Crash Bandicoot 4 announced, Mixer shut down, more

JUNE 23, 2020

Daily Gaming Update


How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer and this is your daily update for Tuesday, June 23rd. Lots and lots to talk about today, let’s jump right into it.

It’s been rumoured for a while now, but we now have the official announcement of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time — and that’s the name, not my personal comment on the game. Now the original developers of the franchise is Naughty Dog, of course their focus these days are on the Last Of Us, so instead this one is going to be developed by a company called Toys for Bob. And honestly, probably one of the best companies to do Crash 4, considering they handled the Crash Trilogy and Spyro Trilogy remasters. They also did many of the Skylanders games. Anyway, the new game takes place after the end of the original trilogy, and if you watched the trailer it looks pretty similar to those games, at least mechanically, its 3D platformer. It’s set to arrive on October 2nd of this year, and it has been confirmed for Xbox and Playstation, no word yet on PC or Switch.

Microsoft has offically shut down their video game livestreaming service, Mixer. They announced today that they needed to scale the service quickly in order for people to succeed on the platform, and they were not able to do that. Rather than completely closing the doors though, they are now partnering with Facebook Gaming , which is Facebook’s livestream service. And that agreement is essentially there to make sure that Mixer streamers can have some kind of option for a transition, and many of the contracts will be transferred over. Something of note though is that two high profile streamers, Ninja and Shroud were able to get bought out, and are now independent. This means that they signed an exclusivity deal for tens of millions of dollars, and less than a year later, they no longer need to be exclusive. Crazy town. Anyway, I’m sure this isn’t incredibly surprising to hear, but my heart does go out to those streamers who were relying on Mixer to have an income.

The next DLC character for Super Smash Bros Ultimate comes our way from the Switch game Arms, and her name is Min Min. Over the next year we’re going to have five more DLC characters added to the game. Along with Min Min are new costumes for the Mii character, including the Vault Boy from Fallout. That’s an interesting crossover to have. All of this becomes available on June 29th.

The first expansion for Pokemon Sword and Shield has had a few reviews released, and what I want to say to you is to not expect a tremendous amount from it. You know Pokemon has a history of taking their two games and mashing them together into an enhanced rerelease, that’s what games like Emerald and Platinum were. Well, what this expansions offers doesn’t seem too too far off from that. They do have more of the same, so if you loved the game then this will be perfect, but some people were left disappointed that there wasn’t more to do, or even that it wasn’t higher quality. So don’t pick it up expecting anything crazy, but if you’re interested in more from that game, it might just be worth your time.

Okay everyone, that’s going to be all for today, thank you so much for joining me and thank you to armyguy for leaving me a 5-star review. I’m going to be back tomorrow to talk about even more news as it happens, and until then…happy gaming everyone.