Weekly Games Recap


The past few days saw quite a bit of buzz in the video game industry. From Microsoft cancelling “Fable Legends,” to a game developer quitting development of his game after negative reviews, to the release of “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” gamers this week were given a lot to look forward to for the rest of the year. Here’s the recap:

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD” bundle released for the Wii U. Nintendo reportedly celebrated its release by integrating Link onto Google Maps that day.

  • Square Enix released a new trailer for their upcoming game “Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness.” The game will be released on Playstation 4 sometime this year.
     
  • “Hitman” released its first episode today. Six more episodes will be released throughout the year.

  • Niantic Labs announced that the “Pokemon Go” beta will be released in Japan this month.

  • Capcom implemented a permanent solution to punish players with high disconnect rates in “Street Fighter V.” They also gave details about the upcoming DLC character Alex and future title updates.
     

  • Bear Simulator” developer John Farjay has pulled the plug on further development due to the negative reception on Steam and from popular YouTubers such as PewDiePie. Farjay posted on the game’s Kickstarter page that he will only focus on providing backers more content before stopping.

  • Blizzard announced several open beta dates and a May 24 release date for “Overwatch.”
     

  • Microsoft cancelled development on “Fable Legends” and was in discussions about closing Lionhead Studios. “Fable Legends” closed beta will permanently shutdown on April 13.
     

  • Rebellion Developments revealed “Sniper Elite 4,” along with a new trailer.

  • The Mario Kart TV website will be closing down on April 4. User-uploaded videos can still be watched within the game and via YouTube.

  • Valkyria Chronicles Remastered” for Playstation 4 is coming out on May 17 for both Europe and North America.

  • Total War: Warhammer” release date delayed to May 24.

  • “Tom Clancy’s The Division” released on March 8 for PS4, XBox One, and PC.

  • Telltale Games will be discussing their new game “Batman:Telltale,” on March 18 during SXSW.

  • XBox One exclusive Gears of War 4 will feature JD Fenix, son of Marcus Fenix.

  • Riot announced a new champion for “League of Legends” who is a star forger called Aurelion Sol.

  • Amazon Japan can now ship games and other game-related merchandise internationally through their AmazonGlobal shipping program.

  • “Eve Online” players can now play an in-game mini game called “Project Discovery,” which is tied to the real life research of human proteins.
  • A new update rolled out for Super Mario Maker, which included keys, locked doors, skewers, and super expert mode.

  • Bethesda announced closed multiplayer beta for “Doom,” starting March 31 until April 3. Those who purchased “Wolfenstein: The New Order” and redeemed their beta codes are eligible.

  • Rhythm Violence game “Thumper” will also be released on Playstation VR.

  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst” producer Jeremy Miller discussed a new in-game tool called the  Manifold Attachment Gear (MAG) Rope.

  • Square Enix Collective will publish Bulkhead Interactive’s first-person puzzle game “The Turing Test,” to be released on Steam in August of this year. The XBox One version will be published by Microsoft.

  • Sumo Digital took over development of “Dead Island 2.”

  • Developer Two Tribes announced that their newest shooter/platformer game “Rive,” which is due for a Sept. 2016 release, will be their last game. They will continue to support their existing games but will no longer make new ones.