Pokemon Unite is a MOBA, Oculus Go discontinued, more

JUNE 25, 2020

Daily Gaming Update

How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here for The Gaming Observer daily, it is Thursday, June 25th. My friends I hope you are having a wonderful day, because we’ve got some wonderful news to talk about. Let’s take a look.
We’ve got even more Pokemon news today, which we’ve had a lot of in the last week or so. By far the biggest thing from today is the announcement of a new game called Pokemon Unite. And you’re not going to believe this, but it’s a Pokemon MOBA. So if you know DOTA 2 or League of Legends, it’s a Pokemon version of that genre. The Pokemon Company is partnering with Tencent to develop the game, who has experience with mobile games like Honor of Kings, Arena of Valor, and Call of Duty mobile. So Pokemon Unite is going to be a mobile game and a Switch game that has crossplay. They also say that the game “free-to-start,” which hasn’t been detailed exactly but I guess other mobile games have been labelled that way by Nintendo. Anyway, I think something like this is pretty cool, I hope that the game is actually fun to play. The other thing I want to remind you about is that Pokemon Cafe Mix has just released on mobile and the Nintendo Switch, also free to play. This is a puzzle game with a very unique artstyle for the franchise, but I like it. I’ll probably try the game soon and let you know what I think of it on the After-Show.
Oculus is officially discontinuing their original stand-alone VR headset, the Oculus Go. I guess the Quest has been successful enough that there’s no desire to keep up with the old model anymore. They’re going to support the go with security patches and bug fixes for the next two years, but they will no longer add features or new apps. With that going away they can redirect resources to their other products, including a look into getting apps onto the Quest that aren’t from the “curated confines” of the Oculus Store, which can be pretty limiting.
The latest game from Supergiant, Hades, just got its final update before it exits out of Early Access. It’s called The Blood Prince, and has just as much content as these updates always do, which is to say a significant amount. They don’t have a final release date just yet, besides the fact that’s its coming later this year, and they’ve outlined their roadmap. First they need to get an ending into the game, which is fair enough, and besides that it’s a bunch of standard things like polish, multiplatform development, and localization. I have heard incredible things about this game, it’s a hack and slash roguelike based on Greek mythology. And of course Supergiant has an fantastic track record, so make sure you give this one a look when it comes out later this year — or pick it up in Early Access if you so desire.
Hey I just want to give you a couple of heads up here. First of all, Fortnite is going to be holding its first ever movie night this Friday. If you go to the non-combat Party Royale mode, they’re going to play one of three movies from Christopher Nolan: if you’re in the UK you get The Prestige, in the US it’s Inception, and everywhere else its Batman Begins. I think its a neat concept, let me know how it goes. I also wanted to let you know that if you are excited for the Avengers game from Crystal Dynamics, coming out later this year, they just dropped a whole bunch of gameplay footage and a story trailer. Not only that but a few days ago we found out that if you buy the game on any current gen platform, they will give you a free upgrade to the next gen platforms automatically, which is pretty cool.