This week on Pause Screen Kyle continues playing through platformers old and new, William inches further in Torna: The Golden Country, and Kaz is still stuck in the progression loop of WoW minutia. In our news, we talk about custom Soul Calibur VI characters, the Kingdom Hearts package on PSN, PSN username changes, Mel’Ganis coming to HoTS, wireless Gamecube controllers, and the future of Telltale’s final season of the Walking Dead. In our discussion section, we tackle Microsoft’s new streaming project, and their soon-to-be acquisition of Obsidian. After that, we talk a bit about remaking games, the pluses and minuses. Come pause with us!
HYPE TRAIN *toot toot*
- Soul Calibur held a voting campaign to make a custom character. They came up with Wizard Lizard, and he’s amazing. https://twitter.com/soulcalibur/status/1048258557504704512
- Square is releasing every Kingdom Hearts ever on PS4 for $40. https://store.na.square-enix-games.com/en_US/product/501506/kingdom-hearts-the-story-so-far-ps4
- PSN is finally letting you change your username, albeit with some weird caveats https://blog.us.playstation.com/2018/10/10/psn-online-id-change-feature-entering-playstation-preview-program-soon/
- Mal’Ganis is coming to HotS, and he looks pretty neat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd9aKlWu75k&t=10s
SMASH BROS RUMOR OF THE WEEK
- There might be brothers that you can smash. Unconfirmed, though.
MELANCHOLY, YET HOPEFUL TRAIN
- Skybound Games is partnering up with the skeleton of Telltale to finish and release episodes 3 and 4 of The Walking Dead’s final season. Apparently they’re looking to hire the old staff back, but good luck with that. https://twitter.com/skyboundgames/status/1048735364452634626
Microsoft is making an initial push into cloud streaming with a project called ‘xCloud’, with the goal of being able to ‘play Halo anywhere’.
Is it the future, or a one-off curiosity? https://www.destructoid.com/microsoft-announces-huge-cloud-gaming-initiative-project-xcloud-so-people-can-play-halo-anywhere–526237.phtml
Microsoft is also reportedly buying Obsidian.
Makes sense, given their recent studio acquisitions and Obsidian’s financial troubles in the past. I think with a bit more of a guiding hand, Obsidian will be able to make some really compelling console RPGs.
Podcast THING OF THE WEEK
The current trend in disney movies is to ‘remake’ their animated classics in live action, current trend in games is to remaster. Do you think that any game could be a successful ‘remake’