Torchlight III announced, game console tariffs off the table, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Tuesday, January 28th.

Torchlight Frontiers rebranded to Torchlight III, no longer F2P

The sequel to Torchlight 2 has officially been rebranded and reannounced as Torchlight 3. It was previously known as Torchlight Frontiers, and it was going to be free to play with a games as a service model. It was planned for 2019, then delayed to 2020, and now they’ve gone back to the roots of the series saying that Torchlight 3 will just be a proper sequel. Max Schaefer, CEO of Echtra Games, said that as they were developing the game, they just realized that Frontiers was not meant to be. Seems like people are pretty happy with this change, so best of luck to that team with the release coming later this year.

US/China tariffs on game consoles off the table

As of two weeks ago, the proposed game console tariffs into the United States have officially been taken off of the table, which means that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have a major weight off of their shoulders. It was the summer of last year that the US threatened a 25% tariff on a number of products coming from China, including all consoles. This was bad news, because the Xbox, Playstation and Switch are all predominantly manufactured in China, and its well known that they’re made with an extremely tight margin. I think in some cases they sell them at a loss and hope to make up for it in software sales. So with the tariff in place, the price increase would inevitably fall to the consumer, which was good for nobody. So of course, with the new console generation upon us, the fact that this is now unlikely to happen is extremely good news.

Plague Inc. devs say not to use their game as a scientific model

You may be hearing about the coronavirus scare that has been going around, well it turns out that because of it, the game Plague Inc became the best-selling app in China last week. That is eight years after its initial release. In response to this, the developers put out a statement that says “…whenever there is an outbreak of disease we see an increase in players, as people seek to find out more about how diseases spread…We specifically designed the game to be realistic and informative, while not sensationalising serious real-world issues…However, please remember that Plague Inc is a game, not a scientific model…” I’m sure that was a weird one for their PR team to navigate. Nonetheless, they’re definitely right, make sure you get your info from the world health organization and not a video game.

Metro Exodus gets its last DLC on February 11th

4A Games will be releasing the second and final DLC for Metro Exodus on February 11th, titled Sam’s Story. Not too many details, but there will be a bunch of new content, and obviously a new story, so perhaps its worth checking out. I’ll probably be getting around to that game soon because I just finished up with Metro Last Light and I’m interested to see how the series transitions to an open world.

Alright everybody thank you very much for tuning in. I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow, and until then…happy gaming everyone.