Shenmue III, Cyberpunk games, Age of Empires, more



How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for July 3rd, 2019. for links and a transcript.

Shenmue III refunding Kickstarter backers who are upset with EGS exclusive. Epic to cover refunds for all games in this situation moving forward.

Everyone involved with Shenmue III have had a change of heart, and are offering refunds to Kickstarter backers who are unsatisfied with the EGS exclusivity. This is of course, if they don’t want to wait a year for their promised Steam key to come in. Alongside that was Tim Sweeney promising that they were going to cover all of the costs of refunds so that development funding was not impacted. Further, it’s now their policy that if this situation ever arises again, Steam key availability will either be negotiated, or refunds will be offered on day one. If you’re a Shenmue fan, you can also take a look at how their stretch goals ended up panning out. The game will release on November 19th of this year.

CD Projekt has multiple Cyberpunk titles in the works

CD Projekt Red already has multiple Cyberpunk related projects in the works. Talking to a financial site, they revealed that their teams are spread across three games, on top of the continued support for Gwent. The first game is of course Cyberpunk 2077, which is releasing April 2020. Another is the next AAA game from them, which is also taking place in the Cyberpunk universe. At one point, this was scheduled to release late 2021, but considering the timelines many people are doubting that one. Their third project is 2077’s multiplayer, which isn’t going to be released at launch, but will happen eventually. That being said, they’ve toyed with the idea of a multiplayer for years, so we don’t know if it’s necessarily concrete yet.

Age of Empires series gets more than 1 million players/month

Adam Isgreen of Microsoft has claimed that over a million people a month play the various games in the Age of Empires series. This is notable because the last released title in the franchise came out in 2005. Of course they’ve been redone and rereleased on various platforms, but it speaks to the quality of the game nonetheless. This explains why Microsoft is going so hard on the future of the games, with a remaster of the second game on its way and development for the fourth game currently happening. They even announced an Age of Wonders dedicated studio at E3, obviously to captilize on its continued success.

Dr. Mario World (mobile) will have online multiplayer 

Dr. Mario World, an upcoming mobile title, has been confirmed to have online multiplayer. You will be able to play against your friends alongside its single-player option. It comes out on July 10th, and pre-registration is available now.

That’s all the news for today. Thank you so much for tuning in, and if you enjoy my show perhaps leaving me a review on Amazon, it would really mean a lot to me. You can also find me on Twitter, @gaming_observer. My name is Adrian Simple, see you tomorrow, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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