The announcement was made in a larger than life Nintendo ad for the new device which included friends meeting up at the park with various types of switches, a Fire Emblem Three Houses cameo and even astronauts playing Switch Lite in space. A more up close and personal feel with Nintendo Switch games using a dedicated handheld to play which is smaller and more easily portable. The full size of the Nintendo Switch Lite is more akin to handhelds and the up, down, left, and right buttons of the original Switch are replaced by a directional pad for the Switch Lite.
Classic Mortal Kombat characters Nightwolf, Shang Tsung, and Sindel have been revealed for the MK11 Kombat Pack. This DLC pack has been in the making for quite a while and brings beloved characters back to the tournament.
Shang Tsung is a shapeshifter who could become any fighter at will in older MK titles, we look forward to seeing the 2019 spin on that concept and hope its scope is large. So far, we know from the trailer that Shang Tsung has special moves of other MK ninjas including Smoke, Reptile, Rain, and more, and can even turn into the character he is fighting.
Bethesda has released repair kits and improved repair kits for semi-persistent online game Fallout 76 which restore the condition of weapons and armor to 100 and 150 percent durable for in-game currency called Atoms which can be purchased or earned in-game for free. Pete Hines has described the practice as essentially no big deal, claiming it’s not pay to win by some technicality we have yet to be explained, and pointing at “loot crates” as the real enemy. However, fans of Fallout 76 find the addition of this item has affected the balance of the game’s PvP elements and gameplay integrity overall.
Call of Duty battle royale became a reality upon the release of Black Ops 4 on October 12, 2018. Ever since, Treyarch’s take on the “100 enter, one leaves” sub-genre has risen to a high status of popularity with many gamers and critics alike praising it as one of the best battle royale experiences available. Arguably un-seating the first mega-hit in the battle royale sub-genre, PUBG, Blackout seems to have taken a strong second place position underneath Fortnite depending on who you talk to. Since Black Ops 4 didn’t release with a story mode campaign though, there is a certain crowd of people who may have skipped the game. Now, starting January 17, 2019, Treyarch will offer a free trial period for Blackout which gives potential players a chance to see what they’ve been missing.
A lot of people are not liking 76, and despite our Fallout 76 Review, countless controversies surrounding business practices that we are not fans of and are impossible to defend have emerged. Perhaps most tragic, BattleCry studios being renamed to Bethesda Game Studios (Austin) means that the actions of a “B-Team” are directly affecting gamers’ perception of the core studio who have been busy working on their next big single player RPG; Starfield. This is of course, Bethesda’s own fault for being misleading about who made 76 before and during its many marketing blunders and anti-consumer decisions.
The result is that Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI will be immensely crucial in Bethesda’s long road ahead of earning back gamers’ trust and will now likely face enormous pressure paired with already high expectations being set by their fantastical marketing campaigns. However, part of The Elder Scrolls VI’s pre-development phase has already drawn its first controversy before the nearly completed Starfield has even been given the chance to see light of day. Well respected composer Jeremy Soule (credited for Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim soundtracks) has confirmed earlier this week that he has not been asked to return for development of music for The Elder Scrolls VI soundtrack.
Phil Spencer has been quoted as saying that “for a long time, Xbox was like the Garage of Microsoft”. His aim to re-invent the Xbox brand has begun to take shape behind-the-scenes, but will only truly be felt during the next-generation of consoles games. It takes time to make changes at major companies, Spencer inherited a mess from Don Mattrick whose infamous DRM scandal can be largely blamed for the deficit between PS4 and Xbox One this generation. Earning back the reputation of Xbox with gamers will take time. It also takes a long time for game studios to produce new games, and that’s a big part of what Phil Spencer has been initiating, exclusives for Xbox.
The well known Microsoft-owned creative sandbox franchise Minecraft will be expanding into the hack and slash RPG genre next year with Minecraft: Dungeons when it releases for PC. Landscapes include mines, swamps, canyons, and there’s a main villain being touted called Arch-Illager who you must save innocent villagers from on your journey.
Mojang will develop the title for the publishing arm of Microsoft Studios. Mojang has been producing the Minecraft titles since its inventor Notch handed the game off and had a hand in the development of Minecraft: Story Mode by Telltale Games. They’ve also created a number of other titles including Caller’s Bane, a mobile-focused digital card game in 2014 and Cobalt, a 2016 action side scrolling title made for the PC and Xbox platforms.
A miniature PlayStation console will release this December from Sony with a number of high profile classic titles built-in to the system. During Tokyo Game Show the unit was given a surprise reveal which also held proof of some impressive licensing deals accomplished by Sony to include iconic third party PlayStation titles such as Final Fantasy VII. This unit has HDMI output and uses an included USB-C cable for power but you will need an AC to USB power adapter (any smartphone adapter should work, even if it isn’t specifically made for USB-C).
[Update: Release date announced at The Game Awards 2018. Mortal Kombat 11 will release April 23, 2019 with a community reveal January 17, 2019.]
Editor’s Note: DJ Killzown Jones is back and provides bleeding-edge coverage of an exclusive news item confirmed straight from the source, live on camera, during his attendance at the recent Mo Game Con convention. If you’re a subscriber to his media channels you may have seen this scoop early, if not you can find more about that here. Mortal Kombat is a series that has been around since 1992 and has filled many gamers’ childhood with a bloody good time fighting in the fun-factor focused arena. The franchise has over 35 million units sold in total and Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling game in the series. Check out the latest from DJ Killzown Jones in his RGN article below.
One of the lesser known Final Fantasy titles enjoyed by GameCube owners worldwide is the Crystal Chronicles entry into the series which will now see its way onto the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch next year with updated visuals, increased frame rate performance, and even new gameplay features. A trailer was launched for the game during Tokyo Games Show 2018 showcasing the improved look and launch window of 2019.