EA Play 2020, Cyberpunk delayed, more

JUNE 19, 2020

Daily Gaming Update


How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to the Gaming Observer for Friday, June 19th.

EA had their digital conference today, it was about 45 minutes but we’ve got some nuggets of information here. By far the biggest thing to come out of it is the announcement of a new Skate game, woohoo! They didn’t called it Skate 4 but presumably that’s what it is. People have been waiting for a long time on that one, myself included. They’re still very early in development but its on the way, which is great. Besides that, if you are interested in Star Wars: Squadrons, which was the recently revealed space shooter, they showed off a bunch of gameplay and features that you’ll want to see. They confirmed the game comes on October 2nd and is fully playable in VR, but I think we knew that already. In terms of Apex Legends, they confirmed that the game is arriving on the Nintendo Switch, and is now going to support full crossplay, which is good I know people have been waiting for that. We didn’t get much from The Sims 4, however it is now available for purchase on Steam, which is pretty cool. They announced a new game from the developers of A Way Out called It Takes Two, which is another co-op game. They announced a new competitive multiplayer hero shooter, except the gimmick is that everybody just has rocket launchers, it’s called Rocket Arena. The previews seem pretty happy with it. Anyway, the show was pretty decent so if you want to see what they’ve got, feel free to check it out.

I’ve got two stories here talking about high-profile release dates. First of all, we’ve got Cyberpunk 2077, which has been delayed once again. This is the second time this has happened, originally the game was dated for April, then September, and now November 19th. They have stated that the game is essentially finished, they’ve got all the content, gameplay, quests and cutscenes put in. But with so much being in the game “we need to properly go through everything, balance game mechanics, and fix a lot of bugs. A huge world means a huge number of things to iron out.” Apparently journalists have their hands on it right now for some early previews, which will go live after the Cyberpunk event on June 25th. The other bit of news we have here comes out way from Sony, who have now said that Horizon Forbidden West will be launching some time in 2021, so its not a PS5 launch time.

Here’s an interesting one, Poland has just added a video game to the country’s list of recommended books for students, specifically those studying sociology, ethics, philosophy, and history. The game is This War of Mine, which is a really good game from Polish developer 11bit Studios. It’s super gritty, you know it’s all about surviving a war, people really loved how they portrayed that, it sold really well. Anyway, Polish students in those fields I mentioned who are 18 and over can get the game for free starting in this new academic year. Super super cool, I love that.

Hey folks, just thought I’d give you a heads up, Minecraft is going to be getting a pretty major update next week that is going to be overhauling the Nether. Ever since the Nether has been a thing there hasn’t been too too much that you can could do there, but now they’re introducing a whole bunch. They’ve got biomes in there, some new inhabitants that are like villagers, new enemies and blocks, and a new ore that is better than diamond. So that arrives on all the platforms next Tuesday, and if you haven’t played Minecraft in a while then you’re probably in for a treat because they’ve added a whole bunch of stuff to the game over the past few years.