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A quick catch-up on some of the video game news you may have missed over the past week.

It’s not been the busiest week for video games news – what with the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer paralysing the entire population of Earth for at least two days – but there were a few announcements and stories of note.

Epic Games acquired Rocket League developer, Psyonix. Days Gone escaped a critical mauling to top the UK games chart, and Nintendo found a way to reduce load times on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And proving that not all movie video games need to be bad, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu received a warm critical response.

There were also a few stories we missed. Here’s quick round-up of the ten we think are most interesting.

Microsoft Solitaire acknowledged at last

The Strong Museum of Play has announced this year’s inductees into the World Video Game Hall of FameColossal Cave Adventure, Mortal Kombat, and Super Mario Kart need little introduction, but Microsoft Solitaire is a big surprise. However, it’s hard to seriously argue over its inclusion.

Catherine: Full Body opens for pre-orders

PlayStation Store pre-orders have opened for Catherine: Full Body, the upcoming remake of Atlus’ 2011 puzzle platformer. The game also has a new trailer introducing players to Vincent’s terrifying climb.

A new trailer for The Sinking City

Pre-orders have also opened for Frogwares’ The Sinking City, which is set for release on June 27, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. A new trailer takes a closer look at the game’s investigation mechanics.

Develop:Brighton speakers lineup confirmed

Organisers of UK game development conference Develop:Brighton have confirmed this years speaker lineup. Rebellion co-founders Jason Kingsley and Chris Kingsley are holding a fireside chat, and there are talks from Rare’s Jon Vincent, and Ukie’s Jo Twist.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas update released

They might not be making toys for Starlink: Battle for Atlas anymore, but Ubisoft Toronto has signed off with the sizeable content update called Crimson Moon. The Nintendo Switch version – which includes another batch of StarFox-themed levels – is once again the way to go. The game is also now available for Windows PC.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night revamped

505 Games has announced that ArtPlay’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will hit digital stores on June 18 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and June 25 for Nintendo Switch. The game’s new trailer features Koji Igarashi responding in bullish fashion to online complaints, and features new music from composer Michiru Yamane.

Microsoft talks trash

Microsoft has outlined what it considers to be trash talk in the latest revision to the company’s community standards. It’s all good stuff, and thankfully the phrase “potato aim” makes the cut if used with care.

Respawn fights backs

Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that 770,000 Apex Legends players have been banned since the game’s launch. An additional 4000 cheat seller accounts have also been banned in the last three weeks.

From Saints Row to the front row

Days before the release of Saints Row: The Third on Nintendo Switch, it’s been confirmed that Men in Black: International and Straight Outta Compton director, F. Gary Gray, will be in the chair for a film based on Volition’s action franchise.

World War Z to get DLC

Saber Interactive has confirmed the free content roadmap for surprise hit, World War Z. New additions include a Tokyo map, a Horde mode, plus a new zombie, some character skins, and weapon variants.

World War Z DLC Season 1 content roadmap

Visit the Thumbsticks new releases page for weekly updates on all the new games coming to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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