Weekly Gaming Rundown Ep. 1

Welcome to the first ever Weekly Gaming Rundown. I am The Br0ke G4m3r, and this will be weekly article filling you in on the bigger events that have happened in the gaming industry, for all of us who are too busy to keep track of everything released over the past week.

Alan Wake remaster Arrives October 10, 2021

For all the fans of Alan Wake, and for everyone who missed the initial release of the game, a full remaster of the classic 2010 XBOX 360 exclusive was officially announced by Sam Lake, creative director of Remedy Games. Lake announced the game in an open letter on the fan site ‘The Sudden Stop’ a community website that is dedicated to not only Alan Wake, but to all games in the Remedy catalog. Lake stated that this game was for the devoted fans of Alan Wake, who had never stopped supporting the game or it’s expansions, including The Signal and The Writer, throughout the years. Time will tell if a sequel is in the works for fan favorite Alan Wake, although their most recent game, Control, does take place in the Wake universe. Alan Wake Remastered, published by Epic Games, releases on October 5, 2021 for PS4/PS5, The XBOX Ecosystem (One, S&X), as well as on PC in the Epic Game.

Video via Epic Games

Sony Acquires Firesprite

            Firesprite, an independent game studio from Liverpool, has recently been acquired by Sony Interactive Studios. Firesprite is known from their work on The Playroom, The Playroom VR and Run, Sackboy, Run, as well as working on extended content for the game Star Citizen. This adds to Sony’s impressive year of acquisitions that started with Insomniac last fall and includes House Marquee and CrunchyRoll.

Death Stranding receives final trailer for Directors Cut

            Kojima productions and Sony Interactive Entertainment have revealed the final trailer for Death Stranding Directors Cut. The game has been remastered for the PS5 with advanced combat, an online competitive ranking system, and an extended storyline, which allows players to explore new locations, as well as take advantage of extra missions and mini games. Two picture modes are available for the game: Performance mode, which is upscaled 4K and up to 60 frames per second, or Fidelity Mode which is Native 4k. Both Modes will have Ultra-wide and HDR support. Expect it to drop on September 24, 2021 on the PlayStation 5.

Video via Kojima Productions

Sony PlayStation Showcase

The much-anticipated and long awaited PlayStation Showcase was Thursday, Sept 9. A few highlights from the show:

  • Knights of the Old Republic remake by Aspyr studios in conjunction with SIE and Lucasfilm was revealed in a teaser trailer, and later confirmed to be a timed release for the PS5.
  • Project EVE – A post Apocolyptic Action Adventure RPG – Think Vanquish meets Bayonetta meets Parasite Eve and Nier: automata, released a new trailer from newer Korean Development studio SHIFT UP.
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderland – A First person fantasy shooter, like Borderlands meets Dungeon and Dragons
  • Spider Man 2 showed Miles Morales and Peter Parker going toe to toe vs Venom, coming in 2023
  • A Wolverine Game was announced by the makers of Spider Man, Insomniac Games
  • God of War: Ragnarok release and official name announcement, along with the introduction of some new characters that will be added to the fray as Kratos and Atreus rush toward Ragnarok.
  • Gran Turismo 7 had a new trailer, with some post show that went over how haptic feedback will enhance the feel of the game. GT7 is coming March 2022
  • Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy are getting next gen upgrades, and will be bundled as Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection to be released on the PS5 and PC sometime in 2022
  • The next gen release of Grand Theft Auto 5 was kicked back to March of 2022
  • A few quick looks at the following games: Forspoken, from Square Enix, had a brand new trailer and is arriving in Spring 2022. Ghostwire Tokyo had a new trailer, but no release date was given. Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy had a trailer featuring Cosmo (probably the only thing to be excited about in that game), and Radiohead and Epic are teaming up for a Kid A mnesia exhibit coming this November.
Video via SIE

2K releases more information on The City mode in MyCareer

            More News for NBA 2K22 and a new game mode, The City. The City starts off with you, a high school basketball player that recently moved to The City with his business partner/best friend Rickey Bennett. Both of you aim to take over the NBA and music industry, carving a path for your personal brand and your NBA future with the choices you make. Seasons has been integrated into the city, which will feature quests along with the ability to level up and will allow the player to access new rewards. Plus, all progress and XP will carry over into the following seasons. Look out for NBA 2k22, which releases today, September 10, 2022 on PC, PlayStation and XBOX.

Marvel’s Avengers releases new Roadmap

            In a State of Game update, Square Enix has outlined the road ahead for Marvel’s Avengers, showing that they have more community events along with returning events planned for the franchise. Square Enix will also be celebrating their 1 year anniversary of the release of The Avengers, as well as listing a new hero event which will be featuring Spider-man who is coming only to the PlayStation version of the game in the upcoming months.

Image via Square Enix

Halo Infinite flight gets it’s next testing date

According to a tweet from the Halo Twitter account, the next Halo Flight is scheduled to start later this month on September 24, 2021. The flight will feature updated Bot AI, more of a focus on Arena PvP, as well as an extra map in the mix. 343 and Microsoft have stated that all registered Halo Insider profiles will be eligible to participate in this upcoming flight, so get over there and fill out your profiles by the 13th of September if you’d like to take part in shaping Halo multiplayer.

Metroid Dread Overview Trailer

In a late addition this week, Nintendo dropped a new Metroid Dread Overview Trailer, showcasing some of the things players can expect from the next installment of the Samus Aran saga. Highlighted were some new moves and weapon capabilities, showing off a new slide feature as well as a counter ability, multiple enemy targeting feature, along with the classic arm canon and missile feature. Metroid dread arrives for the Switch on October 8, 2021.

Video via Nintendo

Game Releases over the Past Week:

Artful Escape: A Story Driven Platform Adventure – Xbox Ecosystem & PC

Tales of Arise: JRPG on PlayStation, Xbox & PC

Life is Strange: True Colors – a narrative adventure game on PlayStation, Xbox and Steam

NBA 2K22 – Basketball Game/Sim on All the systems

Fallout 76 Season 6 was released on all platforms

Dice Legacy – Dice based survival city builder on Steam

Wario Ware: Get it Together – collection of random micro games that now has a multiplayer mode, available on Switch

That is it for this week’s Weekly Gaming Roundup! Feel free to hit that subscribe button on the website, and wherever you get your podcasts, plus leave a review if you liked what you heard. You can follow me on Twitter or YouTube at thebr0keg4m3r, where I do a weekly stream along with posting up gameplay videos, and be sure to check back each and every Friday for a new episode to get the latest news from the gaming industry. Until next week, happy gaming!

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