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.
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 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
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 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.
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.”
Apex Legends Launches on the Switch March 9th: EA.com
Did you miss us? The guys return for a new episode that's chocked full of content covering the last TWO weeks (since they took a week off). Topics this week include… The Blizzcon Review, but only for Overwatch 2 and the Diablo series (4:40), the irony of the Metallica DMCA issue during the livestream (22:25), the 7.5 Billion dollar Vault that Microsoft is investing into (26:24), Mortal Kombat MOVIE HYPE (38:28), the full rundown on Street Fighter V's Winter update – which goes live today (50:27), the amazing Guilty Gear Strive beta (60:00), and the polarizing Nintendo Direct (71:04). The Respec Section rounds it off with a few user-submitted questions surrounding Back 4 Blood and more (83:52). Catch this content!
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What’s good y’all? The weekend is here to grace us once again. Hope you had a great week and I hope you have plenty of time to game this weekend. It’s been a while so I really should update that banner since next gen is here, huh? Anyways…
What’s on your weekend gaming playlist?
First up for me is Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. I decided to give this game another try after falling off of it in late 2019. I’m really glad I did, because I am thoroughly enjoying it. It’s definitely a skill based game that takes some getting used to, but once you break through that, it’s an incredible experience. Every boss battle has been a memorable experience. I have a suspicion this may be my favorite Miyazaki game when it’s all said and done.
I really needed to jump into another JRPG, but could not decide on what. Even though YS IX is right around the corner, I decided to jump into Xenoblade Chronicles 2 yesterday. I just started chapter 2 and I must say I am enjoying it so far. I’m interested to see where this story goes.
Last but not least is Cyber-Shadow. I started this game on stream a couple of days ago, and had a lot of fun with it. The soundtrack is excellent and the gameplay is great as well. It has a very metroidvania/Mega-Man ascetic going for it and it works very, very well.
Other than that, I may dip into SFV and Dragonball FighterZ a little bit. Tell me what games you’ll be getting into this weekend. Sound off in the comment below.
Arc System Works published a new trailer detailing Strive’s various game modes. Tutorial mode, arcade mode, mission mode, survival mode, training mode, and of course there is online play. It’s about what you would expect from a fighting game and it’s good to see there will be plenty of offline content for those who don’t necessarily want to play online. In the trailer, it seems like they made an effort to make sure we know Strive will have, “optimized net code.” Arc Sys has announced last year GG Strive will in fact have roll back net code, which is a major plus for online play. Only thing I wish was included in this trailer is a date for the next beta.
Guilty Gear Strive will be available on PS4, PS5, and PC via Steam on April 9th, 2021. Crossplay will be available between PS4 and PS5, but PC has not been mentioned in that conversation just yet.
Could We Finally get An Update on Bayonetta 3 this year?
It seems very likely. PlatinumGames has been teasing various announcements on their official website, since last year. Four have already been revealed, but the fifth star on the website has been mysteriously updated with the year 2021. According to DualShockers this lines up with a recent interview with Hideki Kamiya, who mentioned we will get an update on Bayonetta 3’s development later this year.
Bayonetta 3 was originally teased at the 2017 Game Awards show and we really haven’t heard anything since. This is a Switch exclusive I’ve been waiting for for quite some time so I am sure it will be worth the wait.
Electronic Arts revealed their new Vancouver based studio, Full Circle. This studio will be dedicated to the Skate franchise and led by Microsoft’s former head of Xbox Live, Daniel McCulloch, with Deran Chung and Cuz Parry, who were creative leads on previous Skate games, joining the team as well. Fans, including myself, have been wishing EA would bring the Skate series back from the dead for well over a decade. The latest entry, Skate 3, came out in 2010. Skate 4 was revealed to be in the works, at EA Play back in June 2020, to much excitement. Considering EA has created a whole new studio for Skate, the series might be back for good. Maybe we could get a Skate game compilation with the first three games included. Finger crossed!
A BioWare-less Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Game is in the Works?
According to a reputable Star Wars insider, Bespin Bulletin, that is. During the latest episode of B.O.B. The Podcast, Bespin claims the game is in the works and fans will never guess what studio is behind the project.
“Amongst my digging, I heard there is a Knights of the Old Republic project in development somewhere,” Bespin said. “I talked to a couple of people, and I also found out that Jason Schreier said that it’s not with EA, and we’ll ‘never guess’ who the studio is that’s making this game.”
Even though this is just a rumor at the moment, this does excite me. EA losing their exclusive rights is a great thing and other studios will get a chance at making Star Wars content. Whoever the studio is, I’m sure they will do Knights of the Old Republic justice.
Seems like Ninja Does Not Want to be a Good Role Model
Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins recently sat down with The New York Times and had an interesting take on parenting. The interview itself covered quite a few topics, but the part making headlines is on the kids who frequents his livestreams and their behavior in his chat.
“It all comes down to parenting,” Blevins says. “You want to know who your kid is? Listen to him when he’s playing video games when he thinks you’re not. Here’s another thing: How does a white kid know he has white privilege if his parents never teach him or don’t talk about racism?” He continues, “If they’re gaming and their first interaction with racism is one of their friends saying the N-word and they have no idea what it is–what if it was on my stream? Is it my job to have this conversation with this kid? No, because the first thing that’s going on in my head is, This kid is doing this on purpose to troll me. If someone says a racial slur on someone else’s stream, it can potentially get that streamer banned. It’s awful, but that’s the first thing I think of.”
My take is, he has a point. Parenting is in fact part of the problem, but I also think it’s Ninja’s job to moderate his streams and try to be a better role model in the public eye. Yes, it’s not his job to have conversations with them, but they are in your chat. You should not let that type of behavior go on in your chat to begin with. Shut it down, explain why that’s an issue and why you won’t tolerate it, and move on. If the rules are not followed then maybe that person should not be allowed in your stream. Just from these quotes, he comes off as a coward in my eyes. He refuses to step up and make a change in society and that is just sad.
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy | PS5, PS4, Switch, PC [Tuesday, January 26]
Project Winter | Xbox One [Tuesday, January 26]
Cyber Shadow | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC [Tuesday, January 26]
The Medium | Xbox Series X/S, PC [Thursday, January 28]
The Yakuza Remastered Collection | Xbox One, PC [Thursday, January 28]
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What’s good y’all? It’s been a wild week, especially if you live in the US, but the weekend is here to grace us once again. Hope you had a great week and I hope you have plenty of time to game this weekend.
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.
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.
As announced earlier today, PlayStation has delayed Destruction AllStars to February 2021 and all preorders will be refunded. If you were looking forward to this game as a launch title, this news is unfortunate. The bright side is, upon its February release, Destruction AllStars will be available to PS Plus customers at no additional charge.
What’s good y’all? Despite the state of the world, I hope you had a great week. We have been graced with another weekend and I hope you are able to get plenty of game time in. Speaking of games, let’s chat. What games are on your gaming playlist this weekend?
FRACTER, originally releasing on mobile platforms in 2018, makes it’s way to the Nintendo Switch, this week. This unique puzzle game has you follow a young hero who is determined to fight back against darkness, with light. Thanks to the dope folks over at The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, I was able to get an early look.