This Week in Gaming: Sep 18, 2017

This is the start of an ongoing series of articles where we will highlight the week’s events in the world of video gaming. We will feature things like the week’s planned releases and the most recent news stories. For bit sized stories around the most up to date news, make sure you come back every week for content.

Without further adieu, let’s catch up on the week’s latest details.

BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Tickets

Good news for all of you Blizzard fanatics out there, you now purchase virtual BlizzCon 2017 tickets online. Tickets are priced at $39.99 for those of you who are unable to make the trip to California in November, myself included.

These virtual tickets also include plenty of goodies like weekly videos ahead of the event and on-demand replays of your favorite parts. You also get a $10 off goody bag. All details for the virtual tickets and what’s included can be found here-

PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds bans 150,000 Players

The incredibly popular PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG, as its known, hit the news recently as they tweeted out they had banned 150,000 players for cheating. Creative Director Brendan Greene tweeted out personally that they had banned around 8,000 users in a 24-hour period.

This is good news for any PUBG players as more and more instances of players cheating were seen. I suggest that if you are one of the millions of players still able to play PUBG, you shouldn’t cheat or it seems you have a good chance of being banned.

SNES & NES Classic will be stocked

One of the problems with the NES classic release was that if you weren’t quick enough, chances are you didn’t get one. Nintendo is looking to change that with the release of the SNES classic by having more stock and for a longer period.

Due to its high demand, Nintendo will now be shipping the SNES classic into 2018. The original plan was to cease shipment at the end of 2017, so you still have time to get your hands on one.

The NES will also receive more production, but the details are not yet known on when this will be.

Pewdiepie does not condone review bombing

Pewdiepie is back in the news again by stating he does not condone review bombing. Last week the internet went into meltdown as a war of right and wrong broke out after Pewdiepie used a racial slur whilst streaming PlayerUnknown Battlesgrounds.

After the outburst was published Firewatch developer Sean Vanaman stated in a tweet “We’re filing a DMCA takedown of PewDiePie’s Firewatch content and any future Campo Santo games. I am sick of this child getting more and more chances to make money off of what we make,” He then continued saying “He’s worse than a closeted racist: he’s a propagator of despicable garbage that does real damage to the culture around this industry. Freedom of speech is freedom of prosecution. His stream is not commentary; it is ad growth for his brand. Our game on his channel = endorsement.”

As always Pewdiepies legion of fans took to defending him and began review-bombing Firewatch on streams. Pewdiepie has since tweeted about this review bombing by saying “Abusing DMCA is wrong, but so is review bombing. I’m not condoning the Firewatch reviews.”

Forgive me for sounding like I’m stirring the pot, but I think this story is far from over.

Tomb Raider Trailer

Okay, so this one is both Movie and Video Game related, but so what. The first trailer for Tomb Raider has dropped and it’s fair to say it looks exactly like the game.

The trailer shows that a lot of the direction and feel of this new adaptation has clearly been taken from Square Enix’s Tomb Raider and if they pull it off as well as the game did, they’re in for a winner.

I’m still unsure about the casting for Lara Croft, but this latest trailer has filled me with more confidence than I had. Alicia Vikander is undeniably a great actress, I’m just not sure if she’s Lara Croft.

Metal Gear Artists New Game – Left Alive

The character artist for the Metal Gear Solid games Yoji Shinkawa has joined Square Enix’s development team to work on a new horror game titled Left Alive. It’s a bit hard to know what Left Alive exactly is right now, but it already has a team of talented professionals on its roster.

So far all we have is the teaser trailer below, which doesn’t give much away. What we can bet out money on is that with such a wealth of talent developing this title, you can expect a great game.

Your releases for this week

GamePlatformRelease Date
EchoPS4, PCSep 19, 2017
Hidden Dragon LegendPS4Sep 19, 2017
Marvel vs. Capcom InfinitePS4, Xbox One, PCSep 19, 2017
NBA 2K18PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PCSep 19, 2017
SteamWorld Dig 2SwitchSep 21, 2017
Thimbleweed ParkSwitchSep 21, 2017
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2SwitchSep 22, 2017
Guild Wars 2: Path of FirePCSep 22, 2017
The Lego Ninjago Movie VideogamePS4, Xbox One, PC, SwitchSep 22, 2017
Pokémon Gold / Silver3DSSep 22, 2017
Pokken Tournament DeluxeSwitchSep 22, 2017
Project Cars 2PS4, Xbox One, PCSep 22, 2017
Raiders of the Broken PlanetPS4, Xbox One, PCSep 22, 2017
Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 2: The PactPS4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, AndroidSep 26, 2017
Blue ReflectionPS4, VitaSep 26, 2017
Danganronpa V3PS4, VitaSep 26, 2017
Fallout 4: Game of the Year EditionPS4, Xbox One, PCSep 26, 2017
Halo Wars 2: Awakening the NightmareXbox One, PCSep 26, 2017
HobPS4, PCSep 26, 2017
Raid: World War 2PCSep 26, 2017
RuinerPCSep 26, 2017

Join us next week for more exciting video games, same bat place, same bat time.

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.