It’s been another week! Kaz has finally finished Persona 4, and is playing some Skyrim and Kirby Star Allies (and talking to kids about cosplay) while looking for the next big thing, William continues moving through Fire Emblem Echoes, and wasn’t impressed by Azure Striker Gunvolt, and Kyle starts to feel the grind in Prey and elects to torture himself with Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. In news section, we talk about Nintendo’s Nindies Showcase, Sonic animation and karting, the Smash Invitational, GDC, the public releasing of assets, and the reception of some recent releases. We also take a look at the current status of Battle Royale games, the changes happening in Star Wars Battlefront 2, and the ending of the relationship between Ubisoft and Vivendi. To finish up, we have an argument about the ‘greatest games of all time’ and consider some candidates. Come pause with us!
Game Announcements, Rumors, and Upcoming/Recent Stuff
- Nintendo had a little Nindies Showcase, and there was some cool stuff! I’m pumped for Just Shapes and Beats, myself. https://www.destructoid.com/here-are-all-of-the-games-announced-and-dated-from-today-s-spring-nindies-showcase-495141.phtml
- They’re doing a Sonic animated series on Youtube with the animators from the Sonic Mania intro! It looks awesome. https://www.destructoid.com/sonic-mania-adventures-animated-series-coming-to-youtube-494747.phtml
- Sonic is also teasing a new racing game. I can’t help myself, I’m excited. https://twitter.com/sonic_hedgehog/status/974760424271855617
- Detective Pikachu and A Way Out are out this week. They’re both getting solid reviews!
- Sea of Thieves also came out, and reception has been more mixed. They also had significant server problems on day 1, they had to take it down for several hours to get a fix.
- Nintendo is holding a tournament at E3 for Splatoon 2 and Smash! Also, the Smash tourney starts the day before the E3 event, so maybe we’ll know more about it before then? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpFgh36jb88
- Phil Spencer is still up for having Banjo and Kazooie in Smash https://twitter.com/XboxP3/status/976118125891485696
- Even Funimation seems to want Goku in. https://twitter.com/FUNimation/status/973274075580821510
GDC is going on right now! Kaz misses being there. Check twitter for all the crazy demos and descriptions of panels https://twitter.com/chubigans/status/976933235765665792
Epic is releasing Paragon’s assets for free use in Unreal 4.
Battle Royale games are going crazy.
They’re both on mobile now, and it seems like they’re growing every week. Think it’s flavor of the year a la FPSes circa 2008 and MOBAs circa 2012, or is this something more lasting?
Battlefront 2 has revamped how its progression works.
I probably still won’t buy it, though. Fool me once… https://www.ea.com/games/starwars/battlefront/battlefront-2/news/progression-update
Vivendi’s attempted hostile takeover of Ubisoft has been repelled.
They’re selling their shares, and won’t buy any more for 5 years. The Guillemots win!