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The Week in Video Games – April 22, 2018

This week in video games: Brendan Greene speaks about the future of PUBG, Campo Santo joins Valve, and Call of Duty loses its single-player campaign. Here’s our digest of the week’s top gaming news stories.

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This week in video games: Brendan Greene speaks about the future of PUBG, Campo Santo joins Valve, and Call of Duty loses its single-player campaign. Here’s our digest of the week’s top gaming news stories.

Fortnite Battle Royale news

By recent standards it’s been a relatively quiet week on the Fortnite front. Meteors in the sky continue to befuddle players, but at the time of writing we are no closer to understanding – or perhaps even caring – what they mean.

Elsewhere – and just two weeks after its addition – the much-maligned Guided Missile Weapon has been pulled from the game. Better received is the Light Machine Gun, which was added as part of the recent Fortnite V3.5 content update

In an interview on the PlayStation blog, Eric Williamson, design lead on Fortnite, speaks about how quickly the game’s Battle Royale mode was designed and released.

“In July of last year, we started to work on a prototype, and then released our first version of the game in September. So, roughly two months. There was such a good, solid foundation there for us, so that certainly helped us get to a playable version so quickly.”

And if you’re serious about playing Fortnite, Variety reports on Ashland University’s new esports scholarship. Ashland’s head coach, Josh Buchanan, says:

“We’re excited to provide this platform for gamers who want to showcase their skills in a more competitive space. Fortnite facilitates an environment that allows players to get creative, innovate and show off their mastery of their skills.”

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds news

The much requested ability to select between PUBG‘s Erangel and Miramar maps is on the way, according to a new blog post from the PUBG development team. The post details why implementing the feature isn’t as simple as you might think:

“We analyzed tens of millions of matches and sorted the data by server, mode, and time to make sure map selection wouldn’t break the game for anyone. We wanted to make sure that we could create a solution that worked for every region’s players, even the ones with a naturally low server population.”

Brendan Greene also gave a wide-ranging interview to Eurogamer at last week’s EGX Rezzed games expo. Greene speaks about his future ambitions for PUBG, its content roadmap, the controversial Red Zone, and dealing with the Fortnite comparisons.

“It was funny, when we released the Emotes people were saying “oh you’re copying Fortnite” – well, no. We recorded these Emotes in Prague last year, before Fortnite [Battle Royale] was even announced.”

Valve acquires Firewatch studio

Campo Santo – the studio behind of the wonderful Firewatch, and the upcoming In the Valley of the Gods – has been acquired by Valve. All twelve members of Campo Santo will join Valve, and relocate to Bellevue in Washington. However, the team will continue to operate under their own, ahem, steam. In a blog post announcing the news, the studio says:

“In Valve we found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do (this, you may be surprised to learn, doesn’t happen every day). In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives. It quickly became an obvious match.”

Valve ordered to pay $3 million in Steam refund case

Meanwhile, Valve has been ordered to pay a $3 million to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission after losing an appeal in a case against Steam’s refund policy.

Call of Duty to lose single-player campaign?

The death of single-player video games continues with the absence of a mode people said they didn’t need, but will miss now it’s gone. Yup, rumours suggest that Activision’s upcoming FPS, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, will not include a traditional single-player campaign. It will, of course, be offering its own spin on the Battle Royale genre.

Read the West of Loathing design document

Asymmetric’s Zack Johnson has shared the design document for the charming, and funny, Wild West adventure game, West of Loathing. It’s a fascinating read for fans of the studio’s work, and anyone interested in game design.

Battlezone rolls onto Xbox One and Switch

Following an update next month, Rebellion’s Battlezone will be playable on PlayStation 4 and PC without a VR headset. The game – in the shape of Battlezone Gold – will also be coming to the Xbox One in May, and the Nintendo Switch later in the summer.

Night Trap comes to Switch

Also coming to the Nintendo Switch is the 25th Anniversary port of the controversial Sega CD game, Night Trap. The game will get a digital release on the Nintendo eShop, and a physical release from the folks at Limited Run games.

Dark Souls Remastered delayed

In other Switch news, Bandai Namco has confirmed that Dark Souls Remastered has been delayed to summer 2018. The PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC updates of FromSoftware’s influential game are still slated for release on May 25, 2018.

The week in loot boxes

Gamesindustry.biz reports on analysis from Juniper Research that says worldwide consumer spending on loot boxes and skins gambling will reach $50 billion by 2022.

Eurogamer reports on the news that the Dutch gaming authority found that four of ten games it assessed – apparently, FIFA 18, Dota 2, PUBG, and Rocket League – contravened its Betting and Gaming Act.

And the latest game to receive a backlash from players over the inclusion of loot boxes is Nintendo’s mobile hit, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Is nothing sacred? 🙁

Pro Evolution Soccer loses Champion’s League rights

The Pro Evolution Soccer series will lose the rights to the Champion’s League when Konami’s ten-year deal with UEFA expires at the end of the season. EA’s FIFA 19 looks like being the likely destination for tournament from next season.

Konami reveals a new Castlevania game

Konami has also announced the return of the Castlevania series – in a new multiplayer mobile gameCastlevania: Grimoire of Souls, will be released on iOS later this year, and features the return of fan favourites Simon Belmont, Alucard, Charlotte Aulin, Shanoa and Maria Renard, as well as a crop of new characters. The game will feature real-time cooperative and competitive multiplayer.

God of War

PS4 exclusive God of War isn’t short of surprisingly touching moments, but most touching of all is a video released this week showing its director, Cory Barlog, checking out the game’s review scores.

Some Sunday reading…

In this week’s Cut Scenes – our ongoing series that explores the intersection of film and video games – Josh Wise examines two classics of both mediums: Resident Evil 4 and Assault on Precinct 13. Earlier this week, he also posted his impressions of Capybara’s Xbox One exclusive, Below.

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Fair play, Apex Legends – that was an entertaining character reveal

Apex Legends apparently just murdered its latest character in a “televised interview” stream.

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Apex Legends apparently just murdered its latest character in a “televised interview” stream.

Last week, Respawn announced Apex Legends season four, subtitled Assimilation, launches on February 4, 2020.

Along with all of the other new season content, Apex Legends would also be getting a new hero, called Forge. He’s a big dude with a mechanical arm, who will excel at punching enemies. (Yes, he’s basically white Doomfist from Overwatch.)

Forge was not the character fans had been expecting. In the run-in to the season four reveal, fans of Apex Legends had been expecting the next character to in fact be Revenant. Revenant is a scary looking person in a red mask, who has been cropping up around Apex Legends since Halloween 2019.

So when Forge was announced, and was subsequently confirmed by Respawn in a dev stream, it left fans confused. Who was Revenant? Why were they being teased for the past three months? Was this all some sort of joke? Well, yes, as it happens. The Forge reveal was part of a larger and more elaborate plan to–

Why don’t you just watch for yourself?

So that’s Revenant, turning up while Forge is being interviewed, and murdering him. It’s a clever bit of trickery from Respawn, and is the sort of stunt that helps keep focus on a service game as interest inevitably wanes over time. In an extra neat touch, if players visit the location of the interview in-game, they can even find Forge’s death box.

Presumably, that means Forge is out of Apex Legends, and Revenant is now in? We’ll find out for sure when series four kicks off next week.


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Final year one DLC for The Division 2 is going to Coney Island

“So goodbye, farewell, so long forever; goodbye my Coney Island babe.”

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“So goodbye, farewell, so long forever; goodbye my Coney Island babe.”

The Division 2, Ubisoft’s absolutely-not-political loot shooter that’s set in the ruins of modern America, released almost a year ago. In that time, Ubisoft studio Massive has put out three pieces of post-release content:

  • Prologue – Invasion: Battle For D.C
  • DLC 1 – D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions
  • DLC 2 – Pentagon: The Last Castle

And now the fourth and final piece of year one DLC for The Division 2 has been revealed. It looks like we’re going on a trip to Coney Island.

In the trailer, operators from the titular Division are tasked with travelling to Coney Island to rescue a scientist who might just have a cure for the global pandemic that wiped out huge swathes of the population.

For some reason, some criminals are keeping the scientist in a box? In the middle of a theme park? Look, the exposition isn’t perfect. It rarely is in The Division. But it’s time to don your glowing orange wristwatch, exercise your second amendment rights, and shoot some US citizens who’ve fallen on hard times and turned to a life of crime in understandably difficult circumstances.

The Division 2’s Coney Island excursion – called Coney Island: The Hunt – will release in February 2020. We’ve not been given an exact date, yet, but Year One pass holders will get to play it seven days earlier than everyone else.

Expect to see more post-release content for The Division 2 in its second year, as Ubisoft looks to maximise the lifespan of (and therefore, its return on investment in) the game. The developer and publisher will be changing its strategy in 2020 after “a sharp downward revision in the revenues expected from Ghost Recon Breakpoint and, to a lesser extent, The Division 2.”


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How to get a refund for Rocket League on Mac and Linux

Rocket League developer Psyonix is ending support for the game on macOS and Linux. Here’s why, and how you can get a refund for the game on Steam.

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Rocket League developer Psyonix is ending support for the game on macOS and Linux. Here’s why, and how you can get a refund for the game on Steam.

Psyonix announced last week that support for the Mac and Linux versions of Rocket League will end in March 2020. A final update for the game will disable all online functionality, including in-game purchases, and online multiplayer modes.

Why is support ending for Rocket League on Mac and Linux?

In a post on the Rocket League sub-Reddit, Psyonix has provided detail on the decision to end Mac and Linux support. The studio’s Psyonix_Devin explains that the forthcoming update to DirectX 11 is the primary factor, saying:

“Unfortunately, our macOS and Linux native clients depend on our DX9 implementation for their OpenGL renderer to function. When we stop supporting DX9, those clients stop working. To keep these versions functional, we would need to invest significant additional time and resources in a replacement rendering pipeline such as Metal on macOS or Vulkan/OpenGL4 on Linux.”

Coupled with the fact that macOS and Linux users account for only 0.3% of the game’s active player based, it becomes a little easier to see why the decision was made, however infuriating it may be.

Psyonix has now opened a refund programme on Steam for anyone who purchased the game on Mac or Linux. Its launch was not without a few problems, but things now appear to be running smoothly.

How to get a Steam refund for Rocket League on Mac and Linux

To get a refund on the Mac or Linux version of Rocket League, follow the following instructions.

  • Visit to the Steam Support website
  • Select Purchases
  • Select Rocket League
  • If necessary select View complete purchasing history
  • Select I would like a refund
  • Select I’d like to request a refund
  • From the Reason drop-down menu, select My issue isn’t listed
  • In Notes, enter the following statement: “please refund my Mac/Linux version of Rocket League, Psyonix will be discontinuing support”
  • If you encounter any issues, you can also try raising a ticket via the Steam Support page

Good luck!


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Save up to 90% in three new Xbox One sales

Another glut of video games get big discounts in this week’s new Xbox One promotions.

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This week’s new Xbox One sales include savings on another glut of video games, including games from the Batman and Darksiders franchises.

The THQ Nordic sale includes a smattering of overlooked gems and cult classic remasters. Our picks include inventive painting platformer De Blob, and sci-fi FPS Red Faction Guerrilla. All three mainline games in the Darksiders series are also on offer with big discounts.

This week’s Spotlight deals include generous price cuts for both Batman: Arkham Collection and Batman: Arkham Knight. Annual EA Sports blockbusters, FIFA 20 and Madden NFL 20, are also reduced by a whopping 50%.

This week’s Deals with Gold highlight is the Yooka-Laylee: Buddy Duo Bundle. The double-pack includes both games in Playtonic’s retro-inspired platforming series.

The discounts are valid through to February 3, 2020. Visit the Xbox One digital store or the Microsoft online store for more details. Here are some more of our favourite sale titles.

THQ Nordic Sale Highlights

  • Aces Of The Luftwaffe – Squadron – 50% off
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar – 75% off
  • Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition – 80% off
  • Darksiders III – 67% off
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition – 80% off
  • De Blob – 80% off
  • Elex – 60% off
  • Fade To Silence – 67% off
  • Lock’s Quest – 80% off
  • MX vs ATV All Out – 70% off
  • Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered – 75% off
  • Sine Mora EX – 80% off
  • This Is The Police 2 – 70% off
  • Titan Quest – 75% off
  • Wreckfest Deluxe – 20% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Agatha Knife – 40% off
  • Blood Bowl 2 – 75% off
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – 35% off
  • Lost Sea – 80% off
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter – 80% off
  • Songbringer Bundle – 70% off
  • V-Rally 4 – 65% off
  • Yooka-Laylee: Buddy Duo Bundle – 50% off

Spotlight Highlights

  • Batman: Arkham Collection – 67% off
  • Batman: Arkham Knight – 60% off
  • EA Sports FIFA 20 – 50% off
  • Injustice 2 – Legendary Edition – 50% off
  • Madden NFL 20 – 50% off
  • Mortal Kombat 11 – 60% off
  • Sublevel Zero Redux – 75% off
  • Tennis World Tour – 65% off
  • WRC 5 FIA World Rally Championship – 90% off
  • Zombieland: Double Tap- Road Trip – 40% off

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Surprise! Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is out now on Switch

CD Projekt Red has released Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales for the Nintendo Switch.

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CD Projekt Red has released Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales for the Nintendo Switch.

Following in the footsteps of last year’s surprisingly robust Nintendo Switch port of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, comes the surprise release of single-player RPG spin-off, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales.

Ported from the CD Projekt Red original by Crunching Koalas, the game is a narrative-driven RPG that tells the story of Meve, a war-veteran queen who must confront an imminent Nilfgaardian invasion. The game includes five new regions to explore, devilish puzzles, and turn-based battles that riff off the mechanics used in the franchise’s popular Gwent card game.

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Each purchase comes with a set of digital bonuses, including the game’s soundtrack, a map, concept art, and a graphic novel from Dark Horse. The goodies can be redeemed via the game’s official website.

Take a look at the Nintendo Switch version of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales in this new trailer.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is available now on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via GOG.COM and Steam.


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