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. This time we bring a whole bunch of news that is all definitely worthy of your attention.
NEW, PORTABLE-ONLY SWITCH MODEL ANNOUNCED
Although we all know some sort of refreshed Switch was coming, Nintendo took us all by surprise when they announced the Nintendo Switch Lite. Lite is a slightly smaller, portable-only variant with controls permanently attached to the console. Besides having a bit smaller screen and weighing less, the battery has been somewhat improved with the official statement being that you’ll be able to play Breath of the Wild for 4 hours before needing to recharge. For more details on the console and the full announcement trailer, check out our original coverage.
AMAZON IS GOING TO MIDDLE-EARTH
Fans of the Lord of the Rings franchise rejoice! Amazon is entering the gaming industry guns blazing. Not only are they developing the New World MMO, but now there’s confirmation that they will be dipping their toes into the rich Tolkien universe as well. This MMORPG will be free-to-play and will primarily take inspiration from the books and not the movies. We know that they gathered some of the absolute best talents in the gaming industry to work on the game and are purportedly going all-in on the license, seeing as they are also developing a LOTR TV series. For more details on the game, check out our original coverage.
PSYCHONAUTS 2 IS DELAYED, AGAIN
Who even remembers the awesomeness that was the original Psychonauts? We most certainly do! And we were so excited at the prospect of getting a sequel really soon. Unfortunately, the news that the game was being delayed, yet again hit us like a baseball bat. But, seeing as Double Fine is a fine studio, we like to think they had a very good reason for doing so. If the game they deliver in the end will be everything we and the fans want – we’ll be patient until the game releases, which could happen sometime next year. Be sure to check our original coverage to see the full backer update as well as Tim Schafer’s apology on yet another delay.
WORLD’S ABOUT TO GET BLOCKY WITH MINECRAFT EARTH
Minecraft Earth is the Pokemon-Go-like game that will make use of your smart devices to turn the whole world into your playground. A closed beta to try out the game is just around the corner and you can check our original news to find out how and where to apply. Know that if you get in – you’ll be able to do most things you could in the regular Minecraft. That means collecting resources, building stuff and interact with other players. However this time, you’ll be doing it in your backyard and the street. Just be careful where you walk.
CUPHEAD IS GETTING A NETFLIX SERIES TREATMENT
It seems like everyone and their grandma is getting a Netflix series these days. So it’s not really a surprise that the Dark Souls of platforming games – Cuphead, is also getting one. What’s great about this one, however, is that it will feature the same 1930’s animation style and it will work toward expanding the characters and the world of the game. Check out our original coverage of the announcement to find out more details.
WILL GREEDFALL SAVE THE FACE OF SWASHBUCKLING GAMES?
Greedfall is a historical/fantasy RPG, set in the 17th century that mixes history & fantasy. The game is being made by the same folks that brought us the mediocre Technomancer so we are keeping our expectations in check. We’ll found out soon enough if the game is any good as the game releases in just a few short months. Be sure to check out our original coverage to find out more details on when and how you’ll be embarking on this fantasy pirate adventure.
THE SINKING CITY DISAPPOINTS
We are always extremely hopeful when a game based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft gets announced. The rich lore and sheer potential of the world and the mythos build in those books has plenty of material ripe for video game exploration. The Sinking City is the latest in line of Lovecraft-based games and it finally seemed like we would get a good one. Unfortunately, it was yet another mediocre attempt for all the wrong reasons. The game stayed true to the mythos and the amazing atmosphere but faltered in the technical department. Be sure to check our full review so you get all the nitty-gritty details.