This Week In Gaming

Greetings NAGulzioons, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. I’ve been out of action due to some crippling man-flu, but through the power of pseudoephedrine and unnecessary anti-biotics I’ve bounced back in time to catch you up on all the news you missed this week. Hit that jump, you know the drill.

Outgoing Paradox CEO said there’ll “probably” be a Crusader Kings 3

It’s kind of hard to believe that epic strategy title Crusader Kings 2 has been going since 2012, as its been getting regular expansions since its release and has an active fan base.

That being said, CEO-soon-to-be-something-else Fred Wester said in an interview this week that the game is starting to get a little bloated, and that it may be time to overhaul the whole thing.

“We will probably do it at some point. The reason for that is the technical depth that we have in Crusader Kings 2. We can’t add much more to the game as it is now. The map is really big, there’s so much content in there. It wasn’t really built for all of the expansions we made.

“It’s getting heavy. We might need to take the etch-a-sketch, shake it a little bit, and start over.”

Personally, I’m more excited for the Crusader Kings 2 boardgame that’s on the horizon.

The Zuck’s net worth takes a hit to the tune of 16 billion

Can you imagine losing 16 billion dollars in a day and still being so rich you could buy a small nation? Still, it’s a bad day at the office when your company’s stock plunges 20% in one day – the largest single-day loss for any public company in history. This put Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from the fourth richest man in the world to the sixth – poor guy.

The reason is a little underwhelming – increase in users and ad revenue in the latest earnings report was slower than expected. No doubt the recent privacy controversy didn’t help matters, in spite of the company making a healthy profit last quarter.

Castlevania Season Two gets a trailer

I can’t say I’ve watched season one – or had any real inclination to. I don’t know what insecurity it comes from but animation for adults makes me mildly uncomfortable – especially anime.

I don’t know if this counts as anime, but it sure as hell looks like it. So if you’re a die-hard weeaboo who’s shunned Netflix, maybe this is something you’ll be interested in.

EA looking at cross-platform play for big franchises

Cross-platform has been a dream of gamers for some time, and only recently have we seen it start to coalesce into reality. One of the most notable successes is global phenomenon Fortnite, which has managed to pull off cross-platform play without much hassle.

In a recent earnings call, one of the suits had this to say:

“We’re looking at key franchises in terms of how we can deliver cross-platform play in a similar way that Fortnite has, especially some of our titles that have a broad and diverse player base.

“The ability to bring PC to mobile or mobile to console can bring family and friends together, and we think that’s an important part of our future development profile. Expect more from us on that front in the future.”

Sony’s been taking some flak for this lately, after Todd Howard said that the videogame giant wasn’t keen on cross-platform play in Fallout 76.

Ubisoft drops the banhammer on 1300 Rainbow Six Siege cheaters

Rainbow Six Siege has blossomed into one of the most popular multiplayer competitive shooters, which means cheaters, and lots of them.

Interestingly, these aren’t just cheaters, but people who have been boosted by cheaters – artificially inflating their rank and MMR.

“We want to stress that we do not view the sanctioning of boosted players as a solution to the issue,” Ubisoft said. “It was a stop-gap while we work on the solution, which is adjusting MMR gains/losses for all players in a match with a cheater.”

Never underestimate the insatiable urge to win online dick-measuring contests.

Bandai Namco shows off 20 minutes of Code Vein gameplay

There’s a whole lot of Japanese in this video, but here’s the highlights: skip to 16.15 for a cut-scene, 19.37 for a boss battle, and 34.46 for a peek at the Ridge of Frozen Souls Stage.

Forza ditches loot boxes and tokens

Battlefront II has officially ruined lootboxes, as more and more publishers distance themselves from the controversial systems that feel uncomfortably close to gambling for kids (and in some cases, are exactly that).

“While we’ve never charged money for prize crates in Forza Motorsport 7, their presence in the game has continued to be a source of controversy. The overwhelming feedback has been that this system feels out of place in the game. After careful consideration, we have decided to completely remove prize crates from Forza Motorsport 7,” Turn 10 studio head Alan Hartman wrote.

“Similarly, paid tokens—which were a part of previous Forza games—will not be coming to Forza Motorsport 7 or Forza Horizon 4.”

Loot boxes probably still have their place in some games, but it does feel a little odd in a realistic racing simulator.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Goes Gold

Eidos Montreal has officially announced they’ve wrapped on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and the game is officially off to manufacturing. Which in 2018 presumably means they’re frantically working on a massive day one patch.

Still, the game will be available for PS4, Xbone and PC on September 14th, so get your Lara Croft cosplay ready.

You’ll never have to leave the house again with Microsoft’s HoloLens 2, but you could if you wanted to