The past week was filled with some exciting news for current and future games, as well as movie adaptations of games. While Nintendo somewhat soured the mood with their eShop decision, we at least have a reason to go back to Cyberpunk 2077 and have Modern Warfare 2 to look forward to. Speaking of looking forward, Steam’s Next Fest is going to give us a taste of numerous upcoming games that we both know and hope are coming in 2022. Read on for more details.
Cyberpunk 2077 finally receives its 1.5 “Next-gen” update
It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally here – the highly anticipated next-gen update for Cyberpunk 2077. Fret not, update 1.5 is not all about fancy improvements to visuals but also brings a ton of new stuff that were missing from the game upon its release. But let’s get the visual stuff out of the way first. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game now come in two flavors – 4K/60 FPS without raytracing and 4K/30 FPS with raytracing. Due to technical limitations, Xbox Series S features only 2K/30 FPS mode.
The rest of the improvements are to the gameplay and sometimes they are outright full-on reworks of game systems. One such is the perk system which removes useless ones while adding new, useful ones that will encourage players to experiment with different playstyles. Next, the NPC AI is now significantly improved with enemies having more diverse reactions, they’ll try to flank the player and do much more. Civilians will also have more diversity in their reactions to players’ actions.
They’ll also have improved spawning and despawning systems so they don’t appear or disappear right in front of the player. There are plenty of improvements to driving, the minimap, the economy, and more. The update also adds new weapons, purchasable apartments, character customization, and much more. For the full list, check out the official Cyberpunk blog post.
Netflix announces a Bioshock movie
Bioshock movie/series rumors have been flying around the internet for years now, but we finally have a definite confirmation it’s being done by none other than Netflix. Of course, they won’t be going at it alone with both 2K and Take-Two joining them in bringing the insanely atmospheric series to the big/small screen. As things stand, the movie still doesn’t have a screenwriter or a director and we don’t know if the movie will be a direct adaptation of any game in the series. If we were doing it, we’d play it safe and loosely adapt the events before and around the first game.
Bioshock is a rich universe so they could potentially take it in many different directions. The CEO of Take-Two has expressed his excitement over the announcement by saying that Netflix is incredibly passionate about the Bioshock franchise. While 2K Cloud Chamber studio is deep into the development of the next game, Netflix’s adaptation is sure to both create hype and capture new audiences at the same time.
Steam Next Fest is once again bringing a ton of demo games
If you’ve been living under a rock or don’t often visit Steam demo section – Steam Next Fest is for you. This regular Steam event brings demos back in a big way and enables you to try out a literal ton of them. If you don’t know what’s coming out and want to find out what’s worthy of spending money on, February 21st through 28th will give you a chance to try out over 100 demos of games coming out all the way until the end of 2022.
Besides that, Steam Next Fest will feature numerous live streams and talks with game developers. The last one gave us a chance to try out gems like Blood West, Aeterna Noctis, Exo One, and ANNO Mutationem among many others. It’s going to be a packed year, but it could be even more so some cool little demo catches your eye.
Nintendo eShop will stop selling 3DS and WII games in 2023
The Nintendo eShop was originally launched the same year as the Nintendo 3DS in 2011. The eShop was the successor to the Wii Shop Channel and DSi Shop, both of which have since been discontinued. Sadly, the Nintendo eShop will be following in their footsteps, at least for the 3DS and Wii U consoles. So, as of March 2023, you will no longer be able to make purchases or download free content for these two platforms in any way, shape, or form. You will still be able to re-download previously purchased games and DLC, the consoles will still get software updates, and you can still play games online. This will probably start a full-on shopping spree for those not wanting to part with games that they’ve potentially missed.
While it’s not something that we didn’t expect, it’s somewhat sour as 3DS and Wii U still feel somewhat recent. While Nintendo doesn’t have a plan to reintroduce them in a regular sale, they’ll probably be bringing some titles through their Nintendo Switch online membership which could become a nice incentive to get one. For more information on the discontinuation, check out our original news coverage.
Infinity Ward reveals details for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty is still insanely popular so leaks and legitimate rumors are always in high demand. To somewhat get around that, Infinity Ward has decided to release some information about the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. First of all, what was rumor is now a 100% confirmed – the next “COD” is going to be a direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare.
Besides that, a completely new, separate sequel to Warzone is being developed that will evolve the battle royale formula. It’s going to feature a new map and a new sandbox mode. Both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 will have a completely new engine for current-gen consoles and PC only. Both are being developed by Infinity Ward who brought us what are arguably the best COD games so we have high expectations for this next-gen sequel.