Gaming News Roundup – Apr 17: Spyro Reignited, Shadow Of War Loot Boxes, Shemue I and II Re-Release
As confirmed back in February, a Spyro remaster trilogy is coming to the Xbox One and PS4 on September 21st. We had to wait a little bit for its official announcement, but it was definitely worth it to see the world of Spyro beautifully remade for this generation. Toys for Bob, the same studio that handled the Switch port for the N. Sane Trilogy, will be handling this and it looks like they’ve done a pretty good job of recapturing the look and feel of what Insomniac had done on the PS1. You can see here how great of a job they did remapping the environments. The trilogy will be called Spyro: Reignited Trilogy and it’ll run you $39.99. You should definitely check out the trailer for it here.
Spider-Man Release Date
We’re finally getting a release date for the highly anticipated PS4-exclusive Spider-Man. You’ll be able to swing through the city again on September 7th! Along with the release date came a great cover story by Game Informer that gives us a bunch of new details on the game. It covers info about how the web-swinging will work and how the combat animations look and feel. To check that out, you can click here.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
We got a release date and a wealth of info about the upcoming mobile game, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. It’s releasing on iOS and Android on April 25th! You’ll be creating your own student and the game takes place before Harry arrives. You’ll be able to choose your house and there will also be relationship mechanics where you can befriend or make enemies of the other students, which is really cool. It looks like a pretty faithful adaptation of the franchise and should please the many fans of Harry Potter. You can see the trailer for it here.
Shadow Of War Finally Gets Rid Of Microtransactions
In a hilarious turn of events, it looks like Monolith is taking the loot boxes out of Middle Earth: Shadow Of War. In case you missed it, the loot box system in Shadow Of War would award players with new orcs in your army, allowing you to build up an incredibly strong army without having to play the game to earn it. Obviously, the fact that you could pay real money to have an unstoppable army in this game seemed quite strange since that’s what most of the game would have you doing in the first place. A lot of people stated that the system even undermined the gameplay, making the statement that it’s not worth playing since you could just pay to get what you would earn through gameplay. It’s been over 6 months and it seems that Monolith has come to the same conclusion.
“The core promise of the Nemesis System is the ability to build relationships with your personal allies and enemies in a dynamic open world,” reads Monolith’s blog post. “While purchasing Orcs in the Market is more immediate and provides additional player options, we have come to realize that providing this choice risked undermining the heart of our game, the Nemesis System. It allows you to miss out on the awesome player stories you would have otherwise created, and it compromises those same stories even if you don’t buy anything.”
Oh, you don’t say, Monolith? It’s as if players had been screaming the same sentiments since before the game had even come out.
Shadow Of War released September 27th of 2017, so Monolith and WB have already made the majority of what they’re going to make off of the game and it’s loot boxes, so it won’t really make much of a difference profit-wise. It seems like an attempt to save face after their initial reward for going heel in the first place, but at least the game won’t be pushing their garbage microtransaction system on you while you play anymore.
You can read the blog post in full here.
GTA V’s Record-Breaking Profits
Obviously Rockstar struck gold with their release of Grand Theft Auto V. Even early on when it sold 11.21 million units in its first 24 hours, we could tell that this was going to be a huge deal for gaming. Well it didn’t slow down for GTA V seeing that it is now the highest growing product in entertainment history, which means more than any other game, movie, or album, which is insane. It’s sold over 90 million units and amassed over $6 billion in revenue. It goes to show the power of this medium and how big its gotten. Congrats to Rockstar!
Ransomware That Makes You Play PUBG
Malware in general is really frustrating. Ransomware, though, is usually meant to hurt your pockets more than your PC. In some strange news this week, a mysterious ransomware started showing up on people’s PCs that, instead of wanting you to give it money, wanted you to play at least an hour of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to regain access to your files. Luckily, there hasn’t been any reports of this ransomware damaging anyone’s PC, so I suppose it’s a pretty harmless advertisement from a PUBG loyalist. If you find yourself with this issue, some people have said that just running PUBG for a minute or so is enough for the ransomware to give you back access, but it also gives you a restore code if you’re not in the mood to play. It’s not too big of a deal, but what a strange way to get people to play PUBG.
More Backwards Compatible Games For The Xbox One
Microsoft has just revealed a slew of OG Xbox games that are going to be playable on the Xbox One real soon. It’ll be coming in two batches this month!
On April 17th, you’ll be able to play Blinx: The Time Sweeper, Breakdown, Conker: Live & Reloaded, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Hunter: The Reckoning, Jade Empire, Panzer Dragoon Orta, and SSX 3.
On April 26th, you’ll be able to play Destroy All Humans!, Full Spectrum Warrior, Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction, MX Unleashed, Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory, Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars Battlefront II, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II, and Star Wars Republic Commando.
A total of 19 games to join the 13 that came last year. According to Microsoft, they will even feature enhanced visuals.
Shenmue I & II Coming To This Gen
While we’re waiting for Shenmue III to come out, we’ll be getting a chance to revisit its predecessors. Shenmue I and II will be re-released this year as one package for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC. They’re said to have a few improvements, but won’t be considered full remasters. It’ll include fully scalable screen resolution, choice of modern or classic control schemes, PC graphics options, an updated user interface, and the option to enjoy either the original Japanese or English voiceovers. Sadly, no time skip option to get through the day, which I’m sure is going to show its age.
The first game released in 1999 and the second in 2001, so if you missed the boat on this one, now’s your chance to finally play this strange cult classic.
That’s the news for this week! Excited for the Spyro Reignited Trilogy? Ready to don the spidey suit in September? Let us know below! In case you missed the roundup last week, you can click here to get caught up. As always, be sure to come back next week for another gaming news roundup.