A very quiet week ended July for the world of gaming and well this is a short report of the gaming news that caught my interest. So, here is the blog post for July 26th to August 1st 2020 and some of the game releases, game news, and some entertainment news as well. Please enjoy.
Destroy all Humans –
A remake of the cult classic alien invader game. You play as an alien invading earth and trying to subjugate humanity without them knowing. It is set during the time of the red scare in the United States and well hilarity and satirical send up are pretty much all this game is about. This remaster was handled by Black Forest Games and published by THQ Nordic on July 28 2020. It arrived on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC with a Stadia version yet to get a release date.
A new survival game with a twist you play as a kid who has been shrunken down to the size of an insect. And since you’re the size of an insect everything is huge and must be dealt with carefully. You’ll need to craft things to survive and build a base to keep you safe from the many many threats to your existence. This game was released on July 28 2020 to early access on PC on Steam and the Microsoft Store. Development is being handled by Obsidian Entertainment with Xbox Game Studios acting as publisher. It will be releasing on the Xbox One and PC when it is ready for a full release and probably the Xbox Series X at some point.
Japanese gaming publisher Konami is once again going off and doing their own odd things. This time they’re entering the prebuilt PC market. They will be creating a branded line of computers which will probably debut and stay in Japan. They have three systems ranging from 1,760 to 3,228 in U.S. dollars. Kotaku.com is the website that brought this slightly odd story to light.
Expensive would be an understatement for these PC’s. I’m not sure that Konami will get the money they want for these unless a consumer is really unsuspecting about PC parts prices. Even then… Yeah I just don’t see this working out for them.
Microsoft have confirmed that the upcoming version of Microsoft Flight Simulator will be usable with both track IR and virtual reality. Though they will not be readily available until after the game launches on August 18, 2020. You can read more about the news via Xbox.com blog post about it.
It’s great that this is getting track IR and VR but a little bit later which is unfortunate but it happens. They’ll be free updates so I doubt anyone can really complain, plus with the extra to time they can hopefully get the implementation working just about perfectly.
The 2K Sports is hard at work creating a new American football game and it is reported that thanks to a deal with the players association. The game will have about 2,000 or so digital versions of real players for you to play as. Back in March it was announced that 2K Sports had signed a deal with the NFL to make football games once again having lost the right to do so in 2005 with the NFL. This however will not be a simulation game like Madden but more aimed to be arcady or some other form of game. For those eager for news about American Football that isn’t Madden, Polygon.com is the one with this story.
While it is nice that the NFLPA and 2K Sports have come to an agreement, it probably won’t be anything more then the major stars in the game. 2K wants to attract customers and well big names are the way that’s going to happen. Sucks for the players of your team that haven’t quite made it to that level of popularity but are still a big part of the team you love.
SEGA president Kenji Matsubara has decided to resign from the company. His reasons he cited was personal reasons and is effective as of today July 31st 2020. He joined the company in 2014 as a CTO and worked his way to president. Previously he worked at Temco Koei and Zynga before making the switch to SEGA. No replacement has been announced. This news comes from Gamesindustry.biz so head over there for more of the story.
A surprise as SEGA seemed to be doing much better in recent years and was less doom and gloom about everything. Apparently its a common to use personal reasons as a reason to leave a company in Japan so that doesn’t tell us anything. Not that we should be prying into that in the first place. I wish him the best of luck on his next endeavor whatever that may be.
Netflix and Ubisoft are teaming up to bring to life an animated series based on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. The writing is bring handled by John Wick creator Derek Kolstad and has been reportedly greenlit for a two season run which will have 8 episodes each. The was exclusively reported by Variety.com.
This could be good but I worry as the John Wick series isn’t known for its writing but its action which could potentially clash with Splinter Cell’s stealth ideology. It will be interesting to see if a show can bring that to life because with the game people who loved the games are probably expecting lots of sneaking around with bits of action thrown in. I’ll be curious to see how this plays out, but right now I’m kind of iffy on it.
An oddly quiet week is now finished and so is this blog post. Thank you for visiting and seeing what’s going on in the world of games. For those that have comments, questions, and suggestions please feel free to leave them. You can get in touch with me via email: Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, via the comment section below, or on Twitter @Snipehockey. With that have a good week and please stay safe and use a mask to protect yourself and those around you.