The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly for the week of May 13th 2021! This is a weekly video games newsletter featuring my top stories of the week. 

I’m still experimenting with how I want this set up, so this week will feature 3 stories, plus what I’m playing/impressions.

PS5s are still hard to get? The Yakuza series will be turn-based going forward? A new Donkey Kong game is in the works? Let’s get into the news!

PS5 Stock Shortage Could Continue into 2022

Via: Game Informer

Low stock and scalpers are making it very hard for others to get their hands on the PS5 and it looks like things won’t get better any time soon. Sony Group Corp. recently told an analyst group that the shortage is expected to last into 2022. The company also mentioned that this issue has been a stress point for sales targets.

In a statement to Bloomberg, Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki said, “I don’t think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand.”

This is very unfortunate as I would love to see everyone who wants one actually get their hands on a PS5 console. I was fortunate enough to get one late last year and was hoping supply would be better by the Summer time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that has made things a lot more difficult especially with the semiconductor shortage. With vaccines out in the wild, we can only hope things will improve.

The Yakuza Series Will Feature Turn-Based Combat Going Forward

Via: IGN

Along with the reveal of the next Judgment game, Lost Judgment, It was revealed the Yakuza series will continue to be a turn-based combat game. In an interview with IGN, Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa confirmed Judgment will be Ryu ga Gotoku’s action series pillar, while Yakuza will evolve more into a turn-based RPG after Yakuza: Like a Dragon garnered so much success.

“The Yakuza series has been transformed into a turn-based RPG. On the other hand, over the years, Ryu ga Gotoku Studio has accumulated resources and know-how of making flashy and exhilarating action games that are effortless to enjoy. We decided that we should let our signature action gameplay live on through Lost Judgment.”

Lost Judgement will continue the story of private detective Takayuki Yagami as he takes on new cases in the action packed mystery thriller. The first game only debuted on PS4, but Lost Judgment will be available across both PlayStation and Xbox consoles with a worldwide simultaneous release this September. Check out the trailer below.

It’s pretty exciting seeing Ryu ga Gotoku have so much success. Creating a new series and evolving the series that has gotten them this far is great for them. I have dabbled a little bit into the Yakuza series before, but I’m yet to play and complete a full game. I have Yakuza 7, Yakuza 0, and Judgement on deck and will make it to those soon enough.

RUMOURS! A New Donkey Kong game is in the works by the Mario Odyssey Team

Via: Nintendo Life

According to Nintendo Life, a trusted source reported that Nintendo EPD is developing a new 2D/2.5D Donkey Kong game. Recent claims also report DK development has been brought back in house to gear up for to 40th anniversary this year. Leaker Zippo had this to report on the rumor:

“It’s the big ape’s 40th anniversary, and while I’m not sure how Nintendo is celebrating the occasion, there is a new 2D DK game being developed by EPD Tokyo. Retro is obviously busy with other things, so Nintendo has taken it upon themselves to bring DK back in as internal series. Don’t expect the “Country” moniker to return, as EPD Tokyo are not interested in making a sequel to games they didn’t make. Diddy, Cranky and the Kremling Krew should all be returning in this installment. It sounds like this game is launching before the end of the year. An E3 announcement seems very likely.

Of course this is just a rumor, but It seems like this year perfect time to release a new DK game. Tropical Freeze released back in 2014, and then ported to the Switch in 2018.

Noteworthy:

Pokemon cards are no longer being sold at Target: Kotaku

COVID, supply, demand, capitalism, and fights are to blame.

Ubisoft strategy change: VGC

Ubisoft want’s to focus on more high end free to play games.

Skull & Bones delayed again: VGC

Delayed for the 4th consecutive year, expect it to release in the fiscal year starting April 2022.

Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier closed beta begins this June: Game Informer

Beta runs from June 1st to the 7th. Sign up here

The next Battlefield game will be shown off in June: IGN

As revealed by the official twitter account. Battlefield 6 will release this year.

My Video Game Playlist

As mentioned in the intro, I’m still experimenting with the newsletter. This portion will feature what games I am currently playing, plus any impressions I want to share.

Resident Evil Village: I started it on Saturday and completed my first play through on Tuesday. I enjoyed it a great bit. It has a perfect balance between horror and action. I thought the second half of the game a bit weak, compared to the first half, but the ending was great. I give it a solid 9/10.

Returnal: I am yet to complete this one as it is tough as nails. Shortly before RE8 dropped, I did beat the 2nd boss. This week I started playing through the third biome and it is brutal. All in all, I am enjoying my time with it. It’s a strong game of the year contender for me, so far.

Apex Legends season 9: Apex got it’s S9 update last week and it is a blast. I have not tried out Valkyrie just yet, I need more currency, but the new bow weapon is fun, and the brand new permanent Arenas mode is a blast. I pretty much skipped out on playing S8, but this season has its hooks in me. The Apex addiction strikes again.

Notable Releases:

Monday, May 10th:

Hood: Outlaws & Legends – PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Friday, May 14th:

Mass Effect Legendary Edition – PS4, Xbox One, PC

Subnautica: Below Zero – PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind – Switch

Famicom Detective Club: The Missin Heir – Switch

Subnautica – Switch

Guilty Gear Strive Beta – May 13-16th

Phantasy Star Online New Genesis Beta – May 13th -16th

Catch me every week on The Skill Tree: A Gaming Podcast

Madness (Episode 17) The Skill Tree (A Gaming Podcast)

On today's festive episode (which features Hashim in the best mood he's possibly ever been in), the guys talk about their initial impressions of Guilty Gear -Strive-, and the first part of the Summer Games Fest for 2021, which includes (but not limited to): Elden Ring, Tiny Tina's Wonderland, Battlefield 2042, the Ubisoft Forward, Devolver Digital, and more! The guys also talk about Overwatch finally getting crossplay, and Back 4 Blood rumors.  — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theskilltree/message
  1. Madness (Episode 17)
  2. StoneCold (Episode 16)
  3. Affiliated (Episode 15)
  4. Bullying (Episode 14)
  5. Legally (Episode 13)

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