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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:

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“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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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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New Nintendo Switch releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Paper Mario: The Origami King headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

Paper Mario: The Origami King already has some Nintendo fans grumbling that it isn’t The Thousand-Year Door, but the series has long-since taken a different path. The Origami King certainly looks to be a (paper) cut above Sticker Star and Colour Splash. Expect a well-written and funny game with a surprisingly compelling combat system.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town – which is a remake of the GBA Harvest Moon classic – also comes to Switch in North America. It’s available right now in Europe and Australia.

Other new Switch games include Radical Rabbit Stew, Ultra Hat Dimension, and turn-based tactical shindig, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus.

We’ll update this page with any late additions throughout the week. In the meantime, here is this week’s confirmed lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases.

New Nintendo Switch releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • Yoga Master Dreams Fantasy Bundle

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Pangeon
  • Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (NA)
  • void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (NA)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Bossgard
  • Rez Plz

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Aeolis Tournament
  • Caretaker
  • High Explosive Dinosaur
  • Home Run High
  • Never Breakup
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Tanky Tanks
  • Waifu Uncovered
  • We should talk

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Get 10 Quest
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Power Racing Bundle
  • Starlit Adventures Golden Stars
  • Ultra Hat Dimension
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
  • void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (EU)

My Nintendo members should also check out the summer eShop Double Gold Points promotion.


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Four classic Double Fine adventures ported to macOS Catalina, free for a limited time

Pick up four brilliant Double Fine adventures for free this weekend, playable on macOS Catalina for the very first time.

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Pick up four brilliant Double Fine adventures for free this weekend, playable on macOS Catalina for the very first time.

Double Fine, Tim Schafer’s legendary adventure game studio recently acquired by Xbox, has been remastering its back catalogue over the years. Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango have all received the spit-and-polish treatment, bringing these classic adventures to a new audience, a whole new generation of players.

But if you recently upgraded your Apple Mac to macOS Catalina, you might have found they no longer worked. To be fair, you’ll have found lots of things stopped working. Indie development Twitter is filled with horror stories of games that suddenly broke on Catalina, while the economics to put it right often doesn’t stack up.

Thankfully, Double Fine has managed to find the time to fix the issue, and those classic remasters – Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango – plus the more-recent Broken Age have all been fixed up and ported to macOS Catalina.

To celebrate, Double Fine is making these games free for Mac users for a limited time. You can pick up Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango and Broken Age from the Apple Mac app store for absolutely nothing until the end of the day on Sunday, July 12.

(They’ll be back up to full price on Monday, but they’ll still be brilliant.)


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