Hey everyone! This is your favorite retrospective loud owl, Screaming Rowlet, bringing you this week’s news roundup from 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 it.
Rapid Fire News
Kicking things off this week, new information about the rumored Spyro the Dragon Trilogy remaster has surfaced. First, a Twitter account with the handle SpyroTheDragon was created back in February. The account is currently protected and is running under the name FALCON McBob. Activision is currently working on a voice over project under the codename FALCON. And the email connected to the account has been discovered to be an Activsion email. These details were posted by Twitter user JumpButtonCB. The second bit of information was that a code input for a Spyro demo in the N-Sane Trilogy was discovered and it was put there intentionally. This information was revealed by Twitter user mat5b. Finally, the report from Laura Kate Dale on Kotaku had also leaked that Crash Bandicoot would be releasing on other consoles after the one year window expired, which is now confirmed to be happening in July on the Nintendo Switch. While this information doesn’t completely confirm that validity of a Spyro remaster, it definitely does help stoke the engine on the hype train. The remaster, if real, is expected to be announced this month.
A quick reminder that Operation Chimera has launched for Rainbow Six Siege. Outbreak is also live and runs until April 3rd. Be sure to read Operative Charlie’s previous article for a look at the lore behind this update! For official information on the event, you can also check out the official website.
— Ubisoft Nordic (@ubisoftnordic) March 8, 2018
In a bit of surprise news, Ubisoft and developer Massive have announced that The Division 2 is officially in the works! Not much information is known, but the game was leaked earlier this week and officially confirmed on the Ubisoft Nordic Twitter account shortly after. Check out the teaser trailer above and stay tuned for more information at E3 in June.
In more surprise (but not really surprise news), Activision just announced Black Ops 4 is the newest entry in the Call of Duty franchise. After weeks of rumors, leaks, and speculation, the confirmation is finally here. The reveal comes with a teaser trailer, a Community Reveal Event date (May 17th), and a Global Launch date of October 12th. Honestly it’s the same song and dance every year, but we’ll see what Activision does with it this time.
Fortnite has released a new limited time game mode! Five teams of 20 go all out in an attempt to score that elusive Victory Royale. This comes right on the heels of their All Gold event, and is another one of many events they have planned for Season 3. Check it out before it’s gone!
The Elder Scrolls Online has announced the Scalecaller Crown Crate Season. These new loot crates are filled with an assortment of oddly blindfolded mounts, new furnishings, and more. You can even earn up to three free crates by logging in everyday between March 9th – 11th and killing any enemy creature, but you’ll have to wait until March 13th to receive them. For more information, check out the official blog post.
Going back to Ubisoft, Far Cry 5 is getting an map editor mode called Far Cry 5 Arcade. The editor will allow you to make solo, co-op, and PvP levels for unique experiences and adventures in game. The Arcade will be an integral part of the PvP multiplayer experience, with Ubisoft calling it “the heart” of it all. There’s a lot of information to go through, from the various modes to the specific details of the editor. For all that and more, along with extra coverage leading up to the launch of Far Cry 5 later this month, head on over to the Ubisoft website.
PlayStation has surprised everyone with the official release of their System Update 5.50! The new update includes improvements to the library and notifications management, and much more. For more information, check out the PlayStation Blog post and keep an eye on this very website for a full review coming soon.
In Pokemon news, Game Freak has released the three Alolan starter Pokemon as gifts for users of Pokemon Bank. These three are special because they all have their previously unreleased hidden abilities. For more information on this new event, head on over to Serebii for their official coverage of the event. And for a bonus dose of Pokemon, check out RM server member and newly-minted Social Media Monkey Tom’s introduction to competitive battling.
OH MY GOD THEY ANNOUNCED SMASH ON THE SWITCH! SMASH TIME SETTLE IT IN SMASH IT’S FUCKING SUPER SMASH BROTHERS ON THE SWITCH!
So yeah, the Nintendo Direct went really well. The 3DS and the Switch have a lot of great titles to look forward to going through the rest of 2018 and into 2019. The 3DS is getting a remaster of the DS title Bowser’s Inside Story with includes new Bowser Jr. content, a port of the GameCube launch title Luigi’s Mansion, and Detective Pikachu. The Switch is getting new Splatoon 2 content including a paid expansion for the single player mode, Okami HD, Captain Toad, Undertale, South Park The Fractured But Whole, Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, and MOTHERFUCKING SUPER SMASH BROS! To watch the Direct in its entirety and get all the information plus even more games that were announced and shown today, check out Nintendo’s website.
Betas and Free Shit
Monster Hunter World has become the highest selling game in Capcom history, and to celebrate all players are receiving a commemorative items pack as a login bonus.
The Battle Bus is going mobile! That’s right, Fortnite Battle Royale is being ported to mobile devices and promises to provide the “same game on all platforms” with “console quality graphics and action”. Starting March 12th, iOS users can sign-up for the Invite Event and, if selected, will also be given invite codes for some friends. Android support has been promised for a later date.
The stunning action-combat MMO TERA is hosting a beta weekend! Unlike many MMOs, TERA’s combat system was originally inspired by action titles on console, so it’s sure to shed the keyboard gracefully. It also features rich character customization, seven playable races, and ten unique classes… all while being free-to-play (on PC, at least!). Dive into the action starting today until March 12th! For more information, check out the official first look and event invitation.
To celebrate Starcraft’s 20th Anniversary, a slew of content is being given to players of various Blizzard titles. In our case, we’re looking at Overwatch. Widowmaker mains (coughVYXEAcough) will be ecstatic with this Kerrigan Legendary skin for everyone’s favorite tactical sniper. Log into your Overwatch account before April 3rd to receive yours!
As a reminder, PlayStation Plus has launched its new games for the month of March and you can score Bloodborne and Ratchet & Clank for free. You can also
blight yourself with get Mighty No. 9 if you hate yourself or hate good games, but I won’t judge (I’m totally judging you, heavily).
This Week in Patch Notes
Fortnite has launched the v3.2 patch for their game. The big focus is the inclusion of the Teams of 20 mode in Battle Royale which we covered earlier in the article. A few new outfits have been added as well in both BR and Save the World along with Hoverboard Boost Pads for STW. For full details of these additions along with the other fixes and changes in this patch, head on over to the official patch notes.
Rainbow Six Siege has released the first Year 3 patch. Obviously, this patch is mainly focused on Operation Chimera and Outbreak, but it still features plenty of bug fixes and tweaks. For the full rundown of this massive update, head on over to the Ubisoft website.
Starting off the releases, Scribblenauts Showdown drops on PS4 today. It’s the latest entry in the creative sandbox franchise that took the world by storm, I’m super excited to get my hands on it. Remember that all things can be solved with a jetpack and some rope.
Next up, the Devil May Cry HD Collection arrives on March 13th. The collection contains the first three games in the franchise at a great price, so if you’re into high action, fast paced hack and slash action games, then this is a must buy for you.