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

  • EA’s next Need for Speed game has been delayed a year, and developer Criterion has been brought on to assist with DICE with the next Battlefield game (via Polygon)
  • This year’s San Diego Comic-Con will be an online event similar to 2020’s Comic-Con@Home  due to COVID-19 restrictions (via Comic-Con)

 

  • R.B.I. Baseball 21 was revealed, with Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson as the cover athlete
    • The MLB developed baseball title releases on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on March 16

 

  • A new Aliens franchise shooter, titled Aliens: Fireteam, is coming to PC and consoles sometime this summer
  • Sony’s PlayStation Store will discontinue movie and TV rentals and purchases on August 31, with no effect to shows or movies already purchased (via PlayStation Blog)
  • The upcoming Hogwarts Legacy Haryy Potter game will allow for gender-diverse character creation, with the ability for players to choose voice and body type unrelated to gender (via Bloomberg)
  • After asking Steam customers not to purchase the Steam version of The Sinking City, developer Frogwares has claimed that it believes publisher Nacon was able to hack/pirate the game in order to bring it back to the platform
    • Publisher Nacon has denied all allegations (via Polygon)
  • Kickstarter executive Luke Crane launched and cancelled a TTRPG zine titled The Perfect RPG, due to the involvement of designer Adam Koebel who had been involved in a controversial scene during a TTRPG livestream (via Polygon)

 

  • Dead by Daylight‘s latest killer, a K-Pop inspired serial killer called The Trickster, was revealed
    • The killer and survivor characters are now playable in the game’s PTB
  • The 2016 PlayStation 4 version of Ratchet and Clank is now free to all PS4 and PS5 players as part of Sony’s Play at Home Initiative

 

  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout developer Mediatonic have been acquired by Epic Games

 

  • As part of a series of announcements of PSVR titles, Song in the Smoke from indie studio 17-Bit (Galak-Z, Skulls of the Shogun) was announced
    • The game also releases on Oculus Quest and Rift sometime this year

 

  • Doom 3: VR Edition is coming to PSVR on March 29
  • The long-rumored updated version of the Nintendo Switch model will reportedly begin production this year, and will supposedly feature “7-inch, 720p-resolution OLED panels”
    • The new model will also reportedly ship with “4K ultra-high definition graphics when docked to a TV (via Bloomberg)

 

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai and Nintendo released a gameplay deep dive of the game’s newest fighters, Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2
    • The fighters were released on March 4

 

  • Fighting game Guilty Gear Strive has been delayed from its original April release date to June 11
  • Construction on Orlando’s new Universal theme park has restarted following delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, causing the opening of the U.S’s Super Nintendo World to 2025 (via Polygon)

 

  • Apex Legends Season 8’s Chaos Theory Collection event has begun on PC and consoles
    • The event adds new updates to the King’s Canyon map, as well as new cosmetic items for players to earn and purchase
  • Development on the reboot of Valve’s Artifact, the DOTA-themed card game, has been cancelled
    • The game has been made free-to-play on Steam and will continue to be available (via Valve)
  • The lead designer on Hogwarts Legacy, Troy Leavitt, has departed Avalanche Software amidst discovery of the director’s anti social justice and right-wing YouTube videos (via Polygon)
  • Bungie has postponed Destiny 2‘s Trials of Osiris PVP mode until further notice due to an in-game exploit (via Bungie)

 

  • Blaster Master Zero III, the final entry in developer Inti Creates reboot of the retro action game/platformer, was announced
    • The game arrives on PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on July 29, 2021

 

  • The Silver Case 2425, a compilation containing HD remasters of developer Suda51’s The Silver Case and The 25th Ward: The Silver Case, was announced for Nintendo Switch releasing this summer

 

  • In movie news, A Quiet Place Part II has been moved up to release in theaters on May 28, and will release on the Paramount Plus streaming service this summer 

 

  • Entertainment Weekly offered a first look at the Looney Tunes characters and plot details in Space Jam: A New Legacy

 

  • Marvel released a brief glimpse at The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ahead of its March 19 release on Disney+

 

  • Netflix released the first trailer for Thunder Force, a superhero comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer 
    • The comedy hits Netflix on April 9

 

  • The first trailer for Without Remorse, an action thriller starring Michael B. Jordan as Tom Clancy novel regular John Kelly, was released
    • The future Rainbow Six commander comes to Amazon Prime on April 30

 

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

Games

3/2: Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS5) – Sega

3/2: Maquette (PC, PS5, PS4) – Passtech Games/Focus Home Interactive

3/4: Gnosia (Switch) – Petit Depotto

3/4: Loop Hero (PC) – Four Quarters/Devolver Digital
 

Movies

3/3: Moxie

3/4: The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run

3/5: Raya and the Last Dragon

3/5: Chaos Walking

3/5: Boss Level

3/5: Coming 2 America
 

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