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The Week in Video Games – April 29, 2018

This week in video games: Fortnite Season Four approaches, Tomb Raider returns, and there’s a big update on the way for Destiny 2. Here’s our whistle-stop tour of the week’s top video game news stories.

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This week in video games: Fortnite Season Four approaches, Tomb Raider returns, and there’s a big update on the way for Destiny 2. Here’s our whistle-stop tour of the week’s top video game news stories.

Fortnite Battle Royale news

As Fortnite nears the end of season three, players are watching the skies as meteors continue crashing to earth. But what will season four bring? At the time of writing it’s looking likely – based on teasers from Epic – that DC character skins will be added to the game. Kapow! And Kerching!

On the business side, Tencent has said it will invest more than $15 million to promote Fortnite in China. The money will be split between backing video content creators, and promoting the game as an esport.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds news

A new update has been released to the PUBG test servers that – in addition to usual gameplay and balance changes – adds the much-desired Map Select option. Check out the patch notes for the full list of changes.

Over on Xbox One, PUBG‘s Miramar Map is now available on the test server. You’ll need to download the Xbox One PUBG Test Server client to play the map in advance of its full release.

PUBG Corp. has also announced that the inaugural PUBG Global Invitational will be held in Berlin, and take place in July. The event will feature 20 professional PUBG teams who will compete for a $2 million prize pool.

Nintendo gets a new president as Switch sales boom

Nintendo’s 2017 earnings report – in which they confirmed worldwide Switch sales of 17.79 million units – also saw a flurry of other news and announcements of interest to video game enthusiasts.

Current Nintendo president, Tatsumi Kimishima, will retire this summer, and will be replaced by Shuntaro Furukawa. The company also announced a new mobile RPG developed with Cygames, sales of 5 million units for the SNES Classic Mini, and continued support for the Nintendo 3DS

Destiny 2’s Warmind detailed

Bungie has pulled back the curtain on Destiny 2‘s next big update, Warmind. The content expansion sees a return to Mars, and includes new crucible maps, weapons, armour, and a new Strike.

Grand Theft Auto 4 loses in-game music

Rockstar Games has issued update for Grand Theft Auto 4 that removes a number of popular songs from its in-game radio stations. As the game reaches its 10th anniversary it appears that licences have expired on tracks including David Bowie’s Fascination. Polygon has the full list of removed titles.

Chucklefish to publish new RPG

Stardew Valley publisher Chucklefish is working with Pixpil Games to release Eastward, a delightful-looking new RPG inspired by the likes of Earthbound and The Legend of Zelda.

PlayStation division leads Sony earnings

Sony’s end of year earnings report says that its PlayStation division made 177.5 billion yen last year, more than any other division in the company. It also sold 19 million PlayStation 4 consoles, down slightly from the 20 million units sold in 2016.

Harry Potter game’s spell ruined by mirco-transactions

Jam City’s new mobile game, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery was released with much fanfare this week, but that was nothing compared to the howls of anger from players aggrieved by its use of micro-transactions. US Gamer’s Nadia Oxford looks at the game’s money-making mechanics.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider official confirmed

Square Enix, Eidos-Montréal, and Crystal Dynamics have announced that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be released on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 on September 14, 2018. Camilla Luddington returns as Lara Croft in an adventure to save the world from a Maya apocalypse.

Steam Spy to continue

Sergey Galyonkin, the creator of Steam Spy, has published a new blog post in which he outlines the current capabilities of the stats tracking service in the wake of Valve’s recent privacy changes.

Xbox gaming revenue increases

It’s not just Sony and Nintendo doing well. Microsoft’s Xbox Division is also reporting healthy profits, according to the company’s FY18 Q3 earnings report:

“Gaming revenue increased 18% (up 16% in constant currency) driven by Xbox software and services revenue growth of 24% (up 21% in constant currency) mainly from third-party title strength.

Someone bought a new Game Gear game last month

According to NPD, a single, brand-new copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Game Gear was sold at retail in March. Polygon reports on the mysterious purchase.

Rebellion reveal Strange Brigade

Sniper Elite developer Rebellion has announced a 1930s Mummy-style co-op shooter called Strange Brigade. The game’s teaser trailer suggests a refreshingly frothy Indiana Jones-style action adventure.

The Week in video game mice

Gaming peripheral maker Razer has launched a new entry-level, glow-in-the-dark mouse, the Razer Abyssus Essential.

For Honor, for free, for the weekend

Ubisoft’s multiplayer online combat game, For Honor, is getting another free play weekend in May. The full game will discounted to tempt any new players into a purchase.

Kartridge to support game devs

Kongregate has announced that they will give developers 100% of the revenue earned on their first $10,000 sales via the Kartridge digital store. In a blog post, Kongregate CEO Emily Greer says:

“One of our goals with Kartridge is to help independent developers succeed, and these bonus terms are a way for developers to jumpstart their earnings. These bonuses will be especially valuable to small developers as they look to gain traction with their games and is just another thing we can do to help to set them up for success.”

E3 2018 press conference schedule

The E3 hype train is getting ready to leave the station. Destination: Los Angeles. To prepare for the biggest event in video games we’ve set up an E3 2018 hub where you can keep up-to-date with the latest news, starting with details of the confirmed E3 press conference times and dates.

Video game sales and promotions

It was a big week for new video game sales and promotions, particularly on the PlayStation Store, which gets two sales in honour of Japan’s Golden Week. There’s also a decent RPG sale on the Square Enix store, and if you are a subscriber to Xbox Game Pass you can look forward to playing eight new games on the service in May.

Some Sunday reading…

In this week’s Cut Scenes – our ongoing series that explores the intersection of film and video games – Josh Wise dives into Abzû and Fantasia 2000.

Elsewhere, The Dangerous Kitchen’s Shaun Roopra is the latest game developer to speak to Thumbsticks and share his list of Desert Island Games.

A note from the Thumbsticks editorial team

Global ad revenues are dropping and Thumbsticks is no exception. With the prevalence of ad-blocking technology – particularly in a tech-savvy market segment like video games – and the overall downward trend in online advertising, it’s really starting to bite. Ad revenue just about covers hosting the site and other ancillary costs, but we no longer earn enough to operate a proper freelance budget.

But with new challenges come new opportunities, and with that in mind we’ve set up a Patreon. If you like what we do, then please consider supporting us. Every penny we earn is poured back into the site, into giving new and aspiring writers an opportunity, and bringing you more quality content to enjoy.


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Save up to 50% in the PlayStation Store Spring sale

Start the new month with some big PlayStation 4 discounts in the PlayStation Store Spring sale.

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Start the month with some big savings on PlayStation 4 video games in the new PlayStation Store Spring sale.

As one sale ends, another begins. A new PlayStation Store promotion starting today celebrates the spring season with a raft of discounts on some excellent PS4 games.

Players with the urge to escape planet Earth can leave their troubles behind with discounts on the well-liked Journey To The Savage Planet from Typhoon Studios. No Man’s Sky, The Outer Worlds, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order also offer budget adventures to galaxies far, far away.

Discounted PS4 exclusives include SIE Bend Studio’s ode to biking among the undead, Days Gone, and Santa Monica Studio’s glorious reinvention of God of War. Other highlights include Two Point Hospital, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Yakuza 6, and Death Stranding.

The PlayStation Spring Sale ends on April 28 with a fresh influx of games arriving in two weeks. Here are some of our sale recommendations, and Anthem.

PlayStation Store Spring sale Highlights

  • A Way Out
  • Anthem
  • AO Tennis 2
  • Arizona Sunshine
  • Assassin’s Creed Triple Pack: Black Flag, Unity, Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Collection
  • Bioshock: The Collection
  • Borderlands 3
  • Bully
  • Code Vein
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  • Dark Souls III
  • Days Gone
  • Death Stranding
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Doom (2016)
  • Doom (1993)
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • FIFA 20
  • eFootball PES 2020
  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • God of War
  • Job Simulator
  • Journey To The Savage Planet
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • L.A. Noire
  • Mafia III
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Mortal Kombat XI
  • Need For Speed Heat
  • Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • No Man’s Sky
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Project Cars 2
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Tetris Effect
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life

Head over to the PS Store to see the full list of over 600 discounted games.


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April’s Xbox Games with Gold lineup is reasonable

Microsoft has revealed the four (pretty decent) games coming to Xbox Games with Gold in April 2020.

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Microsoft has revealed the four (pretty decent) games coming to Xbox Games with Gold in April 2020.

April’s lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold members begins today with Project Cars 2. Slightly Mad’s racing games are often overlooked. And if it wasn’t for the Forza series, they would probably be held in higher regard. Project Cars 2 is definitely worth a spin and available to download for the entire month.

It’s joined mid-April by the Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle, which includes two clever and cute RPGs from Behold Studios.

This month’s Xbox 360 selection is headlined by the 2014 HD remaster of Lionhead’s OG Xbox RPG, Fable Anniversary. The game still holds up, just don’t mention the acorns. This month’s Games with Gold lineup is completed by Toybox Turbos, a fun table-top racer from Codemasters. Both Xbox 360 games are also playable on Xbox One.

The Games with Gold titles for April are available during the following dates.

Xbox Games With Gold – April 2020

Xbox One

  • Project CARS 2 – April 1 – 30, 2020
  • Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle – April 16 – May 15, 2020

Xbox 360 and Xbox One

  • Fable Anniversary – April 1 – 15, 2020
  • Toybox Turbos – April 16 – 30, 2020

In the meantime, one of last month’s free Xbox games – Shantae: Half-Genie Hero –  is still available to download until April 15, 2020.


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The Humble COVID-19 Bundle is frankly ridiculous

Get a collection of brilliant games and ebooks worth over a thousand dollars for just $25 in the Humble COVID-19 Bundle.

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Get a collection of brilliant games and ebooks worth over a thousand dollars for just $30 in the Humble COVID-19 Bundle.

Usually, when we’re reporting on a sale or bundle, the format is as follows:

  1. Introduce the sale, bundle, or good cause
  2. Write a few paragraphs of the obvious highlights of the sale or bundle
  3. List the contents of the sale or bundle (abbreviated to a shortlist of further highlights, if it’s really big)

But in this instance, step 2 is really difficult, because pretty much every single game of the 45 on offer in the Humble COVID-19 Bundle is really good. It is bursting at the seams with classic upon classic, featuring the likes of Undertale, Hollow Knight, Superhot, Brothers, Pikuniku, World of Goo, and a chunk of both Double Fine and Terry Cavanagh’s back catalogue, and–

See? That’s exactly what we said would happen. It’s really difficult to pick just a few highlights when they’re all so flipping good. It would just lead to us breathlessly running through the whole Humble COVID-19 Bundle, which is what step 3 – the big list – is for.

Humble COVID-19 Bundle

  • Into The Breach
  • Undertale
  • Hollow Knight
  • Wizard of Legend
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • The Witness
  • Superhot
  • Tilt Brush
  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Killing Floor 2
  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered
  • Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
  • Sniper Elite 3
  • This Is the Police
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 2
  • Stick Fight: The Game
  • Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons
  • Party Hard
  • Worms Revolution
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Tropico 4
  • Gnog
  • Broken Age
  • Brütal Legend
  • Psychonauts
  • Double Fine Adventure (feature-length film)
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
  • Pikuniku
  • World of Goo
  • Super Hexagon
  • VVVVVV
  • Hacknet
  • A Mortician’s Tale
  • A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
  • Magicka
  • Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville
  • Agents of Mayhem
  • Ducati – 90th Anniversary
  • Speed Brawl
  • Hiveswap: Act 1
  • Alien Spidy
  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones
  • LostWinds
  • Zombotron (limited numbers available)

In addition to all those brilliant games in the Humble COVID-19 Bundle, you’ll also receive 25 ebooks for $30 / £25.50 or more. (Which we’re not going to list here, because you’re all just here for the games, right?)

As the name suggests, money raised from the Humble COVID-19 Bundle will go to “support organizations responding to COVID-19, for example, delivering protective gear to safeguard healthcare workers and providing medical care to infected patients”.

So you get some brilliant games, and money goes towards fighting COVID-19. What’s not to like?


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New The Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch release date confirmed

Obsidian Entertainment’s intergalactic RPG, The Outer Worlds, gets a confirmed Nintendo Switch release date.

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Obsidian Entertainment’s intergalactic RPG, The Outer Worlds, gets a confirmed Nintendo Switch release date.

Updated: March 31, 2020

Two months ago, we reported the news that the Nintendo Switch release date of The Outer Worlds had been pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, the virus was mostly impacting East Asia, with porting studio Virtuous forced to close its doors.

It seemed surprising at the time. It’s true of any health scare that any extreme steps taken at the start appear draconian, then when the worst hits, people will question why leaders didn’t act sooner. (And once it’s all blown over, people will say it was a fuss over nothing. You can’t win with public opinion.)

But eight weeks on – following the surge in cases in the US, UK, and continental Europe – the delay of The Outer Worlds just looks like the canary in the coalmine. We’ve seen the cancellation of GDC, EGX Rezzed, and E3 2020, with other events and game release dates falling like dominos since.

Some good news at the end of the tunnel, though: The Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch release now has a date, again.

The Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch release date has been set for June 5, 2020. As we reported earlier, the delay means that the boxed, retail release will now include a cartridge in the box, rather than just a key to redeem from the Nintendo eShop. There’ll still be a day one patch that “could be up to 6 GB”, but that’s not surprising in this day and age. It’s even less surprising when the video game production supply chain is under increased strain at the moment.

Original story: January 30, 2020

Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Private Division have announced that sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds will touch down on Nintendo Switch on March 6, 2020.

The game will be released via the Nintendo eShop and as a boxed release that contains a download voucher. At the time of writing, it’s not known how large the game’s file size will be. We do know that it’s priced at $59.99 / €59.99 / £49.99 / AU$ 89.99.

Released on Xbox, PC, and PS4 in October, The Outer Worlds was slightly overshadowed by last year’s breakout RPG hit Disco Elysium, but it was well-reviewed by critics and in consideration for Game of the Year at many outlets. If you feel nostalgic for the likes of Mass Effect, Fallout 3, or Obsidian’s own Fallout: New Vegas, you’ll likely enjoy the studio’s latest role-playing adventure.

The Nintendo Switch version is being handled by Virtuos Games who previously worked on the acclaimed Switch ports of L.A. Noire and Dark Souls Remastered. The studio’s work certainly gives us confidence that the game will be up to scratch from a technical perspective.

Last month Obsidian also announced that the game will receive new story DLC later this year.


This article features reporting from Daniel New and Tom Baines.

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Save up to 85% with this week’s new Xbox One deals

Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 headline the latest crop of Xbox One digital game store discounts.

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Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 headline the latest crop of Xbox One digital game store discounts.

There are just two sales on Xbox One this week, but both have a few games worth picking up at bargain prices.

Capcom’s Resident Evil 3 remake is released this Friday, but it’s unlikely to top last year’s stunning update of RE2 which is reduced by 50% on Xbox One. Devil May Cry 5 is also half-price and well worth checking out if you missed it on release.

Other recommended sale titles include Risk of Rain 2Iconoclasts, Don’t Starve Together, and two bundles that bring together Three Fields Entertainment’s range of Dangerous Driving and Danger Zone games.

You can purchase the latest batch of discounted Xbox One games until April 7, 2020. Visit the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft online store for the full range of titles. Here’s the full lineup.

Deals with Gold

  • Agony – 80% off
  • Artifex Mundi Ultimate Collection – 50% off
  • Big Pharma – 30% off
  • Blacksad: Under the Skin – 50% off
  • Bleed 2 – 75% off
  • Call of Cthulhu – 75% off
  • Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition – 75% off
  • Decay of Logos – 25% off
  • Desert Child – 50% off
  • Don’t Starve Together: Console Edition – 60% off
  • Doodle God: Crime City – 50% off
  • Doom and Destiny – 35% off
  • Hellfront: Honeymoon – 75% off
  • Mordheim: City of the Damned – 75% off
  • Old Man’s Journey – 50% off
  • RICO – 25% off
  • Risk of Rain 1 + 2 Bundle – 40% off
  • Risk of Rain 2 – 40% off
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected – 75% off
  • Shikhondo – Soul Eater – 67% off
  • SolSeraph – 60% off
  • Space Hulk: Tactics – 75% off
  • The Sojourn – 33% off
  • The Technomancer – 75% off
  • Truck Driver – 25% off
  • We Happy Few – 70% off
  • We Happy Few Digital Deluxe – 70% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • Accidents Will Happen Bundle – 60% off
  • AereA – 85% off
  • Albedo and the Cast Bundle – 80% off
  • Alvastia Chronicles – 40% off
  • Antiquia Lost – 30% off
  • Asdivine Hearts – 40% off
  • Bonds of the Skies – 40% off
  • Chronus Arc – 40% off
  • Devil May Cry 5 (With Red Orbs) – 50% off
  • DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition – 67% off
  • Fernz Gate – 40% off
  • Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey – 30% off
  • Iconoclasts – 60% off
  • Illusion of L’Phalcia – 30% off
  • Jydge – 60% off
  • Kona – 80% off
  • Lost Artifacts: Time Machine – 35% off
  • Mighty No. 9 – 80% off
  • Mulaka – 65% off
  • Resident Evil 2 – 50% off
  • Revenant Dogma – 40% off
  • Revenant Saga – 30% off
  • Shiny – 85% off
  • Ultimate Danger Bundle – 60% off
  • Wuppo – 85% off

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