A crash course of gaming news this week.

Welcome to another weekly blog post about the world of games. This week I’m covering the game releases and gaming news of August 16th to the 21st of 2020. It’s a quick run down of the stuff that caught my attention and that I thought was worth sharing.

Game Releases:

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft has returned to the skies once again to fly across the world. With you in the pilot seat you will set where you want to go and how you’re going to get there. The game is using Microsoft’s Bing Maps to help set the topographical lay of the land and the Azure cloud service to bring it to you as fast as possible. The game was developed by Asobo Studio with the publishing being handled by Xbox Game Studios. It released on PC on August 18th, 2020 with an Xbox One version planned but no known release date.

SpiritFarer

A calm adventure game where you are the captain of a ferry boat. This is no ordinary ferry however as your job is to bring those that come aboard a ride to their resting place giving their spirit a final send off. It released on PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC and it hit digital stores on August 18th 2020 from developer and publisher Thunder Lotus Games.

Raji: An Ancient Epic

Set in ancient India you play as Raji a young woman who has been choosen by the gods. Your job is to help defend the human realm from a demonic invasion while rescuing your brother and facing down Mahabalasura. Released on August 18th, 2020 by developer Nodding Head Games and published by Super.com. It came out on the Switch as a timed exclusive with an Xbox One, PC, and PS4 version coming at some point.

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Games:

The Apple vs. Epic fight continues with its latest round of intrigue. This time Apple is threatening to pull full development rights to iOS on August 28th 2020. This would cause issues for any game running the Unreal engine on iOS as Epic would not be able to fix any issues that come up. Epic is suing and has requested a judge block the threatened move. You can read all about this from the filing a temporary restraining order to stop such an action by Epic.

It’s going to get tricky for developers if Apple does remove development rights for Epic. A lot of games are suddenly either going to be removed from the iOS store or have massive warnings put on them. I feel like this shows that Apple really doesn’t care about small developers who have no say in the matter. It’s hard to see this going well for either of the big sides though as Apple fans dig in on their side of the matter and try to find all that’s wrong with Epic and vice versa.

Nintendo held a new indie direct to show off small indie games and drop a few onto their store today. Some showcased games included: Card Shark, Bear and Breakfast, and Hades. Plus the announced release of SpiritFarer, Manifold Garden, A Short Hike, and Raji: An Ancient Epic.

This was a fun little showcase of games that I really liked. Lots of good looking games getting attention and raising peoples curiosity. Plus there are now two geese to terrorize people with in Untitled Goose Game. The only down side is some of these games will be timed exclusives for the Switch before coming to other consoles, but they are coming so the wait shouldn’t be too painful.

Rocksteady is the latest gaming studio to be hit by sexual harassment accusations. The are accused of hiding events and withholding a letter that would tell the workers what has happened. Rocksteady also released a letter from current female members of their staff that say things have changed and released a message from the top staff as well. The first report came from the newspaper The Guardian who got a hold of the leaked letter.

Uh… Well this is obviously not good. It feels much like we are not getting a full story out of either side but that’s just my feeling on the matter. Hopefully changes have been made and the studio has learned its lesson from this matter. It’s hard to know if they do or if it is all just kept under that much of a tighter wrap.

Another game has slipped from its release date into 2021. This time to the game DEATHLOOP from Arkane Lyon Studios is being pushed to the second quarter of 2021.

For such an ambitious looking game I can’t say I’m surprised that it is getting delayed. Plus with a pandemic still raging I’m sure game development isn’t going exactly smoothly as one would hope. The only bright side of all of this is that it gives them time to get the game into a shape that they’d originally visioned.

Odd news out of Hardsuit Labs the developers working hard on Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2. The creative director, Ka’ai Cluney, and the lead narrative writer, Brian Mitsoda, for the game have been fired. In their place comes Alexandre Mandryka. If you wish to know more head over to the website Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the story.

This is odd to say the least and generally doesn’t happen unless something big is up. Unless someone from the studio starts talking and leaking news, it seems unlikely that the world will ever fully know both sides of the story. If one had to guess it seems that the game was getting a little bit scope heavy design wise adding too much and it was getting away from the development team. Thus the change to reign everything back in to get the game back on target. But, that is only a theory and I’m not saying that’s what’s happened here.

During Warner Brothers DC Fandom event they showed off Warner Brothers Montreal’s upcoming game Gotham Knights. This game doesn’t have you taking control of Batman but a group of heroes trained by Bruce Wayne who are now taking over for the Batman. But, these four heroes are doing so during a time which they aren’t trusted and are pretty much vigilantes much like Batman was when he started.

The premise certainly looks good and I’m not against an action RPG in a style of Destiny. It does worry me that it seems like so many games are trying to go that way though. All of the game play they showed is still pre-alpha and the game isn’t being released until 2021 so there is a lot of time to work on and get the game better. It looks rough right now but most games look pretty rough in alpha. I have hope that it will turn out good, it just needs to make the combat feel effective and not to RPG-ish since you are a superhero after all.

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Well that’s all for this week. Thank you for reading my blog post in all of its oddity. For those with any questions, suggestions, and or comments please feel free to leave them below in the comment section. Or you can get in contact with me on Twitter @Snipehockey or email me at Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com. Please stay safe out there.

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