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The Week in Video Games – June 3, 2018

This week in video games: Bethesda reveals Fallout 76, and Fortnite and Pokemon head to the Nintendo Switch. Here’s our roundup of the week’s top gaming news stories.

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This week in video games: Bethesda reveals Fallout 76, and Fortnite and Pokemon head to the Nintendo Switch. Here’s our roundup of the week’s top gaming news stories.

PUBG lawsuits and patches

The latest twist in the ongoing battle royale soap opera has seen PUBG Corp. file a lawsuit against Epic Games. It accuses the Fortnite developer of copying aspects of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. It’s going to be an epic and unreal story, this.

On the battleground itself, the PC version of PUBG has received a significant update that introduces a raft of gameplay tweaks, with a focus on frag grenades, stun grenades, and molotovs. The Xbox One version will also be getting an extensive patch on Tuesday.

Fortnite is coming to Nintendo Switch

A snapped image of signage artwork for Nintendo’s E3 booth indicates that Fortnite will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Our bet is on it being available to download right after Nintendo’s E3 presentation next week.

Elsewhere, the introduction of shopping carts to Fortnite has led to a glut of, admittedly amusing, videos. Polygon reports.

Bethesda reveals Fallout 76

Having entertained two million viewers with a 24-hour live stream of a test-card, Bethesda finally announced Fallout 76. The rather lovely trailer didn’t give much away, but subsequent reporting indicates that the game will be an online survival RPG. More will be revealed at Bethesda’s E3 media showcase.

Pokémon is coming to Nintendo Switch

It was a big week for Pokémon fans with news of three new games coming to the Nintendo Switch. The free-to-play Pokémon Quest is out now, and has already reached 1 million downloads. It will also be released on mobile at the end of the month.

This Autumn will also see the release of Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee, and Let’s Go Pikachu. The duo are HD remakes of the Game Boy’s Yellow blended with gameplay mechanics from Pokémon Go. If none of these are to your taste, a full next-gen RPG remains in development for release in 2019.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey revealed

The E3 leaks continue, with Ubisoft forced to pre-emptively reveal Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The series appears to be heading to Greece in a game that looks to build on the success of the franchise’s moderate reinvention in Assassin’s Creed Origins. (Personally speaking, I still prefer Syndicate. Just saying.)

PlayStation Days of Play returns

Sony has announced that this year’s PlayStation Days of Play campaign will begin on June 8. The promotion will include discounts on games, merchandise, and PS Plus memberships.

Days of Play PlayStation 4

A new special edition 500GB PS4 console will also be released to coincide with the promotion. It’s interesting. And by that I mean blue. And by that I mean gross.

FIFA 19 improved on Switch

EA’s Andrei Lazarescu has revealed that FIFA 19 on Nintendo Switch will see some graphical and performance improvements.

“The intent was never to have a one-off custom engine that were never going to touch again. It was to have that as a baseline and then build from there.”

This week also saw the release of the free FIFA 18 World Cup update on all platforms.

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Meanwhile, things aren’t looking so rosy over at Konami. Germany’s Borussia Dortmund has ‘prematurely terminated‘ its agreement with the Japanese publisher, meaning that the team won’t be featured in Pro Evolution Soccer 19. This follows the news that Konami has also lost the rights to the European Champions League. Recent leaks suggest that PES 19 will have some new leagues and official teams, however.

Star Citizen offers $27k DLC

Perhaps wanting to avoid the term micro-transactions, Cloud Imperium Games has released a new add-on pack for the work-in-progress Star Citizen that costs an almighty $27,000.

On your marks for Team Sonic Racing

Another E3 leak has prompted Sega to reveal that Team Sonic Racing will be coming to Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 later this year. The kart racer is being developed by Sumo Digital, who did solid work with 2012’s Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

Atari and Intellivision return

The crowd funded pre-sale for the new Atari VCS console is now live on Indiegogo. It has so far raised $2.4 million, with the most basic console SKU costing $199. Our thoughts are with you, backers.

Meanwhile, Tommy Tallarico, yes that Tommy Tallarico, is behind an attempt to bring back another classic video games console, the Intellivision. Tallarico says:

“It was always my favorite system because the games were cutting edge, yet fun and simple to play so our entire family could enjoy them together. I find those important elements to generally be lacking from our industry with the current modern gaming consoles. Our goal is to change that by focusing on bringing all age groups and levels of gamers and non-gamers together while introducing new generations of people to the legacy success of the Intellivision brand.”

Capcom confirms Mega Man 11 release date

We’re still not sold on the art-style, but according to those who have played it, Mega Man 11 controls beautifully, and that’s the most important thing. Capcom has released more details on the game’s Double Gear system, and penciled in an October release date.

Nintendo to release Zelda 2DS

I’m glad I don’t collect limited edition 3DS hardware, but products like this super-cool, Hylian Shield Edition Nintendo 2DS XL could tempt me. It’s coming to exclusively to Gamestop on July 2, 2018, priced at $159.99.

Hylian Shield 2DS

And yes, liking this, but not the special edition PS4 does make me a hypocrite.

June’s Games with Gold and PS Plus games confirmed

Sony and Microsoft have announced this month’s PlayStation Plus and Xbox Games with Gold titles. XCOM 2 and Lego Indiana Jones 2 are the highlights.

Get ready for E3 2018

Are you set for E3? Here’s our guide to the times and dates of this year’s press conferences, media showcases, briefings, and video presentations.

Cook up a Hyrulian feast

If you’re like fellow Thumbsticks editor Tom Baines, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an adventure game wrapped inside a cooking simulator. If you have similar tastes, you might want to check out Hyrule Taste of the Wild, a new in-universe cooking fanzine featuring recipes taken from the game. There’s nothing like a Tough Meat-Stuffed Pumpkin to impress dinner guests.

Sunday reading…

Josh Wise continues his series of features exploring the intersection of film and video games. In this week’s Cut Scenes he compares at Bloodborne and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

We’d also like to extend a warm welcome to Andrew King, who pens his first Thumbsticks contribution by examining ‘The single-mindedness of Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy’.

Polygon have also published an excellent feature that looks at the turbulent history of Retro Studios, developers of the acclaimed Metroid Prime trilogy and the two most recent Donkey Kong Country games.

See you next week!

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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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