Wow it’s been a week. And next week is going to be bigger!
End of financial year is a hard time work wise on a lot of people, including myself. Last thing I remember it was Tuesday and I was trying to get out early, then finish at a reasonable time, then working until way too late at home.
Now it’s Friday morning, I am semi-recharged after a night of finishing Good Omens and rest, and I am looking at all the announcements over the week I need to actually look up.
So today is a very quick ‘Wow’ wrap up of what I have been looking at and what I want to look into over the next week or so!
Pokemon Sword and Shield
Looking at the first ‘real’ Pokemon game for the Switch, the Pokemon Direct a couple of days ago certainly revealed a lot of exciting looking info. Not the least being the release date – November 15th!
Dynamax looks like a great mechanic, and when I first saw the affected Gyrados I immediately thought “Pokemon Kaiju!!”
Catch the entire 15 minute direct here (don’t forget to click the ‘YouTube’ link if you want to go to the main YouTube page!)
So I still have a lot to take in with the Stadia stream, as I haven’t got a chance to look at a whole bunch of it in detail yet, but there is a lot of promise.
Nothing for Australia yet, but I am really happy to see Australia (and Brisbane!) on the server map – not something I was expecting!
The pricing also has me very happy. Yes, it’s more expensive than Game Pass, but you need almost no new hardware to play with it! Games wise, there isn’t anything exclusive yet that has me drooling, but there are 2 new reveals that have caught my interest…
So Bungie is free of the Activision publisher agreement, and we are starting to see some big changes coming.
Firstly, as they are no longer involved with Activision Blizzards, Destiny 2 on PC is moving from Battle.net to Steam. I would put a joke about the Epic Store coming in and stealing it as an exclusive, but that’s another thing entirely.
It’s also coming to Google Stadia. Going for the Fortnite play anywhere approach Bungie?
Secondly, the next expansion ‘ShadowKeep’ is completely standalone – no previous purchases required to play! This certainly makes the price of entry a lot easier on new players. Shadowkeep is dropping September 17th.
And finally, the most interesting news to me overall – there is going to be a free version of Destiny 2. Called New Light, at the moment it looks like it will be a free version of the base game and all Year 1 DLC and items associated with it.
As a try-before-you-buy tactic, this is definitely a much better idea in my opinion than the free base game that came out last year. Yes, it gave you a small idea of Destiny, but for a game that is designed to evolve over time it was the worst version of Destiny 2. Not sure when this is coming out, but I think it’s a great idea overall.
Baldurs Gate 3
As a long-time computer RPG player, the Baldur’s Gate series has a special place in my heart.
The new Enhanced Editions are fine to play, but they do show how far the technology has really come over the years.
That said, they also prove the old adage “Good gameplay trumps good graphics 9 times out of 10!”
So during the Stadia presentation, one of the game revealed was indeed Baldur’s Gate 3. It is being developed by Larian Studios, the same people behind the Divinty: Original Sin series.
Short version – yay it’s coming to PC and Stadia! And the reveal intro looks AMAZING.
I will just let it speak for itself.
E3 2019 Starts Monday (Australian Time, anyway)
That’s right – one of the biggest events for video games is starting – and already has in a lot of ways!
But the ‘formal’ show starts Monday 6am for East Coast Australians, so there will be another week of spotty ‘Oooh!’ and ‘Aaaah!’ reports coming 🙂
Times for the shows in Australian Eastern Standard Time are below:
|Monday, June 10|
|Devolver Digital||12:00 PM|
|Tuesday, June 11|
|Square Enix||11:00 AM|
|Wednesday, June 12|
There are a lot of side events and simultaneous happenings as well, but these are the main reveals. I wonder how much more is happening inside E3?
Until next time,