Rare and Obsidian likely revealing new games at X019
Microsoft’s big X019 conference starts today, and it will most likely bring a load of announcements – although most of them seem to have been leaked already. The hottest rumours are about new games from Rare and Obsidian, who most recently created Sea of Thieves and The Outer Worlds.
Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad has been feeding the rumour mill, tweeting that the event will present “solid 2020 release dates for XGS games like Bleeding Edge, Minecraft Dungeons and Wasteland 3. New IP from Obsidian and Rare. A shadow drop. Plus much more.”
X019 gon’ give it to ya
There are claims that the release date – apparently December 3rd – for the PC version of Halo Reach will be announced today, and that it will be available today for Xbox One owners.
According to VGC, Rare – perhaps more famous for GoldenEye, Perfect Dark and Banjo-Kazooie than Sea of Thieves – will show off “a third-person adventure game based on a totally original IP”. We shouldn’t expect the new game to launch anytime soon, though.
No-one knows what Obsidian’s next big thing after The Outer Worlds will be, but it’s probably going to be a big one since it’s their first project for Microsoft, so keep your eyes peeled – there’s bound to be some kind of news about Microsoft’s shiny new RPG studio.
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Luigi’s Mansion 3 still at #2 in Japanese charts a week later
Last week we reported that Luigi’s burning up the charts in Japan, with Luigi’s Mansion 3 sitting at a comfortable second place right behind Persona 5 Royal for PlayStation 4.
Well, Luigi’s still big in Japan: Persona 5 Royal has slipped to fourth place, but Luigi’s Mansion 3 is still in second place, only beaten by Death Stranding. Not bad, Luigi, but you’re still number two!
There was already a Witcher TV series
There’s still a whole month until Netflix drops the first season of their The Witcher series, and a second season has already been confirmed! But did you know that it’s not the first time The Witcher is adapted for TV?
A Polish show based on the Wiedźmin books by Andrzej Sapkowski aired in 2001 and 2002, long before the first game came out in 2007. CD Projekt actually invented the name The Witcher, so the English translation of the Polish TV series is actually called The Hexer.
The series was first released as a movie cut together from the 13 episodes of the TV show, which followed the next year. Unfortunately, it was not particularly well-received, even in its native Poland: The ever-cheerful author of the books delivered one of his typical scathing takes: “I can answer only with a single word – an obscene, short one.” Let’s hope the Netflix show fares better!