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.
Bioware hasn’t given up on Anthem yet
We can all agree that Anthem was quite underwhelming when it originally released almost a year ago. While the game received numerous fixes and some additional content in that time, it’s still a bit of a half-baked mess. Still, the game kept on limping and Bioware has been completely silent – until yesterday, that is. They published a short and apologetic post on their official blog where they confirmed the report that they’ve been working on a total overhaul of the game. Anthem will get a repeat of all the content from previous seasons until the team works to make the core gameplay loop a better experience. Hopefully, they get it right the second time around.
Xbox doesn’t consider Sony and Nintendo as main competitors
When it comes to console gaming in the last two decades three big names come to mind – Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. But this wasn’t going to last forever. Since video games have become a business that far surpasses many other entertainment mediums, it’s only natural that other companies would want to get in on the action. Giants like Google and Amazon have recently made a significant push into the market which promises to change the status quo in as of yet unknown directions. While Sony and Nintendo are content in going about their merry way, Xbox is making a push toward some technologies that will make the aforementioned tech giants their main competitors. The head of Xbox, Phil Spencer stated that they don’t want to be in a format war with Sony and Nintendo while the big fishes are working on a global scale, looking to bring gaming to 7 billion people. For details on this topic and more on what Phil Spencer had to say, check out our original coverage.
Coronavirus has spread to videogames too
The outbreak of the coronavirus is taking its toll on the gaming industry and is messing with game releases, gaming events, competitions. The latest victim of the outbreak is the critically acclaimed RPG Outer Worlds which was supposed to release on the Nintendo Switch this March. But, to the disappointment of many eager gamers, the release has been put on indefinite hold due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The announcement came through publisher Private Division’s Twitter in which they said the virus has affected the team responsible for the port and that they’ll announce the new release date as soon as the situation clears up. We wish them good health as their hard work on the game.
GeForce Now comes out of beta and shames Google Stadia
GeForce Now game streaming service is out of its years-long beta. While it still has a lot of work to do regarding user-friendliness, the service has already far surpassed Google Stadia when it comes to how it works. GeForce Now comes in two flavors – a free version that limits playtime and resolution, and a cheap 5,50 USD Founders package which allows longer playtimes, RTX functionality in games and more. The best thing about it is that it integrates with other gaming ecosystems like Steam, Battle.net, Epic Games Store and GOG and allows you to play a library of games you already own. Since it’s a streaming service, you are still limited by the speed and stability of your internet connection with Nvidia claiming that the service requires at least 50mbs for a carefree experience at max graphical settings.
To no one’s surprise, a new Call of Duty is coming out in 2020.
A new Call of Duty game is coming this year because the universe needs to keep spinning and Activision needs that sweet cash. Rumors say that Treyarch is working on this year’s installment meaning we could be in for another Black Ops sequel. I wonder if they’ll give it a regular roman numeral or if they’re going to call it Black Ops IIIII. It’s hype season so we probably won’t have to wait long to hear an official announcement.
Netflix accidentally leaks plot description for a Resident Evil series
It’s difficult to say if it really was accidental, but we know the plot outline of the upcoming Netflix Resident Evil series. According to the deleted Tweet, the series will be set 26 years after the outbreak of the T-virus and will take place in a city called Clearfield, MD. The city is apparently a hotspot of some sort since the Umbrella corporation and Washington DC have taken interest in it. Plus, the city is the home of a mysterious Greenwood Asylum which just screams “a zombie ground zero” type of vibe. The fans are cautiously optimistic as they’ve been plagued the sub-par Milla Jovovich movies for many years now.