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Weekly Wrapup – Day After 4/20 Edition

Michael Kenney April 21, 2020


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Here are some of last week’s highlights in gaming, movies, and more:

  • The ESRB will add a ratings designation that will account for games with randomized item/loot box mechanics (via Polygon)
  • Minecraft launched their beta for Minecraft with RTX Windows 10 on April 16, players will get a chance to see the game’s RTCX graphics overhaul
  • Nintendo released a system patch for the Nintendo Switch, allowing for system-wide button remapping as well as other options (via Nintendo)
  • A new standalone XCOM game, XCOM: Chimera Squad, will release on April 24, currently only for Windows PC
  • Supermassive Games’ (Until Dawn) next entry in their Dark Pictures game anthology, titled The Dark Pictures: Little Hope, will release sometime this summer
    • Little Hope is a followup to last years The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan
  • Journey and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection are now free to own for PS4 players until May 5 as part of PlayStation’s “Play at Home” campaign
    • The Sony company also created a $10 million fund for independent developers (via PlayStation)
  • Fortnite‘s next season of content, Season 4, has been delayed until June 4 (via Polygon)
  • After the release of Phantasy Star Online 2 on Xbox One, it was announced that the Windows PC version will release sometime in late May
  • Developer Crytek revealed Crysis Remastered, an updated version of the 2007 sci-fi shooter, for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch
  • Star Wars Episode I: Racer will be released for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on May 12 (via Star Wars)
  • Developer Bloober Team (Layers of Fear series, Blair Witch) announced a remaster of its 2017 sci-fi horror game Observer, now titled Observer: System Redux, will come to next-gen platforms later this year
  • Developer/publisher Dotemu announced that classic beat-em-up Streets of Rage 4 will release on April 30
  • Microsoft and CD Project Red revealed a limited-edition Cyberpunk 2077 themed Xbox One X and controller that will release in June
  • Void Bastards, the hit indie rogue-like FPS released on PC and Xbox One last year, will come to PS4 and Nintendo Switch on May 7
  • Actor Rick May, the voice behind iconic characters such as Star Fox‘s Peppy Hare and Andross, as well as Team Fortress 2‘s Soldier, has passed away due to complications regarding COVID-19 (via PCGamer)
  • Actor Paul Haddad, the original voice actor for Resident Evil 2‘s Leon Kennedy, passed away at the age of 56 (via Destructoid)
  • Games Done Quick’s Corona Relief Done Quick marathon stream raised more than $400k last weekend in support of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • In unsurprising new, San Diego Comic-Con 2020 has been officially cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic (via Comic-Con)
  • Director/producer J.J Abrams has been confirmed to be working on a Justice League Dark series for HBO Max (via ComicBook.com)
  • The first trailer for Capone, starring Tom Hardy as the infamous gangster in his latter years, was released
    • The film will hit rental services on May 12th
  • The first trailer for Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward’s series The Midnight Gospel was released
    • The series is now available to stream on Netflix

And now a list of some of last week’s notable releases in games and movies

Games

4/15: Phantasy Star Online 2 (XONE) – Sega

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