Animal Crossing update, Cuphead on PS4, more

JULY 29, 2020

Daily Gaming Update


How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer and welcome back to a proper daily news update for Wednesday, July 29th. Yes that’s right we actually have some proper news to talk about today, which is fanatastic, so lets take a look.

First of all, let’s talk about Animal Crossing, which is going to be getting the second summer update in just a few days. Volume 2 is going to including a number of things, but the most important one is an island backup and restoration service. What this means is that you can enable the game to backup your island, and then use that data to recover the island if you lose or otherwise damage your Switch. This will work differently than how cloud saves work from other Switch games, so it’s a game-specific feature, but at least its there. That’s something that Nintendo was pretty stubborn about when the game first launched, and definitely something people have been talking about as a major negative of the game. The update will also bring fireworks, which you can see once every Sunday for the month of August, and are customizable. And finally they’ve got a new feature called Dreaming, where you can take a nap in the game and visit your friends islands without impacting them at all. So it’s a way to see the islands without needing your friend to be online as well, but all you can really do is explore it. So that’s it for the content, but I think it’s also worth noting that we have a report here that Animal Crossing is Japan’s best selling game of the year so far. Now the report only does physical data, but regardless, Animal Crossing did 5 times better than its runner up, the Final Fantasy 7 remake. The game has taken the world by storm, and I think that’s super cool.

The 1930’s cartoon run and gun Cuphead is now officially available on the Playstation 4. This started as an Xbox exclusive, and then made it way to the PC and Nintendo Switch later on. If you would like to pick it up, it’s around $20, and you can also keep your eye out for the expansion coming later this year called The Delicious Last Course. Not much else to say there, I know a lot of people love this game, and obviously it’s a very unique concept that you definitely want to check out if you haven’t yet. They’ve also got a Netflix show coming up, which is pretty cool.

I told you a few days ago about the Kickstarter for Eiyuden Chronicle, which is the spiritual successor to the Suikoden series. Well, it looks like they have already met their $500,000 target, perhaps as expected, and as of this recording they are actually at $2 million. So they are going to be getting into the stretch goals now, which include a whole host of things that they are revealing as the ticker goes up. Feel free to take a look if you are so inclined, it looks like this really is a Kickstarter done right, based on how they phrased a lot of the things on it.

Alright so just a whole bunch of games came out today, so I figured I’d give you the rundown. First of all, there’s a new horror game based on Welsh folklore, it’s called Maid Of Sker. If you look at the footage for this game it actually looks pretty good, the reviews call it pretty average. The Gaming Observer actually got a review code for this, and I assigned Kato to it, so if you’d like to hear his review on it, make sure you tune in this weekend, it’ll be on this show. Also out today is the Destroy All Humans remake, which is originally a 2005 game about an alien landing on earth in 1959. I remember it having a great presentation, but I can’t speak to quality. It has reviewed pretty well though. We’ve also got the game Skater XL which is leaving Early Access, this is the skateboard simulation-type game that is a lot like Skate, looks pretty good. And finally there is one game going in to Early Access, which is Grounded from Obsidian. That’s on Steam and the Xbox Game Pass, I’ll probably check it out, so if you’re interested keep an ear on the After-Show some time in the next few days.