Greetings NAGijijis, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. In the news this week we have Team Meat being a tease, Xbox talking cross-platform-play, Blizzard going all-out on e-sports, PUBG devs talking single-player and rip-offs and up close and personal with DOOM on Switch. All that, some more news, videos and highlights from the week, after the jump.
Super Meat Boy devs possibly working on Metroidvania
As is the case with all great rumours and rampant speculation, this one comes from Twitter. Basically one of the devs tweeted that they were playing Metroid, to which someone responded that a metroidvania title from the men of meat would be pretty sweet (not wrong).
The Team Meat Twitter retweeted that, adding, “I think you’ll be very happy in a few years…”
Sounds good, but not all that convincing. The other slight support for this theory is that the Twitter bio says that the team is working on Super Meat Boy Forever and “other secret things”. So dare to dream, comrades.
Xbox Boss encourages Fortnite to allow cross-platform play
So slight rephrasing here – Phil Spencer wants Fortnite to continue to allow cross-play. In case you missed it, for a brief while Fortnite allowed Xbox and PS4 users to play nice together, something which was swiftly corrected and Epic called a “configuration issue”.
My reaction to that was – it’s that easy? It’s just some shit you can accidentally turn on? I mean I know about as much about programming as Kim Jong Un knows about traffic circles, but that seems super easy.
Still, it’s been turned off, and Spencer was quick to blame his Japanese rivals. Speaking to a fan on Twitter, Spencer said, “I would have liked to see them leave it on.”
The implications here are obvious, since Microsoft has been banging the cross-play drum for quite some time. Rocket League will work across Xbone, PC and Switch, and they want the same for Minecraft. Sony however has said it won’t allow it “for its own reasons”, and earlier this year Microsoft said while they’d approached Sony about cross-play the console giant “isn’t there yet”.
Blizzard recruiting Overwatch esports broadcasters
Here we go boys. Just recently Blizzard unveiled their dedicated e-sports stadium, and now the company is looking to hire talent for Overwatch events. While Blizz has always been pretty plugged in and aware of the e-sports scene, they’re now taking the reins directly with in-house support, and it’s awesome.
“We’re looking for charismatic broadcasters to join our already stellar talent pool to interview players, commentate matches, and analyze plays,” the announcement reads. “The ideal addition to our team has exemplary social skills, a natural affinity for the camera, keen understanding of the game, and experience conducting upbeat and engaging interviews.”
Applications are open, so you too could be internet famous. I could link the application page here, but I feel like if you want it enough you’ll find it yourself. Show some passion.
PUBG creator “would love” to add a single player campaign
Brendan Greene, the main man behind the biggest game since Minesweeper, hosted a Reddit AMA this week in which he talked about a single player campaign for PUBG.
“I would love to add a single player campaign to the game,” says Greene when asked of the features he’d love to see added to the game. “I think the island we have could be a great location for an interesting story, but unfortunately we just don’t have the time or the resources for this at the moment!”
I’d love to see what that looks like actually, and if the game could somehow incorporate the permadeath system. Brings me back to my no-save NES days of old.
Still, that’s not something I want them working on either. More content, more maps, and most importantly better optimisation are much higher on my list for this addiction trap I’ve fallen into.
Digital Foundry gets hand-on with DOOM on Switch
In case you’d somehow missed it, all-out shooter and Dane Remendes’ favourite masturbatory aid DOOM is coming to Nintendo Switch, so you too can take on the forces of Hell while on the pooper.
So did they pull it off? It seems they did, and quite well. The video below breaks down everything for you, check it out.
PUBG dev lashes out at Fortnite for ripping off their game
While we’re on the PUBG train here, Bluehole exec Chang Han Kim has minced no words in addressing Fortnite’s newly released Battle Royale feature, which is pretty damn similar to the current king of the genre.
The statement said that the company was “concerned”, and with slightly more teeth, “contemplating further action”.
There was some confusion behind this, as even though the game is quite clearly trying to cash in on PUBG’s success, this is hardly a new concept for a game. Kim however seems particularly offended considering they used Epic’s engine.
“We’ve had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG’s development as they are the creators of [Unreal Engine], the engine we licensed for the game,” Kim stated. “After listening to the growing feedback from our community and reviewing the gameplay for ourselves, we are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.
“We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press. This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.”
Kim later clarified his position further in an interview. The highlights there are that the issue isn’t a last man standing Battle Royale game, that is something that has been done before and they’re not trying to claim ownership of that.
However, Fortnite’s modes included a lot of similar elements and more importantly, the developer are the people who had close communication with the PUBG dev team during the game’s creation.
Honestly, there seems to be some hurt feelings in that Epic didn’t talk to them at all or give any indication they were doing this, but then specifically referenced PUBG in their own press releases.
Murky water here for sure, and it seems it would be difficult to action legally.
This Tomb Raider movie looks like it might not suck? Maybe? Just let me have this, guys.
Half-Life 3 may have been taken behind the barn and shot, but the modders will continue to deliver. Here’s Half-Life: C.A.G.E.D. from an ex-Valver.
First Hatoful Boyfriend, now Purrfect Date. Can we stop this degeneracy?
Finally, check out three new levels from Super Mario Odyssey.
Best of NAG
Remember the 3310? Of course you don’t, you sweet summer child. But it was glorious. And now it’s back and it’s, er, not quite as great as it used to be.
Fearless leader Michael James finally talks about his dinosaur fetish in this tell-all exposé. He also speaks briefly about Ark: Survival Evolved.
Resident hardware guru Wes Fick drops his System Builder’s Guide, in the price range of the common folk.
Finally, the level of free rAge stuff is upping dramatically. Get your share of the loot right over here.