PlayStation


  • Zone of the Enders 2 is getting remastered for PS4 with PSVR support.

  • If you missed out, you can now get The Binding of Issac: Afterbirth+ on PS4.

  • According to Tristan, the (or one of the) best Final Fantasy games is making it’s way to PS4. It was announced at Gamescom that FF IX would be seeing a release on PS4.

Nintendo


  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the top selling third party game on Nintendo Switch to date. The title has outsold both 1-2 Switch and Arms (which doesn’t surprise me). In a sign of Nintendo’s confidence in the game, the company has picked up the launch for publishing itself in Japan and South Korea.

  • SEGA doesn’t mind when fans create games based off their IP, as long as they don’t profit from it. Nintendo does. Very much so. That’s why we weren’t surprised when we heard the big N decided to put the kabash on the Super Mario 64 Online project.

  • Everyone here at Pixelrater is blown away that both DOOM and the upcoming Wolfenstein are making their way to Switch. Those are two incredibly demanding games! It turns out Square Enix is in talks with both Nintendo and Epic to see if it’s feasible to port Final Fantasy XV to Nintendo’s hybrid system. Time will tell.

  • After some time, the local multiplayer update for Cave Story + on Switch is now available after installing the latest patch.

  • You can now enable two-factor authenitcation on your Nintendo Account. Just log in to set it up.

Xbox


  • Microsoft just made a major addition to the Xbox One’s backward compatibility library: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4 are now supported in the program, the company announced today. This means all four proper Halo titles are now playable on Microsoft’s current gen console.

  • Yesterday, Overwatch’s team released the new map, Junkertown, and a few character tweaks in a moderately-sized update. But tucked away in the patch notes was a new tool in Blizzard’s fight against toxicity in the game: Xbox Live users that earn enough scorn for the “Avoid Me” reputation are banned from in-game voice chat.

  • It’s no secret that I’m not a huge Xbox fan this generation. Last gen though, Microsoft dominated for a long time with the 360, but the company had many stumbling blocks with the One. Even still, I have to give credit where credit is due, and Xbox head Phil Spencer seems like a stand up dude and has really done a lot to turn Xbox One’s image around over the past couple years. Microsoft took notice and promoted Spencer to the executive team with the title ‘Executive Vice President of Gaming’. That’s a pretty cool title right there.

  • The original Xbox’s much loathed fat controller, The Duke, is making a comeback thanks to Xbox designer Seamus Blackley and a partnership with Hyperkin. The controller has been approved by Xbox and is said to feature improvements while retaining the feel of the original. The Xbox logo in the center is actually a screen with a nifty little animation.

Industry News


  • You can grab The Witness on iOS for a mere $10, but is it worth it? Our very own Daney seems to think so as evidenced by her review .

  • Gearbox Software’s Battleborn shifts into the twilight years of its lifespan, as the developer announced today that there is no planned content after the upcoming fall update. Creative director Randy Varnell wrote in a letter today that many folks, himself included, are moving on to a “highly anticipated” unannounced project at Gearbox. Meanwhile, the last round of skins (including several Borderlands themed outfits) and balance patch changes will roll out for Battleborn.

  • If you have SteamWorld Dig 2, you may want to 100% the game, as Image & Form’s CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson had the following to say:

    ”One of the things we promised ourselves when we set out to make SWD2 was to include a big reward at the very end of the game. A chunk of bonus gameplay that justified getting to the core of what SWD2 is all about: exploration.”

  • Minecraft’s massive new Better Together update which aims to have feature parity and cross play between all platforms including mobile (and excluding the just released Minecraft for new 3DS) dropper this week. Well, unless you’re playing it on Switch like I am. Mojang and Microsoft said the update is coming this Winter and that nothing like this has been done on consoles before. Remember kids, this also doesn’t include any PlayStation platform because, Sony.

  • In another bit of Minecraft news, developer Aubrey Norris confirmed on Twitter that the Halo Mash Up-Pack with sky he will be available on all platforms with the Better Together update , including Switch. Just don’t expect that same kind of coolness from the house of Mario.

  • For a brief few hours, players of Fortnite on Xbox were able to play online with players on PlayStation, that is, until Sony shut it down. Developer Epic Games cited a “configuration error”, but it just goes to show that cross-platform play doesn’t seem to be all that difficult to enable.

  • Overwatch’s latest update is now live on PS4, Xbox One, and PC—and it’s a big one. It contains a new map and major changes to characters such as Mercy and D.Va.

  • NBA 2K18 has been a bit of a mess, especially on Switch. Not only are save files an absurd 5GB (yes, you read that right!) but they’re also becoming corrupt as well. We’re talking about a save file that takes up almost as much space on your Switch’s internal memory as the entirety of Super Mario Odyssey!!!

  • Independent games publisher Versus Evil today announced its partnership with Obsidian Entertainment to publish Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. The sequel to the critically acclaimed, award-winning RPG Pillars of Eternity, will launch on Windows, macOS and Linux in early 2018.

  • The publisher behind PUBG, Bluehole (what a horrific name), isn’t happy with Epic’s newly battle royale mode to Fortnite and are looking into taking ‘further action’. Bluehole’s VP Chang Han Kim is quoted as saying:

    “After listening to the growing feedback from our community and reviewing the gameplay for ourselves, we are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known. We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press. This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right…”.

Good luck trying to take legal action because you can’t sue for a game entering your genre! I mean, look at DOOM.


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