Epic Games acquires Quixel, Legend of Bum-Bo, Age of Empires II, more



How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, for Wednesday, November 13th. Do you wanna talk about some video games? Let’s do it.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order releasing soon!

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order comes out in just a few days, but unfortunately the review embargo is super close to the release date. The previews have been generally positive after the first gameplay they showed at E3, but we won’t know for certain until later. Well, not only that, but EA Access subscribers are not going to be able to play the game early. Typically with the subscription you get access to it a few days before launch, not this time. According to them, this was done in part to reduce spoilers. I’m not entirely convinced that that’s the reason for it, but anyway they’re giving away some cosmetics as compensation. It’s an unfortuante situation for the people who pay for that, but here’s fingers crossed it will be worth it.

Epic Games acquires Quixel

Epic Games has acquired Quixel, who are an asset and toolset development studio. They have a servic e called Megascans, which is a library of over 10,000 2D and 3D photogrammetry assets, which is essentially life-like models which are created with a scientfic and practical approach. Most important however, is that thewse assets are now free to all Unreal Engine developers. A few more of their services will be free as well. This is super cool, because now anybody who is making a game will have access to all of these assets, so indie games don’t need to worry about shelling out a premium for that anymore. Super cool, and maybe it will help us see some more realistic games out there.

The Legend of Bum-Bo now available

The Legend of Bum-bo has been released, with a $15 price tag. This is from the creator of The Binding Of Isaac, Edmund McMillan, and it falls right in line with the other games that he has created. This is a tactical match-four game, which sounds strange, but essentially he wanted to take the concept of things like Bejewled and Candy Crush, and make it a complex puzzle to be solved, instead of just swiping to the first combination you see. There’s also a really cool cardboard aesthetic which really works with the lets say juvenile content that he so often uses. Give it a look, he’s a great game designer, and it seems like lots of fun.

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition now available

The definitive edition of Age of Empire II has also been released, and it has reviewed very well. If you’re a fan of the game it looks like this truly is the definitive edition, with a solid port, updated graphics, some QoL updates, and even a new multiplayer. If any of you pick it up, let me know what you think, I’m not a huge RTS fan but I’ve been keeping an eye on this one.

Alright that’s all for today but a huge number of Amazon reviews just came through, so I want to give a big thank you to everyone, so Blake, Eisblume, Slayer, Danny, Phil, Jason, droid 2, and Rob. Thank you everyone you were all so kind in your messages. I will be back tomorrow, as I am every day, and until then…Happy Gaming everyone.