Hello! Welcome to the first Geeky Brummie Gaming Roundup! Here we will be looking at all things gaming from the past week, from news to the latest releases.
NEW ALIEN TITLE TEASED
To kick us off, there seems to be a new Alien game on the horizon, that is almost guaranteed to be announced at next week’s Game Awards, if this tweet from Geoff Keighley is anything to be believed:
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) November 2, 2018
The name has seemingly been confirmed in a trademark registration by 20th Century Fox, and Cold Iron Studios, acquired by FoxNext in January, state clearly on their website that they’re working on a shooter set in the Alien universe. We don’t know much at present, but it’s unlikely we’ll be getting a follow-up to the excellent Alien: Isolation. While this is disappointing, we’re holding off full judgement until more details emerge.
SKYWARD SWORD ON SWITCH?
Other teased information this week was the news of a possible Switch release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. This 2011 Wii title was a divisive entry in the series, but it has its fans. Nintendo have since shut down the rumours, but considering they originated with Eiji Aonuma, director of the Zelda series, it’s hard to know exactly what’s going on here. Potentially something to keep an eye on.
NINTENDO ANNOUNCE NEW CONTENT POLICY
Speaking of Nintendo, the company have now reversed their infamously restrictive policy on streaming their games. In a surprise announcement, the publisher scrapped their Creators Program and replaced it with a blanket policy allowing transformative works to be made and monetised on sites like YouTube and Twitch. This is a welcome move from Nintendo, even if it has taken a while to catch up to other publishers.
THE FALLOUT OF FALLOUT 76
While Nintendo pull a good move, another publisher is seemingly doing the opposite right now. The saga of Fallout 76 continues, and Bethesda are in hot water for more than just releasing a poorly-received game. Stories are emerging that those who ordered the $200 deluxe edition with a canvas bag are now receiving a lower-quality nylon bag instead.
Following a customer service rep responding to complaints with “we don’t plan on doing anything about it”, Bethesda then issued refunds to those affected by this…with some in-game currency worth roughly $5.
The decision has, unsurprisingly, not been well-received by the community, and the backlash is severe. Unfortunately for Bethesda, the consensus is proving to be less “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and more “take this back to the shop immediately.”
EGX LEAVES US
Finally, news came out this week that EGX will no longer be at the NEC next year. The show will be returning to London, to the disappointment of many in the Midlands and the North. As we’ve covered the show on Geeky Brummie in the past, this is sad news and we hope to see it return in future.
NEW RELEASE ROUNDUP
That was the news, and now for this week’s game releases. It’s been a bit of a sparse week this week but there are still a few things to discuss.
First up is Ride 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) from Milestone, the latest title in the motorbike racing simulator series. It promises 230 models of bikes and an extensive single player mode that covers the history of the motorsport.
Next up is Darksiders III (PC, PS4, Xbox One), the return of the franchise after six years of absence. In this hack-and-slash adventure you play as Fury, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, tasked with taking on the physical embodiment of the seven deadly sins.
And finally, there is the beta release of Red Dead Online (PS4, Xbox One), the multiplayer component of the hugely successful Red Dead Redemption 2. Here you can explore the vast open world and form posses with other players to take on quests. So if you’ve already somehow beaten the RDR2 story, then hop into the beta this week to play even more!
If you’re looking for free stuff, here are the December lineups for both PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass. On PS4 you can grab the excellent survival horror SOMA and the chaotic racer OnRush. Meanwhile the PS3 gets visual novel Stein’s Gate and space shooter Steerdene, and the Vita gets Iconoclasts and Papers, Please. Over on Xbox One, you can grab the mind-bending puzzler QUBE 2 and the beautiful Never Alone. They sit alongside the backwards compatible Dragon Age 2 and Mercenaries.
And that’s this week’s roundup! I’ll see you next week with more gaming news and releases. If you have any news or game releases you’d like covered here in the future, get in touch!