Weekly Update – June 2nd

Weekly Update
May 27th – June 2nd

where I bring you the last 7 days of video game news summed up


Archangel: Upcoming VR game
Ever wanted to fight a rebellion? What if you did that in a 6 story tall walking death machine? That’s what Archangel is. Releasing for PSVR 2 weeks before other VR systems, Its set to release this July. More information Here.
Twitch Plays The Stocks
TwitchPlays were a popular concept a few years ago, With TwitchPlays Pokemon and TwitchPlays Dark Souls. Now the next gimmick to try and revitalize the concept has risen. A programmer has set up and automated process for their Twitch chat to manipulate a stock profile. You can watch the stream (during regular trading hours) and read the rules of participation Here.

Sonic Mania Releases August
The upcoming Sonic game, Sonic Mania, announced a release date of August 15th of this year. Going back to their classic roots, this game appeals to many of their long time fans.
Overwatch Season 5
The 5th season of competitive play for Overwatch has launched. Get stretching, It’s time to work your way back to the top.

Ubisoft’s New Groove

Ubisoft has updated their logo from the swirly purple circle to a black and white outline of the same design. you can read more about it here.

Splatoon’s headset is awkward

An official gaming headset was announced for Splatoon 2 being produced by HORI. While the aesthetic is on par with the Splatoon style, the design is not. To hear game audio it has to be plugged in to the switch, of course. To hear voice chat however, it must be plugged into your mobile smartphone, running the Nintendo companion app. Its unclear why there is a hardware separation for voice chat, but its clear that they are dedicated to the idea.


Nintendo’s Online Service

Nintendo announced their plans for their online service, or more notably, of the cost. In 2018, for either 4 dollars a month, 8 dollars every 3 months, or 20 dollars a year, subscribers will have access to online play on switch games, voice chat features in their mobile app, and a collection of classic games. More details can be read here.

 

Need for Early Access: Paymore
A new Need for Speed game was announced by Namico Bandai. Need for Speed: Payback is coming to Xbox One on November 10th. You can play 8 days early with EA Access. An idea some may find disagreeable, but not surprising by EA.

Murkoff Report?
The Red Barrels, the Game Studio most well known for horror game Outlast has posted to their twitter linking to https://themurkoffreport.tumblr.com/
full of cryptic text and files. its not immediately clear what this is, speculation is on a DLC for Outlast 2.

Self Publication on Steam

Steam has announced a Direct Publication option for developers, for 100 dollars, indie studios can publish their own games. This might be a sign that greenlight will be weeded out in favor for this. Only time will tell.