. Those bosses are weird and unusual in the world of Mario due to the fact that they’re things like colored pencils and tape.
I rather liked what I saw. It was fun and silly and a little all over the place though I seem to be one of the few that think that way, as people on social media seem to hate everything about. And they dislike it so much since it isn’t just a new version of The Thousand Year Door. I hope that the game is good, but fans really are making it disheartening to get interested in a game
AT&T and Warner Brothers who merged last year have decided that they don’t want to have a gaming division anymore. The Warner Gaming division will reportedly be up for sale for 4 billion U.S. dollars. This includes all of the studios owned by the company: Rocksteady, 5th Cell, Netherrealm Studios, Monolith Studios, TT Games, and Warner Brothers Montreal, Boston, New York, San Diego, and San Francisco. This will probably include at least a few gaming IP’s as well, games like Mortal Kombat will soon be published by someone new. Of the companies reportedly interested in buying the division include Take-Two Interactive, EA Games, and Activision-Blizzard. This was reported by CNBC.com who have the full story.
This is a surprise since there were so many great games to come out of these studios that one would think they were profitable to keep around. But, with AT&T being the new overlord of all things WB I guess they needed to make more than just a profit to keep them happy. If a company were to acquire them from that list I think EA is probably the only one where I wouldn’t have too many worries about what would happen to the studios. But, none of them really inspired any amount of confidence if they were to purchase them. I’m having a lot of trouble understanding what the line of thinking over at Warner Brothers is for this to happen.
The PC gamer show covering lots of the upcoming games that would have been shown at E3 went down. Highlights include Persona 4 Golden arriving for PC, Torchlight 3 entering early access, Shadows of Doubt with its interesting visuals, and Surgeon Simulator 2 with its usual wackiness. They went through two and half hours worth of content which you may want to check out if you’re heavily into PC games.
Unfortunately it always seems like the PC Gamer Show is a bit of a dud. They have a few interesting things here and there but nothing that blows you away. Oh well, we get to see upcoming games and that’s what matters.
Entertainment News —
In a bid to undo some confusion over products Warner Media have announced that HBO Go and HBO Now are no longer a thing… Kind of. The two separate services will now be combined into one service simply known as HBO. This is where all of HBO’s content will go for those looking to stream said stuff. Much of that content will also go onto HBO Max which remains it’s own separate thing. If you wish to untangle the mess of HBO’s this story is over on TheWrap.com for those interested.
Well at least it is slightly less confusing about what’s what or maybe it will remain confusing since there are still three things called HBO. Two of which are closely related: being HBO and HBO (Streaming) and the other HBO Max having little to do with it other then hosting content. Honestly at this point I’m trying to see how many times I can write HBO and get away with it without being annoying.
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