It's almost time! That's right, we're about 24 hours away from the full Nintendo Switch Reveal. That time when we'll should be getting a solid release date, price, and closer look at the system's capabilities. Plus, our first look at the Nintendo Switch library of games. Will we be getting a new Mario game? Will Zelda be finished in time for launch? Will, and this has been on the back of our minds for the best part of a decade now, we see a new Metroid Prime? Who knows, but you'd best chalk up the following times in your daily planner.
Scalebound, the game from Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry, Okami and Bayonetta director Hideki Kamiya, has been cancelled. After being in development for over three years, developer Platinum Games and Microsoft have decided to part ways on the project -- which was rumoured to be in a bit of trouble after its planned 2016 release window was pushed back to 2017.
When the still very hard to find NES Classic Mini was first announced many of us who grew up in a time when 8-bit graphics were on the cutting edge were left with a long list of games that we would have liked to see on the portable device. Shipping with 30 classic titles though, the NES Classic Mini was still more than desirable. But with no official way to increase its library that simply opened the door to the eventual hack. Which, now exists.
As per the description, Conan Exiles is a "sprawling open-world survival sandbox". One that's all set to go into Early Access at the end of this month. And if you were a fan of the settlement stuff from Fallout 4 (like a certain nut at AusGamers) then the latest trailer for the game is certifiably dangerous. In that it looks amazing. The freedom to build structures and buildings in your own corner of the world, via an easy to use interface, is certainly impressive.
Including the little tidbit of info that EA or Origin Access members will get to play the game early, prior to the March 23 Australian release date. Also, there won't be a Season Pass for Mass Effect Andromeda. Which probably means that digital stores won't have a Digital Deluxe Special Platinum versions for sale for $188.43. At least we hope so. In terms of the game itself, unlike previous entries players won't be locked into specific classes and sets of abilities.
In where a cat gets fixated with the laser end of a scoped sniper rifle. Adorable. And deadly. Available March 7, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC, Ubisoft's Ghost Recon Wildlands is an impressive looking tactical squad-based shooter, one that had it's release pushed back to this year for that extra dose of polish. Or, to give the marketing team enough time to come up with this trailer.
Which brings the month-long The Darkening of Tristram event to the game, represented by a mysterious portal that transports players to a re-imagining of the original Diablo from 1996 -- presented in Glorious RetroVision. We had a chance to make our way through all 15 levels of the retro dungeon last night and it's definitely worth your time. Doubly so (or, triply) if you're a fan of Diablo III. And thanks to the original music and sound effects from the '90s original, it's a fun trip down memory lane.
Well, more like an update that will make Roadhog's hook obey a few more of the Laws of Nature. And not, you know, go through walls and re-position snagged enemies using the more questionable Laws of Wizardry and Magic. Which are fine law and all, but not the sort of stuff you'd want to see in Overwatch. The changes are long overdue and should be made available in the next update. As for new stuff in the realm of Overwatch, with the Christmas-themed holiday event now over, the new Middle Eastern Oasis map has finally been released.
Well, it was only a matter of time before we got a SMITE collectible card game -- or, CCG. And now with the announcement of SMITE Rivals at Hi-Rez Expo, it looks like we'll be getting just that. But, with an interesting twist and presentation that looks to capitalise on the three-lane mechanics of the popular free-to-play third-person MOBA.
With that date being March 23 in Europe and Australia and March 21 in North America. Which means we're just over two months away from one of the most anticipated releases of 2017. As the fourth game in the Mass Effect franchise, and the first to not be a direct continuation of a preceding title, Mass Effect Andromeda has been in development for several years now. And even so, we've really haven't gotten a proper look at the game. Speaking of which, a new trailer debuted at CES 2017.