Gaming News #169 – Alan Wake Remastered, Lost Ark Delay, No Man’s Sky Frontiers

Fresh news on the release of No Man's Sky latest big update, the long-awaited western release of Lost Ark being pushed back to 2022, 11-year old Alan Wake being remastered and much more.

Gaming News #169

Sure, truly epic, huge news are probably coming at the PlayStation Showcase, but don’t for a second think that the past week didn’t bring anything to the table. For starters, we had only one delay to 2022 which is a rare occurrence these days. The rest of the news were quite positive as we got some excellent updates to existing games, an unexpected remaster, a revamp, and an apology from Sony of all companies. Read on to find out more.

No Man’s Sky receives yet another substantial update

No Man's Sky Launches receives yet another substantial update

No Man’s Sky is delivering what was promised and much more

So much has been said about No Man’s Sky doing a 180 – going from gaming’s biggest flop to its brightest success story. Well, Hello Games are adamant to keep the light shining as they have unleashed yet another big update to the game titled No Man’s Sky Frontiers. The update coincides with the game’s fifth anniversary and its main feature is the addition of large planetary settlements to the game. 

It’s not all about simply seeing the settlements as they offer a high degree of interactivity. Players can build new buildings, bring settlers, and even be elected the Overseer of a settlement in order to ensure its growth and prosperity. With that in mind, Frontiers also overhauls base building in general by adding hundreds of new construction parts which is sure to satisfy the wider player base. To find out more and check the update trailer, visit our original news coverage.

Alan Wake Remastered is coming soon to PC and consoles

Alan Wake Remastered is coming soon to PC and consoles

Alan Wake Remastered is going to be a visual treat

Alan Wake is an excellent action-adventure game by Remedy Entertainment that’s a blast to play even today, 11 years after its original release. Nevertheless, many wished for the game to be brought closer to today’s visual standard so both old and new audiences can experience its mystery all over again. Lo and behold, that wish will be granted as the remastered original game and its two expansions are confirmed to be released sometime by the end of this year.

There’s still no trailer in sight, but the developer is promising visual updates to every aspect of the game – from the main character to the world and even the lighting engine. It’s not known when the game will make an appearance so we can see it for ourselves, but hey, the PlayStation Showcase is just around the corner, so who knows?

The long-awaited RPG Lost Ark has been pushed back to 2022.

The long-awaited RPG Lost Ark has been pushed back to 2022.

How hard can it be to re-release an existing game?

Players in Korea, Japan, and Russia have been enjoying Lost Ark for quite a while now, but still no dice for western countries. Sure, Amazon and Smilegate are gearing up to release it here but not before delaying it a bit more – to early 2022. Previously, the game was supposed to release in the fall this year but the pandemic and Amazon releasing New World in that timeframe blew those plans out of the water. Still, not all hope is lost as the players who purchased the Founder’s Pack will be able to play the game for a short while through the beta. 

Unfortunately, the beta will last only for a couple of days, from the 4th to the 9th of November. Many were hoping the beta will last all the way until the game is released but the developer probably has all the necessary test data from the Korean, Russian, and Japanese versions. The exact release date isn’t known yet but we hope it will be as early as possible so we can enter into 2022. in the best way possible. 

Everything we know about Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker

Everything we know about Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker

Endwalker is promising to be an epic conclusion to the long-running storyline

Final Fantasy 14 is going through a sort of golden era of concurrent players and the overall interest in the game. This is sure to soar to all new heights once the Endwalker expansion is released in just a few short months. With that in mind, we thought to aggregate all the information about it so you can quickly catch up. While our original news coverage has all the nitty-gritty details, here’s a bit of a snippet. Endwalker follows on directly from the current expansion Shadowbringers, and it presents the players and the scions with “an even greater calamity than ever before – a second advent of the Final Days.”

This will take the players to many new locations like the city of Radz-at-Han which is sitting atop a huge rock pillar as well as Old Sharlayan which is a player hub and essentially a city of scholars and knowledge. Endwalker will bring two new classes – the Sage and the Reaper as well as an increased power cap, new dungeons and raids, and much more. It definitely promises to be an epic and satisfying conclusion to the Hydraelyn and Zodiark story which has been the main storyline ever since FF14 was originally released.

Sony backtracks on the decision to charge Horizon Forbidden West PS4 to PS5 upgrade

Sony backtracks on the decision to charge Horizon Forbidden West PS4 to PS5 upgrade

Upgrades! Free upgrades for everyone!

Sony received quite a bit of backlash when they decided to gatekeep Horizon Forbidden West PS5 upgrade behind a fairly expensive digital edition of the game. Things obviously got so bad that Sony decided to drop that decision and set the record straight by promising that all versions of the game will be upgradeable to the PS5 version for free. The president and CEO of Sony, Jim Ryan went ahead and acknowledged that the decision to charge the upgrade was bad and that it went against their promise to deliver free PS5 upgrades to cross-gen PS5 launch titles. 

Still, this won’t be their practice going forward as we are exiting the launch portion of the PS5 life cycle. The upgrades for upcoming big titles like Grand Turismo 7 and God of War Ragnarok won’t be completely free but at least you’ll be able to upgrade no matter the version you opt to ultimately buy, be it digital or physical. Hopefully, Sony will stay true to its word this time as their PS5 price policy up until now has been somewhat confusing, to say the least. 

The Sims are getting a refreshing day at the spa

The Sims are getting a refreshing day at the spa

A truly uncharacterisic move for EA

The Sims 4: Spa Day Game Pack is officially getting a refresh, updated with new features and add-ons to the original Game Pack. With the refresh comes a new trait and aspiration, as well as allowing children to participate in Wellness activities, and giving your Sims’ nails a glamorous makeover. It’s an unusual move by EA, as this is the first time any pack has ever been “refreshed”, but it should be a welcome one. The Sims 4: Spa Day will officially be refreshed on September 7th. Those who already own Spa Day will get the updated version for free.

The Sims 4: Spa Day was originally released in July 2015 as the second Game Pack for The Sims 4. This Game Pack allows your Sims to visit the spa, complete with massage tables and chairs, mud baths, saunas, meditation, relaxing bath soaks, and yoga. Spa Day introduced the Wellness Skill, which helps your Sims to relieve stress. The Wellness Skill can be built up by doing yoga and meditation, as well as using the sauna and getting a massage. This is all getting expanded in the revamped version so the fans who seemingly loverd the vanilla expansion will know to appreciate the additions. For more information, check out our original news coverage.

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