News Rush: Red Dead Delays, PlayStation Plus, and Vaas Returns!

Hey everyone! This is your favorite retrospective loud owl, Screaming Rowlet, bringing you this week’s news roundup for the world of gaming! Think you missed something important in the last few days or just want a refresher? This is where you’ll get it. There’s a lot to cover this week, so let’s get right into the news!

Rapid Fire News

Call of Duty: WW2 just dropped its first map pack, Resistance. Due to an exclusivity deal with Sony, PS4 gamers will get this pack first while Xbox and PC gamers will need to wait about a month to experience it. The pack comes with three new regular multiplayer maps: Valkyrie, Anthropoid, and Occupation. There’s also a new War mode map, Operation Intercept, which tasks one side with rescuing the Resistance fighters and escaping. Finally, it also contains a new Nazi Zombie mode, titled the Darkest Shore.

GTA Online is still chugging along, with the Doomsday Heist update bringing a wealth of new content and ways to earn it. This week, you can earn double GTA$/RP in the new Hardest Target mode. You’ll also receive a 25% boost in Research and Manufacturing and 25% more GTA$ on all special cargo deliveries. Finally, the Cargobob is on sale for 35% off, and there’s a 25% discount on many other in-game items including the Cheetah Classic, LF-22 Starling, and Bunkers. The sleek and sexy new Pfister Neon electric sportscar is also available at Legendary Motorsports.

In other Rockstar Games news, Red Dead Redemption 2 has received another delay, but was also finally given a solid release date. The sequel to the outstanding 2010 Western is due out on October 26th, 2018. The game will have a massive story mode and will also launch with an online mode which is expected to have many similarities with GTA Online.

Nintendo has announced they’re working with Illumination, the studio behind Despicable Me, to create an animated Mario movie. No other details are available, but considering the travesty that was the live action Super Mario Bros movie, many fans are breathing a cautious sigh of relief that they’re going animated this time around. In further Mario-related news, Mario Kart is coming to mobile phones! Mario Kart Tour is due out in the next financial year (April 2018 through March 2019) on iPhone and Android. This will be Nintendo’s fifth smartphone game app (following Super Mario Run, Miitomo, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Fire Emblem Heroes), and the second appearance for the plumber on phones.

Moving right along with more Nintendo news, Pokemon Crystal was released for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console and comes with the previously Japan exclusive GS Ball event. This event allows you to use the shrine in Ilex Forest to encounter and catch the mythical Pokemon Celebi! Also in Pokemon news, this year is the year of the Legendary Pokemon. Each month there will be a distribution for certain Legendary Pokemon. This month, you will receive the temporal Steel/Dragon-type Dialga if you’re playing Moon or Ultra Moon, and the spacial Water/Dragon-type Palkia if you’re playing Sun or Ultra Sun. In Sun and Moon, the dragon duo will be Level 60. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, they’ll be Level 100 and also come holding the very rare Gold Bottle Cap item. The event is available through serial code cards available at your local game shop. You can check here for a list of where you can pick up your card for the distribution.

Far Cry 5 has released a new story trailer revealing a bit more about what to expect in this take on religious extremism in America. Ubisoft has also revealed the game will come with a season pass for upcoming DLC, which includes no new story content. Instead, the DLC will take notes from Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon. There’s the Dead Living Zombies DLC, which will have you facing down “hordes of the undead” in a zombie wasteland. The Hours of Darkness DLC takes players to Vietnam to take on the Viet Cong. And finally, the Lost on Mars DLC has you traveling to Mars to fight against giant spiders. The insanity is clear, but it sounds like a lot of fun. Also alongside all of this, Ubisoft dropped a bombshell and announced Far Cry 3 is coming to current gen consoles! The 2013 hit will be available as a standalone purchase this summer, but if you buy the Far Cry 5 Season Pass, you’ll receive the game for free and four weeks before it goes up for sale.

Lastly, the much anticipated PS4 exclusive Yakuza 6 has been delayed for American and European audiences until April 17th. The wait is sure to annoy some fans, but Sega has also announced the demo will be dropping on February 27th for those who can’t wait to get a taste of the action. Sega didn’t say what the demo will include, but they did say you’ll be able to bring your save file into the full game.

Betas and Free Shit

This month’s Playstation Plus offerings for PS4 are Knack and RiME. Knack is a two-player co-op adventure game which was a launch title for the PS4 and was released to mixed reception. RiME is a single-player puzzle adventure game that was released last year to favorable reception. For the full list of available games across all Sony consoles, be sure to check the PlayStation US Blog or the PlayStation EU Blog.

Upcoming Releases

The Shadow of the Colossus remake releases on February 6th. The PS2 cult classic, re-imagined for a new generation, is built from the ground up by Bluepoint Games and JAPAN Studios. A game that must be played to truly understand the impact it has had, the PS4 remaster includes stunning visuals and improved performance as you travel across a beautiful land fighting against unique and monstrous creatures.

That’s all for this week in gaming news. There’s plenty to love, so tell us what you’re looking forward to this week in the comments below. See you back here next week!

-Screaming Rowlett

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