This week in games: Obsidian teases a game reveal, the FTC pledges to look into loot boxes

We’re in slightly of a lull right here. Subsequent week is the Sport Awards, a.okay.a. that one random level within the wintry weather the place we get a number of recreation bulletins—and Geoff Keighley offers out a couple of awards too, if we’re fortunate. This week’s all lead-up to that slew of trailers, principally.

However fortuitously we had been off closing week for Thanksgiving, so we’ve were given two slender weeks of stories to recap. Seems two dull weeks is nearly identical to at least one excellent week, so let’s dig into the FTC’s loot field investigation, Obsidian’s new recreation tease, Dragon Age…one thing, Lifestyles is Bizarre 2 and Pathologic 2 and the way forward for episodic video games, and extra.

That is gaming information for November 26(ish) to 30.

Anthem alpha and Dragon Age

BioWare’s were given a double dose of stories this week. First up, Anthem—the sport we do learn about. It’s set to unlock in February, not up to 3 months from now if you’ll be able to imagine it. No wonder then that EA’s operating a closed alpha December eight and nine. When you join earlier than December three you’ll have an opportunity to take part, regardless that it’s possible you’ll wish to glance over the foundations first.

Then there’s the extra thrilling information, which is a possible Dragon Age divulge set for December—possibly on the Sport Awards, regardless that Casey Hudson’s weblog put up doesn’t say evidently. Stay an eye fixed out for extra quickly.


Only a few weeks in the past Microsoft introduced it received Obsidian, which referred to as into query the state of Obsidian’s present tasks. We gained’t have to attend lengthy for extra information it sounds as if, as Obsidian’s these days teasing a statement for subsequent week’s Sport Awards, possibly the venture it’s been running on with Take Two. When you head to Obsidian’s website online at this time you’ll see some peculiar commercials that glance vaguely Fallout-esque. May just it’s a non secular successor to Fallout: New Vegas? And even a non secular successor to the previous isometric Fallouts?

Can’t wait to determine.

Obsidian game tease IDG / Hayden Dingman

Weight and notice

Talking of Fallout, Bethesda introduced its first adjustments to Fallout 76 this week. A few of these have been mentioned earlier than, however we’ve a timeline and a couple of extra main points. Through December four the stash prohibit will build up to 600 kilos, which Bethesda admits is “quite conservative,” but it surely needs to look how the rise impacts server load. Then through December 11 the PC model will obtain push-to-talk and ultrawide features, in addition to an FOV slider. There’s extra to look within the authentic weblog put up, however those are the highlights. None of it actually addresses Fallout 76’s elementary problems, however no less than the ones taking part in it for what it’s may have a fairly smoother enjoy.

Begun, the Clone Wars have

Any person nonetheless enjoying Star Wars Battlefront II? Anyone? I’ll admit, it’s been almost a year since I properly checked in on the game. First impressions count, and Battlefront II made a very bad one. But for those who stuck it out, DICE is finally getting around to releasing one of the most iconic conflicts from the original Battlefront II, the Battle of Geonosis. Ewan McGregor is along for the ride too, and those cool six-legged robot-tanks.


The wait is strange, too

Are episodic games over? Telltale shut down, Hitman 2 went back to a full-fledged retail release. It seems like the era has passed us by.

Not helping matters is Life is Strange 2, the first episode of which released in September. History tells us another episode should be releasing around now, but instead Dontnod said this week to expect a January 2019 release—four months after Episode 1. I want them to get it right, of course, but I also don’t want any game to take almost two years from beginning to end. Hell, I barely remember the finer details of Episode 1 already as it is.

Maybe it’s time to retire episodic releases for good.

Pathologic 2.1

…Or maybe not. Ice Pick Lodge announced this week that Pathologic 2, the long-awaited remake/reboot/sequel to cult classic Pathologic, will be released episodically starting in 2019. Like its predecessor, Pathologic 2 is a story told through the viewpoints of three different characters and will be released in corresponding chunks—first the Haruspex’s tale, then sometime later the Bachelor and the Changeling’s stories. Can’t wait? Well, you could always play Pathologic Classic HD instead.



The Yakuza games, long a PlayStation exclusive, started trickling onto PC this past summer with the release of Yakuza 0. It’s been silent since then though, which makes even a hint of news worth mentioning. One Andrew Marmo noticed an inventory on SteamDB for Yakuza Kiwami this week, indicating the discharge isn’t too a ways off. With a bit of luck after its authentic arrival we get some information about the remainder of the collection too. (By the use of PC Gamer)


Mutant Yr 0: Highway to Eden is likely one of the few releases left in 2018 that I’m nonetheless expecting, mixing XCOM with a simply undeniable bizarre post-apocalyptic atmosphere. Up till now we’ve noticed numerous Dux and Bormin, a mutant duck-man and pig-man, respectively. Now, simply in time for release, we’re getting a glimpse of Farrow the mutant fox-lady. Adore it.


NieRly Sport of the Yr

Nier: Automata made its method onto our Sport of the Yr checklist closing 12 months, regardless of the PC model being lovely rattling busted. And it’s nonetheless busted, virtually two years later—which makes it slightly abnormal to listen to Platinum’s reportedly prepping NieR: Automata – Sport of the YoRHa Version for PC. Will that model run? And extra importantly, will the unique model in any case be patched? We’ll to find out quickly, I suppose.

Lootbox Revival

We’ll finish on some nice information this week: The FTC goes to research loot bins. I don’t know why it took goodbye, nor what the impetus is to investigating them now, virtually a 12 months after the worst controversies have handed and without a drawing close controversy at the horizon. Nevertheless it’s taking place. Selection picked up the tale Tuesday, as Senator Maggie Hassan as soon as once more broached the problem and FTC chairman Joseph Simons pledged to appear into it. You’ll watch the change underneath. There’s no indication how a ways it’ll move, however with a bit of luck the ESA’s spooked.


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