Steam 2019 In Review, Rod Fergusson heads to Blizzard, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Thursday, February 6th. I hope you’re having a wonderful day, let’s talk video games.

Steam’s 2019 In Review

Valve put out a giant blog post talking about Steam and their 2019 in review. They listed off all of the new things they implemented into the service, and there’s so many that I won’t go through them all, but here are some of the interesting things from the post. First of all, discoverability was a big factor for them last year. They rehauled the DLC pages, they highlighted the top steam releases each month, and sent customized emails that reccommended games to users based on machine learning. I guess a lot of developers benefitting from these initiatives, which is great. Of course they had the big library update which a lot of people loved, and the thing I found interesting is that they found new ways to prompt us to leave reviews for games. This meant that before they had about 17 thousands new reviews posted every day, and that bumped up to 70 thousand because of the update. And then of course they launched the feature called Remote Play Together, which lets you play couch co-op games online with your friends, which I think was just a genius idea, I’m glad they did it. Looking to this year, they’re going to be working on a bunch of stuff, notably a new functionality for soundtracks, more additions to their expirmental branch Steam Labs, SteamVR 2.0, as well as a mobile app refresh. This is only the tip of the iceberg with what they talked about, so feel free to do further reading.

Rod Fergusson departing The Coalition for Blizzard/Diablo

We have yet another studio departure to talk about, this time its Rod Fergusson from The Coali tion. If you don’t know that name, he is intimately tied with the Gears of War franchise. He was there from the beginning of the series, and eventually took charge of the studio responsible for it. He’s going to be moving on to work at Blizzard and to oversee the Diablo series, which currently has both Diablo Immortal and Diablo 4 in the works. The head Xbox Games Studios Matt Booty has reassured players that Gears isn’t going anywhere, and there’s a ton of content lined up for this year, as well as the release of Gears Tactics and Gears POP.

Moving Out looks like Overcooked and lots of fun

Hey, if you were a fan of Overcooked, or any other chaotic multiplayer game, you need to have your eye on a game called Moving Out. It’s very similar in style, except its all about helping people move houses. It looks like a lot of fun, and I believe they just announced a launch date of April 28th for Steam and all consoles. Worth noting that it is only couch co-op, though maybe that’s a good reason to use the Remote Play Together feature I talked about earlier!

Final Fantasy XV and Wolfenstein: Youngblood to the Xbox Game Pass

Hey, if you’re on the Xbox Game Pass, I’ve got some good news. There are two major league games heading there, Final Fantasy XV, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which are both the newest games in their respective franchises. That’s for both PC and console. Leaving the service soon will be the Jackbox Party Pack 2, Rage, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, among others. If you aren’t on this service you should be, and first time users get 3 months for $1. Give it a shot.

Okay everybody thank you very much for tuning in, it really means a lot ot me. As you know I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow, and until then…happy gaming everyone.