MicroProse back in business
MicroProse, the publisher that brought us Sid Meier’s Civilization and Railroad Tycoon back in the 90s, is officially back in business and working on a new game. Over the last few months, MicroProse has been tweeting images teasing the announcement of their upcoming title, WarBirds 2020.
The WWII combat flight sim is scheduled for an autumn release on PC and Mac, with mobile and console versions following sometime next year. Featuring high detail aircraft and cutting-edge technology that ensures realistic simulation, WarBirds 2020 promises monthly ‘Historical Events’ where players will be able to engage in combat held “over large geographical areas like Europe, Japan, and not the small area skirmishes of many other sim games”.
David Lagettie, former CEO Founder of Bohemia Interactive Australia, purchased the naming rights to MicroProse earlier this year. Shortly after announcing that they were working on WarBirds 2020, Lagettie commented on the development. “I am excited to work with iEntertainment Network CEO and Co-Founder of MicroProse, ‘Wild Bill’ Stealey, to produce the next generation of WarBirds 2020 WW II combat flight simulation using new modern technology and promoting worldwide.”
The last game MicroProse released was Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror back in 2002 after being purchased by French game publisher Infogrames Entertainment, who later changed name to Atari. In a sense, the true MicroProse’s legacy lives on at Firaxis Games with Sid Meier, who managed to acquire the rights to most of his titles from Atari before it went down in flames.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
What item from Star Wars Battlefront II can be seen in The Last Jedi?
- Ancient Jedi texts
- ID-10 droid
- Luke Skywalker’s compass
- Inferno Squad’s ship, the Corvus
The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!
Pokémon-Themed Switch Lite now available for pre-order
Pokémon fans rejoice! The Nintendo Switch Lite – Zacian and Zamazenta Edition is now available for pre-order on Amazon. While the Switch Lite will release on September 20th in yellow, grey and turquoise colour variants, the Zacian and Zamazenta Edition will be available from November 8th – just a week before the new Pokémon games Sword and Shield drop. The handheld-only console does not come preloaded with the new Pokémon game, but you can purchase the game and system in Sword and Shield bundles.
Yooka and Laylee return this October
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair now has a launch date, courtesy of a Nintendo eShop store page revealing that it’ll be released on October 8th. Up until now, Playtonic Games has been hinting that it will be released sometime in October, making news that the game will release early all the sweeter. While the game is not yet available to pre-order, we imagine that’ll be changing very soon! To get a taste of what to expect in Yooka and Laylee’s second title, take a look at the announcement trailer.
The team behind Yooka-Laylee have roots all the way back to Donkey Kong Country
Playtonic’s latest Yooka-Laylee game is coming next month – and this time, it’s more of a 2D platformer in the spirit of Donkey Kong Country rather than a 3D platformer like Banjo-Kazooie. Did you know the team at Playtonic actually worked on both those Rare games?
Playtonic was founded in 2014 by a bunch of former staff from Rare – the famed British studio behind hits like GoldenEye, Donkey Kong Country, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Pinata and, more recently, Sea of Thieves. Apart from the recent pirate adventure, members of Yooka-Laylee’s team worked on all of these – and Rare’s 2D and 3D platformers have been a direct influence on Yooka-Laylee and its upcoming sequel.
This helps explain why Yooka-Laylee managed to raise over £2 million from over 80,000 Kickstarter backers. People love those games! Let’s just hope Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has a slightly less punishing mine cart level than Donkey Kong Country.