Well it’s time to bumble about to rustle up another week of gaming news, plus some entertainment news, and of course the game releases. This is covering the week of July 12th to the 18th 2020 and is all about the news that caught my interest.
Paper Mario: The Origami King –
Mario and friends find themselves in another adventure wrapped up in paper. This time the Origami king is intent on folding up the world and of course kidnapping Princess Peach. It’s up to Mario to go on another odd adventure to save the day and to stop all of the origami folding madness. Released on the Switch on July 17th 2020 it was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo.
Ghost of Tsushima –
You, Jin Sakai, are the last samurai on Tsushima island as the mongol invasion of 1274 is underway. It is up to you to find a way to rescue Lord Shimura who has been captured by the mongols who have taken over much of the island. You have a choice of playing the game as more of a samurai righteous and upfront about how you fight or, a more sneaky approach with will make you become a ninja. The game sliced its way into stores on July 17th 2020 from developer Sucker Punch and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment who released it on the Playstation 4.
Rocket Arena –
This is a multiplayer action shooter which uses rockets to blast away your opponents. You’re fighting in a 3v3 environment with fast paced action and lots of rockets flying ever which way. Developed by Final Strike Games and published by Electronic Arts, the game came out on Xbox One, PC, and PS4 on July 14th 2020.
Ubisoft held its not E3 event with a video showcase called Ubisoft Forward. They showed off Far Cry 6, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and Watch Dogs: Legion. They will also be holding another Forward video event later this year to show off more games.
I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting from this event, but I feel like there should have been a bit more to it? Maybe I’m just used to Ubisoft’s E3 conferences where there is always a bit of weirdness and new games. This felt like it tread over already known territory with the exception being Far Cry 6 and even that was known about. As I tweeted though, I do think the Far Cry 6 video would make for a great TV show or movie to explore.
It a surprise move Microsoft has decided to discontinue the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S Digital Edition as they prepare for the launch of the Xbox Series X. This news comes from TheVerge.com who have a news story on it.
I say its uprising only because Sony and Nintendo both have a tendency to end production of their old consoles well into life cycle of their new ones. That said it does depend on how well a console is doing, because Wii U production probably ended much sooner then the switch release. Microsoft does their own thing ending most console production before the release of their new stuff. It’s basically just company preference on what they’re willing to spend money on, aka the old product or new shiny product. That’s an over simplification of the matter, but I think it also give a good starting point for understanding some of what is going on.
The game Skull and Bones is changing from its original guise into something similar but different. Ubisoft has decided to reboot development of the pirate multiplayer game with the hopes of getting development back on track. This is a rumor so far that was reported on by videogameschronicle.com who have some sources that talked to them.
Sad but not surprising to hear this news. At some point when a game almost completely disappears from the public you begin to suspect that something has gone wrong development wise. It’s unfortunate but it happens and we will have to wait and see if this new version sees the light of day or it just disappears.
For fans of the game Rock Band and its developer, Harmonix, or fans of developer Until Dawn there is news. The developers have signed contract to make games for Google’s Stadia platform exclusively. This news came during their little stadia connect event to announce upcoming games to the platform.
It’s a curious situation as you don’t want studios to necessarily go exclusive to one platform as it might hurt sales. But at the same time if said studio isn’t getting supported on those other platforms and someone comes along and say make games for us and we will pay you. It makes sense to grab at that especially if it allows the studios to make more games.
Rogue Games have hired Reggie Fils-Aime as a strategic adviser. He will be working on advising them on game development and other advisory roles to help shape the company. This comes after he joined the company board at Gamestop as they struggle to rework themselves in a shrinking storefront business. Check out the announcement on the Rogue Games website for more information.
I don’t know how much of an effect Mr. Fils-Aime will have on game development for Rogue Games, but it is nice to see him sticking around the game industry. From their press statement they’re looking to release console games and Mr. Fils-Aime is well suited to helping them get games onto those platforms.
Microsoft have announced that the Xbox Game Pass in September 2020 will be getting xCloud streaming service at no extra cost. This will allow games to run without being downloaded to your console or even to your mobile device with pick up and play options. There will also be a name change for xCloud. Once again TheVerge.com has this news story which you can head over to and check out their story.
This is pretty cool, I wonder how many people will actually use it or ignore it as a throw away thing. The only real big problem at least in the U.S. is that internet speeds are still all over the place with highs and lows, and game streaming needs a good connection to keep it decent. I don’t know how well this will actually work, but it is nice to have the option.
For fans begging for any bit of news when it comes to the Playstation 5 well you now have a video showing off the console’s new controller. This was a video done by Geoff Keighley in which he gives an overview of the device. Things like Haptic Feedback and new triggers that will provide better feedback.
This probably could have been done much better as staring at Keighley’s face for several minutes while he explains his thoughts and opinions of the controller is not time well spent in my opinion. He of course has the controller there for people to see and it’s nice to learn more about it. But, it just felt like a very weird commercial for a product you generally want to be able to touch and feel for yourself. Of course we can’t do that because of a pandemic and the console isn’t out yet. This is just odd overall and to watch unless you were really dying for Playstation news.
There was a kids children TV show called Wishbone that successfully ran for several seasons and was all about a dog going on imaginary adventures from books. This property is now being worked on as a potential movie. The film is being brought together by Universal Pictures along with toy maker Mattel and producer Peter Farrelly. Variety.com has the news so if you want more information check them out.
This is interesting as I don’t think there is that much of an audience that will be behind it? The show was great back in the day but I don’t think it was ever a super big property that could be harnessed into other properties. Maybe I’m wrong about that which is fine by me as it is an IP that deserves more attention. I think though that this will probably wind up on one of the streaming platforms and not a full movie release to theaters.
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