Remote Play Together, Switch sales in Europe, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, for Friday October 11th. It’s the weekend and that means Canadians are celebrating Thanksgiving soon. That won’t interrupt our schedule just yet, so let’s talk video games.

Steam’s Remote Play Together announced

Valve is introducing its newest feature to Steam, arriving on the beta on the 21st, and it’s called Remote Play Together. This will allow you to play a local multiplayer game online. Therefore if local multiplayer or splitscreen is an option in a game, one person needs to own it, and can then stream it to somebody else. This will let the other person pick up a controller and play as if they’re playing on the host machine, even though they’re not. Apparently this is to add value to games that don’t have online multiplayer, but I imagine it will also be useful for those of you who want to share games with your friends without them having to buy it. There isn’t yet a list of which games will be able to use this feature, but apparently it will be any game tagged with local co-op, local multiplayer, or split-screen on Steam. I think this is a tremendous move, couch co-op is something we’ve really lost in the digital age, and enabling that however possible will always be worth it in my mind.

Nintendo Switch sells 30m units in Europe

The Nintendo Switch has officially sold 10 million units in Europe. That’s a 30% increase in hardware sales year over year for the region, and that’s in large thanks to the release of the Switch Lite. They also noted that since it released in March 2017, they’ve shifted 36 million Nintendo published games. Software for the rest of 2019 is pretty impressive, we’re lookign at The Witcher 3, Overwatch, Pokemon Sword and Shield, and Luigi’s Mansion 3. This has of course been a great year for Nintendo, and I’m sure this Christmas will be treating them very well.

IO Interactive announce partnership with Warner Bros

The developer of Hitman, IO Interactive, has signed a publishing deal with Warner Bros for a new game that has been unnanounced as of yet. Previously they’ve worked together on various Hitman titles, though this is being labelled as a “new game experience”. Not sure if that means a new IP or something like VR, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon.

Ubisoft with more IPs heading to television

Ubisoft is reportedly turning even more of its franchises into animated TV shows. That’s right, you can expect to see Far Cry: Blood Dragon, Watch Dogs, Rayman and Hungry Shark make their way to the screens. What’s interesting is that games like Watch Dogs are targeted for quite a mature audience, but in fact this time around they’re going for the 10 to 13 age group. This of course falls in line with Ubisoft’s hope for a successful film division of their company, here’s fingers crossed that it works out.

Surviving Mars free on Epic

I mentioned it a few days ago, but Surviving Mars is currently free on the Epic Games Store, you should go pick it up. It’s a city builder all about raising Martian colonies, and it got quite a few positive reviews. They also just announced its follow up called Surviving the Aftermath.

Hey that’s the news for now. Big thanks to Spiral Knives, and William for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, I greatly appreciate that. I’ll see you again tomorrow as usual and until then…Happy Gaming everyone!