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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to The Gaming Observer daily updates. It is Friday, March 27th, and in contrast to yesterday’s news, we got a whole lot to talk about today, so let’s get into it.

We’ve just got some bonkers news from Epic Games, who are now going to be opening up a new publishing division of their company. So now they officially have the triple threat, they are are a developer, a publisher, and storefront owner. Just in case you aren’t aware, the game that have previously been exclusive to the Epic Games Store was just a distribution agreement. Those games still had different publishers that were responsible for marketing and funding the game. But now, Epic is going to be doing that, and here is what makes it so crazy. First of all, they are giving full creative freedom and ownership to their developers. That means devs will retain 100% of their intellectual property, and Epi c will not interfere in the creative process. Epic is also committing to fully funding the developer’s expenses, so they don’t won’t have to worry about money whatsoever. And finally, any profit that is made from the game will be split 50/50. My friends, a developer getting at least one of those things is luxury in this industry, let alone all three at once. Now here’s the cherry on top, they’ve already announced three companies that are partnering with. The first is Playdead, who are the creators of LIMBO and INSIDE. The next is GenDesign, who made The Last Guardian, and in a way Shadow of the Colossus. And then the most exciting one for me, Remedy Entertainment, who did Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and most recently, Control. All three of these companies will be making their games fully funded from the getgo, with full creative control, and room for growth. I am blown away by this announcement, and I am very much looking forward to what comes out of it.

There was a Nintendo Direct today with a bunch of announcements, nothing too crazy but here they are. Now available to play is Panzer Dragon and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. The latter of which does has online mulitplayer. Also available today is a game called Good Job, it looked very funny, kinda reminded of Untitled Goose Game. All of the following titles have been announced to be heading to the Switch at some point, Bioshock, the first three Borderlands games, XCOM 2, Catherine Full Body, Star Wars Racer, and Club House Games. Club House is a collection of 51 tabletop games like chess, checkers, backgammon, various card games, air hockey even, it looked pretty good. Also coming out is King’s Bounty II, which is a sequel to a classic tactical RPG from 1990. And the last announced game was the Xeboblade Chronicles Definitve Edition, arrriving at the end of May. Pokemon Sword and Shield will be getting its first expansion pass by the end of the June. A demo is now available for Bravely Default 2 and Trials of Mana. And finally the last thing that I will mention, is that Animal Crossing is getting its first in-game event between April 1st and 12th, and it’ll be Easter related.

World War Z now has cross-platform play between Xbox and PC. To celebrate that, they’ve got it going free to keep on the Epic Games Store right now, and it has a very significant discount on the Xbox, I think it’s like $10. So go check that out, they’re constantly updating the game with free content, I still have to sink my teeth into it but I’ve heard good things.

You’ve been hearing me talk about Ghost Recon Breakpoint recently, with its new “Immersive Mode,” which removes a lot of the issues people were having with the game. Well, now you can actually try it out for yourself. It goes free to play for this weekend only, and that’ll be able to tell you whether you like the game or not.

Alright, folks thanks so much for joining me. I will be back tomorrow with the news, as I am every Monday through Friday, and until then, Happy Gaming everyone.