Gaming News #141 – Nintendo Direct, EA Codemasters Buyout, New Diablo IV Details

Fresh news on the latest announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct, new details on Diablo IV straight from BlizzCon, EA finalizing their Codemasters buyout, exciting No Man's Sky update and more.
Gaming News #141 - Nintendo Direct, EA Codemasters Buyout, New Diablo IV Details

The past week has seen a healthy mix of news both big and small. After a long pause, Nintendo finally had a larger showcase of the content coming to the Nintendo Switch in the near future. We also had some updates to existing games and announcements of exciting next-gen enhancements coming our way soon. EA expanded their portfolio with a bunch of racing games and we finally have new information on the highly anticipated Diablo IV.

Metro Exodus is becoming even prettier with next-gen enhancements

Metro Exodus is becoming even prettier with next-gen enhancements

An already beautiful game becoming even prettier

I think we can all agree that Metro Exodus is one of the best-looking and most atmospheric games out there. Well, get ready for it to look even better as the developer 4A games announced that the game is getting next-gen enhancements on the PS5, Xbox Series X|S as well as the PC. The upgrade will be free for all owners of the game and will release later this year. The developer also went ahead and detailed which version is getting which enhancements with ray tracing being the main star across the platforms.

While the consoles will aim to get a 4K/60 FPS combo, the PC will support higher refresh rates but will require a monstrous PC with a ray-tracing capable GPU as a minimum. All in all, a great reason to get back into this amazing world 4A created and a good snack while we wait for the next installment. For more information on the upgrade, check out our original news coverage.

Latest No Man’s Sky update allows you to have pets

Latest No Man's Sky update allows you to have pets

There’s no stopping Hello Games with all these NMS updates

Hello Games just isn’t stopping with No Man’s Sky with the game becoming more feature-rich with each passing month. The latest “Companions” update turns the game into an interstellar Pokemon lite and allows No Man’s Sky players to tame creatures and have them as pets. Should you find one you fancy, you can adopt it and interact with it in various ways. You can feed them, play with them, customize their appearance. The creatures can even have varying personalities ranging from friendly to highly aggressive.

You can also use some gene manipulation in order to modify their offspring to your liking and can even trade creatures with other players. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to make them fight like Pokemon but seeing as how frequent these updates have been, implementation of such a system down the line wouldn’t surprise us. For the full Companions trailer and more information about the update, check out our original news coverage.

We got an early look at the future project of Silent Hill creator

We got an early look at the future project of Silent Hill creator

Concept art is freaky, to say the least

Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama teased a future action-horror project from his new independent studio Bokeh Game Studio. This was done via a video interview, where Toyama revealed his inspirations for the game and showed some interesting concept art. He explained that he aims for the game to be a rather approachable action-adventure game first and a horror experience second. Regarding the horror element, he wants to return to his roots, taking inspiration from comics in the “death game” genre.

The concept art shown during the interview had some Dead Space vibes and featured some rather disturbing human/insect hybrids. It’s still too early to tell what kind of experience this will shape up to be as we are two full years from a potential release. For the full interview and more information about the project, check out our original news coverage

The latest Nintendo Direct featured a healthy mix of new, old, and updated games

The latest Nintendo Direct featured a healthy mix of new, old, and updated games

Some surprising new announcements and a bunch of ports

Nintendo held their first direct event in a long time and we got a series of announcements regarding the company’s upcoming titles and updates to existing games. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the reveal of Splatoon 3 as no one expected the sequel to be made so relatively soon after the last game. Among many other announcements, most notable were the Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword Remastered, a showcase of No More Heroes 3, Xenoblade characters coming to Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the reveal of release dates for Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity DLC’s.

Of course, Nintendo also announced a ton of ports coming to the Switch from other systems, but maybe the most notable one was Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection featuring three games coming in June this year. If you want to find out more, you can check the full list of everything shown during the direct and more information about each game in our original news coverage.

EA is now the proud owner of Codemasters and all its racing franchises

EA is now the proud owner of Codemasters and all its racing franchises

EA just became a racing franchise juggernaut

EA has finalized its buyout of racing game publisher Codemasters for the eyewatering sum of $1.2 billion. This follows EA’s counter-bid of $1.2 billion made last December after the Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two originally attempted to buy the publisher for $1 billion. While we don’t know what the buyout means for Codemaster franchises, it’s interesting to see the player reactions, most of which were rather negative. Some wanted Codemasters to go to Take-Two, hoping they’d see their licensed cars and driving models in a future GTA game.

Others dread shady business models being implemented in future installments of beloved games. Many point out that EA isn’t taking the best care of racing franchises already in their possession, and now they have a bunch more on their hands which could get even more neglected. EA‘s has however explained that the company wishes to allow Codemasters to act as an “independent group” and that the acquisition was motivated by their desire to grow within the racing genre. For more information on the buyout, check out our original news coverage.

New Diablo IV details emerge during BlizzCon 2021

New Diablo IV details emerge during BlizzCon 2021

Diablo IV is shaping up to be a great experience

Finally, we got new substantial information on the highly anticipated Diablo IV during this year’s BlizzCon. First up, we’ll see the triumphant return of the Rogue class. Last playable in the original Diablo, the Rogue is built to be as mobile and combat adaptive as possible, capable of wielding both swords and daggers to great effect. She also comes with some class specializations like taking enemies into a shadow realm where she can pummel them without worrying about other enemies.

Second, some details were shared about mounts that will be used to explore the game’s open world. In short, there will be a variety of different horse breeds to collect, along with customization pieces like armor, horseshoes, all of which can be earned like other loot. Lastly, we now know a lot more about the game’s PvP mode which will take place in optional areas called Fields of Hatred where players will be able to earn a special currency with which they’ll be able to buy exclusive loot, making it a high risk, high reward type of deal. For more information on all of that and everything else we know about Diablo IV, check out our original news coverage.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War now has a Season Two Roadmap

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War now has a Season Two Roadmap

The new roadmap is quite substantial in terms of new content

Season Two is coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with a ton of free content available for players. Treyarch’s new content drop includes four new Multiplayer maps, six new weapons, and a lot more for fans to unlock. Oh, and there’s a brand new Zombies experience that is also on the horizon! When it comes to operators, there will be 4 new ones available with Naga being unlockable on day one, followed by Maxis, Wolf, and Rivas later on in the season.

When it comes to maps, a 6v6 map called Apocalypse will drop first, followed by Golova (Multi-Team), Mansion (Gunfight & Face-Off), and Miami Strike. Zombies will finally get the Outbreak mode and a large-scale Russia map that should spice up the usual Zombies formula. If you want a more in-depth look at the entire roadmap and more information about each piece of new content listed here, check out our original news coverage.

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