Gaming News #159 – Pokemon Unite Release, GreedFall Next-Gen, CDPR Satisfied With Cyberpunk 2077

Fresh news on the release of Pokemon Unite, the next-gen upgrade, and gold edition of Greedfall, Halo series once again losing its showrunner, Forza Horizon 4 receiving its last content update, and more.

Gaming News #159

The past week was filled with mostly small but still noteworthy news. First of all, it’s always worth a mention when we are getting a new Pokemon game, especially when it’s one as experimental as Unite. Second, we could possibly see a revival of an often overlooked RPG and third – we have multiple upcoming projects that are sure to make a splash in both the gaming and TV world by the end of this and at the beginning of next year. So keep on reading to find out more. 

POKÉMON UNITE COMING SOON TO SWITCH, MOBILE USERS A BIT LATER

Pokemon Unite soon coming to Switch, mobile users a bit later

Pokemon MOBA is an unexpected surprise many are looking forward to

Pokémon UNITE’s announcement was a bit of surprise as no one expected the little critters to be in a MOBA game. The game is being developed by TiMi Studios and it’s going to release on both mobile and Nintendo Switch, with cross-platform capabilities. As is the standard with MOBA’s you’ll be able to choose from a diverse roster of recognizable Pokemon, such as Pikachu, Greninja, Charizard, and many more, battling across different arenas to score points in their opponent’s goal zones. Of course, each Pokemon will be best suited for a different lane and will do better in certain roles as per usual MOBA archetypes. 

What’s great is that Pokémon UNITE will be free-to-play and is coming really soon. To be exact, the Nintendo Switch version will be out in July and the Mobile version a bit later – in September. No exact dates yet so keep it here at Keengamer for that info really soon. In the meantime, if you want to see the game in action and find out more information, check out our original news coverage.

GREEDFALL NEXT-GEN UPGRADE AND GOLD EDITION RELEASED

GREEDFALL NEXT-GEN UPGRADE AND GOLD EDITION RELEASED

GreedFall is a noteworthy RPG, despite its modest budget

Greedfall was an OK, RPG that had a lot of cool ideas but ultimately it didn’t live up to expectations due to its fairly limited budget. Still, it offered up a really cool world and an enjoyable branching storyline that even spawned “De Vespe Conspiracy” DLC expansion. Well, this can all now be enjoyed on next-gen consoles for which the game received an update that brought about faster load times and native 4K resolution. Furthermore, Focus Home Interactive has also released a Gold Edition of the game that includes the above  DLC.

The Gold Edition is priced at $40 but is currently sold at a 50% discount, thanks to the ongoing Steam Summer sale. The next-gen upgrade is free for all owners of the game regardless of the platform of their choice. For more information on the upgrade, new edition, and the game itself, check out our original news coverage.

NEW INFO REVEALED ON PLAGUE TALE: REQUIEM

NEW INFO REVEALED ON PLAGUE TALE: REQUIEM

The sequel is looking to become an unforgettable adventure

A Plague Tale: Requiem is the sequel to Asobo Studio’s A Plague Tale: Innocence. In a recent interview, the developers discussed their plans with the game and how they intend to bring the rat swarms to the next generation. In short, they wanted to make not only the scenery as believable as possible but also the rat swarms which are a big part of the game’s narrative and core gameplay mechanics. These are the two main driving forces of the game being atmospheric and having a unique narrative and gameplay opportunities.

Essentially, the next-gen hardware will enable them to have “more of everything”. So, in this case, more massively more detailed rats with realistic behavior and path-finding. Sounds terrifyingly awesome. For more details on how they achieved the swarms in the previous game and how they plan to approach doing them in the sequel, check out our original news coverage.

HALO SERIES LOSING ITS SHOWRUNNER, AGAIN

HALO SERIES ALREADY LOST ITS SHOWRUNNER

Master Chief can’t catch a break when it comes to film and TV

Master Chief just can’t catch a break. We’ve been waiting for that Halo live-action series to come out for a long time and after an already challenging production, we are hit with the news that it’s once again losing its showrunner after season one wraps up production. Steven Kane’s reason for leaving the show is the fact that the production is taking place in Budapest, which is a long way from the US. This will be the second showrunner to leave the show after Kyle Killen left it before the start of production. 

After a number of false starts, the series finally began filming in 2019. After complications due to the global pandemic that delayed filming in 2020, it is now scheduled to release on Paramount Plus in 2022. Until then, we have Halo Infinite to look forward to at the tail end of this year. For more information on the Halo Series and the upcoming game, check out our original news coverage.

CDPR SATISFIED WITH THE CURRENT STATE OF CYBERPUNK 2077

CDPR SATISFIED WITH THE CURRENT STATE OF CYBERPUNK 2077

Most players probably don’t share the same sentiment

Cyberpunk 2077 has had a rocky release, to say the least, and CDPR definitely paid the price. The game was a technical mess, especially on the old-gen consoles which caused it to been removed from the PlayStation Store. After that, the company itself has been hacked and it lost a fair amount of goodwill along the way. Well, now, after more than 9 months since being released to console and PC platforms, CDPR says they are satisfied with their game’s current performance state. 

Well, after a few patches and numerous hotfixes, the game is back on the PS Store and is finally more or less, playable without issues. CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kicinski recently addressed the current performance by saying that the game’s performance is satisfactory but also affirmed that the team will continue to polish the experience in the foreseeable future. For more information on the current state of Cyberpunk and CDPR, check out our original news coverage.

FORZA HORIZON 4 RECEIVED ITS LAST CONTENT UPDATE

FORZA HORIZON 4 RECEIVED ITS LAST CONTENT UPDATE

Forza Horizon 4 has had a good run. Mexico here we come!

Forza Horizon 5 had an extremely strong E3 showcase and the game is soon upon us. As such, it makes no sense to further support the previous installment, Forza Horizon 4, despite its smashing success and wide player base. This announcement did not seem to surprise players, nor did it bother them. Considering they’ve had 3 years to collect all vehicles and explore Britain, most players are ready to move on and explore Mexico! 

It’s not entirely planned what’s going to happen with the game once Forza Horizon 5 is out, but the team claims that the Festival Playlist will be “mixtaped”, meaning we’ll have a mix of old Festival Playlists returning each month in order to keep the game alive for as long as possible. So, you’ll still be able to collect the cars you may have missed or outright play the game for a long time if you jumped on the ship late in the game. For more information on the future of Forza Horizon 4 as well as more info on the upcoming installment, check out our original news coverage.

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