If you wished to jeer “slow news week?” in my common course…properly, that is the week. Maybe it’s as a result of Red Dead Redemption 2 launched, perhaps it’s as a result of we’re closing in on the vacations, however there may be not a lot happening proper now.
IO did sort-of announce Hitman 3 although, so there’s that—plus Payday 2 launched a brand new heist for the primary time in a yr, Hideo Kojima expanded his horizons, Kerbal Space Program 2 was delayed (I assume), BioWare teased Dragon Age information, and China cracked down on youngsters enjoying Fortnite. Or PUBG? Probably one of many two.
This is gaming information for November 4 to 8.
Epic freebies value grabbing
We’re developing on the Epic Games Store’s one-year anniversary in December. Will the free recreation giveaways finish as soon as we’ve hit that milestone? Nobody is aware of. Better admire it whereas it lasts although—and which means selecting up copies of Nuclear Throne and Ruiner, each top-down shooters, this week.
And subsequent week, a uncommon one-game giveaway for Epic. You’ll be capable of seize copies of The Messenger subsequent Thursday.
On a much less everlasting foundation, each American Truck Simulator and Payday 2 are free-to-try this weekend. The latter is especially noteworthy as a result of there’s additionally a brand new “Border Crossing” heist, the primary paid content material for Payday 2 in over a yr. Starbreeze stated it was restarting lively growth on Payday 2, and right here’s the proof.
Hitman 2 hits its one-year anniversary on Saturday, and IO’s celebrating in type. Eight Escalation Contracts, 5 new objects, two fits, and extra are arriving over the following few weeks. There’s even a pirate costume. You can discover additional particulars here, or within the trailer beneath.
But there’s extra. Buried on the backside of IO’s weblog submit is a extra severe observe in regards to the state of Hitman 2 going ahead. The necessary half? “We’re shifting increasingly of the Hitman 2 crew to hitch the following Hitman recreation, which is properly underway.”
In different phrases, Hitman 3 is in growth. That’s excellent news, as I’d heard rumors that Hitman 2 under-performed—rumors that appeared all however confirmed when IO stated a number of months in the past that it had a non-Hitman recreation within the works. Luckily that appears to be a aspect challenge, and there’s nonetheless extra Agent 47 to come back.
There be dragons
Dragon Age 4 is presumably years away, however perhaps we’ll learn how a few years quickly—or discover out one thing, not less than. BioWare, having already invented “N7 Day” to commemorate Mass Effect, this week tweeted “See you on 12/4 for Dragon 4ge Day.” Convoluted corporate holiday apart, presumably they’ll have one thing to share on December 4, both in regards to the forthcoming sequel or maybe a remaster of Dragon Age: Origins.
I’m rattling curious both means, seeing as Anthem’s primarily a write-off at this level. BioWare’s acquired a steep uphill battle to regain folks’s belief.
Metal Gear Solid 4 holds the Guinness World Record for the longest cutscene sequence: 71 minutes. One might argue Hideo Kojima’s been making movies for fairly some time.
Now it’s official although. In a BBC documentary this week about Death Stranding, Kojima stated his studio will develop into movie manufacturing sooner or later. His cause? “If you can do one thing well, then you can do everything well.” Consider me able to attempt pole vaulting in that case, and in addition curious to see regardless of the hell comes out of Kojima’s mind with a two-hour runtime constraint.
Superliminal comes from the period the place each indie recreation wished to be Portal, however with a novel gimmick. In Superliminal’s case, perspective puzzles. I vaguely bear in mind enjoying it at a PAX or a GDC or one thing perpetually in the past, but it surely’s lastly performed and there’s a brand new trailer beneath if you wish to get an concept of its matter manipulations forward of subsequent week’s launch.
Apparently Kerbal Space Program 2 was imagined to be out earlier than March, 2020. Did you already know that? I didn’t know that—and it doesn’t matter now anyway. During an earnings name this week Take Two introduced a delay to its 2021 fiscal yr, or in different phrases as much as a yr’s delay. I don’t count on it’ll take fairly that lengthy, however then once more, I didn’t even comprehend it was so near launch to start with.
Hard to be mad a few delay you don’t understand is a delay. (Via PCGamesN)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare added a pair of new maps this week. I’m largely enthusiastic about Krovnik Farmland, a much-needed addition for the 64-player “Ground War” mode. It’s my favourite mode, the sheer mayhem of all of it, however the two current maps had been already rising repetitive after just some weeks.
If you’re interested by what else is coming, information mining (by way of Reddit) has seemingly leaked most of the upcoming maps—together with fashionable takes on Call of Duty classics “Rust” and “Shipment.”
An extended whereas in Babylon
PC Gamer noticed this nifty metropolis builder Nebuchadnezzar this week. In the vein of Caesar III and Pharaoh, it’s an isometric recreation with a give attention to historic historical past—Babylon, on this case. Construct big monuments, arrange useful resource chains, Nebuchadnezzar’s influences are apparent. It’d be nice to have a tackle Caesar with modernized artwork and interfaces although, so contemplate my curiosity piqued.
Lastly, information out of China this week—and it’s not Blizzard-related, for as soon as. The Chinese authorities simply instituted new guidelines regarding on-line video games and kids.
There are three major elements, by way of CNN:
- Minors are flat-out banned from enjoying on-line video games between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.
- Within the suitable hours, minors are nonetheless restricted to 90 minutes of playtime per day on weekdays, three hours per day on weekends.
- Spending can be restricted—to round $30 a month for youthful youngsters and $60 monthly for these between 16 and 18.
Given how a lot the trade has emphasised China these previous few years, I’ll be curious whether or not these new restrictions (or future restrictions) have a broader monetary affect—and whether or not we begin seeing related legal guidelines in different nations. Floss when you can, children.