This week in gaming: Overwatch gets a new character, Far Cry 5 gets a movie, and the Switch doesn’t get Diablo. Here’s our digest of the week’s top news stories from the world of video games.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds news
It’s been a relatively quiet week on the PUBG news desk. The biggest story relates to the Xbox One version of the game, which received a host of improvements with its ninth update. Patch highlights include the addition of multiple pre-match starting locations, the removal of weapons from the island prior to a match starting, and a number of UI tweaks. Support for Game DVR is also included, and can be switched on in the Options/Settings menu.
The line item “Updated the design of the energy drink” also means that Hot Bull has now become PUBG Brand Energy Drink, a name less likely to infringe on the trademark of a popular canned caffeine brew.
In other news, Polygon reports on Ma Huateng – founder of Tencent, and PUBG’s publishing partner in China – being named the richest man in China in the latest edition of the Hurun Report.
Far Cry 5 film comes to Amazon Prime
A live-action short film based on Far Cry 5 will be released on Amazon Prime on Monday March 5, 2018. Inside Eden’s Gate follows three vloggers investigating the disappearance of missing locals in game’s Hope County location. The film stars Greg Bryk, as Eden’s Gate leader Joseph Seed, and American Sniper’s Kyle Gallner.
Ubisoft have also released a new live-action Far Cry 5 trailer. The game is set for release on March 27, 2018.
Is Diablo III coming to Nintendo Switch?
Yes, says the internet. No, says Blizzard. Boo, says the internet.
Horizon Zero Dawn sells over 7.6m copies
Sony has confirmed that Horizon Zero Dawn has become the best-selling new first-party franchise to launch on PlayStation 4. The game has sold over 7.6 million copies since its release in February 2017.
“From the makers of Killzone Shadow Fall…” Who’d have thunk?
Sega accidentally released Yakuza 6 for free
Talk about having a bad day at the office. You have to feel for the poor soul who signed-off the PlayStation Store demo of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, which mistakenly allowed players to purchase and unlock the full game. Sega swiftly removed the demo from the PlayStation Store, and have since revoked access for anyone who opened up the full game.
Chrono Trigger flops on Steam
Square Enix’s self-proclaimed ‘definitive edition’ Chrono Trigger arrived on Steam this week. Alas, there seems to be nothing definitive about it, with players disappointed at the PC version being little more than a rough port of 2011’s iOS release. The game currently has a Mostly Negative rating on Steam from over 300 reviews. The humble Nintendo DS version remains king in our eyes.
ESRB to introduce ‘In-Game Purchases’ label
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is to introduce advisory labels for all digital and retail games that “offer the ability to purchase digital goods or premiums with real world currency.” The new label will be separate from the already familiar ESRB content ratings. All together now, “M-for-Mature!”
A new website has also been launched to assist parents in understanding the murky world of in-game purchases and micro-transactions.
Xbox One gets PC remote play
A new update for members of the Xbox One Insider program adds PC Remote Play, of a sort. Using the Mixer streaming platform, the new feature lets players pass control of a game to anyone viewing on a PC via Mixer.com. The viewer can then take over the game using a controller, or an on-screen gamepad.
Brigitte comes to Overwatch
The latest Overwatch patch is now available for testing, and introduces Brigitte, a new support-class hero. Her primary weapon is a “heavy-hitting Rocket Flail,” and she also wields a barrier shield that can absorb a limited amount of damage, and offer protection to allies directly behind her.
Battlefield to return to World War II
According to a report by Gamesbeat, the next Battlefield game will be released by Electronic Arts later this year, and will be titled Battlefield V. The game looks set to continue the franchise’s back-to-basics approach and will follow the most recent Call of Duty by taking place during the Second World War.
Bethesda confirm E3 press conference time
There’s only three months to go until the gaming industry – and some lucky paying customers – descend on to the LA Convention Center for E3 2018. Bethesda are the first publisher to mark some time in the diary by confirming that the ‘BE3’ 2018 press conference will be held on Sunday, June 10 at 6:30 pm PT. The event will be open to press and fans, with ticketing details to be confirmed at a later date. It will also be streamed live on YouTube and Twitch.
Twitch rolls out new community guidelines
Twitch has released a detailed breakdown of its new community guidelines ahead of their enforcement this week. The new policies cover community moderation, harmful behaviour, and dress code. The onus is firmly on streamers to use Twitch’s automatic moderation tools – or employ a moderation team – to combat hateful behavior while they’re offline or AFK.
PS Plus to lose PS3 and PS Vita games
The PlayStation Plus free games lineup for March is one of the best in some time. This months titles include the amazing Bloodborne, the brilliant Ratchet and Clank, and the, erm, not-so mighty, Mighty No. 9. There was also some sad, if unsurprising, news. PlayStation Plus support for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita games will end in February 2019.
A Way Out escapes development
Hazelight’s Josef Fares has confirmed that upcoming prison break game A Way Out, has gone gold. The co-op only adventure will be released on March 23, 2018, and includes a free trial feature so that two people can play together using just one copy of the game.
Detroit: Become Human release date confirmed
The dreary looking Detroit: Become Human will be released worldwide on May 25, 2018. In blog post, game director David Cage says of the game: “Your actions have real and spectacular consequences.” Never a truer word spoken, David.
We have two articles for you to read on this lazy Sunday morning. First up is a new piece on Thumbsticks from Daniel Lipson. Grief, loss, and the healing power of Final Fantasy XV looks at how games intertwine with our personal lives, and can help us through difficult times.
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