This Week in Gaming #6

This article corresponds to the week of Oct 23, 2017.

It’s Monday Ladies and Gentlemen and with that comes a new roundup of our weekly gaming news. Each week we bring you bite-sized chunks of the latest and hottest gaming news.

Thankfully Broketober is almost over, but hopefully, you’ve saved your pennies for the end of the month releases. If not, then you might miss out on your chance to play some of the best games of the year.

Let’s get into the top stories of the week and see what the world of video gaming has been talking about.

Pokémon GO Third-Gens Are Here

We all knew it was coming; it was just a matter of when it would happen. As of 20th October 2017, Pokémon Go lovers from around the world will be able to catch third generation Pokémon.

Niantic has promised a gradual roll out of the third gens starting on October 20th. This rollout will start in with a somewhat relevant Halloween theme, as a handful of ghost type Pokémon will hit the streets.

So far we know of 5 confirmed Pokémon ready for capture with this latest update. Sableye, Shuppet, Bannette, Duskull & Dusclops can all be found wandering the wilds, waiting for a true Pokémon master to catch them.

Maybe this latest update will reinvigorate some players that have perhaps uninstalled the game? Why not give it a try and see how many of the new Pokémon you can capture.

Visceral Games Closed Down By EA

It’s a sad day in video gaming when you hear of a promising studio being shut down. Not only do we never get to see promising titles come to fruition, but people livelihood and effort also seem to go to the wayside.

Visceral games are the latest studio to undergo this treatment. The studio responsible for games such as Dead Space & Battlefield: Hardline was also working on a new untitled Star Wars project. With only a few glimpse of the project shown, it’s unfortunate to see such a promising project go to waste.

In a statement EA vice president, Patrick Soderlund’s said, “Our Visceral studio has been developing an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe. In its current form, it was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure game. Throughout the development process, we have been testing the game concept with players, listening to the feedback about what and how they want to play and closely tracking fundamental shifts in the marketplace. It has become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design.”

Visceral is just another name in a long list of studios being shut down under pressure. It looks like we will never get to see the Star Wars that could have been and I for one, think that’s a travesty.

Total War: Warhammer II Mortal Empires Campaign Map Revealed

When I wrote my review of Total War: Warhammer II, I spoke about the potential epic scale of this game when developers Creative Assembly release the update to combine games 1 & 2. Well, that day has finally arrived and we have our first official look at the game world we can expect to see.

The image shows the campaign map of the combined worlds in Total War: Warhammer II & Total War: Warhammer, which will be known as the Mortal Empires Campaign.

This is going to be the biggest Total Map ever and the numbers around it don’t lie. With a whopping 117 starting factions and 35 playable Legendary Lord, Total War: Warhammer II Mortal Empires campaign is epic in the truest sense. My only concern is the end turn wait times, which Creative Assembly are working hard to address. At this stage, it looks like part of the parcel and something we will have to put up with for the foreseeable future.

The Moral Empires Campaign releases on 24th October 2017 and requires you to own both Total War: Warhammer II & Total War: Warhammer, though you only need Total War: Warhammer II installed to play it. See you on the battlefield.

Warhammer Vermintide II Add Chaos to the Mix

In other Warhammer news, we now have some gameplay footage for the anticipated Warhammer Vermintide II showing it won’t just be rats in our way this time.

The new gameplay footage shows hordes of Chaos warriors will be added to the game, providing some variation in the units you will inevitably have to batter. The community has welcomed the change as Warhammer Vermintide suffered from a lack of varied enemies.

The CEO of developers FatShark Martin Wahlund spoke about the studio addressing players concerns stating “Vermintide 2 is the evolution of the genre. If you liked the first game, you’ll love the second. We have listened to the community, analyzed hours and hours of online playthroughs, and combined this with our passion for co-op games to bring you the very best experience possible.”

Let’s hope he’s right on this one.

Civilization 6 Previews Indonesia in First Look

2K Games have announced the latest faction to join the world of Civilisation and it might be one you’ve not been expecting at all. Indonesia, led by Dyah Gitarja will enter the fray in an attempt to rewrite history for the Majahapit Empire.

In a new reveal trailer, few details are shown regarding the new faction. We do know that Indonesia’s unique unit will be the Jong. The Jong are large sailing ships that function primarily as merchant vessels and transports but can hold their own in a fight as well.

We still don’t have a word on an official release date but expect that to come soon. Other similar sized DLCs have cost players around $5 and I would also expect to see a similar cost here. Watch the trailer above and see if you think you can lead Indonesia to glory.

Game Releases This Week

Destiny 2PCOct 24, 2017
Just Dance 2018PS4, Xbox One, PCOct 24, 2017
Assassin’s Creed OriginsPS4, Xbox One, PCOct 27, 2017
Super Mario OdysseySwitchOct 27, 2017
Wolfenstein II: The New ColossusPS4, Xbox One, PCOct 27, 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.