Diablo, UK government on Valve, EA out of E3, more



How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for March 9th, 2019. Head over to thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript of today’s report. There wasn’t a whole lot of news today, so most of this briefing will be what was supposed to be given yesterday, apologies for my absence.

Original Diablo brought back by Blizzard and GOG

The original Diablo has been brought back from the dead, and is now available for a digital purchase for the first time. Not only that, it is very reasonably priced at $10, and is a partnership between Blizzard and GOG. There are two modes of play available – one is a Classic version which is as true to the original as possible with some battle.net support for the multiplayer stuff. Then they’ve also provided an updated version that support higher resolutions and refresh rates, as well as some bug fixes. They’ve also signed a deal to bring back Warcraft: Orcs & Humans as well as Warcraft 2, so keep your eyes on that if you’re interested.

Valve controversy sparks UK government interest

This whole Valve debacle with the controversial game has caught the attention of the UK government. A British member of parliament, Hannah Bardell, has called for a review of Steam, saying quote “It’s time for the UK government to undertake a full review into how tech companies and gaming platforms – specifically Steam – are able to get away with this kind of stupidity.” endquote. Now, Valve is a privately-owned company based in the US, so I’m not entirely sure what the UK government could actually do, but it’s interesting to see brought up nonetheless.

EA avoiding E3 conference

Electronic Arts has announced that they will not be holding a press conference at E3 this year, instead holding their own conference called EA Play the weekend before. Tickets will go on sale soon, though much of the content will be livestreamed for the internet anyway. This makes the second AAA developer to pull out of E3, with Sony doing it late last year. I’m sure it will be a great event regardless however.

Game releases

Devil May Cry 5 came out today. We’ve got some surprisingly good reviews on this one. My favourite thing that someone said here is Heather Alexandra from Kotaku, quote “Devil May Cry 5 is a firework. If you’re the one with the lighter, then setting the explosion off is as simple as flicking your finger.” endquote. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn also came out today to positive reviews. Lastly, Path Of Exile has released their newest expansion, “Synthesis”, so be sure to check that out.

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