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Weekly Wrapup – Google Stevia Edition

Michael Kenney March 24, 2019 2

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Here are some of the week’s highlights in gaming, movies, and other nerd-related news:

  • Google announced its cloud-based gaming platform, Stadia. It will be accessible on browsers, computers, TVs, as well as mobile devices.
    • Google showcased the ability to pause and resume on other devices, a Wi-Fi enabled controller, as well as the ability to stream in 4K 60fps and eventually up to 8K using its technology
  • Apex Legends launched its Season 1 Battle Pass, as well as new character Octane (via EA)
  • The Behemoth, the team behind Castle Crashers, Alien Hominid, and Battle Block Theater, announced Castle Crashers Remastered. The game will come the Nintendo Switch and PS4 this summer
  • Konami has announced a trio of collections coming to consoles and PC based on Castlevania, Contra, and arcade classic titles (via Polygon)
  • Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct based on showcasing a bunch of new indie games coming to the Switch. Some of the highlights include:
  • Cuphead is coming to Switch on April 16, along with Xbox Live integration
  • A trio of Vlambeer games, including Nuclear Throne, Super Crate Box, and a game compilation called Vlambeer Arcade will be coming to Nintendo Switch this year
  • Double Fine announced a new game, a top-down 90’s flavored action game titled RAD
  • Inti Creates announced (and launched) Blaster Mater Zero 2, a sequel to the 2017 remake of the original Blaster Master
  • The final announcement was a partnership between Nintendo and the team behind Crypt of the Necrodancer, a new crossover game titled Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the Nedcrodancer Feat. The Legend of Zelda
  • Quantic Dreams’ Detroit: Become Human, Beyond: Two Souls, and Heavy Rain will come to PC via the Epic Games Store later this year (via Polygon)
  • Epic also announced Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds and Remedy’s Control will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC at GDC last week (via Polygon)
  • Valve will be making redesigns to Steam in 2019, as well as adding Steam Events (via Polygon)
  • Sony has announced a PlayStation livestream event for March 25, titled State of Play. The event promises “new trailers, new game announcements and new gameplay footage ” (via Sony)
  • Noob Saibot, a veteran of the series, has been revealed for Mortal Kombat 11
  • Kotal Kahn and Jaqui Briggs (Jax’s daughter), returning from MKX, were also shown off
  • The return of the single-player mode The Crypt was also shown, as well as the return of villain Shang Tsung. Shang Tsung will be the first paid DLC character for Mortal Kombat 11, and will be voiced by actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who brought the character to life in the 1995 live-action film
  • Atlus announced Persona 5: The Royal
    • Not much is known beyond the short teaser reveal
  • The first full trailer for Stranger Things 3 was dropped by Netflix, showcasing new and returning characters. The new season arrives on July 4
  • The first full trailer for Toy Story 4 was released by Disney/Pixar. The film releases on June 21
  • Lucy in the Sky, the first feature film directed by Noah Hawley (Legion, Fargo). The film stars Natalie Portman in a story loosely based on the experiences of astronaut Lisa Nowak
  • A new trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was released. The film releases May 17
  • Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon and Time In Hollywood, got its first trailer. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie and releases July 26
  • Brie Larson makes her directorial debut with Unicorn Store, coming to Netflix on April 5
  • The first teaser for the Deadwood movie, coming to HBO on May 31 was released

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


3/19: SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (PS4) – SNK
3/19: The Messenger (PS4) – Sabotage Games/Devolver Digital
3/20: Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy! (Switch, PS4) – Square-Enix
3/20: Blaster Master Zero 2 (Switch) – Inti Creates
3/22: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PC, PS4, XBONE) – From Software


Us– 3/22
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