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The Week in Video Games – April 30, 2017

Here’s our weekly round-up of the most important video games news from around the web, and here on Thumbsticks.

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Here’s our weekly round-up of the most important video games news from around the web, and here on Thumbsticks.

It’s been a fairly quiet week for gaming news, but there were some interesting financial results published, a new hardware announcement, and release dates confirmed for a two massive games.

Marvel vs Capcom

Capcom have released a glut of new information for the much-anticipated Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. The game now has a firm release date of September 19, 2017, but the most interesting news was related to the game’s growing character roster. Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Rocket Raccoon, Ultron, Chun-Li, Strider Hiryu, and Chris Redfield have all joined the list of playable characters, and the game’s big bad is none other than a fearsome combination of Marvel’s Ultron and Mega Man’s Sigma.

Call of Duty: WWII is finally revealed

First it was leaked, then it was teased. and finally, this week, it was unveiled. Call of Duty: WWII will be released on November 2, 2017. The game looks exciting enough, but there was criticism of its approach from some quarters. Allegra Frank, writing at Polygon, considers the game’s diverse cast to be little more than marketing, and The Guardian’s Keith Stuart found the game’s desire to be ‘authentic’ uncomfortable.

Nintendo’s Genyo Takeda is retiring

Genyo Takeda, Nintendo’s influential producer and hardware designer, is retiring after 46 years with the company. Takeda was behind the design of the Nintendo 64 controller’s analogue stick, and also produced and directed a number of much-loved Nintendo hits including Punch-Out!! and Pilotwings 64. Takeda leaves Nintendo in June and will be replaced by Ko Shiota, who currently heads the Platform Technology Development Division. Happy retirement, Takeda!

The Switch is off to a good start

Nintendo also revealed that 2.74m Nintendo Switch consoles were sold during its first month of release. This is up from the 2m units the company initially forecast. Buoyed by the good start, Nintendo says it hopes to sell another 10m consoles in the current fiscal year. In addition, 5.46m units of Switch software have been sold, including 2.76m copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Taking its Wii U SKU into account, the game has shifted 3.84m copies in total. It’s not all about the Switch though. Much to everyone’s surprise, a new Nintendo 2DS XL console was also announced.

Capcom sales

It’s not just the Big N who have reasons to smile when they check the bank balance. Capcom also posted their full-year financials, reporting net sales of more than ¥‎87.17bn, a 13.2% increase over the prior year. Of particular note is the “solid performance” of Resident Evil VII, which has sold over 3.50m copies. GamesIndustry.biz takes a closer look.

Praise be for the return of the demo

Arkane Studios’ reboot of Prey arrives next week, and to promote the game an hour-long demo is now free to download. Aside from the game trials offered by EA Access, it’s been a long time since a title of this nature has received such a generous public preview. Bethesda Studios, the game’s publisher, must surely be hoping to capture a little bit of the magic created by the original BioShock demo. Gamasutra looks at whether it’s successful, and Mike Williams at US Gamer compares the game’s opening minutes to Irrational’s 2008 classic.

ZX Spectrum

The list of crowdfunding campaigns aimed at bringing back the humble ZX Spectrum makes for grim reading. Both the ZX Spectrum Vega Plus, and the Recreated ZX Spectrum floundered amid controversy and anger from backers. Hopefully, the ZX Spectrum Next will buck the trend. Eurogamer reports on the project’s ambitious goals.

Next week’s game releases

There’s a packed week of game releases ahead, including six new titles coming to PlayStation Plus. Check out the full lineup on our New Releases page.

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Release date, pricey special editions revealed for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator will have different airport and aircraft options depending on which pricey package you plump for.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator will have different airport and aircraft options depending on which pricey package you plump for.

Remember Flight Simulator? It was one of those things that everyone had, but nobody could really remember buying. Where the cool kids were having fun blowing things up on X-Wing or Tie-Fighter (or, indeed, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter) the Flight Simulator aficionados were trying not to blow anything up. It was the corduroy of flight simulators. Even its name is the video game version of a tin of Ronseal wood stain.

The new Flight Simulator – called Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is very imaginative – looks rather interesting, though. Gone are the weirdly flat worlds with, you know, the thing you could land at or on, like the airport or aircraft carrier, being actually 3D. Microsoft Flight Simulator utilises data from Bing Maps and processing power in Microsoft’s Azure cloud for beautifully realised, accurately scaled 3D worlds.

It still promises to be technical in the extreme (and potentially corduroy dull), sure, but being able to flypast places you know in real life that are realistically recreated? It’s suddenly a lot more appealing.

But if one of those places you wanted to see was Heathrow Airport? Well, that’s going to cost you. (We’re not quite sure why it would be, but to each their own.)

There will be three versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator when it releases on August 18, 2020. They are the Standard, Deluxe and Premium editions – priced at £59.99, £79.99, and £109.99 respectively – come with different selections of aircraft and airports.

So if you want to fly the Boeing 787-Dreamliner, for instance? You’ll need the Microsoft Flight Simulator Premium edition. You don’t get to land at Amsterdam Schiphol, Cairo International or Chicago O’Hare unless you buy the Deluxe edition, while Heathrow, San Francisco, Dubai, Frankfurt and, weirdly, Denver are all gated behind the Premium edition.

No, we don’t get it either but, as we said before, to each their own.


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Save 95% on this cool Nintendo Switch game creation tool

Channel your inner Miyamoto with a massive discount on Nintendo Switch game creation maker, PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker.

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Channel your inner Miyamoto with a massive discount on Nintendo Switch game creation tool, PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker.

If you’re a Nintendo Switch owner with  a desire to make your own games, the obvious choice is Super Mario Maker 2. However, another excellent game creation tool is currently discounted by 95% on the Nintendo eShop. PlataGO! Super Platform Game Maker is down to just $0.99 in the US, and £0.79 in the UK.

The game creation kit is from UK-based studio Super Icon, who we spoke to back in 2015 when the charming retro platformer Life of Pixel was released for Wii U. (It’s a lovely game that is also on Switch.)

PlataGO! features a comprehensive suite of tools, enabling users to create platform games using a large selection of assets, items, and characters. You can also recreate the feel of your retro favourites with a range of filters that evoke the visuals of the SNES, Commodore 64, and Game Boy, to name a few.

It’s a full-featured package with an impressive array of variables to configure as you attempt to create the perfect platformer. You can also share your efforts with other players, and download creations from the PlatGO! Steam Early Access Community Contest.

Making games is hard, so don’t expect PlataGO! to turn you into a design genius overnight. However, it’s a full-featured and accessible application, and hard to resist with the discount.

The Nintendo Switch is quietly becoming a hotbed of game dev tools. In addition to Super Mario Maker 2 and PlataGO!, the console is also home to the FUZE coding application and Labo. RPG Maker MV is set for release in September.


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This week’s PlayStation 4 releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima headlines this week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 video game releases.

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Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima headlines this week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 video game releases.

Another month, another eagerly-anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive. This time it’s open-world action-adventure Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch Productions.

We recall playing Infamous Second Son shortly after the launch of the PlayStation 4, so it feels appropriate to bookend the generation with a demonstration of how far the studio has come. We have a suspicion that Ghost of Tsushima is going to do very well. It’s also another late-generation example of how much power the PS4 still has to give.

We’re not so sure about Rocket Arena, which, following a long period of development, was unveiled at month’s EA Play Live. It’s an artistically bland 3v3 third-person shooter that looks both fun and forgettable.

We’re more excited to get our hands on Superhot: Mind Control Delete. The game began life as DLC for Superhot Team’s acclaimed time-bending action game, before becoming a full-blown follow-up. If you purchased the first game – i.e. you paid cash and didn’t get it through PS Plus – you can download Superhot: Mind Control Delete for free. It’s a fantastic gesture from a talented studio.

Other new PS4 releases include Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus and Neversong.

We are still waiting on release date confirmation for a couple of new PS4 titles. We’ll update this page as soon as we get it.

New PlayStation 4 releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Rocket Arena

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Ultra Hat Dimension

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

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Everything announced on last night’s Ubisoft Forward

Ubisoft announces release dates for Watch Dogs Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and there’s a first look at Far Cry 6.

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Ubisoft announces release dates for Watch Dogs Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and there’s a first look at Far Cry 6.

We like to get excited by new video games, but it was hard to be too enthusiastic about last night’s Ubisoft showcase.

Another wave of allegations concerning sexual misconduct and toxic work culture has reached the top of the company, resulting in the departures of chief creative officer Serge Hascoët, Canadian studios head Yannis Mallat, and global head of HR, Cécile Cornet. They follow the recent resignation of Maxime Béland, and the suspension of Tommy Francois and Andrien Gbinigie following multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

In a statement addressing the problem, Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot promises change:

“Ubisoft has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees. This is unacceptable, as toxic behaviors are in direct contrast to values on which I have never compromised – and never will. I am committed to implementing profound changes across the company to improve and strengthen our workplace culture.”

By all accounts, it’s a deep-rooted problem. We just hope that Ubisoft takes the situation as seriously as Guillemot indicates.

Oh, yeah, and here’s a quick rundown on every announcement from the first Ubisoft Forward of 2020.

Ubisoft Forward – July 2020

  • Watch Dogs Legion – Ubisoft Toronto’s upcoming dystopian open-world game is introduced with a short film from Emmy Award-winning director Alberto Mielgo. New gameplay footage shows the game’s flexible character options and approach to missions. Releases on October 29, 2020.
  • Brawlhalla – The cartoon fighter is coming to iOS and Android devices on August 6, 2020.
  • Might and Magic: Era of Chaos – A sizzle reel trailer for the popular mobile battle RPG.
  • Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad – Please be excited for the upcoming Clancyverse mobile game. Please. Released on August 27, 2020.
  • Rainbow Six Siege – A thank you video from Ubisoft Montreal to celebrate the game’s fifth anniversary
  • Hyper Scape – Ubisoft’s new battle royale shooter gets a new story trailer. The open beta is now live.
  • Watch Dogs Legion – Confirmation from plucky Phil Spencer that Watch Dogs Legion supports Xbox Series X Smart Delivery.
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – A new gameplay deep-dive details Valhalla’s combat mechanics, environments and missions. It looks too sunny to be Britain, but it does look lovely. Released for current-gen consoles on November 17, 2020.
  • Far Cry 6 – Giancarlo Esposito and Anton Castillo star in the next Far Cry instalment. An overwrought story trailer ignites a small modicum of excitement. Released on February 18, 2021.

You can watch the full 50-minute show below. Another Ubisoft Forward presentation is due later this year.

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New Xbox One releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Ooblets top the list of new video games coming to Xbox One next week.

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Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Ooblets top the list of new video games coming to Xbox One between July 13 and 17, 2020.

Our highlight from next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases is the surprise release of Superhot: Mind Control Delete. The third game in Superhot Team’s innovative time-twisting shooter series promises more of everything, including larger levels and new combat mechanics. Best of all, the game is free to download for anyone who purchased the first game.

One game we have been watching for some time is Ooblets, which comes to Xbox Game Preview on Tuesday. Glumberland’s super-charming life simulation game features many genre staples – farming, furniture, creature collection, and town upgrades – but, most importantly, it has dance-off battles. It’s also coming to early access on PC via the Epic Game Store.

We’re also pleased to see Hopfrog’s Zelda-like adventure Forager finally get an Xbox One release. Other games to look forward to include Neversong, We Should Talk, and Radical Rabbit Stew.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft online store.

New Xbox One releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Rocket Arena

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Ooblets
  • Rez Plz
  • Ultra Hat Dimension

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Bounty Battle
  • Dunk Lords
  • Forager
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete
  • We Should Talk

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

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