Another week, another period of interesting buzz in the gaming industry. Here’s a roundup of all the hottest news this week you may want to have a look at:
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
CD Projekt Red’s Witcher 3 not only turned out to be one of the best RPG offerings this gen, but has also spawned an equally popular spin-off game of it’s own, Gwent – a turn based card game originally introduced as a minigame in TW3. Now that Gwent has proven to have a cult following thanks to complex and satisfying gameplay mechanics which rivals even Blizzard’s CCG king Hearthstone, the dev’s have expanded on this idea with a brand new isometric RPG set within the Witcher universe, called Thronebreaker – a world where all brawls and disputes are settled through Gwent as a means of “combat”.
Since this is a Witcher game, expect the same set of engaging and immersive quests, writing, characters and plot that made the Witcher trilogy so thrilling. Thronebreaker comes to PC on October 23, 2018 as a GOG exclusive (yep, it’s not on Steam – not yet at least) and arrives on PS4/XB1 on December 4, 2018.
Take it how you will, but Sony’s recent announcement of the PlayStation Classic has definitely drawn widespread comparisons to competitor Nintendo’s similar releases in the past i.e. NES & SNES Mini which are essentially miniature lookalikes of their respective consoles with select, pre-installed games running on an emulator. Akin to those retro throwbacks, the PlayStation Classic also boasts nostalgic goodness as it comes packed with 20 popular PS1 games – including Final Fantasy VII, Wild Arms, Ridge Racer Type 4 and Tekken 3. This little box comes with two wired Dualshock controllers (albeit without analog sticks) and has an HDMI port for display output, with micro-USB for power; bear in mind though, it doesn’t come with a power adapter so buyers will need to use their own. It’s set for a worldwide release on December 3, 2018 – however what’s somewhat less exciting is the fact that it will cost $99. Ouch.
Telltale Games Shuts Down
Coming as a shock to nearly everyone invloved in the gaming scene, point & click adventure developer Telltale recently announced that they’ll be shutting down after a massive layoff of about 200 people from the studio. The cause? Internal management problems, plus The Walking Dead developer tackling more projects than they could handle. R.I.P. Telltale, you’ll be missed – and yes, we payed our respects in a lengthy article which you can read over here.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Boasts Massive Install Size… And Dynamic Horse Balls Too
Rockstar’s upcoming wild-west themed open world game looks to be the studio’s most ambitious project yet, seemingly offering tons of content, including a large variety of animals (200 to be precise) each with unique behavioural patterns, NPCs that truly react to your actions (like killing an innocent civilian in front of a witness will lead to said civilian’s family hunting you down for revenge), and – this is something the internet’s been going crazy over – horse testicles that react to the dynamic weather, shrinking in the winter. Priorities, eh? Of course such an ambitious project also undeniably comes with big install sizes – and RDR2 clocks in at a whooping 105 GB. Get those hard drives ready, cowboys.
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