Another week around the world of video games has come up to fight for attention of the people. So, here it is the week of October 18th to the 24th of 2020 and the gaming news, releases, and some entertainment news to entertain you. Please know that I don’t cover all that’s happened during the week it is just the stuff that caught my interest.
Disc Room –
A dungeon crawling adventure in which each room is filled with dangerous spinning discs that want to cut you in half. You job is puzzle your way around the discs and get to the next room. Sound simple? Well it is and isn’t. Think bullet hell meets spinning blades and that those blades are the bullets. It released on Switch and PC on October 22nd, 2020 from a group of four developers – Terri, Dose, Kitty, and JW while publishing was done by Devolver Digital.
Amnesia: Rebirth –
You wake up in the desert in Algeria with no knowledge of how you get here or how long you’ve been here. As you struggle to remember what happened to your character, Tasi Trianon, you find yourself hunted by a creature that feeds off of fear. One wrong breath and it will come to get you. The game was created and published by Frictional Games on PC, Mac, Linux, and PS4. It came out on October 20th 2020.
Take Two and 2K games are up to their usual shenanigans when it comes to their basketball game. In 2K21 there will be unskippable ads in game. And you are not being compensated for this by a lower priced game, no it is still a full fledged 70 dollar affair. This effects the PC, Xbox One, and PS4 versions of the game so far and will probably extend to the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Head over to stevivor.com for the story.
Of course they did this as they’ve been slowly doing as they’ve done it previously and probably see no reason to stop. People are just going to buy 2K basketball game regardless of what 2K Sports and Take-Two do it to make the game as un-consumer friendly as possible. It’s sad to think about this between Madden, 2K, and FIFA I get the feeling that sports companies are just looking for ways to nickel and dime their way to the bank and the publishers and developers have stopped caring about the game they made.
A new real time strategy game is being worked on by new studio Frost Giant Games. This is being worked on by former developers from Blizzard who worked on Starcraft II and Warcraft III bringing their knowledge to the game. Riot Games will be acting as publisher for the title. There isn’t much revealed about the game other then the team working on it. But, if you want to learn about them and a bit of their plans you can visit the Frost Giant Games website.
I’m all for some new real time strategy games. It’s hard to get a feel for what the game will other then something similar to the old Blizzard games. The announcement has me curious to see if this new team can recapture the magic that made Blizzard’s RTS games so popular.
Mojang games will soon require a Microsoft account though the change over won’t start until 2021. They are saying that this will provide additional security and allows for two factor authentication. Mojang released a blog post with their reasons for this which you should check out.
More security is good for the user and well Mojang doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to recovering accounts. So, hopefully this helps fix those issues and users can more easily get back lost accounts because of long forgotten email addresses and passwords.
For those that love horror and dark games and exploring dungeons that make you go mad. Red Hook Games revealed that their newest game Darkest Dungeon II will be headed to early access in 2021, but said early access will be on the Epic Games Store.
…And the comment section of YouTube is everyone complaining about how the early access is on Epic Game Store. Really? It isn’t that big of a deal yet it seems almost on the verge of overly dramatic with some of those comments. I hope the game is good and I wish the developers the best to luck with the early access as some of their audience comes across like cry babies when it comes to decisions made.
Publisher Devolver Digital has added the Croteam to their roster of in house developers as they acquire the team. Croteam is known for is work on the Serious Sam first person shooter franchise. The Croatian team was founded in 1993 and they’re currently working on a sequel to their game The Talos Principle. This was announced via Devolver Digital’s website as the usual propaganda as the publisher likes to call it.
Hopefully this means good things for the developers as they now don’t have as much worry about finding funding for their games and working on shoe string budgets. The big thing they need to do though is deliver a great game as Serious Sam 4 has had some struggles
Quibi the streaming service that provided short 10 minute episodes is closing up shop. This comes just six months after the service launched. If you wish to learn more you can head over to TheVerge.com who have a bit of a story on the downfall.
In theory its an interesting idea and it is basically what YouTube was built around in short videos. In practice they simply didn’t have attractive enough content to push that idea to the users. It will also probably the only streaming service that only lasted a few months before they pulled the plug so they have that going for them, though they probably would rather not have that record.
That’s about it for this week so thank you for stopping by. Also please feel free to drop by my podcast Running Sentences, which is a literary fiction/story telling podcast. It’s fun, its free to listen to except for the time investment, but that’s pretty cheap…maybe. And if you have any questions, suggestions, and or comments please feel free to get in touch with me. You can do that via Twitter – @Snipehockey, or emailing me at – Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, or just leave a comment below. Thank you once again for visiting and please stay safe out there in this never ending pandemic.