Greetings NAGullintins, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. In the news this week is a whole lot of Black Friday garbage I give zero fooks about. Aside from that, there’s an unlikely sales-boom phoenix rising from the ashes of Battlefield and Call of Duty (man, that was a piss-poor metaphor), Gearbox hints at something Duke Nukem, Saints Row 4 gets something its needed for three years, more Switch price rumours emerge, Bioware has some very good news for Mass Effect fans, Dark Souls is looking at VR and No Man’s Sky studio finally says something. All that, videos, highlights from the week and a bag of potato chips, after the jump.
Farming Simulator 17 plows the competition
Damn, this early in the morning and my pun game is on POINT, that one was a real haymaker (heyoooooo).
So it turns out while everyone else is strapping on exosuits and shooting rockets at the moon, what gamers really want is to peacefully tend to their crops and pray for a good harvest. Farming Simulator 17 is crushing sales with double the momentum of its predecessor, boasting one million players currently.
This is particularly impressive when you consider how many big games have been released around the same time, and how other big blockbuster titles have had somewhat disappointing launches. Good for you, tractor bros.
Gearbox teases a Duke Nukem something
Randy Pitchford of Gearbox games told a fan on Twitter that he will “really enjoy” something happening on December 1st, which is significant because the first of December generally blows and also because said fan was asking about a Duke Nukem/Gears of War crossover.
The fact that Duke Nukem is celebrating its 20th anniversary and that the first of December is Game Awards day means that we’ll probably be seeing, well, something. It could be a new game, it could just be Duke as a Battleborn character or maybe somehow they’ve actually wedged everyone’s favourite chauvinist into Gears of War.
Let me know what happens, I’ll be over here on the edge of my seat.
Saints Row 4 gets mod support – three years on
I think it used to have mods, maybe, but if they were there they were unwieldy to create and use. Now the game has integrated Steam Workshop support, which means you’ll soon be fired machine gun dildos at Donald Trump to your heart’s content.
Saint’s Row 4 is the kind of absurd sandbox that is perfect for this sort of thing, so I expect this may breathe some new life into the game. As for why it took so long to do, publisher Deep Silver had this to say:
“There were many challenges in implementing Steam Workshop functionality since the game was not originally designed to support modding.
“It was all a labour of love for developer Deep Silver Volition who worked directly with the modding community to develop the modding tools and adapt the game code.”
If this has been rotting in your Steam Library for a couple of years, maybe fire it up and see what the community’s been working on.
More evidence emerges that the Switch may cost 200 pounds
There’s been a lot of speculation, leaked info and general rumour mill fodder that the Nintendo Switch has gotten a UK price point of 200 pounds, likely for the “base model”.
Retailer GameSeek is offering the system at that price, but you have to pay now – and they won’t raise the price on you regardless of what Nintendo do. There’s also UK retailer game that is reporting the same price.
GameSeek has a somewhat shady reputation however, especially in terms of not delivering on their promises, so they may simply be responding to the rumours as well. Assuming the rand still sucks the fat one when this thing launches, we’re probably looking at close to R5K.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Bioware’s biggest game ever
The last Mass Effect left a somewhat sour taste in people’s mouth, but Bioware is hoping to reboot the franchise with Andromeda, which they’re saying has a wider scope than anything they’ve done before.
“This is the biggest we’ve ever gone, in terms of the number of pieces of content. There are combat-related encounters, puzzle-related encounters, narrative-related encounters, and a lot of things will happen that add more depth to the critical path.”
That’s a lot of encounters. Which are the sex ones? Narrative? I’ve come to expect sex ones.
Dark Souls VR? Maybe one day
VR is the hottest thing since internet porn, and according to Dark Souls 3 producer Atsuo Yoshimura, may be coming to your favourite absurdly difficult RPG. When asked at the Golden Joystick Awards about the possibility of a VR Souls, he said, “We’re hoping.”
Realistically it probably won’t be in Dark Souls 3, but it would appear that FromSoftware is looking to climb on board this virtual train before it’s picked up too much speed. At this point it’s probably not financially sensible to try and integrate it a pre-existing game, but maybe the next one can give you a solid RPG experience AND a healthy dose of nausea. Goodie.
No Man’s Sky breaks silence, announces “Foundation” patch
After a long period of saying nothing at all following No Man’s Sky‘s controversial and disappointing launch, Hello Games have announced their first big update.
The name “Foundation” refers to the construction elements (building bases) and also “putting in place a foundation for things to come”. Cute.
The studio had this to say in the announcement: “The discussion around No Man’s Sky since release has been intense and dramatic. We have been quiet, but we are listening and focusing on improving the game that our team loves and feels so passionately about.
“Positive or negative feedback, you have been heard and that will truly help to make this a better game for everyone. This update will be the first small step in a longer journey. We hope you can join us.”
I’m just going to use my usual form letter response of “that’s nice, but maybe don’t release an unfinished game next time”. I’m sure you’re all used to seeing it.