This Week in Gaming #8

Now that you’ve had time to adventure in Mario Odyssey, explore the deserts in Assassin Creed Origins and shoot endless Nazi’s in Wolfenstein II it’s time to come back to the real world and see what news you’ve missed.

In the past week, we have had Paris Games Week, which gave PS4 owners some tasty news for 2018. We have also had some huge games released like Call of Duty WWII, which we will be reviewing shortly. There was also Blizzcon, which is never the same without some kind of WoW announcement.

In the wider world of Video Games it’s safe to say that other than the aforementioned new, not much else has been happening. With that said, we still have your weekly dose of the latest news, so strap in and let’s dive into the news.

World of Warcraft on Bringing Back Vanilla Servers

Another year, another Blizzcon and another World of Warcraft announcement – were you really expecting anything less? Blizzard has just released details on the next massive expansion for the MMO king World of Warcraft.

Called Battle for Azeroth, this next expansion will also be launched alongside official Vanilla World of Warcraft servers. Speaking at the event executive producer J Allen Brack stated that “Battle for Azeroth will make you prouder than ever to declare your allegiance to the noble Alliance.” He continued saying “Battle for Azeroth will call on you to rally in support of the mighty Horde. The stakes have never been higher. Now, more than ever, your faction matters.”

The news couldn’t be better for long-time players, but that wasn’t all we were told at the even. Mike Morhaime, Blizzard’s bossman joined J Allen Brack on stage to provide more details about the expansion “Conflict is at the heart of the Warcraft saga, and in Battle for Azeroth, tensions that have been simmering for a long time escalate into all-out war, World of Warcraft players are incredibly passionate about the characters and factions they identify within the game, and this expansion will make them prouder than ever to declare their allegiance to the Horde or to the Alliance” He said to a resounding roar from the crowd.

J Allen Brack also spoke about the vanilla Wow Serves, although few details were shown he did have this to say - “The original problem was that we would have to run two MMOs, We would have to run Classic WoW, and then current WoW. Classic WoW and current WoW really don’t work the same way anymore. But now we think we have a way to have the old WoW version work on the modern infrastructure and feel really good.” This can only be positive news for anyone looking for a little bit of retro WoW in their life.

Super Mario Odyssey is the Fastest Selling Mario Game

It’s official Super Mario Odyssey is now the fastest selling Mario game of all time. Nintendo estimated that the game sold more than 2 million copies in just three days.

There are many factors that have contributed to this and more than anything it’s likely the quality of the game has won more people over than not. This is not only an excellent Mario game but also a great video game and a contender for game of the year. I can only imagine the total sales come Black Friday.

The Next Historical Total War

Most Total War fans might be deep in a Mortal Empire campaign at the moment, but there’s always time for some welcomed historical news. Developers Creative Assembly has been rather quiet on the details around the next historical Total War game, but at last, we now have a sprinkle of information.

Speaking in a blog post, we have some teasers for the next historical game as well as details on other projects Creative Assembly are working on. We don’t have anything concrete yet, but that’s not stopping us from getting excited about what could be.

What we know is that there are at least two other projects being developed at the moment. There is an expansion for one of the older Total War games being developed as well as a brand new historical title.

Speaking about the expansion for the older game one of the developers stated “We’re working on a campaign expansion for one of our older games, probably the biggest historical one CA’s done we think. We’ve been working on our project for the best part of a year, and with not long to go we’re well into testing now with nearly all the content in. And yes, it’s going to be the next Total War announcement, which is exciting for us.” This is great news for any fans of the historical Total war series.

In other historical news, we got a few details and a progress update on the next new historical game in the series and it looks like it will be set in an entirely new ear, one we’ve not seen in a Total War game to date.

One of the developers Gaspar talks about the new game in the blog post stating, “Expectation is high, but so is the excitement amongst the team here,” he says. A brand new era brings a completely different look and feels to this Total War game. We’ve ramped up to the final team size in the past few months, so things are moving along steadily with daily visible progress. For example, it’s nice to see, after having researched historical city-layouts for months, it all coming together in the game. There are still placeholder grey boxes here and there, but the atmosphere is already outstanding and gameplay feels strong.”

You can see the full blog post here:

Game Releases This Week

Sonic ForcesPS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch11/07/17
Need For Speed: Payback3DS11/10/17
Mario Party: The Top 100PS4, Xbox One, PC11/10/17
Football Manager 2018PC11/10/17
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.