The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly for the week of April 8th 2021! This is a weekly video games newsletter featuring my top 5 stories of the week. 

Monster Hunter Rise prints money, E3 is all online, 99 Pac-Men appear out of thin air? That’s a lot of Pac-Men. I assume that’s the plural of Pac-Man, but anyways let’s get into the news!

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The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly for the week of March 4th 2021! This is a weekly video games newsletter featuring my top 5 stories of the week. 

Fall Guys gets bought out? Yuffie is in Final Fantasy VII Remake? Will we get the greatest Pokemon game of all time, next year? We’ll have to wait to find out. Let’s get into the news!

Epic Games Acquires Tonic Games Group

Via: Epic Games

The studio behind 2020’s smash hit, Fall Guys, is being acquired by Epic games. Epic jumped out ahead to assure nothing about Fall Guys will change by stating, “For Fall Guys fans, your gameplay isn’t changing and Epic will continue to invest in making the game a great experience for players across platforms. Your favorite colorful beans will still stumble through the chaos on PC, PlayStation, and soon Nintendo Switch and Xbox. Check out this blog post for answers to all your Fall Guys questions.”

Both parties seem to be very excited about this move as they share the same goals. Tonic Games CEO Dave Bailey feels like they have found a new home and they share a mission to “build and support games that have a positive impact, empower others and stand the test of time and we couldn’t be more excited to be joining forces with their team.” Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeny also hones in on those same goals, “It’s no secret that Epic is invested in building the metaverse and Tonic Games shares this goal. As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent who know how to build powerful games, content and experiences.” 

It will be interesting to see where Epic will go from here and if Fall Guys eventually goes free to play. Other than being the creators of the Unreal Engine, Fortnite battle royale has been Epic’s real stepping stone into the gaming space. With that they have been able to build by acquiring Psyonix, the team behind Rocket League, and now Tonic Games Group. Rocket League eventually went free to play under the Epic umbrella, so it could be safe to assume Fall Guys will do the same. Either way, this is a huge get for Epic and the sky is the limit for Tonic Games Group.

Pokemon Presents Delivered the Goods

Via: IGN

Last week we got a brand new Pokemon Presents presentation and they showed off some really cool games. First we were greeted with a new gameplay trailer for New Pokemon Snap showing off the world, new characters to the Pokemon universe, and some of the Pokemon you will run into on your adventure. New Pokemon snap is slated for an April 30th, 2021 release.

Next we were greeted with the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes, titled: Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. This remake will not be handled by Game Freak themselves, instead Pokemon BD/SP will be handled by ILCA Inc. Their previous work includes Pokemon Home and they have also done support for many other games like NieR: Automata, Dragon Quest XI, and Yakuza 0 to name a few. This great news to see Game Freak out sourcing content. They are still a relatively small studio, so they can’t juggle too many projects at once. Also, good on ILCA for securing a lead big project like this. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are scheduled for a late 2021 release.

Lastly, we got to see what Game Freak has been working on and it is a treat. Pokemon Legends Arceus is a brand new open world action RPG Pokemon game! It takes place in the very early days of the Sinnoh region. The trailer shows off a little bit of early gameplay with your character running around the world, catching Pokemon, and a few battles. There is even a dodge roll mechanic! This was easily the most exciting part of the presentation and I cannot wait to see more. Pokemon Legends Arceus is expected to arrive early 2022.

Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade and a Couple of New Mobile Games

Via: Square Enix

Our wishes have been granted! Final Fantasy VII Remake will get PS5 updates with it’s next iteration, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. The PS5 version will bring visual improvements, photo mode, as well as new story content featuring Yuffie. Owners of the PS4 version will be able to upgrade for free, but the Yuffie episode will be sold separately. Final Fantasy VII Remake is also now available in March’s PS Plus offering. That version is not eligible for the PS5 upgrade. Intergrade launches June 10th 2021.

Square Enix also announced a couple of new mobile games. Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis and Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier

Square Enix to have Multiple Remakes in the Works with Forever Entertainment

Via: Destructoid

Square Enix has recruited Forever Entertainment to publish multiple remakes on the studio’s classic IPs. Forever Entertainment has published the recent Panzer Dragoon remake and will also be publishing Panzer Dragoon 2. At this time, there is no information on what IP Forever Entertainment will be working on. Square has an incredible catalog of games. Fingers crossed it’s Final Fantasy VI or Chrono Trigger.

Monster Hunter Rise will be Ported to PC in 2022

Via: Fanbyte

And to round out The Geek Dojo Weekly this week, turns our Monster Hunter Rise will not be exclusive to just the Switch as the game will appear on the PC in 2022 as well. The game is still in development, according to the producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and director Yasunori Ichinose.

Noteworthy:

Guilty Gear Strive is delayed until June: Twitter

PlayStation announces 6 new PSVR titles: The Verge

Mistwalker reveals a new mobile JRPG: Polygon

God of War Ragnarok will release “When it’s done.”: Push Square

Dragon Age 4 will not have multiplayer: Engadget

Sony working on PS5 storage solutions this summer: Game Informer

Sony Japan Studio is winding down: VGC

Elden Ring leaked trailer rocks the internet: Game Informer

Notable Releases:

Tuesday, March 2nd:

Maquette – PS5, PS4, PC

Harvest Moon: One World – PS4, Switch

Yakuza: Like A Dragon – PS5

Thursday, March 4th:

Mortal Shell – PS5, Xbox Series X/S

Sea of Solitude – Switch

Gnosia – Switch

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

On today's episode, the guys dive into what Days Gone creative director/writer John Garvin had to say about supporting games at full price and if that's feasible (12:20). The Resident Evil Showcase gets the reaction treatment (30:56), alongside the Nintendo Indie World Showcase (46:29). That segways into thoughts concerning Nintendo deciding to focus on more original IPs going forward (1:00:52). And of course, the Respec Section returns (1:14:00) with more inappropriate jokes than you can be- nevermind, you'll know where the title came from when you get to it. We're still PG, baby! Catch this content. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theskilltree/message
  1. Always (Episode 11)
  2. Milestone (Episode 10)
  3. Vocab (Episode 9)
  4. Rumors (Episode 8)
  5. Flowchart (Episode 7)

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The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly for the week of February 25th! This is a weekly video games newsletter featuring my top 5 stories of the week. 

Anthem is dead, PlayStation hits us with a slew of new information, and some Konami games are getting a second chance at life. Let’s get into the news!

Konami Plans to Outsource Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania to Third Party Studios

Via: PSU

Konami is reportedly looking to outsource development on new Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania games, according to VGC’s Andy Robinson. These new games will not be seen for quite some time. There is very little information with no planned ideas or who will be developing.

This is pretty exciting to hear especially since Konami has pretty much been out of gaming for a long time. They have quite a few IPs that many of us love. I have personally wanted the MGS series to come back in a big way so it would be great to see another studio get the rights to it. If Konami really wants to shake the table, they would outsource the Suikoden franchise.

PlayStation News Extravaganza

Via: Game Informer

Sony hit us with a slew of information of what to expect in the coming months/years. First up, a new PlayStation VR headset is in development. It is currently in development for the PS5 and will not be launching in 2021. The headset will feature improved resolution and field of view. It will also only have one cable to connect to the PS5 console which is a huge plus. The headset is a long ways out, but devs kits will be sent out soon.

Next is the Play at Home initiative returns next month. Last year at the start of the pandemic, Sony announced Play at Home as a way to give back to the community. They offered Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey free for a limited time. Since the pandemic continues to spread, this program is being brought back again. Play at Home 2021 starts March 1st in the PlayStation store. Ratchet and Clank PS4 will be available for free until March 31st. Beginning on March 25th, Sony will be offering an extended access period for new Funimation subscribers.

Sony also announced more games will be coming to PC, starting with Days Gone. CEO Jim Ryan opens up about the topic in a recent GQ interview stating, “…our studios made some wonderful, great games. There’s an opportunity to expose those great games to a wider audience and recognize the economics of game development, which are not always straightforward. The cost of making games goes up with each cycle, as the caliber of the IP has improved. Also, our ease of making it available to non-console owners has grown. So it’s a fairly straightforward decision for us to make.”

Lastly, to top it all off, a brand new State of Play will premier this Thursday. Well today since this newsletter goes out every Thursday. I will cover it in next week’s post. It will be 30 minutes and will give us a deep dive on 10 upcoming games. I’m fully expecting a Kena: Bridge of Spirits release date. Tune in today at 5pm EST to find out more.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has Been Delayed

Via: Twitter

Paradox Interactive released a statement this week noting Bloodlines 2 will be delayed out of 2021. It seems the game has run into some development issues as the lead development team, Hardsuit Labs, has been dismissed from the project. No new release date has been given and no more pre-orders will be taken at this time.

I have never played the first game, but this one was on my radar for 2021. It is disappointing to see this happen, but take your time Paradox.

Cyberpunk 2077 February Patch Has Been Delayed

Via: Twitter

CD Projekt Red announced the next big patch for Cyberpunk 2077 will be delayed into the second half of March. “While we dearly wanted to deliver Patch 1.2 for Cyberpunk 2077 in the timespan we detailed previously, the recent cyber attack on the studio’s IT infrastructure and extensive scope of the update mean this unfortunately will not happen — we’ll need some additional time.” They also mention, “We’ve been working on numerous overall quality improvements and fixes, and we still have work to do to make sure that’s what you get.”

CDPR has definitely had a rough go at things since this game launched. Even though things have been rough, I’m am glad to see they are working to make things right. I have not made it very far into the game myself, but I am content with waiting on this big patch to see how much has the game improved.

Anthem 2.0 Development has been Cancelled

Via: Game Informer

Anthem had a troubled launch in 2019. It was a new direction for BioWare and EA. Upon release, the game seemed like it had something special in the beginning, but everything quickly feel apart after an hour or so in. EA looked to revamp this game with an Anthem 2.0 update. Two weeks ago there was a report that judgement day for Anthem was coming. EA would decide if they will save the game or discontinue development. Fast forward to Feb. 24th, it has been reported EA will be pulling the plug on Anthem completely. BioWare’s Christian Daily blames the pandemic for the project not coming together completely. The team working on Anthem will be moved over to Dragon Age 4. RIP Anthem.

Noteworthy:

PS5 and Xbox component shortage to be investigated by President Biden: Gamespot

New NieR Replicant trailer: Twitter

Pyra/Mythra Smash Bros. Ultimate Showcase date: Twitter

New Skullgirls DLC is on the way: Steam

Upcoming Monster Hunter showcases: Nintendo Everything

Notable Releases:

Via: Kotaku

Tuesday, February 23

Persona 5 Strikers | PS4, Switch, PC

Thursday, February 25

Hellpoint | Switch

Ghost n’ Goblins Resurrection | Switch

Littlewood | Switch

Friday, February 26

Bravely Default II | Switch

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

On today's episode, the guys dive into what Days Gone creative director/writer John Garvin had to say about supporting games at full price and if that's feasible (12:20). The Resident Evil Showcase gets the reaction treatment (30:56), alongside the Nintendo Indie World Showcase (46:29). That segways into thoughts concerning Nintendo deciding to focus on more original IPs going forward (1:00:52). And of course, the Respec Section returns (1:14:00) with more inappropriate jokes than you can be- nevermind, you'll know where the title came from when you get to it. We're still PG, baby! Catch this content. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theskilltree/message
  1. Always (Episode 11)
  2. Milestone (Episode 10)
  3. Vocab (Episode 9)
  4. Rumors (Episode 8)
  5. Flowchart (Episode 7)

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The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly for the week of February 10th! This is a weekly video games news column featuring my top 5 stories of the week.

E3 is back? WB Games puts a ring on it? Can Sony beat Nintendo in a drift competition? I don’t know, let’s get into the news!

E3 is Back?

Via: VGC

The past few years have been rough for the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Data leaks, major publishers deciding not to show up, and the most recent issue, the covid 19 pandemic. Hopefully with the backing of publishers, The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) looks to bounce back in 2021 with an online only event on June 15-17.

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The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly! A weekly video games news column featuring my top 5 stories of the week.

The Mass Effect Legendary Edition is Real!

via: Game Informer

And is coming very soon! EA released a trailer detailing everything included in the collection:

  • Mass Effect 1,2, and 3 are included
  • Remastered in 4K
  • Gameplay and quality of life improvements
  • All previous DLC included
  • Available May 14, 2021

I am ecstatic about this news. The Mass Effect trilogy is one of my all time favorites and I can’t wait to experience it again in all of it’s 4K glory. The trailer gave me goosebumps, so be sure to check it out. Game Informer will have exclusive content on the collection all month.

Google Stadia is on Life Support

Via: Kotaku

Google will be shutting down their internal Stadia studios and focusing on their partners instead. This is a pretty shocking move considering they brought in talent, such as former Ubisoft producer Jade Raymond, to lead the charge. Google will offer their Stadia tech to other publishers in hopes other companies will use the streaming service. Stadia head of operations, Phil Harrison, will work on pursuing new partnerships.

I believe the Stadia platform is practically on life support, at this time. One thing they should strongly consider is switching to a subscription based service. Paying for the service and games separetely is not a good way to run this. Not many people will want to buy a $50-$60 game on a streaming service when they can actually own it on another console.

Just Go Ahead and Forget About Anything Bayonetta 3 For a While

Via: VGC

Last week I reported on possible Bayonetta 3 news this year. Looks like we may need to reel those expectations back in a bit. According to a recent interview with VGC, Hideki Kamiya joked we should, “forget about Bayonetta 3,” for now.

“I understand it’s driving the fans crazy! In light of that, my suggestion would be that maybe we should all reset and forget about Bayonetta 3. Then when something finally does happen, it will be a nice surprise, won’t it?”

Kamiya also mentions that it is still early in the year so it may be still be possible we get news about it this year. Just don’t get your hopes up too high.

EA is Developing a New NCAA Football Game

Via: The Verge

EA Sports College Football is in the very early stages of development. EA is working with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) to obtain the use of over 100 FBS teams, stadiums, mascots, and uniforms. Player likeness or real names will not be used. With or without the real players names, this is great news for the fans of the series.

Embracer Buys Gearbox for $1.3 Billion

Via: IGN

Gearbox Software, the developer of Borderlands, will be joining Embracer Group as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Randy Pitchford will remain as Gearbox’s boss after the merger.

“Lars [Wingefors]’s vision of Embracer as an allied partner group committed to fuelling and accelerating the ambitions of a series of decentralized, successful entrepreneurial companies while magnifying the collective value and advantages of diversification across the entire group is the most brilliant strategy and design for short, medium, and long-term success in this industry that I have ever encountered in my 30 years in this industry,” Pitchford stated. “The feeling at Gearbox is that we are just getting started and this transaction is not merely a stimulant for the talent of our employee-owned company, but a propellant for the exciting future we have planned.”

Noteworthy:

Apex Legends Launches on the Switch March 9th: EA.com

Lady Dimitrescu is over 9ft tall: Resident Evil Twitter account

God of War gets PS5 Enhancements: Santa Monica Studios

Returnal Gets Delayed: PlayStation Twitter account

Nintendo Multiplayer Upgrades: Nintendo Everything

Notable Releases:

  • Ys IX: Monstrum Nox | PS4 [Tuesday, Feb. 2]
  • Project Winter | Xbox One [Thursday, Feb. 4]
  • Haven | PS4, Switch [Thursday, Feb. 4]
  • Nuts | Switch, PC [Thursday, Feb. 4]
  • Nioh 2 | PC [Thursday, Feb. 4]
  • The Nioh Collection | PS5 [Thursday, Feb. 4]

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

On today's episode, the guys dive into what Days Gone creative director/writer John Garvin had to say about supporting games at full price and if that's feasible (12:20). The Resident Evil Showcase gets the reaction treatment (30:56), alongside the Nintendo Indie World Showcase (46:29). That segways into thoughts concerning Nintendo deciding to focus on more original IPs going forward (1:00:52). And of course, the Respec Section returns (1:14:00) with more inappropriate jokes than you can be- nevermind, you'll know where the title came from when you get to it. We're still PG, baby! Catch this content. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theskilltree/message
  1. Always (Episode 11)
  2. Milestone (Episode 10)
  3. Vocab (Episode 9)
  4. Rumors (Episode 8)
  5. Flowchart (Episode 7)

Sega Teases a Dreamcast Mini! Is this Heaven?

Long ago, The Old Gods crafted and fine tuned one of the greatest game consoles of all time. This system was so special, it was released on an incredible special day in North America, 9/9/99. This system was called the Sega Dreamcast and it was loved by many. It’s catalogue was filled with much variety. Some featured new takes on old franchises, like Sonic Adventure and Phantasy Star Online. Incredible sports game, like NBA and NFL 2k. The Dreamcast even had some wildly original games like Seaman, Crazy Taxi, and Space Channel 5. Some would even argue the Dreamcast was ahead of its time since it featured online capabilities. Unfortunately, the Dreamcast was considered too perfect and The Old Gods had to take it away. Good thing is, The Old Gods Sega looks to recapture a bit of that magic.

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First Impressions | Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory Demo

Publisher/Developer: Square Enix

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Ever since the first Kingdom Hearts game, I have always been a big fan. The mash up of Square Enix and Disney characters is such a unique concept that always kept me intrigued. Despite the number of spinoffs and the convoluted story, my fandom stayed mostly intact. Coming off of Kingdom Hearts 3, which was fun, but could have been better, I was wondering where Square would take the KH universe next. Fast forward to the year 2020 and the answer is a new rhythm game.

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