Fortnite Chapter 2, Stadia launch date, Fallen Heroes, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, for Wednesday October 16th. We’ve got lots to get into here today, let’s check it out.

Two days ago, Fortnite was sucked into a black hole and became unplayable…until now. Fortnite Chapter 2 has officially been released with a brand new map, and of course a ton cosmetics for the new season. There’s been some reporting of better graphics and performance as well, and Epic says that there will be less of a grind than there used to be, though of course that remains to be seen. For the limited amount of time that the game has returned, people seem happy. And to be honest, with the new skill-based matchmaking, I’m actually considering trying it out again. I’m so bad it’s ridiculous.

Blizzard has cancelled an event at the retail Nintendo store in New York which was going to celebrate the launch of Overwatch on the Switch. About 150 people had reservations to meet some of the game’s voice actors at that event, so it was relatively small. Regardless, Nintendo made the announcement on Twitter that Blizzard decided to cancel it. This is quite interesting, because when they were promoting this event on social media, people were replying with things like #StandWithHongKong and #BoycottBlizzard. So while officially they haven’t given a reason to cancel, it seems pretty obvious that they are trying to stay out of the public eye right now. Though, a part of me wonders if cancelling such a small event would be less newsworthy than just letting it happen.

Google officially announced the launch date for Stadia at November 19th. This will be exclusive to those who bought the Founder’s Edition, which is about $130 with a bunch of goodies. Of course this will preempt the free version of the service, which will come at some point in 2020.

Divinity: Fallen Heroes is a spinoff of the Divinity Original Sin series, which has more XCOM-like gameplay. It was originally going to be releasing this November, but it turns out the game isn’t ready. The release date has been indefinitely postponed. While the IP belongs to Larian Studios, who are currently creating Baldur’s Gate 3, this spin-off is being developed by Logic Artists. This is a shame, but ultimately I’m glad that they’re going to give it the attention it deserves.

Volition, the studio behind the Saints Row series, has not pledged to fix the PC version of Saints Row 2, which came out over 10 years ago. Apparently it was a really broken port, because they needed to outsource it to another company. They weren’t able to fix it, because they thought they lost the source code. Well, it turns out that they found the code, and will now be working on fixing the game, including performance, stability, multiplayer networking, and DLC. The update will be free to current owners of the game on Steam, and unfortunately they don’t have a planned release date just yet.

That’s all the news for today. Just a heads up that I’m going home for a few days, and Katosepe will be coming in tomorrow and Friday to cover the news for me. I will personally be back on Saturday for the mailbag, and until then…Happy Gaming everyone.