Third cancelled EA Star Wars game, Baldur’s Gate releases 2020, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome back to your daily gaming update for Monday, February 24th. I’m super happy to be back talking about the news, so let’s get into it.

Third Star Wars game in 3 years cancelled by EA

We now know that yet another Star Wars game has been cancelled by EA. The first time this happened was back in 2015, where they were developing a Star Wars heist game codenamed Ragtag. It was going to be directed by Amy Heninig, who directed the Uncharted series. By 2017 they cancelled Ragtag, shut down the studio behind it, and moved things to Vancouver, on a new project codenamed Orca. Orca was worked through 2018, and then it got cancelled as well. This brings us to the latest game, codenamed Viking, which was planned for a fall 2020 release. It was supposed to be a spinoff of the Battlefront games with some open-world elements. Well, they brought in another studio, Criterion, to help them out. But there were apparently too many cooks in the kitchen, and we now know that the game was cancelled in early 2019. As it stands today, there are two more Star Wars games in development. The first is a Fallen Order sequel from Respawn, and the other is a “more unusual project” from a team in Montreal.

Baldur’s Gate 3 enters Early Access in 2020

Baldur’s Gate 3 will be entering Early Access before the end of the year. This is being developed by Larian Studios, who made the Divinity Original Sin games. This news comes out way from Hasbro, the parent company of Wizard to the Coast, and thus the D&D franchise. Baldurs Gate 3 is one of seven D&D games in development. The other one we know about is the action-RPG Dark Alliance, which will also be coming in 2020. The other five will be coming out annually between now and 2025. Very fun stuff, and I’m very much looking forward to what Larian will bring to table.

Coronavirus impacting Valve Index stock, pressure is on for Half-Life: Alyx release

I’ve talked about it a few times on this show, but the Coronavirus has had quite the impact on the industry so far. Today, we’re looking at the Valve Index, which is particularly stressful for the company because Half-Life: Alyx releases in a month, which comes free with that headset, which means a lot of people want to buy it. Here’s what they say directly, “[We] want to reassure everyone that Index systems will be available for purchase prior to the game’s launch…However, the global Coronavirus health crisis has impacted our production schedules so we will have far fewer units for sale during the coming months compared to the volumes we originally planned.” It rea lly sucks to see stuff like this, especially with such a high-profile release, but of course my heart goes out to everyone affected by that virus.

All 37k airports in the world modeled in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Hey, if you didn’t know, Microsoft Flight Simulator is returning to grace our screens this year, and it’s looking really cool. What’s making the headlines today is the fact that every single airpot in the world has been manually edited by the team behind it, Asobo Studios. That’s 37,000 airports. And also if you didn’t know, in this game you can fly anywhere in the world. It’s pretty ambitious, so we’ll see how it plays out.

Spawn being added to Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11 has announced their newest character to the game, arriving on March 8th, Spawn. We’ve seen him in lots of games before, notably Soul Calibur II, but this will be his first time hitting Mortal Kombat. Also recently released for the game was Joker, from Batman.

Alright folks, thank you very much for tuning in, and thank you to Chris for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon. If you’d like, come join me in the TGO After Show, I’ll be talking more about many of the things I mentioned today. Just open up the flash briefing section of the Alexa app and it will automatically be there. So until next time my friends, Happy Gaming everyone.