Once again we climb the news mountain to see the dizzying heights that developers and publishers have achieved. We could have saved ourselves a long hike.
You Used Rest – It’s Super Effective!
Some interesting Pokémon news this week, as during the Pokémon Company 2019 Press Conference it was announced that several new titles are coming in the next year.
Firstly, the big news – a new game called Pokémon Sleep which aims to link gameplay to your sleep patterns. Precisely how this will work is yet to be announced, but they intend to bring out a new companion device – the Pokémon Go Plus Plus – which will track your sleep to feed into this new title while still providing the usual integration with Pokémon Go during waking hours. Is that really the best name they could come up with for it? Anyway, Pokémon Sleep is due to launch in 2020, once the developers have had a quick nap. The news appears to have been well received, partly because gamers are well aware that the Pokémon company has a knack for turning unusual concepts into globe-spanning behemoths, and secondly because this resonates well with their core audience. A game where I just have to curl up in bed and I win? Count me in!
Next up comes the newly-announced Pokémon Home service, which sounds like the spiritual successor to the Pokémon Bank. It’s a sort of hub that allows for messaging between players and trading Pokémon between games – apparently including the DS titles (via the Pokemon Bank?), right up to PoGo and the new Switch incarnations. The service is due to launch in 2020 with iOS, Android and Switch versions in development.
Finally there’s another new mobile game – Pokémon Masters – which is hitting app stores later this year. It looks like a 3v3 battle game with some of the series’ big name trainers ready to fight you for glory. The game is expected to release on Android and iOS devices and we’re due to learn more about this game in June, along with news of the upcoming Sword and Shield.
Read the full press release on their website.
Which of the new Pokemon announcements do you like best?
Hideo Kojima’s mysterious new action game just got demystified… slightly. Death Stranding now has a firm release date of November 8th 2019 and a new trailer as well.
Kojima also tweeted out a slightly cryptic promotional message, saying that the game is “…a completely new type of action game” and in playing the game you will “…create new bonds or ‘Strands’ with other players around the globe”.
While the early trailers just confused and/or terrified me, the new video (while still slightly creepy) does show some gameplay, including the gorgeous environments and interesting traversal mechanics (ladders FTW!) that you can utilise in your journey across this desolate landscape. The trailer certainly caught my attention, showing off some of the fantastic motion capture and acting talent which will provide the 70% minimum cutscene requirement for a Kojima title. At the same time, the game horrifies me with the weird babies and creepy monsters so I remain unconvinced that I’ll be getting this when it arrives at the end of the year.
What do you think of the new trailer for Death Stranding?
Walk like a Golem
A bunch of cute monsters which you can find and battle in the real world!?! That sounds awfully familiar… Well this time it’s not Pokés that you’ll be seeking, it’s slimes and drakees! The Dragon Quest franchise is trying it’s hand at the augmented reality genre with Dragon Quest Walk, a new game which is coming to Japan in 2019 and will probably reach Western audiences in about a decade(!)
The gameplay and screenshots leaked so far shows the usual walking and interacting with local monsters but also some turn-based battling thrown into the mix. While it’s staying true to the main series’ action, I have doubts about how that would work in practice. The simplicity of the gameplay in location-based games is crucial and you’ll need to be able to keep playing while keeping an eye out for dogshit traps on the floor and lampposts jumping out at you.
Does a new spin on the Dragon Quest series interest you?
Now we take a look at all the latest stuff hitting both physical and digital shelves this week, primed and ready to fill both your physical and digital shelves. Please note that digital bookends must be fully charged before use.
|Knighty Night||PC||Mutant Entertainment Studios||3/6/2019|
|Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa||NS/PC/PS4||PQube||4/6/2019|
|Red Siren: Space Defense||NS||isTom Games||4/6/2019|
|Shattered: Tale of the Forgotten King||Mac/PC/PS4/XO||Redlock Studio||4/6/2019|
|The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II||PS4||XSEED Games||4/6/2019|
|Trover Saves the Universe||PC||Squanch Games||4/6/2019|
|Super Blood Hockey||PS4||Digerati Distribution||5/6/2019|
|Swords & Souls: Neverseen||PC||Armor Games||5/6/2019|
|Legend of the Tetrarchs||NS||Kemco||6/6/2019|
|Road to Guangdong||PC||Excalibur||6/6/2019|
|She and the Light Bearer||NS||Toge Productions||6/6/2019|
|Octopath Traveler||PC||Square Enix||7/6/2019|
|Omensight: Definitive Edition||XO||Spearhead Games||7/6/2019|
|Super Blood Hockey||XO||Digerati Distribution||7/6/2019|
Rounding off this edition comes a quick glance at everything else that happened on every topic in every detail. As it turns out, there wasn’t that much going on this week.
- Nintendo really knows what players want… to matchmake exclusively with randomers
- Apparently Destiny 2 is still going… who knew!?!
- Cuphead is going to be playable on a fucking car before you’ll get it on Playstation
- Can’t wait for the Sonic movie to be corrected? Don’t worry, this guy has you covered
- Who you gonna re-call?
- Hope you didn’t want to play any more Minecraft: Story Mode
- That Witcher – Euro Truck Simulator crossover that you’ve all been dreaming about
- New Super Mario Odyssey patch makes the visuals spectacular
- Apparently more 3 months is needed to fix those crappy facial animations and show us some goddamn gameplay footage
Check our retro gaming YouTuber confidence panel, yes it IS a heady mix, at MCM Comic Con London, featuring Kim Justice, DJ Slope, and Octav1us.