May 20th – May 26th
where I bring you the last 7 days of video game news summed up
On Monday blizzard announced a new league program for Overwatch directed at the amateurs of the community. You can sign up for, and participate in, season 0 online. With a prize pool of 50,000 dollars, winners of that will also be brought to season 1, which will be an offline league with a prize pool of 100k. This stands to be an opportunity for some unknown talent to rise from the crowds. Sign ups, as well as more details can be found at overwatchcontenders.com
On Monday Rockstar Games made the announcement that Red Dead Redemption 2 would be delayed until Spring 2018, instead of the originally planned Fall 2017. The reason being that they need more time, and do not want to release a game until its truly ready. more details, as well as some new screenshots of the upcoming title can be found at their website.
link to the announcement here
IO interactive, best known as the developers for the Hitman series, has announced on their twitter that a number of employees will unfortunately be leaving the studio. It is presumed but not confirmed to be in relation to their recent separation to their owner/publisher, Square Enix. My sympathies go out to the developers. you can see the tweet in question Here.
Nintendo announced that they will be touring the US with a large booth setup, showcasing new titles for the 3DS and Switch. To find out if they’re coming to your town, and when. you can visit Nintendo’s event page at Here.
A leak appeared this week revealing artwork for a game titled “Mario + Rabbid Kingdom Battle”. Multiple sources have confirmed themselves that this was something they knew or suspected, but lacked evidence of. So while it isn’t confirmed, it certainly is looking legitimate.
Twitch is hosting a marathon of Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood as a charity event for PBS stations. special systems are set up for donations. Whether your nostalgic, want some feel good teachings, or just support public television, I’d say this is worth checking out. It can be found at www.twitch.tv/misterrogers
Awesomenauts is a 2D side view platforming MOBA with a dramatically silly styling to it. And now its gone Free To Play. If you’re interested you can check it out on steam.
Nintendo stock has been on the rise since the Switch release. having exceeded the spike that Pokemon GO made. Currently sitting at 31k, while it doesn’t compare to its highest ever (November 2007 at 70k), the last time they reached this high was over 7 years ago in April 2010. Good for them.
Released on Thursday is a new Pokemon Mobile game called MagikarpJump. Where the player catches, trains, and takes care of their own magikarp in an effort to make it the best jumping fish around. It has a very tamadachi style, giving it things and decorating its room. Its out now for Android and iOS, details can be found here.
GWENT: The Witcher card game entered an open beta phase this thursday. A new card game centered in the Witcher universe, you can try it out yourself for free. visit this link for details.
Castlevania Anime coming to Netflix
A trailer was released showing off a new Anime style series for Castlevania. Which can be found on Netflix July 7th. I honestly am not sure if its a movie or episodic series.
Throughout the entire week, Ubisoft was teasing about FarCry 5. Friday morning they gave the full details. Including a reveal trailer, a first look video, and a number of character videos. Most importantly that it has a release date of February 27th, 2018. The setting this time being a American country location, populated by a dominating religious group. Its a refreshing change of pace from the previous FarCry games, and I look forward to seeing how it turns out. more details can be read at the Ubisoft blog post about it here.
Microsoft has announced Mixer, a new game streaming service. Originally called Beam, its been in development since November of 2014, was acquired by Microsoft in august last year, launched last march, and now renamed as Mixer. Time will tell if it can hold up against big names like YouTube and Twitch. You can check it out at https://mixer.com/
It was announced that Monster Hunter XX would be releasing for Nintendo Switch. A fantasy setting game, where you (or your friends) use your skill and wits to take down monsters MUCH larger than yourself, in a style reminiscent of dark souls boss battles. The power combined with the portability of the switch makes this most recent Monster Hunter game sound very appealing.
The classic fighting game series has released a port of Ultra Street Fighter II for Nintendo switch. great news for anyone a fan of the series.
Titanfall DLC to launch next Tuesday
Titanfall 2’s upcoming DLC, Monarch’s Reign, Will launch May 3oth. Featuring new executions, remastered maps, a new titan, 2 new prime titans
Little Nightmares, a recently popular narrative based game has announced the intention for DLC, titled Secrets of The Maw. The Maw being the ship that the game takes place. This may be an excellent way to resolve any questions their player base previously had. I actually did a review of a VR game made by the same company, you can check that out here.
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