Gaming News #176 – Diablo 4 & Overwatch 2 Delay, Forza Horizon 5 Raving Reviews, The Book of Boba Fett Trailer

Fresh news on the delay of Activision Blizzard biggest upcoming games, Forza Horizon 5 being praised by early reviewers, Boba Fett series trailer, Netflix launching its own gaming streaming service and more.

Gaming News #176

The past week brought about a healthy mix of gaming news. Sadly, there were some delays of highly anticipated games but we also got some sleeper hits, some hits in the making, and more. Chief among them were that Boba Fett series trailer and the fact that Netflix is launching its own streaming service which could become the next big thing. Read on to find out more.

Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 have been delayed, maybe to 2023.

Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 have been delayed, maybe to 2023.

Controversies really caught up with Activision Blizzard

It’s safe to say that Activision Blizzard has some of the biggest, most popular games under their wing, and gamers aren’t losing interest even amidst all the controversies and questionable business choices of the company. Still, all of it did affect the company as, in the past year, many key employees working on big projects left for greener pastures. Both Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 lost their directors and now, one of the company leads – Jen Oneal has also left the company.

This resulted in the team announcing that the above games would be released later than planned, justifying the decision with them needing to develop a post-release strategy for both games. Seeing as both Diablo 4 and Overwatch didn’t have a set release date prior to this announcement, it’s highly probable that they were pushed back all the way to 2023. The company is now in the hands of Mike Ybarra who’s also has a fairly recent controversy attached to his name, seeing as he was selling World of Warcraft boosters for real cash. 

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy breaks into UK’s Top Three 

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy breaks into UK's Top Three 

What a pleasant surprise this game turned out to be

After some fairly mediocre Marvel games, hopes weren’t too high for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. After all, it was this game where you could only control one member of the team, it was fairly linear, and pre-release trailers were choppy and unimpressive. Luckily, the end-product isn’t in line with those impressions and is actually everything Marvel fans hoped it would be. The combination of the game’s quality and low expectations made the game a sleeper hit, launching it into second place in the UK boxed charts in its opening week. 

The PlayStation 5 version of the game is even currently holding an 81 score over on Metacritic. This is in stark contrast to Square’s Marvel’s Avengers which continues to disappoint the audience with shady live-service business practices and underwhelming gameplay. For more information on The Guardians game and UK charts, check out our original news coverage.

Netflix has launched its own games streaming service

Netflix has launched its own games streaming service

Currently small, but with lots of potential

We’ve known for some time that Netflix wants in on the highly lucrative gaming market and has been looking into adding games to their existing subscriptions. Well, they finally did it, although it was on a scale that’s much smaller than many expected. First of all, the game streaming service is currently available only for Android mobile users. Subscribers will be able to access 5 games that can be streamed or downloaded to play offline on android phones and tablets.

These are Stranger Things: 1984 (by Bonus XP), Stranger Things 3: The Game (also Bonus XP), Shooting Hoops (by Frosty Pop), Card Blast (by Amuzo & Rogue Games), and Teeter Up (also Frosty Pop). What’s more, Netflix says they’re “just getting started”. Not only are they “excited to continue improving their mobile gaming experience”, but also “adding to their entertainment in the months ahead”. It will be interesting to see how they ramp up the service and if it’s going to stay a part of their regular subscription service down the line. For more information, check out our original news coverage.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity DLC 2 has been unleashed

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity DLC 2 has been unleashed

As if this game wasn’t huge enough already

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity DLC Wave 2 has finally arrived on the Nintendo Switch. Players can now jump back into the heat of battle to take on new stages such as Lanayru Road and the Coliseum. These are locations that were first seen as just ruins in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Wave 2 DLC also adds new missions, including “Battle for Kakariko Village” and “Battle for Goponga Village”. The season pass will cost you $19.99 to get both waves of DLC. Your purchase also gets you the Prototype Ancient Sword. The Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Wave 2 DLC also allows players to wield an arsenal of ancient technology. Take on the role of Robbie & Purah as you battle hordes of baddies in the name of Hyrule. For the full trailer and more information on the DLC, check out our original news coverage.

Forza Horizon 5 early reviews call it one of the best games of 2021

Forza Horizon 5 early reviews call it one of the best games of 2021

This was expected ever since the first trailer

If you’ve watched any of the pre-release footage of Forza Horizon 5 – you probably saw this coming. The game was promising to improve upon the already amazing Forza Horizon 4 in nearly every way, even inching the visuals close to photo-realistic. The review embargo has been lifted today and this sentiment is shared across many outlets lucky enough to receive an early copy. Currently, the game has around 60 reviews and is sitting at a 90+ score over on Metacritic, making it one of the best-scored games of 2021.

What’s great is that the game will be available day one on Xbox Game Pass, which is sure to attract a ton of new subscribers to the already great service with many awesome games. The year is not over yet, and if the latest trailer is any indication, Halo Infinite could also meet fan expectations, making this a very successful year for team Xbox. Hopefully, they’ll also bring their A-game in the next year.

The Book of Boba Fett series has an official trailer

The Book of Boba Fett series has an official trailer

The original badass Mandalorian on the small screen

While the sequel trilogy might have not been so hot, Star Wars is killing it in the series department. The latest character brought to life on the smaller screen is going to be the galaxy’s most popular bounty hunter – Boba Fett. An official trailer for The Book of Boba Fett has been released on the Star Wars YouTube channel. This new series has had many fans very excited since it was announced after the closing credits of the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian.

After the credits, there was a scene in which Boba walked into Jabba the Hutt’s former palace and claimed it as his own. All in all, we’ll now have two badasses walking around the galaxy in Mandalorian armor and we couldn’t be happier. For the full trailer and more information on the show, check out our original news coverage.

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