The past week brought mostly exciting news but also one very disappointing. On the bright side, we finally have someone else making a Star Wars game beside EA, we have a new Pokemon game to look forward to, and even Indiana Jones is set to make his triumphant return to video gaming format. On the other hand, we’ll have to wait a whole lot longer for that perfect Harry Potter game.
New Pokémon Snap Release Date has been Announced
Few of you will remember the Nintendo 64 exclusive Pokemon Snap. It was a first-person game with on-rails gameplay where the goal was to explore and photograph Pokemon for Professor’s Oak research. Well, now, after more than 20 years, Nintendo has announced a follow-up aptly named New Pokemon Snap which will take fans into Lental region where they’ll once again be able to photograph their favorite Pokémon to their hearts’ content. The announcement trailer showcased gameplay that is similar to the one in the first game, albeit with much improved visuals and more diverse locations as well as more Pokemon across multiple generations. For more details, the release date, and a look at the trailer, check out our original news coverage.
New Returnal gameplay trailer showcases exciting combat options
The PS5 exclusive Returnal has been revealed in June last year with very little footage shown afterward. Luckily, as we get closer to its release, Sony decided to switch into 5th gear with the marketing hype, releasing an exciting combat trailer. The most prominent part of the trailer was the fast-paced, effect-heavy gunplay and imaginative enemies players will be facing. One comment was quick to notice that the game looks like a cross between Alien and Control both in terms of gameplay and the level design. Check it out for yourself in our original news coverage.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Receives a Next-Gen Update
What happens when an already pretty game receives a next-gen update? You get pure eye-candy like in the case of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The new patch, which dropped on January 12th, boosts the game’s performance and visuals on both Xbox Series consoles and the PlayStation 5. The game now targets up to 60 frames per second across all systems, and the Xbox Series X version has a mode that uses 4K post-processing. While that’s the most prominent feature of the new patch, it introduced a whole host of improvements to the game which you can check in our original news coverage.
Hogwarts Legacy Has Been Delayed To 2022
Making an open-world RPG game where you enroll into Hogwarts as a new student is a no-brainer and a dream Harry Potter game for many. Hogwarts Legacy was supposed to make that dream a reality in 2021., but unfortunately the game has been delayed to an unspecified date in 2022. While we are saddened by the news, it’s an ambitious project and more time in the oven could ultimately benefit the quality of the finished product. While developers at Avalanche didn’t give an exact reason for the delay, COVID-19 surely was and continues to be a significant factor in the production across the gaming industry. For their statement and more details about the game, check out our original news coverage.
Ubisoft is Developing a Star Wars Game
While we liked EA’s latest Star Wars outings – Fallen Order and Squadrons, we are ultimately glad they no longer have exclusive rights to make games based on that IP. It’s definitely time to give someone else a shot and that someone is going to be Ubisoft Massive, the team behind The Division. The news broke over on Ubisoft’s Twitter where they stated that the game is going to be a story-driven open-world game. Now while some were hugely excited at the prospect of an open-world game, many are worried it’s going to be made in the typical “infiltrate camps, climb towers, cross off map markers” style Ubisoft is known for. It’s going to be a while until we see the game in action and all we can do until then is speculate. What are your predictions? Join us in the discussion in our original news coverage.
Machine Games and Bethesda are Developing an Indiana Jones game
The last Indiana Jones game I can remember was a Lego game and the ones before that have faded completely due to just how mediocre they were. Hope that’s not the case with the newly announced one and if the names behind it are any indication – it probably won’t be. The game is being developed by MachineGames, the creators of the Wolfenstein series with Todd Howard producing the game in close collaboration with Lucasfilm Games. Besides a short teaser and info that the game will feature a wholly original story, no other information was given. It seems unlikely it will be a first-person game and many players speculate this will be a game in a similar style to Uncharted and the newer Tomb Raider games both of which took inspiration from Indiana Jones. Until we find out more concrete information, check out our original news coverage to check out the teaser and jump aboard the speculation train with us.