Nintendo Direct Mini, Rogue Company, Overcooked, more

JULY 21, 2020

Daily Gaming Update

How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here for the Gaming Observer daily update. It is Tuesday, July 21st, and we have a news-filled day for you here today. Let’s kick things off with Nintendo.
Yes, Nintendo held a Direct mini today, making a number of announcements that you may just care about. Headlining them all is the announcement of Shin Megami Tensei 5, which will be heading to the Nintendo Switch worldwide in 2021. People knew this was going to exist, but this is the first time we’ve heard a release date, and the fact that its releasing simultaneously in all regions. Not much else to say unless you’re really into the series, you are welcome to check out the trailer. They also announced that Shin Megami Tensai 3: Nocturne is going to be getting an HD remaster for the Switch, which comes Spring 2021. Again, you are welcome to see the trailer for yourself on that. Also on the Nintendo Direct was more content for Cadence of Hyrule, which is the Zelda and Crypt of the Necrodancer crossover. They said there is now a season pass containing three DLC, which all combined will bring 5 new characters, 39 new songs, and one new story. The first DLC is available now, the other two come before October, and if you get the season pass, then you get some extra cosmetics. That’s all for the exclusives, they also showed a WWE2K Battlegrounds trailer, which showed gameplay I think for the first time. They also showed the new game from Hi-Rez Studios called Rogue Company, which I will tell you more about right now…
Hi-Rez are the developers of Smite, Paladins and Realm Royale, and their newest title Rogue Company is now in paid beta. This is a third person hero shooter that is just a little bit more realistic, I’m seeing comparisons to Counter Strike but honestly I don’t see it. Nonetheless, it takes itself a little more seriously than something like Paladins I guess. You can pick it up in paid beta, like I said, on pretty much every console and it does support crossplay. However, it is worth noting that I believe every Hi-Rez game is free to play, so people are expecting that this too will be down the line, so definitely wait it out if you so desire.
Team17 have announced Overcooked: All You Can Eat. This is a new version of both the first and second game combined into one, which will go out on Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X. They’re putting on a garnish of 4K and 60fps support on top of it, as well as providing online multiplayer and crossplay for the first game, which it does not currently have. This puts together over 200 levels, plus 7 new ones, new cosmetics, more accessibility options, and new achievements. No word on a PC release, though since you’re able to get both of them there anyway, perhaps its not needed.
The developer of the mobile game Monument Valley has unveiled its next project, Alba: A Wildlife Adventure. They haven’t said much about it, but let me read you the description here, “Small actions can make a big difference. Join Alba, a young activist as she sets out to save a beautiful island and its wildlife.” It’s got a great art style, it reminds of Wind Waker, and it’ll be coming not just on mobile but also on console and PC. That comes some time later this year, and I’m sure will have a few people excited, Monument Valley was very well regarded, as was their latest game for Apple Arcade called Assemble with Care.
Thanks to Woody for 5-star review