Xbox backwards compat., tons of DLC/updates, Warcraft 3, 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, December 19th. There are a lot of stories today, but none of them necessarily have a ton of depth, so we’re going to have some variety. Anyway, let’s jump in.

Xbox Series X will have full backwards compatibility on day one

While this was heavily suspected, it has now been confirmed that the Xbox Series X will be fully backwards compatible on day one. All Xbox One games will be playable, and I imagine whichever 360 and original games are currently playable on the One, will also be playable on the Series X. Not only that, but all Gamerscore, achievements, and save files will move forward to minimize the barrier of entry, according to an interview on Gamespot. Its worth noting that the PS5 will also be backwards compatible, seemingly with all PS4 games. I am incredibly excited by all of this. The more accessibility and openness that we see in this industry the better.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 getting two DLCs in one bundle

Nintendo has revealed two new multiplayer expansions for Luigi’s Mansion 3. Both of them include new outfits, mini-games, and themed floors and ghosts. The first arrives by April 30th, the second by July 31st, and they have a combined price tag of $10. Purchase that bundle now, and you unlock a new themed flashlight.

Warcraft 3: Reforged gets firm release date of January 29

Warcraft 3: Reforged, which is the remaster of the game, was supposed to come out this year. Well, obviously that won’t be happening with the year almost over, but Blizzard has come out with a firm release date, January 29th, so not too far away. The game will include the expansion, Frozen Throne, a graphical update, and a world editor with mod support. About $30 on the Blizzard store.

Cadence of Hyrule adds new storyline and game mode

Cadence of Hyrule, which is the Zelda game based on Crypt of the Necrodancer, has added a new storyline. It lets you play as the game’s villain, Octavo. On top of that, they’ve got a new game mode called Dungeon, which wihch seems almost like a challenge mode which is meant to be super difficult. Both of these are only available after completing the main story, and are currently available with a free update.

The Game Awards get 45.2 million livestreams

The Game Awards get bigger and bigger every year, more specifically in 2019 they hit 45.2 million livestreams, which is up 73%. It’s worth noting that that number is how many times a livestream was opened, and not how many people watched, because I’m sure that’s a harder metric to gauge. Very happy for Geoff Keighley and his entire crew, and I’m looking forward to how that show evolves.

Planet Zoo gets first DLC – Arctic themed

Planet Zoo has released its first DLC, and its Arctic themed. The first new scenario puts you in the arctic, caring for those animals, and the second goes to Mexico, where you have the challenge of taking an existing Zoo and making it accomodate those animals who don’t normally belong there. Speaking of animals, it will be adding reindeer, the arctic wolf, dall sheep, and the polar bear. Alongside this is a free update which adds a lot of QoL improvements.

That is all for today, thank you very much for tuning in, and I’d also like to thank Alex for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, thank you very much. 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.