KeenGamer weekly news is a series of articles designed to bring you the hottest gaming and pop culture related news. Each news is presented in a bite-sized format and will lead you to the original source of the news if you want to find out more details.
Cyberpunk 2077 sadly delayed for an extra two months
Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed once again. While we are extremely saddened by this sudden news, it’s understandable considering the whole COVID situation. Additionally, we want CDPR to deliver a game that’s as polished as possible. That’s exactly what they’ll be doing since the content like quests, cutscenes, skills, and items is completely finished. What’s left is further testing, bug fixing, and gameplay balancing. Cyberpunk 2077 was initially due for release in April, before being delayed to September and now November. For more information and a full statement from CDPR regarding the delay, check out our original news coverage.
Star Wars: Squadrons had an impressive gameplay showcase
The upcoming outer-space dogfighting game Star Wars: Squadrons received a details-packed official gameplay trailer during the EA Play Live 2020 broadcast. Besides looking visually looking extremely impressive, Squadrons promises to be a deep, highly customizable, and story-rich game. The story mode is set after the destruction of the second Death Star over the moon of Endor and will alternate between two customizable characters fighting for either side of the conflict. The gameplay of Star Wars: Squadrons features a cockpit view showing all the vital instruments needed to gauge how your ship and the fight is faring. Gameplay seems to be as immersive and as authentic as possible which will be even more so in VR. For the full gameplay trailer and more information, check out our original news coverage.
EA Play Live was pretty straightforward and uneventful
Besides the surprisingly impressive showcase of Star Wars: Squadrons, EA Play Live 2020 was largely uneventful. There was talk about more EA games coming to Steam and we got an expected Fifa 21 tease, as well as a small “Skate 4 is being developed” message at the end. In-between, we got a look at some games coming out of their indie-supporting EA Originals program. EA was surprisingly silent when it comes to games for the next generation of hardware. Developers like Criterion, BioWare, DICE, and Motive Games are definitely working on next-gen projects but no official announcement was given. For everything announced during the event, trailers, and more information, check out our original news coverage.
A new Crash Bandicoot game announced after a leak
Over the past two weeks, we’ve had leaks that all but confirmed that the decade long wait for a brand new Crash Bandicoot game was coming to its end. The leaks were so severe that the developer Toys for Bob was practically forced to unveil the game to the general public. Thus, we received an announcement of Crash 4: It’s About Time. The name of the game alludes to both the long wait for a new game as well as the fact that it will be all about time travel. The game will take place after Crash 3: Warped with doctor Cortex returning as the main villain. The best part? We’ll get to play the game in just a few short months. For the exact date, the trailer and more information on Crash 4, check out our original news coverage.
Mixer streaming service is shutting down
Microsoft just recently announced that its Mixer live streaming platform will be shutting down on July 22. Despite signing on some of the biggest names in video-game streaming, Mixer couldn’t keep up with the much more successful and established competition and was ultimately financially unsustainable for Microsoft. However, Microsoft isn’t ready to give up the fight just yet and is instead partnering with Facebook Gaming to create a completely new gaming platform. The new partnership is not just limited to live streaming and should also feature integration with Microsoft’s project xCloud game streaming software and will also be used to supplement Microsoft Teams software which has seen a massive boost in usage during the COVID situation. For more a lot more information on Mixer shutting down as well as the new partnership, be sure to check out our original news coverage.
Summer Game Fest showcased a ton of upcoming indie titles
While AAA games are progressively receiving more flak for being formulaic, indie titles are creatively flourishing. This was especially evident during the Day of the Devs showcase section of the Summer Game Fest. A total of 16 games were showcased and probably no two were alike in terms of gameplay or visuals. Some of our favorites include a turn-based RPG Sea of Stars, a musical platformer Artful Escape, a 2D action platformer Foregone, and voxel-based space MMO Starbase. What’s great is that most of the titles showcased are coming out sometime in 2020 which means we are in for a strong year in terms of indie titles. For a list of all the games that were showcased as well as their respective trailers, visit our original event coverage.