This Week in Gaming #5

This article corresponds to the week of Oct 16, 2017.

Welcome back to another edition of our weekly gaming news. October is shaping up nicely and I’m pleased to tell you that some of my most anticipated games of the year are releasing this week. Be sure to check back later this week for reviews of Gran Turismo Sport & South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

Besides some of the biggest games of the year releasing this week, we also have plenty of bite-sized stories to tell you about. Without further delay, let’s get started with this week’s gaming news.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Season Pass Details Revealed

Okay, so I know at the time of writing this the game isn’t even out yet, so please forgive me. However, Ubisoft has released details of South Park: The Fractured But Whole’s DLC plans.

The bundle of DLC planned for the title, which is released on Tuesday, October 17th will include three separate downloaded content, including something called Danger Deck; a play on the X-Men’s famous Danger Room.

So far we are hearing of a December release from this content and as a standalone pack, Danger Deck will set back gamers at $5.99. The second round of DLC titled From Dusk Till Casa Bonita will come later next year and the third DLC for South Park: The Fractured but Whole will be called The Crunch. This DLC will be treating players with a brand class and new story elements.

The season pass will be priced at $29.99 and will be available for purchase straight away and alongside the games released on October 17th.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Coming to Origin Access

We all know how Mass Effect: Andromeda turned out in the end. It’s a game suffering from massive over hype and high expectation, which ultimately lead to it being seen as a failure.

With that said, it only seemed like a matter of time before EA decided to shift this title to depths of Origin Access, if not to only try and increase the player base and repair some of the reputation. Well, this has finally happened.

Origin Access is a subscription-based service that provides access to games, without having to purchase the full title. This tends to be older games or ‘play first’ titles. Enter Mass Effect: Andromeda, a full title.

This isn’t the first time of the bigger games has made it on the Origin Access less than a year after its release; Titanfall 2 is another game that did the same. This one just feels like a bit more being kicked whilst you’re down if you ask me.

There is no firm date as to when we will see Mass Effect: Andromeda on Origin Access, but I would bet you’ll be able to play it on the service come Christmas.

Dragon Age Creative Director Leaves BioWare

In more BioWare news, Mike Laidlaw, the creative director for games like Dragon Age has left the company after 14 years of working with them. Seen as somewhat of a veteran in the industry Laidlaw served as lead writer on games like Jade Empire and also helped develop the first Mass Effect game.

In a recent statement announcing his leaving, Mike had this to say:

“It’s a mix of emotions that I’m announcing my time with BioWare has ended. After 14 years and a chance to work on Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and all things Dragon Age it’s time for me to move on.

In my time at BioWare, I have been lucky to work with some of the most talented and hardworking people in the industry. It’s been an honor to be a part of the Dragon Age team, and I have every confidence that the world we created together is in good hands and I’m excited for the road ahead.

For the near future, I plan to spend my time reconnecting with all the amazing games and worlds that my peers have created, and I look forward to sharing those experiences with you all on Twitch and Twitter.

To everyone who’s taken the time to share feedback and experiences, your amazing cosplays and artistic creations: thank you. You’ve made my time ‘in Thedas’ amazing. Your passion inspires and I look forward to our next adventure together.”

It’s a sad day, but we at Beepwee would also like to wish Mike the best of luck in the future.

Respawn’s First Person Shooter VR Game

Three giants have joined forces with the aim of bringing you the best VR FPS experience possible. Facebook, Oculus VR, and developers Respawn Entertainment are creating a virtual reality game set for release in 2019.

The teaser shown at Oculus Connect today states that the title will be an FPS game, but so far, that’s pretty much all we know. Speaking about the game Vince Zampella the CEO of Respawn said: “At Respawn, it’s about creating an authentic experience, we really want to depict being a soldier in combat in a more fully fleshed-out and realistic way”. He continued saying “The combat experience in VR really gives you the chance to experience life closer to what a soldier would experience in real combat, It gives you more of that feeling of paranoia, and tension.”

A video has been released detailing some of the games plans, if it turns out anything like the creators are suggesting, we are in for one fun experience.

Street Fighter V’s New Character Revealed

Street Fighter V’s newest roster addition has been announced this week. The returning character Zeku will be added to the game on October 24th. Capcom also released a short blurb about the character for players who may not be as familiar.

First seen in Street Fighter Alpha 2, Zeku was Guy’s former teacher, who taught him to master Bushinryu, a style of ninjutsu. Eventually, Guy was able to obtain the title of 39th Master of Bushinryu. Zeku then disappeared and was never seen again…until now! Zeku has reappeared looking to start his own ninja group and find a new fighting style.

 

Game Releases This Week:

GamePlatformsDate
Gran Turismo SportPS4Oct 17, 2017
Rogue Trooper ReduxPS4, Xbox One, PCOct 17, 2017
South Park: The Fractured But WholePS4, Xbox One, PCOct 17, 2017
WWE 2K18PS4, Xbox One, PCOct 17, 2017
Age Of Empires: Definitive EditionPCOct 19, 2017
Fire Emblem WarriorsSwitchOct 20, 2017
SyberiaSwitchOct 20, 2017
Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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