Star Wars: Squadrons, Xbox Smart Delivery, more

JUNE 16, 2020

Daily Gaming Update

How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your daily news update for Tuesday, June 16th.
We’ve got the latest game announcement here from EA and Motive Studios, this is Star Wars: Squadrons. This is a return to the space dogfighting genre, like the old X-Wing and TIE Fighter games. It is going to have a singleplayer campaign which takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi, more specifically the Battle of Endor. It was written by a number of people, one of them was Walt Williams, who wrote Spec Ops: The Line, so that’s pretty cool. Not only that though, it’s going to have multiplayer, matches will be 5v5, and will have multiple game modes. Now, of course there are going to be customization options for your ship, but the good news is that it will not have microtransactions. You get those things through gameplay alone, which is awesome to hear. I know lots of people are excited for this one, and I’m looking forward to seeing it come out on October 2nd for the current gen consoles and PC, with full crossplay, for $40. It’s also going to playable in VR, which is pretty cool.
Xbox has given us a little more information about how their Smart Delivery service works. In case you don’t know Smart Delivery is a new system they have which basically ensures that you only have to pay for a game once, no matter what console you are on. Not only that, it applies to games that are optimized for the various consoles. Every 1st party game will have that, and they encourage 3rd party developers to do the same, but its not required for them. This applies not only to digital games but also to physical games. Here’s the ultimate example of how this works: You buy Cyberpunk 2077, which has Smart Delivery, physically for the Xbox One this September. Then you buy the Xbox Series X this holiday, well you automatically get to play Cyberpunk on that console at no cost, when before you may have had to buy the game again. The thing is though, Cyberpunk won’t be immediately optimized for the Series X, so when the developer does eventually optimize it, you also get that version of the game for free. It’s a super consumer-friendly feature, and I hope that every game developer uses it.
Pokemon Sword and Shield is getting its first DLC expansion in a few days, called The Isle of Armor. Now with a game like this expansions can be difficult, because you might have to be a certain level or have completed the game or something like that, in this case, they made it super easy. All expansion content has level scaling, so whether your Pokemon are level 10 or 100, you can have the same experience as everyone else. Just wanted to give you a heads up, in case any of you are going to playing that on Wednesday.
Hey folks, if you are a fan of stealth games and have a Nintendo Switch, I encourage you to check out the game Invisible Inc., which just appeared on the platform. It’s a turn-based game from Klei Entertainment, great studio, and its around $20. It’s a super well received game, I’ve been meaning to play it for a long time, and I imagine it’s perfect for something like the Switch. That’s Invisible Inc. Also from Klei is their newest game Griftlands, which is now available on Steam, previously on the Epic Games Store. This is a roguelike deckbuilder that is in Early Access. Again, I’ve heard good things, Klei is a really trusted developer, I just haven’t had the chance to play it myself yet. Once again, that’s Griftlands.
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