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)

The Weekend Gaming Playlist

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.

The Geek Dojo Weekly

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

Guilty Gear Strive Gets a New Trailer

Via: YouTube

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?

Via: DualShockers

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.

EA Creates a New Studio for the Skate Series

Via: Gameindustry.biz

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?

Via: Game Informer

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

Via: GameSpot

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.

Noteworthy:

Bandai Namco is interested in more Pokken Tournament: Nintendo Everything

Cyberpunk 1.1 patch introduces a new bug: Kotaku

Halo Infinite monthly development updates: IGN

2021 DICE Awards Nominees: VG247

PS+ February Lineup: PlayStation Blog

Scavenger Studio is in Hot Water: Gameindustry.biz

Notable Releases:

Via: Kotaku

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]

Word from the author:

This is a part of my new experiment to start blogging again. I really enjoyed putting this together and I hope you enjoyed reading it. Look for the Geek Dojo Weekly every Thursday.

Also, if you didn’t know already, I started a new podcast with a couple of friends. It’s call The Skill Tree: A Gaming Podcast. Brought to you by The Geek Dojo and The L1TEWORK Company. K1ngeljay, Hashim (Paul), and myself break down the week in gaming news. New episodes every Monday. Check it out, share it with your friends, and leave us a good review!

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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NOT Your Game of the Year List – 2019

Welcome to my NOT Your Game of the Year List! Unlike your usual “Game of the Year List,” everything is made up and the points don’t matter, this list does not feature your typical gaming categories. The winners may not have actually released in the year mentioned either. Kudos to my homie Charles aka Profex for coming up with this idea. Without further ado, I present to you my 2019 NOT Your Game of the Year list.

I WISH MORE OF YOU PLAYED THIS – GAME OF THE YEAR |

CONTROL

Control came out to solid reviews, but a lot of people did not pay it much attention… including myself. I honestly did not pick this up until December of last year, immediately following The Game Awards, and I’m glad I did. The story is interesting, the atmosphere is eerie and the art direction is captivating. This is a supernatural adventure that is worth experiencing.

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My Most Anticipated Games of E3 2018

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E3 2018 has officially come to a close. It smacked us right in the face with plenty of new game announcements, game previews, some solid press conferences, and some not so solid press conferences. *cough cough* Square Enix *cough cough* Now begins the hard part of waiting for these new games to actually release to the public! Here are 10 that I am impatiently waiting for the most:

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