Weekly Games Recap

This week started out rough for the gaming community. The popular private server for vanilla “World of Warcraft,” called “Nostalrius,” shut down their servers because of a cease and desist letter from Blizzard. Oculus Rift buyers also woke up to a shipping delay for their units, causing a wave of outrage and disappointment even for those who preordered early.

Game announcements are also fairly sparse. EA is mum about “Titanfall 2,” opting for a worldwide reveal on June 12. Perhaps game companies are waiting until E3 this June.

Nevertheless, here’s what you missed last week:

  • EA launched a teaser website and trailer for their upcoming game, “Titanfall 2.” According to the teaser trailer, the game will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. A worldwide reveal is scheduled for June 12.

  • The server Nostalrius shutdown caused an outcry with the Warcraft community, and have since launched a petition to urge Blizzard to bring legacy servers for the game.

  • Upcoming PlayStation 4 and PC game “No Man’s Sky” will have its soundtrack available on June 17, the same day as the game’s release.  U.K.-based band 65daysofstatic worked on the music and uploaded one of the tracks on Soundcloud as a preview. The soundtrack, titled “No Man’s Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe,” is separated into two albums and is available for preorder.

  • Oculus Rift buyers who haven’t received their units yet are now facing shipment delays. According to a report from Polygon, Oculus is experiencing “an unexpected component shortage,” pushing shipping dates all the way to June.

  • Democracy 3: Africa” is now available on Steam for $14.99. Using the design and gameplay from the original “Democracy 3,” players can now choose to govern any of the ten African countries featured in the game.

  • Japanese developer SNK Playmore and Atlus USA are working together to bring “The King of Fighters XIV” to North America. The game is exclusive to PlayStation 4 and will be released later this year.

  • Bungie rolled out a big update to “Destiny: The Taken King.” The update includes max light increase to 335, updated bosses, new treasures, and more. Full details of the update can be found here.

  • Following Kobe Bryant’s retirement, 2K Games announced that they will be releasing a “Legend Edition” of “NBA 2K17” featuring Bryant on the cover.

  • Square Enix Collective published their first game on Steam, titled “Goetia.” Developed by French developer Sushee, “Goetia” is a “deep and haunting point-and-click adventure.”

  • According to a USA Today report, a new “Ghostbusters” game is scheduled to be released on July 12, just three days ahead of the movie release. The movie-based game will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

  • “Mirror’s Edge Catalyst” Design Director Erik Odeldahl wrote in the game’s blog that closed beta for the game will take begin on April 22 and end on April 26. Closed beta participants will receive their game codes on April 22 if they are a “Frontrunner” or April 23 for everyone else.

  • Atlus is bringing to North America a new entry to the “Shin Megami Tensei” series, called “Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse” for the Nintendo 3DS. The game’s plot takes place directly after the events of the previous 3DS game, “Shin Megami Tensei IV.” Atlus is scheduled to release the game this summer.

  • KOEI TECMO America revealed gameplay features as well as preorder bonuses for their upcoming role-playing game, “Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book.” Some of the new gameplay features include time and weather system, as well as a fatigue system for players. Those who wish to preorder the game will receive different bonuses depending on the retailer.

  • Square Enix released “Final Fantasy IX” on Steam with a promotional price of $16.79. The game, which is normally priced at $20.99, features Steam trading cards, high-definition movies and characters, cloud save feature, and more. The promotional price will end after April 20.

  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, there is currently an auction going on to see who will obtain the rights for a live-action movie of “Pokemon.” Some of the bidders include Chinese-owned company Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Sony.

  • The latest Splatfest event for “Splatoon” will have players choose sides between Spongebob and Patrick.

Bravely Second: End Layer” releases today for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is the sequel to the well-received role-playing game, “Bravely Default.”