More Avengers details, Private Division signs deals, more

JULY 30, 2020

Daily Gaming Update

How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to The Gaming Observer for Thursday, July 30th. We do have quite a bit of news to talk about today, but none of them are all that complicated, so there are going to be more segments today but they’ll be shorter. Let’s see what’s going on.
Crystal Dynamics has just shared some more details about their upcoming Avengers game, notably the upcoming beta. This hit the headlines because it looks like this beta is actually going to be pretty hefty — they’ve got more than twenty missions that you can play either solo or in multiplayer. It’ll let you play as either Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, or Kamala Khan, otherwise known as Ms. Marvel. It’ll be showing off more than just gameplay, you can also earn gear and XP through the beta, and upgrade a portion of a given hero’s skill tree. So if you’d like to get in on that, they’ll be doing three weekends of beta. The first is August 7th for those who preordered on PS4, the week after that for everyone else that preordered, and then the week after that for everyone regardless of whether or not you purchased the game. I know people haven’t been feeling the greatest about the game’s marketing up to this point, but I hope things pick up with this beta, I really want the game to succeed.
Private Division, which is the publishing company under Take-Two, has just signed deals with a number of development studios. First up is Moon Studios, who made the Ori games, I’m very excited that they have another project in the works. They’ve also got a deal with League of Geeks, who made the virtual board game Armello. And finally they’re working with Roll7, who made the skateboarding games OlliOlli. All thre e of those games don’t have released dates, and the earliest one will be in 2022 the earliest, which is pretty sad. Nonetheless, this will round out Private Division’s porfolio, having basically just done Outer Worlds so far, with Kerbal Space Program 2 coming up.
InXile entertainment, developers of Wasteland 3 and The Bard’s Tale 4, have just announced their newest game Frostpoint, which is a VR shooter. It’s a 10v10 multiplayer, with both PvP and PvE elements, apparently. This studio was acquired by Xbox a while back, so I’m surprised we haven’t seen more marketing for it. Xbox isn’t publishing it though, which is also weird. That’ll be dropping later this year, with an open beta in September. 
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is going to be getting a free update on October 29th, so 3 months from now. This update will allow you to rematch previously defeated bosses, which is pretty interesting. They’re also introducing something called Gauntlets of Strength, which is quite literally single-life gauntlets of presumably boss fights. This is rounded out by a new feature where you can make 30-second recordings of you playing the game which will be displayed to other people in the game to help them through hard sections. If you get positive feedback on those videos, then the creator gets their HP recovered for free. That’s an interesting one. Throw in some cosmetics, and you got a pretty cool update.
Sea of Thieves is also getting an update, except this one came today, in something called Ashen Winds. All the content is fire and ash themed, with four new bosses, a new flamethrower, and of course lots of cosmetics. There’s also some accessibility and QoL improvements in there, which is always good.
And our final story for today, Frostpunk is going to be getting its third and final expansion On The Edge, on August 20th. This one takes place after the main game ends, and established another outpost, where it seems like you control two places at once, or at least that’s what the idea is. I just recently got into Frostpunk, it’s a tremendous game, if you’ve been considering it, I definitely give you my recommendation, if that’s something you value.