#70: Artillery Barrage of re-releases coming to Switch

TODAY: Time to purge things from this Switch because they should not exist — Role queues finally coming to Overwatch — Switch Online now offers choice selection of Super Nintendo games

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Loads of exciting Switch re-releases, including Doom 64, Jedi Knight 2 and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

We’re still combing through the insane number of announcements in last night’s Nintendo Direct, and there was a ton of exciting news – so it’s kind of surprising that some of the big show’s big attention-grabbers were a bunch of re-releases. A huge number of games are getting ported to Switch, and you should definitely be excited for many of them!

Obviously, we don’t need to tell you to look forward to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, since everyone already knows about it and are basically holding their breath waiting for October 15th. So let’s look at some of the new surprise announcements instead:

  • Doom 64 – This Nintendo 64 exclusive interpretation of Doom was released 22 years ago, and it’s a totally unique and original entry in the classic series. Unlike the other console versions, it’s not a port! It’s got new and redesigned monsters and weapons, and sports an atmosphere all its own. It’s coming to Switch the same day as Doom Eternal, November 22th.
  • Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy – The two Raven-developed Jedi Knight games are some of the finest Star Wars games ever made, and certainly the best lightsaber’em-ups around – although we’re hoping Jedi Fallen Order could surpass them. Jedi Outcast is out on September 24th, while Academy will be out next year.
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore – This weird Wii U title is a crossover between the Shin Megami Tensei series (which includes Persona) and Fire Emblem, so fans of either franchise should be getting weak in the knees for this one . It’ll boast new new features, and is out on January 17th.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition – another Wii U RPG that also made an appearance on 3DS but will obviously be best on Switch. It’s out in 2020, so don’t play that sequel just yet!
  • Deadly Premonition – There’s more about this in the news bits, but the original wacky Twin Peaks-inspired detective game is out now. It’s not for everyone, but if you want quirk, this’ll quirk the F-K out of your coffee.
  • Return of the Obra Dinn – featuring weird monochrome graphics this mystery game from the creator of Papers, Please is probably the greatest detective game ever made. It’s out later this year.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Rebel Collection – Consisting of the two pirate-y adventures Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Rogue, this collection packs two of the finest pirate simulators ever made and is out on December 6th.
  • Overwatch – Do we really need to introduce Overwatch? This character-based multiplayer shooter is almost as popular as Fortnite. It’s out on October 15th.
  • Trials of Mana – Strictly speaking this is a remake – and not a re-release – of the third game in the Seiken Densetsu series, which never got released outside Japan. It will be available April 24 next year, and it looks pretty exciting – certainly better than the Secret of Mana 3D remake.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

What classic RPG franchise is Divinity creator Larian Studios working on?

  • Fallout
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Baldur’s Gate
  • Icewind Dale

The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!

News Bits

Deadly Premonition 2 announced for Switch, probably a timed exclusive

Last night’s Nintendo Direct surprised everyone by revealing that Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch in 2020. The first game is available on Nintendo eShop today.

Developer Rising Star suggests that it will only be a Switch exclusive “at launch”, which could well mean that Deadly Premonition 2 will appear on other platforms later. If you’re into weird, insane, slightly infuriating but oddly compelling adventures, that’s very good news.

Daily Fact

There’s an official Half-Life expansion you probably haven’t played

Half-Life is one of the most important and popular games ever made, and it has a rabid fan base that helped turn Steam into the Genghis Khan of PC gaming. There aren’t particularly many Half-Life games, and fans have pretty much gnawed their bones clean by now – with one exception!

You’ve probably picked up that the official Half-Life expansions Opposing Force and Blue Shift were developed by Gearbox before Borderlands made them famous – but did you know they also made a third Half-Life expansion called Decay, which was released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 in 2001?

Half-Life: Decay is unusual for several reasons: It has two female protagonists, and it’s a co-op game with heavy emphasis on puzzles. Almost sounds a bit like Portal 2’s multiplayer, right? It’s a fun little expansion, even featuring a secret level where you play as vortigaunt aliens. There is a fan-made PC port, but we’d love to see an official remaster too.

eSports Roundup

CS:GO $5M ESL Pro Tour Announced

ESL and DreamHack have just announced plans for the ESL Pro Tour, a huge circuit including twenty CS:GO tournaments that will feature a prize pool of over $5 million. The twenty events will be split into three tiers: Open, Challenger and Masters. Teams will be able to secure a spot in the Masters tiers by accumulating points from wins in the Open and Challenger tournaments.

This partnership means that ESL One, Intel; Extreme Masters; ESL Pro League; DreamHack Open and DreamHack Masters now form one big tournament ecosystem that will eventually lead to two Masters Championships in IEM Katowice and ESL One Cologne. It’ll be interesting to see how ESL and DreamHack compromise on some of the rules in their respective tournaments to ensure this all runs smoothly.

Wattson nerfs confuse casuals

The recent Apex Legends content patch brought a number of changes, including a brand new location, a limited event and a double XP weekend. One of the big surprises in this update was that new character Wattson was nerfed. The adjustments restricts the Wattson to deploying a single pylon, and she now takes 5% more damage.

A lot of casual players have expressed confusion abpit why Respawn would nerf a character who was picked so rarely. Turns out Wattson is extremely popular at the highest levels of play, and gives squads a massive boost when the game reaches the last few circles. While this doesn’t really affect casual players, we should see a significant change in tactics in high-level play when the circles begin to close in.

Role Queue in Overwatch Season 18

Blizzard introduced role queues for competitive play last month, forcing players to pick their chosen role (Tank, Damage or Support) before committing to a ranked game. This role queue feature is finally coming out of the beta phase and has now been officially added to the game at the beginning of Season 18.

Both casual and hardcore players have been excited about the role queue for a long time since it brings some much-needed consistency to team compositions. Players will no longer have to worry about imbalanced teams and constant role changing.

No CoD in 2020 for 100 Thieves

American eSports organisation 100 Thieves has announced that they will not be participating in the Call of Duty eSports scene in 2020 when it moves to a franchising model. The current system operates on a merit-based system in which teams qualify for the CWL by earning points in tournaments. The shift to a franchise model means that eSports organisations will be able to purchase permanent spots to guarantee exposure for the entirety of the event, as well as having to adhere to certain standards such as minimum salaries and benefits for players.

In ‘A Message to the Call of Duty Community’, 100 Thieves CEO Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag announced that “100 Thieves will not be a part of competitive Call of Duty next year”. “We will not be a part of the CDL, we will not a have a team competing for our brand, and – I wouldn’t say this is the end of my participation and 100 Thieves’ participation in Call of Duty – but we will not be fielding a roster.” Haag outlined how expensive the CDL is and how 100 Thieves is not equipped or prepared to make that commitment yet. Currently, just nine teams have signed up for CWL.

Daily News

SNES classics hit Switch Online

Nintendo’s Switch Online service launched a year ago, in September 2018, and since then players have been treated to an ever-growing buffet of free NES classics. Now Nintendo is expanding the menu with a healthy serving of Super Nintendo games too!

The first 20 SNES classics launched today, and includes major titles like Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, Mario Kart, Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, and Super Metroid. Here’s the full list, and you can play all these today if you have Switch Online!

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Super Metroid
  • Stunt Race FX
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Star Fox
  • F-Zero
  • Pilotwings
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Brawl Brothers
  • Breath of Fire
  • Demon’s Crest
  • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
  • Super EDF Earth Defense Force
  • Super Ghouls’n Ghosts
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2
  • Super Soccer
  • Super Tennis

Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard and Undertale’s Sans joins Smash Bros

Last night’s Nintendo Direct brought a load of exciting announcements (you’ve probably noticed that today’s issue is stacked with Nintendo news) – so much that we won’t have a chance to cover everything! But if there’s one thing we always have time for, it’s new fighter announcements for Super Smash Bros Ultimate!

There have been rumours that the next new Smash Bros character would be an SNK character – and those rumours were spot-on, because the next fighter is Terry Bogard from the Fatal Fury series. TERRY BOGARD! If you don’t know who he is, Terry’s been the face of SNK since the first Fatal Fury game was released in 1991, and he’s bringing his signature baseball cap to Smash Bros in November.

You’re gonna have a bad time

If Terry Bogard’s a big whatever to you, there’s a good chance that charming skeleton Sans from Undertale makes you more excited. He’s not a proper new fighter, but a costume for the Mii Fighter – but since the costume completely covers the Mii, it’s easy to pretend. More costumes have also been announced, including Mega Man’s Proto Man and Zero, plus Pokémon villains Team Rocket.

Eagerly anticipated new fighter Banjo-Kazooie is out today, and since Terry is arriving in November, that leaves only one fighter yet to be announced, right? Apparently not: Nintendo revealed that there are plenty more fighters coming to Super Smash Bros Ultimate, which is splendid news. But not as great news as TERRY BOGARD!

News Bits

Divinity Original Sin 2 on Switch out now, has cross-saves with PC

Larian Studios’ Divinity: Original Sin 2 is one of the best RPGs from recent years, offering an intriguing story, excellent combat and a good helping of real, role-playing freedom – and now it’s suddenly available for Switch!

Even more surprisingly, it features savegame cross-compatibility with the Steam version – so if you’ve played the PC game and would like to keep playing on the go, you can just fire up the Switch version and carry on playing! You need to buy the game for both platforms, of course.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What classic RPG franchise is Divinity creator Larian Studios working on?

Answer: Baldur’s Gate!

Baldur’s Gate is part of the Dungeons & Dungeons franchise, and one of the most legendary names in videogames. Upon release in 1998, it cemented BioWare’s reputation as a master of RPGs, and reinvigorated the Western RPG at a time when Japanese RPGs were dominant. The series has been dormant since Baldur’s Gate II in 2000 – but earlier this year, Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios announced that the studio was busy with Baldur’s Gate III.

There’s no word on when Baldur’s Gate III will be out, and no details about it beyond a creepy trailer, but it seems safe to assume it will revolve around Mind Flayers invading the titular city. No word on whether it will have any connection to the two earlier games, or even if it will play similarly. Divinity: Original Sin uses a very different turn-based combat system, so who knows? We’re excited to find out!

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