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10 video game stories you might have missed – May 12, 2019

Here’s our quick round-up of some video game news you might have missed.

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Here’s our quick round-up of some video game news you might have missed.

It’s been another packed week in the world of video games, with a new Ghost Recon game announced by Ubisoft, and an impressive new trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake closing the latest PlayStation State of Play.

As ever, there were a few stories that we missed. Here are ten worth knowing.

The video game cartoons we didn’t get

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, another glorious piece of video game ephemera is unearthed. Twitter user Tanooki Joe discovered an Ebay auction listing promotional art for unmade cartoons based on Castlevania, Double Dragon, Metroid, and California Games. The concepts feature a male Samus, and a rather Scooby-Doo-like take on Castlevania. It’s probably for the best these were never made.

Metroid and Castlevania video game cartoons
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Trouble at the top for the ESA

Variety has published a report detailing “a toxic environment rife with internal politics” at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The association – which runs the annual E3 games event – has recently found itself on the wrong side of the arguments against workplace crunch and exploitative monetization practices. The problem, it seems, starts at the top.

Nintendo confirms E3 2019 plans

Nintendo has officially announced its plans for E3 2019 with the news that a new Nintendo Direct will air on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. It will be followed by three days of content from the Nintendo Treehouse. There will also be tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 held on June 8, 2019.

Xbox Game Pass Quests expand to new regions

Major Nelson has announced that Xbox Game Pass Quests are now available in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, France, Germany, and Mexico. Quests encourage players to complete activities within eligible titles in return for Microsoft Reward points. The points can be redeemed for Xbox gift cards, in-game content, and digital media.

IDW launches a new Gears of War comic

Gears of War: Hivebusters is a new five-part Gears of War comic books series from IDW featuring art by Alan Quah and Pierre Droal, and a script by Kurtis Wiebe. The story is set after the events of Gears of War 4 and follows a tactical COG unit’s attempt to destroy a swarm hive from within.

EA Access is coming to PlayStation 4

Games subscription service EA Access is coming to PlayStation 4 five years after it debuted on Xbox One. The PS4 service will launch in July, and include early trials on new game releases, access to a library of EA titles, and 10% discounts on digital purchases. We assume it won’t include many of the last-generation titles that are available on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility.

The Division 2 loot plans shelved

Ubisoft has backtracked on plans to add higher level weapons and gear to The Division 2. The ‘515 gear’ was planned to drop in the game’s third update but following an outcry from players, developer Massive Entertainment said they had decided “not increase Gear Score beyond 500”.

God of War documentary released

Sony has released Raising Kratos, a two-hour-long documentary that follows the development of Playstation 4 game, God of War. The film was assembled from over 400 hours of raw footage and took two years to complete. It’s a fascinating look at the creation of one of this generation’s defining video games. Grab a coffee and watch it right here.

Monster Hunter World gets a free trial on PS4

PlayStation 4 owners can download and play the opening section of Monster Hunter World for free until May 20, 2019. The free trial includes the Ancient Forest and Wildspire Waste locations and eight assignments to complete. Online multiplayer is included, and all progress can be carried over to the full game.

Two points for Sega

Sega Europe has acquired Two Point Studios, the company behind the well-received simulation game, Two Point Hospital. The game will continue to receive support and updates as the studio works on new, unannounced projects. Speaking about the acquisition, Sega Europe president, Gary Dale, says:

“We’re delighted to welcome Two Point Studios officially in to the Sega family. As a relatively new, British-based developer with a global hit already under their belts, we knew we had to move quickly on this deal because they are an extremely attractive investment proposition with a great deal of talent.”

New game releases

Rage 2 and the Castlevania Anniversary Collection are the highlights from this week’s lineup of new video game releases for the Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.


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New Nintendo Switch releases: February 17-21, 2020

This week’s lineup of new eShop games for the Nintendo Switch includes an impressive collection of retro classics.

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This week’s lineup of new eShop games for the Nintendo Switch includes an impressive collection of retro classics.

Not a week goes by without the Nintendo Switch eshop getting at least one retro game or remake. This week we have 27. Gulp!

The fun starts on Wednesday with four new games added to the list of NES and SNES classics available through Nintendo Switch Online. Smash Tennis and Pop ‘n TwinBee are our picks from the new additions.

Even more impressive is the Double Dragon & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle from Arc System Works. The collection features no fewer than 18 titles, including arcade classics Double Dragon and Renegade, plus 11 NES games never before released in the West.

We also have nothing but good things to say about Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Puyo Puyo 2. Both games come to the Sega Ages range with some cool new features and game modes. Hamster Corporation also continues its good work with Arcade Archives VS. Mahjong.

Finally, Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition is the latest entry in Capcom’s popular action series to get a Switch outing.

Brand new releases include Blood Will Be Spilled, Last Encounter, and the curiously titled sci-fi adventure, Ciel Fledge: A Daughter Raising Simulator. Gulp, again!

Here’s the current roster of new Nintendo Switch releases. We’ll keep the list updated throughout the week.

Nintendo Switch releases – February 17-21, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

  • Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo – US

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

  • 3000th Duel
  • Eliminator Boat Duel – NES
  • Pop ‘n TwinBee – SNES
  • Shadow of the Ninja – NES
  • Smash Tennis – SNES

Thursday, February 20, 2020

  • Blood Will Be Spilled
  • Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition
  • Double Dragon & Kunio-kun Retro Brawler Bundle
  • Fred3ric
  • Georifters
  • Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story
  • Lines XL
  • Oddmar
  • A Sound Plan
  • Sudoku Relax 4 Winter Snow
  • Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Sega Ages Puyo Puyo 2
  • Sudoku Relax 4 Winter Snow
  • Tower of Babel – no mercy
  • Uncharted Tides: Port Royal
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] – EU
  • Vitamin Connection

Friday, February 21, 2020

  • Arcade Archives VS. Mahjong
  • Blood Breed
  • Brief Battles
  • Ciel Fledge: A Daughter Raising Simulator
  • Dark Tower
  • Ego Protocol: Remastered
  • Fishing Adventure
  • King Lucas
  • Knightin’+
  • Last Encounter
  • Otherworldly
  • Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo – EU
  • Ubermosh:Omega
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] – US

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The Epic exodus is over – Metro Exodus is now on Steam

One year after its release on the Epic Games Store, Metro Exodus is now available to purchase on Steam.

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One year after its release on the Epic Games Store, Metro Exodus is now available to purchase on Steam.

Over the past year or so, the Epic Games Store has been ruffling some feathers. The digital storefront, buoyed by big bucks from Fortnite Battle Royale cosmetics, has been buying PC exclusivity left, right and centre.

This has upset fans of Steam. Tribalism among video game fans is weird – we’ve seen it in the console world for years – but it’s especially weird when it extends to which free PC launcher you use. We don’t get it, frankly. But games being unavailable to buy on Steam has upset people, nonetheless.

And when Metro Exodus was announced as an Epic Games Store exclusive in January 2019, Steam was a little upset, too. Or at least, the note they left on the Steam Store page (that had previously allowed players to pre-purchase Metro Exodus) made it seem like they were.

Now, the year of Epic Games Store exclusivity is over. Metro Exodus is now available to purchase from Steam.

To celebrate Metro Exodus riding back onto Steam, publisher Deep Silver is offering the game at a 40% discount for this weekend only.

Metro Exodus Steam Store discounts

  • Metro Exodus – 40% off
  • Metro Exodus: Gold Edition – 40% off
  • Metro Exodus: Season pass – 25% off
  • Metro Exodus: The Two Colonels DLC – 40% off
  • Metro Exodus: Sam’s Story DLC – full price
  • Metro: Franchise sale – 51% off

Given that the season pass is offered at just a 25% discount, and the Sam’s Story DLC – released just a few days ago – is being sold at full price, then the Metro Exodus: Gold Edition is looking like the best deal. If you’ve not played any of the other games then the franchise sale – with a whopping 51% off – includes the first two games, Metro Exodus, and the season pass.

These discounts will end on February 18, 2020. But don’t worry: Metro Exodus will be available to purchase from Steam forevermore. (We presume.)


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New PlayStation 4 releases: February 17-18, 2020

The Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary bundle and a new collection arcade classics are among next week’s new PlayStation releases.

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The Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary bundle and a new collection arcade classics are among next week’s new PlayStation 4, PSVR, and PS Vita releases.

The Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle is our pick from next week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 releases. Both games are remastered at 4K and 60 fps on PS4 Pro, and if you buy the bundle before March 3, you’ll also get a free dynamic theme. A limited-edition steel-book release is also available from Amazon and other retailers.

If we’re playing the numbers game, however, the Double Dragon & Kunio-kun: Retro Brawler Bundle takes top prize. The collection includes no fewer than 18 arcade and NES classics, many of which are getting a Western release for the first time.

Let’s also give a shout-out to players eagerly anticipating the release of Autobahn Police Simulator 2. You must be out there somewhere and we’re super-pleased to tell you that the game is racing onto PS4 this week.

Other new games include Nordic noir adventure Dragen, and FPS VR shooter, Bullet Sorrow.

Here’s the complete lineup of this week’s new PlayStation Store releases. We’ll update this list throughout the week with any last minute additions.

New PlayStation 4 releases – February 17-18, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

  • Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary
  • DCL – The Game
  • Knightin’+ (and PS Vita)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

  • No releases

Thursday, February 20, 2020

  • Autobahn Police Simulator 2
  • Double Dragon & Kunio-kun: Retro Brawler Bundle
  • Katana Kami
  • Townsmen — A Kingdom Rebuilt

Friday, February 21, 2020

  • Bullet Sorrow VR
  • Draugen

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New Xbox One releases: February 17-21, 2020

The Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle headlines next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases.

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The Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle headlines this week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases.

Can it really be ten years? Crikey, we feel old, but we’re looking forward to revisiting Bayonetta and Vanquish nonetheless. PlatinumGames’ pair of action classics are reissued this week in a double-pack of remasters. Both games get a visual bump and run at 4K resolution and 60 fps on Xbox One X. A limited-edition physical steel-book release is also available from various retailers, including Amazon.

Also heading to Xbox One is Reigns: Game of Thrones. The game is a fun twist on Nerial’s acclaimed monarch simulator and is definitely worth getting if you’re a fan of George R. R. Martin’s books or the hit HBO series.

Other new games include Bunny Parking, Thief Simulator, and Draugen, which its developer describes as “a single-player, first-person Fjord Noir mystery set in 1920.” Sign us up.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the confirmed lineup.

New Xbox One games – February 17-21, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

  • DCL – The Game
  • Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

  • Bunny Parking
  • Knightin’+
  • Lost Artifacts
  • Thief Simulator

Thursday, February 20, 2020

  • Reigns: Game of Thrones

Friday, February 21, 2020

  • Ailment
  • Draugen
  • Uncharted Tides: Port Royal

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Control creator Remedy has four projects in the works

Control DLC is on the way, but Remedy is also working on three other games.

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Control DLC is on the way, but Remedy is also working on three other games.

Today, Remedy released a lengthy financial statement explicating its performance from January 1 through December 31, 2019. Nestled within the broader breakdown? The revelation that the Finnish company is currently working on four projects.

Control fans likely already know that Remedy is working on a pair of paid expansions for the third-person shooter. Remedy has also previously revealed that the company is handling the campaign for CrossFire X – a new take on CrossFire, an FPS with a massive player base in Asia. It’s scheduled to launch on Xbox One this year.

The new news is that Remedy is currently in pre-production on an unannounced game. We know basically nothing about that, but it might be the project that lead writer Sam Lake indicated he was beginning work on last November.

The statement also revealed that the company is gearing up to get in the service games arm race. Vanguard is a small multiplayer-focused team within Remedy, which the company’s website describes as having “a startup mentality within the stability of a large company.”

Vanguard also seems to be the working title for the project the team is working on.

All in all, there’s a lot to be excited about. We ranked Control as one of the best games of 2019, so it’s exciting to see the team branching out as they head into the future.


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