Big games lined up for March, GDC delayed, much more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome back to your daily gaming update for Monday, March 2nd. Lots of news from the weekend here, so let’s take a look.

Lots of big games coming in March

Hey, it’s a new month, and that means we have a swath of new games coming our way. Now, 2020 has been relatively slow so far, probably the biggest release has been Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. Though there’s also something to be said for Kentucky Route Zero, and maybe Darksiders Genesis. Anyway, we’ve got far larger games coming this month. On March 6th is the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon remake. The week after that is Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which I think every single person listening to this needs to have their eye on, the first game was absolutely fantastic. Doom Eternal hits on March 20th, which is going to be pretty big for Bethesda considering how successful the 2016 revival was. Seems like people who played the previews were happy with it. Also on the 20th is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which might be the first AAA game that I buy at full price in a long time, as long as the reviews are good. Of course Half-Life: Alyx hits on the 23rd, which has the potential to be an absolutely massive release. That being said, they’re releasing it in the VR market pretty early, so it might not find its feet potentially for a few years. And the last major game that is planned comes on the 24th, and the new fighting game from Ninja Theory, Bleeding Edge. Previews of this have been dissappointing so far, unfortunately, so we’ll see if things change when it’s fully out.

Game Developers Conference delayed

Alright this is the last time I’m going to talk about it, because I know I’ve covered it a lot, but the Game Developers Conference has officially been postponed, to at least the summer, if not later. The organizers are refunding conference, expo, and hotel purchases, however people who have already made plane reservations or hotel bookings outside of GDC’s offerings are going to have a tougher time recouping that money. If you are perhaps an indie developer or individual who has been affected, there are some relief funds that are popping up in the community, so I encourage you to check that out. GDC isn’t the only thing affected right now, EVE Online also had to cancel their event in Iceland, and Facebook has cancelled in San Jose. Let’s cross our fingers that the top minds of the world can come together and help solve the coronavirus outbreak.

Jason Blundell, lead of Call of Duty: Zombies, leaves Treyarch

Jason Blundell has officially left Treyarch. Mr. Blundell was a studio head, but he was most well known for being at the lead of the Call of Duty: Zombies team. This is an interesting departure, because Black Ops 5 was slated to be this year Call of Duty title, which gave the studio only 2 years to develop, as opposed to the usual 3. It is possible that the kerfuffle which led up to that decision contributed in his departure, but that’s total speculation at this point. No word yet on what he might be doing next.

The Wonderful 101 gameplay footage

The Wonderful 101 remake is close to closing its Kickstarter, which I believe was largely a marketing endeavour, considering the game releases in May. 15 minutes of gameplay have just been released to the public, and you know this is my first seeing it, and boy is it ever something unique. The whole idea is that you are a superhero going around the city trying to recruit citizens to become superheroes of their own. It’s an action game, but at any one time you have dozens of superheroes on the screen at once. People seem pretty excited about it, but I’ve gotta say the screen gets very busy very fast. That being said, I’m excited to see it as the first project of four from Hideki Kamiya of PlatinumGames.

Alright, thank you very much for joining me here today. I will be back tomorrow with the news, as I am every Monday through Friday, so until then, Happy Gaming everyone.