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The Week in Video Games – 15th October, 2017

This week in video games: PUBG continues to grow, Humble Bundle is bought by IGN, and Super Mario goes all Fred Astaire. Here’s your round-up of the most important news from the world of video games.

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This week in video games: PUBG continues to grow, Humble Bundle is bought by IGN, and Super Mario goes all Fred Astaire. Here’s your round-up of the most important news from the wild world of video games.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sells 15m copies, reaches 2m concurrent players

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds continues to make headlines. This week, data from Steamspy confirmed that PUBG has now sold over 15 million copies. It’s an impressive performance, and when you consider that 5 million of those sales have come within the last month, it’s truly mind-blowing.

PUBG also passed 2 million concurrent players earlier this week, and is now firmly established as the most popular game on Steam. At the time of writing PUBG‘s player count sits at 2,291,190. Crikey.

Original Xbox Backwards compatibility is still due in 2017

Remember that well-choreographed cheer at E3 when Phil Spencer announced OG Xbox backwards compatibility? Well, things have been a little quiet since then, but Gamespot managed to get an quick update from Spencer at last week’s Brazil Games Show:

“We’re close, we’re really close. I have a little dashboard I go to and I can see all the games [and] where they are in getting approvals in the pipeline. I know the games that are coming for the original Xbox but I don’t think we’ve announced them all. We have to do this in partnership with partners, but we’re still on track. I feel really good. The games look great.”

Humble Bundle is acquired by IGN

IGN has purchased Humble Bundle, the company best known for selling indie games at pay-what-you-can prices, and then splitting the profits between the developers and charities. The deal raised a few eyebrows on grounds of impartiality, but IGN have stated that they intend to operate Humble Bundle independently. IGN co-founder Peer Schneider issued a statement to USGamer outlining their approach, saying:

“First, we will keep a rigid separation between IGN’s editorial team and the Humble Bundle team. Second, we will provide full disclosure whenever IGN creates content about a game, bundle, or subscription created by or funded by Humble Bundle.”

Sega Genesis Flashback HD review round-up

Never mind the PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One, the real console war took place in the early ’90s when Nintendo and Sega battled for 16-bit supremacy. The recent release of the SNES Classic Mini, and AtGames’ Sega Genesis Flashback HD, sees the war reignited on a miniature scale. Nintendo’s latest micro-console was well received, but what about the Sega alternative?

Chris Kohler, writing at Kotaku, says that the latest units mostly fix the issues that plagued the initial batch released in July:

“While not every issue with the Flashback HD has been addressed, the major ones have. The controllers work, and the emulation is no longer choppy. That means the system now fulfills its basic promise of letting you play accurate Genesis games on your HDTV.”

Polygon‘s Christopher Grant, however, still finds plenty to fault with the hardware, its emulation, and its interface:

“As a one-time Genesis kid whose nostalgic sweet spot is a Sega Genesis, I feel qualified to say that the Genesis deserves better from its owner. But as long as Sega is willing to license out its platform instead of making its own hardware, it seems unlikely to get better than this, the most declarative console war victory imaginable.”

Hats off to Cuphead

StudioMDHR’s has announced that Cuphead has sold over 1 million copies since its release on PC and Xbox One earlier this month. In a blog post Chad and Jared Moldenhauer thank players for their support.

600 games enter 2018’s Independent Games Festival

Organisers of next year’s Independent Games Festival have announced that nearly 600 entries have been accepted into the competition. The festival runs alongside the annual Game Developers Conference, and will culminate in the 2018 IGF Awards in March next year. Head over to the IGF website to browse through the full list of entries.

The Good Life fails to meet its goal

Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro’s Fig campaign for the The Good Life ended this week, having raised $682,000, some distance short of its $1.5 million goal. Swery then took to Twitter to explain the reasons for the failure, which Gamasutra have summarised. We can now look forward to the game getting a Kickstarter campaign later this year. Such joy.

The PlayStation 4 gets a new line of compact controllers

Nacon and Hori are releasing a new range of compact controllers for the PlayStation 4. In addition to the standard control inputs, some Nacon models include an LED display that shows in-game information such as player number or health status. Well, that sounds, erm, useful. We much prefer the new HORI Wired Mini Gamepad, which is dinky, robust and colourful.

Oculus gets a another price drop, and a game from Respawn

Oculus has announced that it’s reducing the price of the Oculus + Touch headset bundle to $399. This is the third price cut the bundle has received this year.

In related news, Respawn Entertainment has unveiled a new game produced in partnership with Oculus. The new project is teased in this earnest developer video, and in a blog post by Respawn’s Peter Hirschmann:

“The sense of scale, the sense of presence, there’s nothing else like it. It’s the difference between using your mouse to rotate an object in an editor and walking around it in real life. It is a true privilege to build a game in this kind of immersive world.”

Super Mario Odyssey gets a live-action music video, and an Edge 10

Nintendo has released a marvellous Broadway-inspired trailer for Super Mario Odyssey. The video features new gameplay footage, a lot of dancing, and is backed by the insanely catchy ‘Jump Up, Super Star!’ Super Mario Odyssey also received its first review in the November issue of Edge magazine, and was  awarded with a rare 10.

Assassin’s Creed Origins DLC detailed

Ubisoft have announced details of their DLC road-map for Assassin’s Creed Origins. In addition to the combat-free Discovery Tour, players can look forward to a new story expansion, a boss battle mode in which you take on Egyptian gods, and, I shit you not, a horde mode.

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New Nintendo Switch releases (August 10-15, 2020)

Here’s the full rundown on this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eshop releases.

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Here’s the full rundown on this week’s crop of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

The Alto Collection is our pick from this week’s lineup of new Nintendo eShop games. The collection brings together two snow (and sand) boarding games – Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey – that were greeted with wide acclaim on mobile. Don’t let the smartphone roots put you off, these are magical, blissful games that shouldn’t be missed.

Faeria, the turn-based digital card game from Abrakam, also lands on Switch this week. The game has a well designed hex-based battle system, over 100 hours of single-player content, and a generous amount of co-op missions.

Other new Nintendo Switch releases include the romantic visual novel Big Dipper, top-down shooter Zero Strain, and the time-bending twin-stick shooter, The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines.

We’ll update this page with any changes throughout the week. In the meantime, here is the current lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases.

New Nintendo Switch releases: August 10-15, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020

  • Twist & Bounce

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

  • Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? Infinite Combate (NA)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

  • Banner of the Maid
  • Metamorphosis
  • Volta-X
  • Escape From Tethys

Thursday, August 13, 2020

  • The Alto Collection
  • Collar X Malice -Unlimited-
  • Boomerang Fu
  • Bite The Bullet
  • Faeria
  • The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines
  • Double Kick Heroes
  • Darkestville Castle
  • Big Dipper
  • Pro Pool Gold
  • Devious Dungeon Collection
  • We Are Doomed
  • Zero Strain

Friday, August 14, 2020

  • Deliver Us The Moon
  • Shaolin vs Wutang
  • Linn: Path of Orchards
  • Prehistoric Dude

Saturday, August 15, 2020

  • Regina & Mac

You can also catch up with the week’s new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases.


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New PlayStation 4 releases (August 10-14, 2020)

Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape headlines this week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 video game releases.

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Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape headlines next week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 video game releases.

Hyper Scape is next week’s big new PS4 release following a month in open beta on PC. Ubisoft’s free-to-play FPS battle royale is certainly ambitious, and you can expect it to be well supported by Ubisoft. Nonetheless, it has a ways to go to convince us that it will be as successful as other F2P shooters like Apex Legends or Valorant. Lovely art direction, though.

Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey made their names on mobile, but we can’t wait to play Team Alto’s dreamy snowboarding games on the big screen. Both titles come to PS4 – as well as Xbox One and Switch – in The Alto Collection on Thursday.

Other new PS4 releases that catch the eye include Zero Strain, which is a vibrant top-down shoot ’em up with MOBA elements, and Dying Light: Hellraid, a new, hellish, expansion for Techland’s Dying Light. EA Sports UFC 4 also makes an entrance on Friday.

We’ll update this page throughout the week as we get more PS4 release dates confirmed.

The Drop: New PS4 releases for August 10-14, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020

  • No releases.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

  • Brunch Club
  • Hyper Scape
  • Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? Infinite Combate

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

  • Banner of the Maid
  • Escape From Tethys – TBC
  • Metamorphosis
  • Prehistoric Dude – TBC
  • Zero Strain

Thursday, August 13, 2020

  • The Alto Collection
  • Bite the Bullet
  • Boomerang Fu
  • Darkestville Castle

Friday, August 14, 2020

  • Dying Light: Hellraid
  • EA Sports UFC 4

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New Xbox One releases (August 10-14, 2020)

Next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases features snowboarding, slayings, slams, and brunch.

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Next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases features snowboarding, slayings, slams, and brunch.

A glut of new games come to Xbox One this week, headlined by the full release of Ubisoft’s new battle-royale shooter, Hyper Scape. It looks rather lovely, but the hype escapes us on this one, unfortunately.

Instead, you’ll find us on the slopes enjoying the delights of The Alto Collection, a compilation that includes the sublime duo of snowboarding games, Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey. To be frank, it’s all downhill from here.

Other new releases include EA Sports UFC 4. EA says the introduction of “Real Play Motion” technology will overhauls the experience from the clinch to the takedown. One for fans of furious but friendly fumbling.

Meanwhile, residents of Harran can take a trip to a dark and dangerous stronghold in the long-awaited Dying Light: Hellraid. This new expansion is based on Techland’s long in development fantasy slasher.

Brunch Club, Through the Darkest of Times, and Bite the Bullet are also among next week’s Xbox One releases.

Each new game can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and the Microsoft web store. We’ll update this post throughout the week with any last minute additions.

New Xbox One releases: August 10-14, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020

  • No releases. Why not watch the extended Lord of the Rings trilogy?

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

  • Brunch Club
  • Car Mechanic Simulator Classic
  • Hyper Scape

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

  • Escape From Tethys
  • Metamorphosis: Xbox Edition
  • Prehistoric Dude
  • Zero Strain

Thursday, August 13, 2020

  • The Alto Collection
  • The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines
  • Boomerang Fu
  • Darkestville Castle
  • Faeria
  • Through the Darkest of Times

Friday, August 14, 2020

  • Bite the Bullet
  • Cooking Simulator
  • Dying Light: Hellraid
  • EA Sports UFC 4
  • The Explorer of Night
  • Linn: Path of Orchards
  • Of Tanks and Demons III

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Final Fantasy VII Remake smashes another massive sales milestone

Nearly half as many people who bought the original have already bought the Final Fantasy VII Remake.

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Nearly half as many people who bought the original have already bought the Final Fantasy VII Remake.

It’s no secret that Final Fantasy VII has always been one of the biggest sellers for Square Enix, then Squaresoft. No single game in the series has sold more units, either upon original release, or when you include re-releases and remasters.

There is one modern Final Fantasy game that’s coming up fast on the rails of Final Fantasy VII, though – its own remake.

Where the original game has sold over 13 million copies, the Final Fantasy VII Remake sold 3.5 million in its first three days, and in the following four months, has now sailed past 5 million sales overall. It’s an impressive achievement for something we were genuinely very worried about prior to release.

It’s even more impressive when you remember that the Final Fantasy VII Remake has only (thus far) released on PS4. Final Fantasy XV, for instance, which launched on PS4, Xbox One and PC, has sold nearly 9 million units. When the Final Fantasy VII Remake inevitably releases on Xbox One and PC – and presumably with a graphical bump on PS5 and Xbox Series X at a later date – those figures will only increase.

And then remember that we’ve only seen a fraction of the story. The scope of the Final Fantasy VII Remake only covers the first eight hours or so of the original game. If each segment of the Remake – and we’re assuming there’ll be at least three parts – sells 5 million copies, then it could very well surpass the original and become the best-selling Final Fantasy game ever.

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Everything revealed on the PlayStation State of Play for August 2020

August’s PlayStation State of Play included a detailed look at Crash Bandicoot 4, more information on Spelunky 2, and a deep dive into the PS5’s Godfall.

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August’s PlayStation State of Play included a detailed look at Crash Bandicoot 4, more information on Spelunky 2, and a deep dive into the PS5’s Godfall.

Of all the games on last night’s broadcast, it was the indie titles that caught our attention. Derek Yu’s tantalising walkthrough of Spelunky 2 was the highlight, but we’re also excited for the remaster of Braid, and the more we see of Bugsnax, the more we want to move to Snaktooth Island.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the announcements from August’s PlayStation State of Play. You rewatch the broadcast in full at the bottom of the page.

PlayStation State of Play – August 2020

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

Developer Toys For Bob promise precise platforming action that builds on the original trilogy with new abilities and wide-open environments. The game includes cosmetics to unlock and playable characters including Dingodile and Doctor Neo Cortex. The cool-looking N’ Verted mode changes the camera perspective and adds varied new gameplay and art styles existing levels. Bend the laws of time and space on October 2, 2020.

Hitman III

IO interactive give the acclaimed stealth series the full VR treatment as part of the upcoming Hitman III. Sneaking onto consoles in January 2021.

Braid Anniversary Edition

Jonathan Blow’s subversive platformer receives a subtle but sumptuous makeover to celebrate its, erm, thirteenth anniversary. Improved graphics and audio are accompanied by a comprehensive developer commentary. Scratching heads in early 2021.

The Pathless

New PlayStation 5 footage from Giant Squid’s open-world adventure game. The demo includes traversal and Eagle cleaning gameplay. We expect the pleasure will come in the playing for this one. Soaring onto PS5 in 2020

Spelunky 2

Derek Yu, we love you! Spelunky 2 will include online multiplayer, a raft of new items and an expanded, more intricate world. And ridable turkeys. Ridable. Turkeys. Saddle up on September 15, 2020.

Bugsnax

More offbeat PS5 gameplay footage from Young Horse’s curious and quirky trip to Snaktooth Island. Starting singing that song this holiday

Vadar Immortal – August 25, 2020

The hit virtual reality Star Wars experience is coming to PlayStation VR. Be as clumsy as you are stupid on August 25, 2020.

Auto Chess – October 31 PS4

The popular online competitive multiplayer strategy game is coming to PlayStation 4. Make your move on October 31, 2020.

The Pedestrian – January 2021

Skookum Arts’ inventive 2.5D side-scrolling puzzle platformer is PS4 bound. All signs point to a January 2021 release.

Hood: Outlaws and Legends

It looks like Robin Hood is finally getting a AAA – or perhaps AA – game. Rob from the rich and give to the poor on PS5 sometime in 2021.

Godfall

New combat gameplay from Counterplay’s upcoming looter slasher. Looks okay we suppose. Godfall drops on PS5 this holiday.

And also

  • Genshin Impact  – A new trailer for the game of the manga that we know little about. Shriek hysterically in Autumn 2020.
  • TemTem – A popular Pokélike appears on PlayStation 5 consoles in 2021.
  • AEON Must Die! – A new trailer for the upcoming tactical beat-em-up RPG.
  • Anno Mutationem – There’s neon aplenty in the new trailer for Lightening Games’ blend of action and role play. Light up in December 2020.
  • Control – Remedy’s sublime third-person action adventure receives its second expansion. Alan wakes on August 27.


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