Gaming News #166 – Call of Duty Vanguard First Look, Pokemon Legends Arceus Info, Quake Remaster

Fresh news on the soon to be revealed Call of Duty Vanguard, Pokemon Company revealing new info about upcoming titles, impressions from the recent Back 4 Blood beta testing, a possible original Quake remaster, and much more.

Gaming News #166

Last week had some exciting news, especially for the fans of FPS games. Not only are we getting a full reveal of Call of Duty Vanguard, but we are also getting a remaster of the original Quake, Back 4 Blood is heating up with its beta and the release of Battlefield 2042 is fast approaching as well. Oh, and Nintendo has much in store with the ever-popular Pokemon. Read on to find out more.

Call of Duty Vanguard First-look, full reveal coming soon

Call of Duty Vanguard First-look, full reveal coming soon

CoD is revisiting the ever-popular WWII era

After a series of short teasers showcasing Eastern, Pacific, and North African fronts of WWII, we’ll soon be getting a full reveal of Call of Duty Vanguard.  While we weren’t supposed to know this, a little mistake on the PlayStation Store revealed that a full reveal is coming on Thursday, August 19th at 10:30 am PT (6:30 pm BST) via an event that will take place within Warzone.

Vanguard‘s reveal will likely be similar to that of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War’s event last year. Players will have to complete a few short tasks and then the full reveal trailer will play. Due to the success of last year’s event, Activision may want this one to be even bigger and better. While you wait for the full reveal, check out everything we know about the game in our original news coverage.

New Pokemon Presents is will showcase three upcoming titles

New Pokemon Presents is will showcase three upcoming titles

Legends Arceus is the one most are looking forward to

The Pokémon Company has announced a new August Pokémon Presents live presentation with three upcoming titles sure to make an appearance. They include Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, as well as Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Briliant Diamond & Shining Pearl aims to faithfully recreate the original DS games with current-gen graphics while Arceus is something new fans can’t wait to find out more about. Interestingly, all games take place in the Sinnoh region so it’s an excellent opportunity for them to crossover, seeing as they are set in different time periods. For more information on important dates and where to watch the event live, check out our original news coverage.

The original Quake is getting a remaster of sorts

The original Quake is getting a remaster of sorts

Remaster or remake, count us in

If you have fond memories of a little shooter called Quake – there’s some good news for those that want to relieve them. According to the QuakeCon 2021 schedule, one of the panels will feature a “revitalization” of the original Quake. We presume revitalization means remaster but it’s also possible that a remake is in the cards.

Fuel to the fire of the latter is the fact that the revitalization will feature completely new content and not just a touch-up of everything that was previously present. The project is being worked on by Machine Games, a studio known for the latest Wolfenstein games. Remaster or remake, we won’t have to wait for too long before finding out as QuakeCon is just around the corner. 

Tales of Arise demo is coming to console

Tales of Arise demo is coming to console

PC players will have to wait for the full release

The highly anticipated Tales of Arise RPG is releasing next month on September 10. If you are impatient or not sure if you want to buy it, you’ll be able to check the game early on consoles via a free-to-play demo. The demo will give players just a small taste of what’s to come in the final game. 

A recent announcement on Twitter has revealed it’s coming on August 18th on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Series X|S. It’s important to note that this demo will not be available for download on the PC. Also, Don’t expect to be able to grind the demo and then steamroll the full game as the data from the demo version of the game will not carry over. For more information on the demo, the game and its various versions, check out our original news coverage.

Battlefield 2042 Playtesters face legal consequences due to leaks

Battlefield 2042 Playtesters face legal consequences due to leaks

No more Battlefield for some playtesters – ever

The lucky few members of the Battlefield community were given the opportunity to playtest an early version of Battlefield 2042 for a limited time, between 12 – 15 August. Of course, this was all under strict NDA agreements to prevent any early leaks of what the players would see and do during the playtest. Well, unfortunately, and despite the NDA, some of them were just too excited to share their impressions and even posted footage of the game online for everyone to see.

Understandably, EA is not happy that these playtesters have broken their agreement, and they have stated that those who are guilty face penalties. These consequences include being banned from the playtest, as well as being forbidden from playing Battlefield 2042 when it releases in October. For more info on what exactly leaked and what consequences the playtesters face, check out our original news coverage.

Nintendo Dominates Japan’s Top 30 Games List

Nintendo Dominates Japan's Top 30 Games List

Is Nintendo so good or are the competitors so bad?

The fact that Nintendo is insanely popular in the east is nothing new. However, recently, this soared to new heights. According to the Japanese magazine Famitsu, the top 30 positions of top-selling games in Japan are all occupied by games for the Nintendo Switch. While you’d think this would be a regular occurrence for the likes of Nintendo, Sony, or Sega in the past – think again. 

The last time this feat was achieved was in 1988. by Nintendo, mostly due to the fact that NES didn’t have any competition. This makes today’s feat seem more significant since we have many other players on the market. Interestingly, the game that topped the list was Minecraft, and the rest of the list was mainly populated by games that have been available on the Switch for quite some time. 

Back 4 Blood Beta attracted huge interest

Back 4 Blood Beta attracted huge interest

A massive number of players tested the game on Steam

If you aren’t in the know, Back 4 Blood is a spiritual successor to the Left 4 Dead franchise and it even has some of the original team attached to the project. The game just wrapped up its beta testing which attracted a huge number of players. At one time, the game had 160 000 concurrent players over on Steam. 

It’s no wonder, since beta gave players access to a sizeable chunk of the game with multiple levels and characters, each coming with their own set of abilities. Besides killing zombies, the players could duke it out among themselves in the game’s PvP mode. Despite that, many felt that the beta felt more like an Alpha with plenty of issues still needing to be fixed before the game’s full release. 

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