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Weekly Wrapup – Everything’s a Cake Edition

Michael Kenney July 14, 2020 42

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

  • Microsoft will host an Xbox Games Showcase livestream on July 23 with looks at several upcoming Xbox Series X games, including Halo Infinite, with Geoff Keighley hosting a Summer Game Fest pre-show
  • Pok√©mon GO developer Ninantic is teasing Generation 6 Pok√©mon in a new illustration ahead of this year’s online-only Pok√©mon GO Fest (via Pok√©mon GO)

  • Team Rocket’s Jesse and James are coming to Pok√©mon¬†GO during a limited-time event¬†

  • Halo 3 is coming to the PC version of The Master Chief Collection on July 14, on both the Microsoft Store and Steam

  • Nintendo announced three new games will be joining its library of NES and SNES games for Nintendo Switch Online members, including SNES classic Donkey Kong Country, as well as Natsume Championship Wrestling¬†(SNES) and¬†The Immortal¬†(NES)

  • A tweet from Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has sent fans into speculation on whether the production pictures released is teasing a possible Yakuza series crossover¬†

  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete, a new standalone game in the Superhot series, will release on July 16
    • Those who have purchased the original Superhot on console or PC will receive the game for free¬†
      • The studio at Superhot Team will offer a DRM-free copy of Mind Control Delete¬†on PC for anyone who has purchased¬†Superhot on the Nintendo Switch eShop

  • Sony offered a first look at what PlayStation 5 game boxes will look like, showing off the cover of Spider-Man: Miles Morales¬†
  • Sony has made a $250 million investment in Epic Games, acquiring a minority interest in the developer/publisher (via Polygon)

  • Twitch has pulled its Black Lives Matter support video after facing criticism from fans and creators that the video did not do well to highlight Twitch’s Black creators and community (via Polygon)

  • Nintendo shared a gameplay preview of the upcoming Paper Mario: The Origami King during its Nintendo Treehouse livestream¬†

  • The Nintendo Treehouse stream also revealed Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia, a new licensed game from developer Wayforward (Shantae series, River City Girls)

  • EA Sports revealed UFC 4, the latest in the MMA sim series, releasing on August 14
  • Amazon has announced the delay of its MMO New World, revealed last year by Amazon Game Studios, to sometime in 2021 (via New World)¬†

  • Devolver Digital’s Devolver Direct, a livestream event/parody of corporate announcement events dedicated to the publisher’s library of games, revealed and showed off several games from its collection of developers including:

  • A first look at gameplay from Shadow Warrior 3, releasing sometime in 2021

  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout will release on PC and PS4 on August 4

  • Carrion will release on PC, and Xbox One (launching on Xbox Game Pass as well), and Nintendo Switch on July 23

  • Olija, a new game from Japanese Studio Skeleto Crew was announced
    • The title is heading to PC and Nintendo Switch later this year

  • Devolver Digital ended the livestream with revealing Devolverland Expo, a trippy looking FPS satirizing E3 that’s now available to play for free on Steam
  • Ahead over their Ubisoft Forward livestream on July 12, Ubisoft announced a corporate restructure with several high-ranking personnel steeping down or getting relived due to allegations of misconduct¬†
    • Ubisoft also committed to changes in human resource structure, admitting that “Ubisoft has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees” (via Ubisoft)

  • Ubisoft’s Forward event announced that free-to-play battle royale FPS Hyper Scape is now in open beta on PC, and coming to consoles in the future

  • Watch Dogs: Legion also got an update, showing off new gameplay and announcing the game would release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 29
    • The PS5 and Xbox series X versions will come later, with Xbox head Phil Spencer confirming the game will be part of Xbox’s Smart Delivery system
  • Ubisoft also announced the platform fighter Brawlhalla will come to mobile devices on August 6 (via Destructoid)

  • Assassins Creed Valhalla also showed off more gameplay ahead of release, and will come to PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, as well as next-gen consoles on November 17

  • After previously getting leaked, Far Cry 6 was revealed
    • Showcasing Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul actor Giancarlo Esposito as the game’s presidential villain, Far Cry 6 will release on February 18, 2021¬†

  • In movie/streaming news. HBO revealed the first trailer for dark comedy An American Pickle, starring Seth Rogan
    • The comedy comes to HBO Max on August 6

  • Academy Award winner Hilary Swank stars in a new sci-fi series coming to Netflix titled Away¬†
    • The series premieres on September 4
  • The Universal reboot of The Wolfman, starring Ryan Gosling, has a director in Leigh Whannell (The Invisible Man, Upgrade) (via IGN)

  • Producer John Carpenter confirmed that Halloween Kills, the sequel to the 2018 Halloween series revival, has been delayed to release in October 2021

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




7/30: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Switch) – Falcom/NIS America

7/8: CrossCode (PS4, XONE, Switch) – Radical Fish Games

7/10: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 (PC, PS4, XONE, Switch) – Inti Creates/ArtPlay

7/10: Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise (Switch) – Rising Star Games


7/10: Greyhound

7/10: The OldGuard

7/10: Palm Springs

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