The week that was in gaming news (JAN 20)

The week that was in gaming news (JAN 20)

Hang on- Apple did what?
Can we just have holidays forever?

I’ve been struck by many gaming news stories this past week and darn it!  There was just no time to cover them all.  Here’s some of the highlights:

Cyberpunk 2077: Those hoping to play Cyberpunk 2077 before the end of the year have been sorely disappointed by a recent job listing.

CD Projekt Red, the makers of Witcher 3, announced they were looking for vehicle artists to work on Cyberpunk 2077.  While, its not uncommon for these kinds of positions to become available in the second half of development, it’s a sure sign to fans that we won’t get to bring Cyberpunk 2077 home this year.

On the plus side, a lot of development must have already been completed for the team to be thinking about vehicle art.  Hopefully CD Projekt Red confirm very soon that they are aiming for a 2019 release date.  Knowing how that company loves to gamble on going bigger and better with every game they make…  Any talk of a release date will be reassuring news to the more nervous fans that are scared that the game will never come out.


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Metal Gear Survive Beta went live on PS4 and Xbox One.
Metal Gear Survive is an over-the-shoulder action survival game being developed by Konami.
It requires players to always be online even in single player so they have immediate access to multiplayer.  It has no loot boxes, but players are concerned about how the micro purchases will work.  For instance, you can buy perks that only work for a single wave before you need to buy more.  Kinda weird that the older gamers tend to want to know about the business model before learning about the gameplay, but I guess we’ve learnt to be suspicious before giving our time to a multiplayer game.
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The beta for SWITCHBLADE, a MOBA-inspired car combat game starts on January 22nd, with options for PC and PS4.  Its a free-to-play 5v5 game of the take down the towers and destroy the core style.
Apparently players will be able to seamlessly switch between vehicles at any time, so the potential for fun is there.  Worth a look!

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The Xbox One Backwards Compatibility team are back from their holidays, and announced that Far Cry 2, Driver: San Francisco, and Sniper Elite V2 can now all be played on xbox one if you own the old disc.  The backwards compatibility feature is definitely a great one and I can’t wait to see what they get working next!

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TWO POINTS HOSPITAL ANNOUNCED

The creators of Theme Hospital are now working with Sega on a successor called Two Points Hospital.

Mark Webley and Gary Carr worked on the original game.  They’ve got a decent amount of experience, having also worked on Black and White and Fable, and they seem genuinely excited about their new game.  “Humour, charm and replayability,” are a big part of what they want to bring back to the genre.
I really want Two Points Hospital to be good.

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Finally, Apple announced that in an upcoming update you will be able to choose whether or not your iPhone slows down as your phone battery health deteriorates.  There’s an impressive amount of engineering to getting this feature to work well, but the question is, why did they slow down the phones without giving users the option in the first place?