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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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New Nintendo Switch releases (March 30-April 3, 2020)

This week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop games includes games about zombies, dinosaurs, couriers, and chemical bio-weapons. Enjoy!

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This week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases includes games about zombies, dinosaurs, couriers, and chemical bio-weapons. Enjoy!

Our pick of the week is Totally Reliable Delivery Service from We’re Five Games. If you thought traversal in Death Stranding was a challenge, the ragdoll physics of this comic multiplayer courier game should be just the tonic. TRDS was one of our E3 2019 highlights. It’s fast, frantic, and funny.

Bub and Bob (and friends) return in the long-awaited North American release of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends. It’s a delightful update of an arcade classic with 100 new levels and support for four-player co-op. The 1986 original is also included as a bonus.

Zombie Army Trilogy brings Rebellion’s cult horror FPS series to the Nintendo Switch. In addition to three campaigns, there are online modes for 2-4 players.

Other new Nintendo Switch releases include Operencia: The Stolen Sun, a new RPG from Zen Studios, and The Complex, a new interactive sci-fi thriller movie from Little Jade Productions and Wales Interactive.

Finally, Dandy Dungeon – Legend of Brave Yamada, the quirky tale of dungeon puzzling and mid-life crisis from Onion Games, gets a free update. Dandy Dungeon II: The Phantom Bride doubles the size of the game and adds new music from Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and Touhou Project’s Zun.

Here’s the full lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases. We’ll keep this post updated with new additions throughout the week.

Nintendo Switch releases – March 30-April 3, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

  • What the Box?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • Bubble Bobble 4 Friends (NA)
  • Zombie Army Trilogy
  • TY the Tasmanian Tiger HD
  • Operencia: The Stolen Sun
  • The Complex
  • Chapeau
  • Treachery in Beatdown City
  • Stones of the Revenant

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Dandy Dungeon – Legend of Brave Yamada 2 (Update)
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Wurroom

Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • Curious Expedition
  • JunkJack
  • Horror Bundle Vol. 1 (Paranautical, Uncanny Valley, Slain: Back from Hell)
  • Lost Artifacts
  • MazM: Jekyll and Hyde
  • MetaChampions
  • The Otterman Empire
  • Pocket Harvest
  • Rascal Fight
  • Snakeybus

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • Aeolis Tournament
  • Drift Zone Arcade
  • HyperParasite
  • In Other Waters
  • Random Heroes

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New PlayStation 4 releases (March 30-April 3, 2020)

Resident Evil 3 and Persona 5 Royale headline next week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 and PS Vita releases on the PS Store.

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Resident Evil 3 and Persona 5 Royale headline next week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 and PS Vita releases on the PS Store.

Next week’s big new PS4 release is Capcom’s Resident Evil 3. Remade in the RE Engine, the game gets a sumptuous graphical overhaul and employs the same third-person camera used in last year’s stunning RE2 remake. The package also includes the asymmetrical-multiplayer game, Resident Evil: Resistance.

One of the best RPGs of recent years also gets an update in Persona 5 Royal. This expanded version of the game features new music, characters, attacks, locations, puzzles, and story beats. We’re particularly excited to meet new Phantom Thief, Kasumi Yoshizawa, and hang out at the Penguin Sniper cafe to play billiards and darts. We love darts.

We might love darts, but we don’t love chemical bio-weapons. However, that’s what’s in store for players trapped in The Complex. With a script by Lynn Renee Maxcy, The Complex is an interactive cinematic thriller with branching storylines and performances from Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones) and Michelle Mylett (Bad Blood).

If you like the idea of Death Stranding, but not its execution, do check out Totally Reliable Delivery Service. It’s a madcap multiplayer physics-based simulator about delivering parcels. We totally loved what we played last year, and we totally expect it to be totally worth playing.

Other new PS4 releases include Overpass, Snakeybus, and Operencia: The Stolen Sun, a new old-school RPG from Zen Studios, who are best known for their pinball games. It looks promising.

Here is the full lineup of confirmed PlayStation Store games for the PS4, PS VR, and PS Vita.

New PlayStation 4 releases – March 30-April 3, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • Battle Rockets (PS Vita only)
  • The Casebook of Arkady Smith
  • The Complex
  • Curious Expedition
  • Final Assault
  • Good Goliath
  • Immortal Legacy: The Jade Cipher
  • Operencia: The Stolen Sun
  • Overpass
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Random Heroes (+ PS Vita)
  • Snakeybus

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Wurroom

Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • No releases

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • Hyperparasite
  • Resident Evil 3

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New Xbox One releases (March 30-April 3, 2020)

Next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases includes a classic survival horror, an interactive movie, and a game about delivering parcels that isn’t Death Stranding.

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Next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases includes a classic survival horror, an interactive movie, and a game about delivering parcels that isn’t Death Stranding.

A bumper week of new Xbox One releases is headlined by Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 3. If you enjoyed last year’s stunning update of Resident Evil 2, you can expect the same lavish production values, control refinements, and well-directed scares.

Another nerve-wracking release is The Complex from Little Jade Productions. It’s pitched as “a live-action, cinematic interactive movie sci-fi thriller” about the aftermath of a bio-weapon attack in London. The story is written by Lynn Renee Maxcy, winner of two Writers Guild of America awards for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale. Michelle Mylett and Kate Dickie are among the cast.

If you’re looking for something a little less panic-inducing, you should totally check out Totally Reliable Delivery Service. We played the game at E3 last year and had a blast. It’s funny, chaotic, charming, and sometimes panic-inducing. Oh crap.

Other new games include Lost Artifacts: Golden Island, Random Heroes, and Snakeybus, which, if you haven’t seen it, is exactly the game you think it might be.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the confirmed lineup.

New Xbox One games – March 30-April 3, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • The Complex

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Shaolin vs Wutang
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Random Heroes
  • Lost Artifacts: Golden Island

Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • No releases

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • The Curious Expedition
  • Horror of the Deep
  • HyperParasite
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Snakeybus

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Two and a half excellent games are free on Xbox this weekend

Punch, shoot, and jump the weekend away with the latest Xbox Free Play Days games.

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Punch, shoot, and jump the weekend away with the latest Xbox Free Play Days games.

Xbox Live Gold members and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members have three new games to enjoy this weekend as part of the latest Free Play Days promotion.

Heading the list is Tekken 7, the most recent instalment in the classic 3D fighting series. The game includes 30 fighters to choose from, fluid mechanics, and is guaranteed to provide some spectacular multiplayer moments. It’s the perfect pastime for these housebound times.

Next, we have Risk of Rain 2, the impressive roguelike metroidvania from Hopoo Games. The game includes the new Hidden Realms update and is also one to enjoy with friends.

Finally, as we reported yesterday, it’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint from Ubisoft. The game’s troubled launch is well-documented – hence the slightly sniffy ‘half’ remark in our title – but Ubisoft rarely abandon their games, and the improvements can already be seen. Worth a try for free, right?

All three games are available to play until 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2020. All progress and achievements earned can be carried over to a purchased copy and there are some discounts available to tempt you.

Free Play Days Discounts

  • Tekken 7 – Standard Edition – 75% off
  • Tekken 7 Ultimate Edition – 75% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Standard Edition – 67% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Gold Edition – 67% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ultimate Edition – 67% off
  • Risk of Rain 2 – Standard Edition – 40% off
  • Risk of Rain 1+2 Bundle – 40% off

Even more free games

If you’re looking for something else to play, we’ve noticed a few other freebies on offer. Square Enix has released a free demo for Life is Strange Season 2 (also available on PC and PS4), and PC gamers could do worse than checking out the free play weekend for Cities: Skylines on Steam. Nintendo Switch Online members can also play colourful punchy game Arms for free until April 6.


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Everything announced on today’s surprise Nintendo Direct

March’s Nintendo Direct included details of the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter, Bravely Default II, and even more classic video game ports.

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March’s Nintendo Direct included details of the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter, Bravely Default II, Panzer Dragoon: Remake, and even more classic video game ports.

Today’s surprise Nintendo Direct Mini was chockfull of Switch games, with a blend of new titles, last-gen ports, and game updates all due in 2020. It follows last week’s equally-packed Indie World broadcast.

New games included Capcom’s Shinsekai: Into the Depths, which was an early Apple Arcade highlight. If you like Metroidvanias, it’s well worth exploring and available today from the Nintendo eShop.

A trio of 2K games are also incoming, with BioShock: The CollectionXCOM 2 Collection, and the Borderlands Legendary Collection all arriving on May 29, 2020. A word of caution, however. Although each game will be released physically, they require significant downloads for the full experience.

The Direct also revealed that the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter will come from Arms. And if you need a reminder of that game’s character roster, it’s free-to-play until April 6 for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

Other highlights included more details of upcoming Square Enix RPG Bravely Default II and a confirmed release date for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. The Direct concluded with a closer look at Isle of Armor, the first content expansion for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

And finally, some words I never thought I would say. Thank you, EA. Burnout Paradise Remastered will race onto Nintendo Switch later this year. It’s about time.

Watch the full video below and read on for a quick rundown of all the announcements.

Nintendo Direct March 2020 annoucements

  • Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition – Released May 29, 2020
  • Borderlands Legendary Collection – Released May 29, 2020
  • BioShock: The Collection – Released May 29, 2020
  • XCOM 2 Collection – Released May 29, 2020
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 – Expansion pass trailer
  • Shinsekai: Into the Depths – Available now
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Bunny Day runs from April 1-12. Next update due in April
  • Good Job – Out now
  • Catherine Full Body – Released July 7, 2020
  • Ring Fit Adventure – Rhythm game update available now
  • King’s Bounty II – Coming 2020
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Next fighter announced will be from Arms, due in June
  • Arms – Full game trial for Nintendo Switch Online members available until April 6, 2020
  • Bravely Default 2 – Coming 2020, demo available now
  • Clubhouse Games – Released June 5, 2020
  • Ninjala – Released May 27, 2020
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy – Out today
  • Star Wars Episode 1: Racer – Coming soon
  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake – Out now
  • Trials of Mana – Released April 24, 2020
  • Fuser – Due Fall 2020
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades – Coming Spring 2020
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus – Due May 2020
  • Vigor – Closed Beta from April 9, 2020
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered  – Due in 2020
  • Saints Row IV – Released March 27, 2020
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III – Released June 20, 2020
  • Mr Driller: DrillLand – Released June 25, 2020
  • Minecraft Dungeons – Spring 2020
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass – More Isle of Armor details

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