#136: Game Awards revealing a dozen new games

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Almost a dozen new games to be unveiled at The Game Awards

Prepare your body for a veritable deluge of game announcements at this year’s The Game Awards. According to executive producer Geoff Keighley, we can expect about 10 new titles to debut during the awards show.

The announcements include a brand-new story-driven game set in the League of Legends universe, as well as a closer look at real-time strategy Gears of War spin-off Gears Tactics – but not Resident Evil 3 Remake: “There are no plans (never were) to do anything with Resident Evil 3 at the show,” said Keighley.

“We have a bunch of brand new games being announced at the show – I think there are around 10 new games/projects being revealed if you want to count the things that no one has heard about yet,” according to Keighley. Mortal Kombat 11, Far Cry New Dawn, The Outer Worlds and Journey to the Savage Planet were announced at last year’s show.

The Game Awards began in December 2014

The Game Awards 2019 takes place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and starts at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET on December 12th, which is 1:30am GMT/2:30am CET on December 13th for Europeans.

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Who is Mario trying to save in the original Donkey Kong?

  • Princess Peach
  • Pauline
  • Daisy
  • Betty

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today’s issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be!

News Bits

Mario Kart Tour locks nearly half of characters behind microtransactions

Nothing in life is free, and especially not so-called free-to-play games. Mario Kart Tour is a sad reminder of this inescapable fact, since almost half of its character roster is locked away behind a ‘gacha mechanic’, roughly equivalent to loot crates. Luigi, Wario and Black Shy Guy are now much harder to unlock without spending real cash. Grinding for currency just got a lot more tedious.

Beyond a Steel Sky has been delayed

Revolution Software has delayed their Beneath a Steel Sky sequel Beyond a Steel Sky until 2020. They are confident that their vision is “very close to being realised” – they just need a bit more time.

Beyond a Steel Sky is in development for PC, Apple Arcade and consoles and no new release date has been announced.

Daily Fact

Fight of Gods too much of a divine ruckus for Malaysian authorities

As you’d expect from its title, Fight of Gods was a brawler featuring various more-or-less divine fighters from all the religions of the world. Ever wanted Santa and Jesus to duke it out and decide once and for all who’s the big daddy of Christmas? You’re not alone!

Unfortunately the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission had to ruin the fun, and banned the poor game from sale thanks to its ‘insensitive portrayal’ of various faiths.

They claimed it would threaten racial harmony in Malaysia, which sounds like fighting words. In any case, Fight of Gods was released on Switch in December last year, so there’s nothing stopping you from going on a ho-ho-holy crusade to make everyone bow down before the power of Santa.

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Daily News

Pokémon GO’s next event is truly evolutionary and ends December 12

Still missing some rare critters in Pokémon Go? Well, now’s your chance: A new evolution-themed event just started, and will last until December 12th.

That means more Pokémon with unique evolutions will appear both in the wilds and in raids. Onix, Eevee, Roselia and Burmy will appear more frequently in the wild, while Lickitung, Scyther, Togetic and Ralts will be more common in raids.

Tyrogue, Feebas, Burmy and Happiny will hatch more often from 2km eggs and there’s a chance to meet a Shiny Burmy! There are also event-specific field-research tasks that award Evolution items, and in addition Glacial, Magnetic and Mossy Lure Modules will last for an hour during the event.

Pokémon GO launched in July 2016 globally for iOS and Android

All of this probably sounds completely bonkers to those of you who have resisted the siren song of Pokémon Go and are busy camping for Pokémon in the Galar region instead. If you want to know more, there’s a post about the Evolution event on the official blog.

PlayStation’s next State of Play won’t include PlayStation 5 news

Sony’s State of Play livestream returns with brand-new game reveals, release date announcements and fresh game footage – but no PlayStation 5 news! The last episode of the year will be airing on December 10th at 6am PT / 9am ET / 2pm GMT / 3pm CET on YouTube, Twitch, Twitter and Facebook.

Sony seems to have more than enough to wow us with anyway, with games like Media Molecule’s Dreams close to release, and Capcom just having announced the Resident Evil 3 Remake.

Don’t expect any next-gen updates

Previous State of Play episodes have announced Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the MediEvil remake, Final Fantasy VII Remake and the release date for The Last of Us Part 2, so you better stay tuned on December 10th.

VR Weekly

Arizona Sunshine arrives on Quest

Zombie shooter Arizona Sunshine – one of the real VR must-haves – is finally available on the Oculus Quest. All previous as well as upcoming DLC is supported as well.

Oculus owners are not happy about the lack of cross-buy, so if you own the game for another Oculus headset you need to buy it again for Quest. Arizona Sunshine is £29.99 on the Oculus store.

Dreams won’t support PSVR at launch

Media Molecule’s upcoming Dreams will not feature PlayStation VR support on release according to Communications Manager Abbie Heppe. Dreams will be removed from Early Access on December 8th, so if you want to try it out before launch you should get in there now. Maybe you’ll manage to make a masterpiece in time for the Official Dreams Awards on January 26th?

Valve Index sold out in America after Half-Life: Alyx announcement

Half-Life: Alyx put a big spotlight on VR and Valve has managed to sell out their Valve Index headset in a number of regions, including the United States and Canada – so you’ll have to wait until after Christmas to get your hands on one. Like the HTC Vive, the Valve Index is only available from Steam, but Half-Life: Alyx will be playable on all the major VR headsets – although only Valve Index features all the bells and whistles required to enjoy the game the way Valve intended.

Boiling Steel hits Steam Early Access

Upcoming VR shooter Boiling Steel just hit Steam Early Access, providing support for Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality-compatible headsets. Boiling Steel is currently 10% off in celebration, and developer MIROWIN will throw in their previous game, Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR if you buy Boiling Steel before December 12th. Sounds like a steal if you’re into story-driven sci-fi shooters and own compatible VR kit.

News Bits

Early Access for the ‘Pokémon-like’ Temtem in January 2020 on PC

If you’re into battling, catching and training monsters you’ll probably want to direct your attention towards Temtem, which arrives on Steam Early Access on January 21st. About half of the story content will be ready to play, spanning three islands and featuring co-op, customization, breeding, hunting and more. Backers already have access to the Temtem alpha, which will be updated on December 12th.

Riot Games creates new publishing arm

Third-party studios can sign up to create games based on Riot Games’ League of Legends via their new publishing label Riot Forge. The idea is to allow developers to create stand-alone games based on the League of Legends universe, with Riot providing QA, localization, voice-overs, marketing and more to allow their partners to focus on making games. Riot will unveil the first League of Legends spin-off at The Game Awards next week.

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Who is Mario trying to save in the original Donkey Kong?

Answer: Pauline!

There is so much trivia about Donkey Kong that you could make a movie about it (and in fact, someone has). Did you know that Pauline, the distressed damsel Mario is trying to save from the damned dirty ape recently showed up as the Mayor of New Donk City in Super Mario Odyssey?

For that matter, Mario himself wasn’t even Mario at that time! He was first known as Jumpman, before becoming Mario, the star of his very own game. There’s a bunch of Donkey Kong-related Mario trivia, but let’s save them for a future quiz, shall we?

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