Xbox Live to mobile, Phoenix Point, Back 4 Blood

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How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for March 15th, 2019. Head over to thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript of today’s report.

Xbox Live headed to Android and iOS

Microsoft has now revealed that Xbox Live is going to have a presence on iOS and Android mobile devices. Essentially, they are developing integrations for the various features that an Xbox is able to provide, things like achievements, Gamerscore, friends lists, and some family settings. This had been seen previously on Microsoft published games like Minecraft, but now any developer can use them with their new SDK. This is obviously some pretty big news in terms of where Microsoft is hoping to bring Xbox as a brand. We’ve been seeing some of their attempts at things like this for months now, and this is going to be an especially large story if they end up doing something like this on the Nintendo Switch, which is just a rumour at this point.

Controversy around Phoenix Point becoming Epic exclusive

The original creator of X-COM, Julian Gollop, is releasing a new turn-based strategy game called Phoenix Point this September, which is supposed to be a sort of spiritual successor. It had a successful Kickstarter back in 2017 to the tune of $750,000, and people who bought in were promised a Steam key for helping fund the game. Well, we found out recently that Phoenix Point is going to be an Epic Games Store exclusive for 1 year. If you take a quick glance on Reddit, people are infuriated about this. They feel like they were deceived, or taken advantage of for securing a better loan of money. Gollop has responded to this in various ways, offering refunds to those who have requested it, free DLC packs to the backers, as well as a free Steam key at the end of the 1 year exclusivity. He’s also said, however, that he feels that the Epic Games Store will be in a better position by the time the game releases, with more features that will make the platform more attractive to customers. I could talk more about this, but let me just say personally that I feel like a ton of arguments against the Epic store are unwarranted, and if you really did want to see Phoenix Point succeed, why not be happy that the developer has done so? Food for thought, at least.

Back 4 Blood announced, spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead

Turtle Rock Studios, developers of the first Left 4 Dead and Evolve, has announced a new game called Back 4 Blood, with the 4 being a number, same as Left 4 Dead. Back 4 Blood is a co-op first person zombie shooter, obviously taking huge inspiration from their first game. They confirmed that the game will have a campaign, PvP, and will not be a battle royale. They’re still very early in development, but wanted to announce it because they wanted the industry to keep an eye on it and potentially recruit people who might be searching for work in Southern California. So there you go, if you’ve been waiting for Left 4 Dead 3, this might be the spiritual successor that you’re looking for.

That is the news. I would like to give a big thank you to Momo and Alexa, both for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. Something Alexa complimented me on is that I don’t indulge in gaming rumours or report on unconfirmed information. I appreciated this because it’s something I try very hard to pay attention to. If you’d like to reach me directly, you are welcome to send me an email, info@thegamingobserver.com. As always, this update was produced in part by Brandon, who funds the show through Patreon. Thank you very much, have a beautiful day, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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