Gaming News Roundup: Mario Kart 8, Street Fighter V Beta, Darksiders 3
Hey, I’m Uncolored Page, avid gamer, D.Va and Roadhog main, and the guy that’s going to be telling you about what’s happening in the gaming world. Today, we’ll be covering stories that have happened between May 1st and May 14th for this week’s Gaming News Roundup:
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Becomes The Fastest Selling Mario Kart To Date
April 28th saw the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo’s newest console, the Nintendo Switch. It’s a revamped version of the fantastic game that was released on the Wii U adding new characters, new modes, along with tweaks and balances. Being the biggest game to come out on the Switch since Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, we knew it would sell great for Nintendo. Oh boy, did it sell great for Nintendo! Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold 459,000 copies day one, beating the franchise’s previous record of 433,000 for Mario Kart Wii.
Street Fighter V Beta Test
From May 11th to the 14th, all players on the PS4 and PC will be able to participate in a beta test for Street Fighter V’s CFN update that’ll include things like balances, new features, and improvements to matchmaking and load times. It’s expected to be a great update, so if you have a PS4 or PC, why not give it a shot?
Former Ubisoft Employee Explains What’s Going On
Patrice Désilets, former creative director of the Assassin’s Creed series recently did an interview with Gameology and spoke about how he had to regularly practice “political lying” for media runs.
“My biggest struggle with being in an organization is that I was the guy at the end or in the middle also… I was the guy doing interviews like what we’re doing right now and I had to come up with political lying and I would receive comments and decisions made by other people and not me because it’s all about compromising when you’re in a big organization somehow,” he said. “And as my role, the creative director, it’s tough to live by the decisions of others when being in front of the camera or Skype and I said I’m not a really good liar so I can’t do it anymore.”
“And then I also realized that when you do a really big franchise, you also make money for other people and they don’t really care about you (Laugh). So I said, enough! if I do another Assassin’s Creed at least it would be for me and my guys and also for Quebec and for my people in Montreal.”
While touching on other subjects in the interview, this was the most prevalent. You can listen to the full interview here.
Darksiders 3 Announced
After THQ went out of business, many assumed the Darksiders series would have come to an end. Surprisingly, we were wrong as the third installment to the series was announced to be in development slated for release in 2018 on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s a very welcome surprise for the cult following that the previous two garnered.
You can find its official reveal trailer here.
Shortly after it was announced, an accompanying gameplay trailer was released, which you can find here.
Fire Emblem Echoes’ Season Pass
In disgustingly egregious business model news, Fire Emblem Echoes’ season pass costs just a bit more than the base game because why not? Echoes releases May 19th on the Nintendo 3DS for $40 alongside its season pass which is a whole $45. With the season pass, you’ll get access to all the game’s DLC, the first of which is released day one featuring two new maps and a dungeon, great.
What else do you get with the season pass?
- DLC Pack No. 1 — Fledgling Warriors ($7.99, May 19) Two new maps and a dungeon, the Astral Temple.
- DLC Pack No. 2 — Undaunted Heroes ($9.99, May 25) Two new maps and another dungeon.
- DLC Pack No. 3 — Lost Altars ($14.99, May 25) Per Nintendo’s news release: “The mysterious dungeons included in this pack hold the power to upgrade characters to exclusive classes that don’t appear in the main game.”
- DLC Pack No. 4 — Rise of the Deliverance ($12.99, June 1) A “prologue pack” that features new story content, along with new voice acting. “This collection of challenging maps includes new support conversations between selected heroes, as well as the ability to take command of a character players won’t be able to control in the main game.”
- DLC Pack No. 5 ($5.99, no launch date given) Name and details TBA.
If you don’t get the season pass, these will set you back by about $52 plus your relative tax. If this sounds worth it to you, I’m happy for you.
Injustice 2 Reveals First Set Of DLC
Injustice 2 is set to release on May 16th on PS4 and Xbox One. In a recently released video, the game’s first set of DLC characters to be released are revealed to be Starfire, Sub-Zero, and Red Hood. What’s interesting about this is that the trailer also hints at the future six DLC characters to be released some time in the future. Fans are already all over this theorizing who these six silhouettes could be.
You can watch the trailer here.
The Video Game Hall Of Fame Inductees of 2017
Recently, the Museum of Play announced their inductees for the class of 2017.
- Donkey Kong
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Halo: Combat Evolved
- The Legend Of Zelda
- The Oregon Trail
- Pokemon Red & Green
- The Sims
- Sonic The Hedgehog
- Space Invader
- Street Fighter II
- Super Mario Bros.
- World Of Warcraft
I 100% agree with this list as all of these have greatly influenced the industry.
Vanquish Coming To PC
Recently, Platinum Games figured out that there’s actually a market for PC games, a platform that they haven’t been catering to at all. On April 11th, they released a port of the first Bayonetta on Steam and now it’s been announced that another one of their games, Vanquish, is coming to PC. Vanquish was a great third-person shooter that was released in 2010 that I feel was very much overlooked. Hopefully, this becomes a continuing trend for Platinum for them to release more of their widely loved IPs on PC.
Mass Effect Series On Hold
After the tragedy and disappointment that was Mass Effect Andromeda released, many fans of the franchise and newcomers to it wondered where the series could go from here. With the story ending on what seemed to be foreshadowing for the next installment, it was safe to assume we would be getting an Andromeda 2 soon, preferably in a 2-3 year cycle as the last trilogy did. Sadly, it looks like we may be waiting longer than expected. Bioware has put the Mass Effect franchise on hiatus and has since demoted its developer, Bioware Montreal, to a support studio. Hopefully we see something regarding Mass Effect in the future, but it’s not looking good.
Square Enix Kills Off Hitman
In a statement released to investors, Square Enix reported losing a massive $40 million for the fiscal year, which has resulted in them shifting their priorities. Square is reportedly killing its business with IO Interactive, the development studio for Hitman, they are also looking for potential buyers to purchase the studio from them. This may not mean the definite death of the Hitman franchise as the newest episodic Hitman game was met with great reviews, but this certainly looks grim.
Prey Fixes Game Breaking Bug
Prey, released on May 5th for Xbox One, PS4, and Windows to a very mixed reception. IGN gave the game a 4/10 due to a horrible game breaking bug that corrupted save states. To anyone who was interested in this game, you’ll be glad to know that the newest patch has fixed this issue, along with several others.
- Fix to prevent Save games from becoming corrupted. Fix also returns corrupted Save games to uncorrupted state.
- Also addresses some additional crashes on map loads.
- Hacking during the Power Plant reboot no longer causes the reboot to fail to complete.
- Fix to prevent the Player from becoming stuck in certain circumstances.
- Nightmares will now always search for the player once spawned.
- Saving and Loading PC settings will now save correctly for users with special characters in their Windows usernames.
- Numerous fixes to GLOO to prevent breaking and bypassing collision, prevent corpses from passing through walls and floors.
- Updated Recycling to prevent infinite material creation.
- Fix for occasional combat freeze when attacking Phantoms
- Kaspar’s objective indicator should no longer disappear.
- Updates to audio mix to adjust volume of music, audio logs, cutscenes.
And that’s been the news of the last week and a half, do you have any opinions on these stories? Share them in the comments below and come back to Fanbros.com each week to catch up on what’s going on in gaming.