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The Week in Video Games – May 6, 2018

This week in video games: Fortnite Season 4 begins, Red Dead Redemption 2 gets a new trailer, and Xbox One sales increase. Here’s our roundup of the week’s top video game news stories.

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Fortnite Season 4

This week in video games: Fortnite Season 4 begins, Red Dead Redemption 2 gets a new trailer, and Xbox One sales increase. Here’s our roundup of the week’s top video game news stories.

Fortnite Battle Royale news

Season 4 of Fornite arrived with a bang last week. Those meteors finally hit, bringing with them a clutch of new features, significant updates to the battle royale map, and a collection of gameplay tweaks and UI improvements. You can view the update’s full patch notes on the Epic Games website.

Over on GamesIndustry.biz, Rob Fahey examines recent press coverage of Fortnite and free-to-play games.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds news

PUBG‘s limited time Desert Knights mode – a 50-player team deathmatch – began on Thursday, only to finish earlier than planned due to server issues.

Over on Xbox One, the test server for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is back in business until Monday May 7, 2018. The test includes access to both the Miramar and Erangel maps on random basis. The test’s patch notes has full details.

And in China, fifteen people have been arrested in connection with hacking PUBG, and have subsequently been fined over $5.1 million.

New Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer and gameplay details

Rockstar Games has released a spectacular third trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Meanwhile, IGN’s Alex Simmons reports on a 45 minute gameplay demo:

“If this demo is anything to go by, it’s a story driven by an ambition to create something deeper, more expansive and immersive than ever before.”

Nintendo to focus on mobile

Speaking at Nintendo’s quarterly investor Q&A, incoming president, Shuntaro Furukawa, explained that the company will be managed by a next-generation collective comprised of leaders from the hardware, software, sales, and marketing divisions. And speaking to Nikkei, he says that smartphone games will increasingly be a focus for the company:

“From what I can see, smartphone games are the ones I want to expand the most. The idea that something will emerge that transforms into something big, in the same manner as game consoles, is the defining motive of the Nintendo business.”

Minecraft gets a final update on last-gen consoles

Minecraft‘s upcoming Update Aquatic will be the last released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS Vita and Wii U. According to a post on the game’s official website, last-generation platforms account for fewer than 5% of active Minecraft players.

Charles ‘Mario’ Martinet to star in Runner3

Bit.Trip developer Choice Provisions has announced that the upcoming Runner3 will feature cameos from Shovel Knight, Brutal Legend‘s Eddie Riggs, and none other than the voice of Mario himself, Charles Martinet.

Madden NFL creative director departs

Rex Dickson, creative director of EA’s Madden NFL franchise, has left the company after five years. In a statement published to Twitter, Dickson suggested that the series could be heading in a ‘new direction’.

“We collectively agreed this was the best path forward for everyone involved. This is as much for me and my family as it is about giving the team, the community, and the Madden franchise a chance for a new direction.”

Xbox One sales increase in 2018

There’s good news for the Xbox One, with 2018 sales increasing 15 percent on the same period last year. Exact numbers aren’t forthcoming, however, with Microsoft telling Variety that they use a different measure for success.

“We are continuing to look at engagement as our key metric for success and are no longer reporting on total console sales.”

Microsoft also reported that players have now spent over a billion hours playing backwards compatible games on Xbox One.

New Beyond Good and Evil 2 footage revealed

Developer Michel Ancel has revealed more details about the upcoming Beyond Good and Evil 2. This week’s Space Monkey Report Twitch stream showed off melee and spaceship combat, and explained how the game will feature a character customisation system.

Utomik officially launches

The Utomik subscription PC gaming service officially launched this week. The service offers access to over 750 games from 100 publishers for a standard monthly subscription fee. Single and family passes are available.

Google launches new game company

Google has soft-launched Arcade, a new social gaming company. Arcade will be run by the 21 year-old Michael Sayman, and is reportedly working on a trivia game for release later this year.

Stardew Valley gets online multiplayer

ConcernedApe has released a new beta for Stardew Valley that adds online multiplayer, plus a host of new single player changes. Up to three friends can join your farm in co-op mode, and you can try it out by opting-in to the beta via Steam.

Video Game Hall of Fame reveals new inductees

The National Museum of Play has announced that Spacewar!, John Madden Football, Tomb Raider, and Final Fantasy VII have been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The games were selected because of their impact on the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general. Titles that missed out included MetroidHalf-Life, King’s Quest, and Ms. Pac-Man.

Mega Man games get a new cartridge release

To mark the 30th anniversary of Capcom’s Mega Man series, iam8bit are publishing a limited edition run of reproduction Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X cartridges. They feature foil and gloss embossed packaging, plus a premium instruction booklet with a foreword by Salvatore Pane. They’re not cheap but they are lovely.

Nintendo to launch new Mii making tool

With Miitomo about to bite the dust, Nintendo has announced that those still interested in creating and editing Mii characters will soon be able to use a new web-based Mii-making tool. It’s 2018, how does this not exist already?

Some Sunday reading…

In this week’s Cut Scenes – our ongoing series that explores the fuzzy space between film and video games – Josh Wise dives into The Truman Show and Prey.

Elsewhere on Thumbsticks we also have reviews of The Swords of Ditto and Minit, plus our Physical Foundry takes in-depth look at the differences between the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Also worth reading are two articles marking the 20th anniversary of Panzer Dragoon Saga. Polygon has pulled together a fascinating oral history, and The Ringer looks at the creation and impact of the game.

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This week’s PlayStation 4 releases (April 6-10, 2020)

Final Fantasy VII Remake headlines this week’s lineup of new PS Store releases for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake headlines this week’s lineup of new PS Store releases for the PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PS VR.

A classic franchise returns to PlayStation 4 this week. Yup, it’s the long-awaited release of Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories. Granzella’s game has a long, storied history, beginning life as a PS3 title in 2011 before real-world events caused its postponement. The game’s western release comes at an equally difficult time, but patient fans of the series should be satisfied.

Speaking of patience, this week’s actual big release, Final Fantasy VII Remake, seems to be everything that fans have been waiting for. The long-awaited game is officially out on Friday, but is shipping early in some regions.

Meanwhile, PS VR owners might not be able to play Half-Life: Alyx, but they do get to experience the rush and thrill of Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm. Other new PS4 releases coming this week include Capybara’s BelowNull Drifter, Troubleshooter, and Rush Rover.

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

New PlayStation 4 releases – April 6-10, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • Below
  • Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories
  • Form
  • Galaxy of Pen & Paper +1 Edition
  • Null Drifter
  • Rush Rover (and PS Vita)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • Arcade Archives THE TIN STARConvoy: A Tactical Roguelike
  • A Room Where Art Conceals
  • Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • AFL Evolution 2
  • Dissection
  • Drunkn Bar Fight
  • Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Troubleshooter

Friday, April 10, 2020

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Save on classic Zelda with April’s My Nintendo discounts

The latest batch of My Nintendo rewards includes new 3DS game discounts and a seasonal theme.

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The latest batch of My Nintendo rewards includes new 3DS game discounts and a seasonal theme.

In case you missed it, there’s a new batch of discounts available on the My Nintendo rewards programme. It’s a good month if you want to pick up some older Zelda games. In Europe, the often overlooked Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons are both half-price in exchange for 30 Gold Points. You can also revisit a range of revamped Nintendo classics in the excellent Ultimate NES Remix.

In the US, there are discounts on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Monster Hunter Stories, and a couple of new 3DS themes.

Here’s the full rundown of April’s new rewards. Many of last month’s discounts, including Fire Emblem Warriors, are still available, as well as a seven-day free trial for My Nintendo Online.

New My Nintendo rewards – April 2020

EU Gold Point Rewards

  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages – 50% discount – 30 points
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons – 50% discount – 30 points
  • Ultimate NES Remix – 50% discount – 200 points

EU Platinum Point Rewards

  • Cooking Mama: Bon Appétit! – 30% discount – 220 points

US Gold Point Rewards

  • Fossil Fighters: Frontier – 30% discount – 70 points
  • Mario Party Star Rush – 30% discount – 90 points
  • Mighty Mushrooms Theme – 20 points

US Platinum Point Rewards

  • Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure – 30% discount – 140 points
  • Monster Hunter Stories – 30% discount – 300 points
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – 30% discount – 100 points
  • Pocket Card Jockey – 30% discount – 100 points
  • Yoshi Springtime Siesta Theme – 100 points

Don’t forget, you can also put gold points toward Nintendo Switch games on the eShop. Here’s our roundup of the latest new Switch releases.


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New Nintendo Switch releases (April 6-11, 2020)

This week’s new Nintendo Switch eShop releases include brawling animals, massive earthquakes, space-stations, and dragons. Here’s the full lineup of new games.

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This week’s new Nintendo Switch eShop releases include brawling animals, massive earthquakes, space-stations, and dragons. Here’s the full lineup of new games.

It’s a reasonably quiet week for new Nintendo Switch releases. There are no massive hits to look forward to, but there are a few little gems to enjoy. (Fortunately, we all have Bunny Week to fall back on.)

Pick of the week is Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories, the long-in-development earthquake survival adventure from Granzella. Based on the free eShop demo, the series hasn’t changed much, but it does have a tangible sense of place and a quietly chilling tone.

If you watched the recent Nintendo Direct, you would have seen Vigor, the self-proclaimed “free-to-play shoot ‘n’ loot game, where you build the Shelter in post-war Norway.” Interested players might just squeeze into the game’s closed beta which begins on Thursday,

Fans of the Picross series should also check out Depixtion, which gets a European release this week. It’s a colourful twist on a classic puzzle format, and value for money too. Other new Switch games include Towertale, Galaxy of Pen & Paper, Tharsis, and Fight of Animals, the bizarre meme animal brawler from Digital Crafter.

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 – April 6-11, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • No releases, go find an egg.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories
  • Grimvalor

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • Towertale
  • Galaxy of Pen & Paper
  • Pen and Paper Games Bundle
  • Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike
  • Ubongo

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • Bridge 3
  • Fight of Animals
  • Gunbrick: Reloaded
  • Vigor – Closed Beta
  • Monster Viator

Friday, April 10, 2020

  • Depixtion
  • RMX Real Motocross
  • Rush Rover

Saturday, April 11, 2020

  • Tharsis

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New Xbox One releases (April 6-10, 2020)

This 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 brand new Xbox One releases includes…some games.

Final Fantasy VII Remake isn’t coming to the Xbox One just yet. Instead, players can look forward to Retro Tanks. Yes, folks, it’s a quiet week on Xbox One.

The highlight of the week is probably Null Drifter, the fun and furious twin-stick shooter from Panda Indie Studio. And if you fancy making your own games, BQM – Block Quest Maker is an engaging RPG dungeon-creation tool.

Other new Xbox One releases include console ports of Indietopia’s ageing tactical combat game Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike, and Behold Studios’ ageing RPG, Galaxy of Pen and Paper.

There’s a more comprehensive range of games coming to PlayStation 4. In addition to FFVII Remake, there’s Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories and, erm, Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm.

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 – April 6-10, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • Construction Simulator 3: Console Edition

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike
  • Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition
  • Glaive: Brick Breaker
  • Null Drifter
  • Rush Rover

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • Beholder 2

Friday, April 10, 2020

  • BQM – Block Quest Maker
  • Braveland Trilogy
  • Obduction
  • Retro Tanks

If none of these games are to your liking, read about April’s Games with Gold lineup.


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Three nice enough games are free on Xbox this weekend

ICYMI, here’s news of three more games that are currently free to play on Xbox One.

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In case you missed it, here’s news of three more games that are currently free to play on Xbox One.

“Nice.”

My English teacher used to say that you should never use the word “nice” to describe something. But sometimes, it just fits. 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. The lineup is unlikely to get anyone truly excited – outside of fans of each series – but free is free.

WWE 2K20 would normally headline the list, but the latest edition of the long-running wrestling franchise is notoriously rough and was widely panned on release. Nonetheless, if you’re stuck at home with family, the game could be a good bet for some local multiplayer. It will likely make you smile, even if it’s for the wrong reasons.

Monster Energy Supercross 3 lets players recreate the 2019 AMA Supercross season with a suite of gameplay modes and a robust track creation tool. And if you want to lose yourself in some faraway lands, The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited offers a wealth of adventures to embark on.

WWE 2K20 and Monster Energy Supercross 3 are available to play until midnight on April 5. The Elder Scrolls Online is free to play until April 13.

As always, game progress and achievements can be carried over to purchased copies. And there are some discounts available to tempt you into that purchase.

Free Play Days Discounts

WWE 2K20

  • Standard Edition –  67% off
  • Deluxe Edition – 67% off
  • Originals: Bump in the Night – 35% off
  • Backstage Pass – 35% off

The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited

  • Standard Edition – 60% off

Monster Energy Supercross 3

  • Standard Edition – 30% off
  • Special Edition – 30% off

Nice enough.


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