This week on Pause Screen Kaz updates us on things Warcraft, Kyle talks about Sekiro and the Fairune Collection, and William wallows in Fate/Grand Order. In our Hype Train we talk the Genesis Mini, Bethesda’s future games, Best Buy leaks, and more! We also discuss Bioware’s management issues and Gamestop sinking further into their financial hole. Finishing up we briefly express our feelings about difficult/exclusionary gameplay in games. Come pause with us!
HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*
- Yoshi’s Crafted World came out and got pretty good reviews.
- Sega announced a Genesis mini! 40 games, $80. Lots of good stuff out of the titles they’ve announced so far. http://genesismini.sega.com/
- Starfield and ES6 won’t be at Bethesda’s E3 conference https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/b71x8o/todd_howard_confirms_that_neither_elder_scrolls_6/
- But there is a little sneak peak of it in the Elder scrolls 25 year celebration video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBWW9LVhyNs
- Best Buy appears to have leaked Persona 5, Link to the Past, and Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Switch https://www.destructoid.com/-update-best-buy-listings-indicate-entries-for-zelda-link-to-the-past-on-switch-metroid-prime-trilogy-persona-5-548820.phtml
- Risk of Rain 2 came out on early access and looks neat. Interesting to see a 2D game translate to 3D almost directly, we haven’t had much like that since the mid 90s.
- Playstation now allows for digital refunds if you haven’t played a game. That’ll be nice for those weird people who preorder digitally.
- Yacht Club Games announced they’re publishing Cyber Shadow, a Ninja Gaiden-esque 8 bit ninja game. Looks rad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA_Sy-PkeMU
- Valve says they’re going to take a step back and make Artifact great again. Apparently their concurrent player count has been in the 300s as of late. https://steamcommunity.com/games/583950/announcements/detail/1819924505115920089
Jason Schreier at Kotaku has a really great writeup on why Anthem (and to a lesser extent, Mass Effect Andromeda) ended up the way they did.
TLDR: management is bad. Apparently Bioware’s management has been sending emails about it and plans to address things in an all hands next week. It’s a great read, gives some interesting insight into how a studio is subject to its leadership. https://kotaku.com/how-biowares-anthem-went-wrong-1833731964
Gamestop lost $673 million in the past year. It’s sad to watch them slowly (or more recently, quickly) die.