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Weekly Wrapup – Elmer Fudd’s Hitboxes Edition

Michael Kenney June 8, 2020 36


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

  • Due to recent events surrounding the protests of police brutality and to help bolster the voices of those , Sony decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 presentation event originally scheduled for June 4 and show support for the Black Lives Matter movement

  • Activision and developer Infinity Ward have decided to delay the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone‘s Season 4 to a later date

  • Infinity Ward has also pledged additional development resources to help combat racist and other offensive language used in Call of Duty

  • Bungie teased a reveal for Year 4 of Destiny 2, with more information to come during a reveal event on June 9
  • PlayStation’s Days of Play Event is now live, with sales on games, accessories, and more on the PlayStation storefront, Amazom, and other retailers (via Polygon)

  • Sega announced the Game Gear Micro, a miniature version of Sega’s retro handheld console for release in Japan
    • The mini handheld has not yet been announced for a Western release

  • After getting accidentally leaked via the Microsoft Store, Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning was confirmed by publisher TGQ Nordic
    • A remaster of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, originally published by EA in 2012, more information is set to be released in the coming weeks according to new publisher THQ Nordic
  • Cooking/party-game Overcooked is free on the Epic Games Store until June 11 (via Polygon)
  • EA has launched several games in publisher’s library on Steam
    •  EA Access subscribers will be able to access benefits on Steam as well starting later this summer (via Polygon)
  • Final Fantasy XIV‘s planned North American Fan Festival, originally scheduled to take place in November in San Diego, has been cancelled due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
    • The game’s upcoming patch 5.3 has also been delayed until July (via Square Enix)
  • The upcoming Summer Games Done Quick speedrunning/charity event has been made entirely online this year, due to the CVID-19 pandemic (via Games Done Quick)
  • After fan criticism, EA has extended the ability for players to upgrade their Xbox versions of Madden NFL 21 until the release of Madden NFL 22 (via Polygon)

  • EA has decided to delay its EA Play Live 2020 event until June 18
  • Valve has delayed the summer edition of its Steam Game Festival until June 16 (via Polygon)
  • Itch.io has released its Bundle for Racial Injustice and Equality, coming with over 740 games for a minimum of $5.
    • Titles in the bundle include indie games such as A Short Hike, Overland, Night in the Woods, and Oxenfree
    • The bundle goes towards proceeds donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Community Bail Fund (via itch.io)

  • Destiny 2 featured an in-game event on June 7, showcasing the destruction of The Almighty spaceship heading towards the in-game social space The Tower

  • In Star Wars news, a new kids game show titled Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge will premiere on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel on June 10
    • The series will be hosted by Ahmed Best, known as the voice of Jar Jar Binks

  • In TV/streaming news, HBO released another trailer showing off its reboot of Perry Mason

  • Criterion has lifted the paywall on several of its “that focus on Black Lives” in the company’s collection

  • Last year’s Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, has been made free on all digital platforms

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

Games

 

6/5: Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Switch) – Nintendo

 

Movies

6/5: Tomasso

 

6/5: Becky

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