Yesterday’s News Today | Gamescom, Real Life, and Refund Abuse

Hey there folks! Time for another of our weekly news roundups. Going to say before we dive in that this will only cover some of the biggest announcements of Gamescom. But, we have a few interesting stories to tie up this week. Without further ado, let’s get this roundup started!

Halo Infinite Release Date Announced

It was announced this week that Halo Infinite will be released just in time for the holiday season, on December 8th, 2021. Alongside this announcement, we were shown a multiplayer trailer centered around the character Commander Laurette Agryna, one of the main characters featured in the first season of Halo Infinite’s multiplayer.

They also announced that there will be a special edition controller Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Series X modeled after Halo Infinite. This will be released in celebration of Halo’s 20th anniversary. That being said, if you are having trouble meeting console demand as it is, probably not a good idea to announce a special edition of the console.

Elden Ring News

This week gave us a fair bit of news about From Software’s upcoming game Elden Ring. First, we got a 15 minute preview of Elden Ring. Second, we learned how the summoning mechanic won’t completely break the game as many thought when it was first revealed. Plus some lore stuff regarding important NPC’s in-game and how most of the in-game text is being written by Miyazaki and not George R.R. Martin. Which I guess explains how we are seeing this game release at all within the next decade.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns Announced

We got a lovely trailer regarding Firaxis Games upcoming title Marvel’s Midnight Suns. The game will be a strategy RPG game and is most likely going to be similar to the XCOM series in some ways. We have a release window of March 2022 and will have a game play reveal on September 1st, 2021. I am a huge Marvel fan so this game announcement certainly has my attention.

Saints Row Reboot Coming in February 2022

There will be a brand new Saints Row released on February 25, 2022 for all current and last gen systems outside of the Nintendo Switch, though that exclusion is fair as this series is not exactly family friendly. From the trailers and gameplay shown, it appears that this reboot will take more queues from Saints Row 3 and less from the over the top direction the series went in later entries.

Horizon Forbidden West Confirmed for 2022

More specifically, the next installment in the Horizon series comes to PS5 and PS4 on February 18, 2022. The more I work on this, the more jam packed February is looking for sure. Sadly this means that the game got delayed. But don’t worry, as Horizon Zero Dawn got a free upgrade patch to bring the original game up to 60 FPS on that PS5.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga got a new release window of Spring 2022. This is the first we have heard of a new release window since the delay from the original Spring 2021 release window. Hoping that his gives TT Games some more time to work on the game without having to crunch to get it out this year.

Death Stranding: Director’s Cut and Jetpacks

This latest trailer showed off some of the new items, features and missions being brought to the original 2019 game. It confirmed the jetpack that until now we have seen no in-game assets regarding it. I wonder how this will impact the original balancing gameplay from the original? As a reminder the Death Stranding: Director’s Cut comes out on September 24th, 2021.

Forza Horizon 5 Intro and Lab Mode

Have you ever wanted to drive an expensive car into a volcano? Well Forza Horizon 5 will let you live out that dream based on the intro that was shown to use this week. Other game news comes with more details about the Lab Mode. This mode will give players the same tools the the developers use to make events in-game. Which is making the developers rather nervous apparently because they have no idea what the community will do with it. I can think of a few things, and given past creation tools systems I bet it will start out inappropriate.

New Metroid Dread Trailer

This one was not directly related to Gamescon but I wanted to share it. As we here at BDG are super excited for this games release. Nintendo did what Nintendo does when other major games new events are going on and dropped a brand new trailer for Metroid Dread. Just a remindeer, but Metroid Dread releases on October 8th, 2021.

Giant’s Uprising

Admittedly, I knew nothing about this game prior to this announcement. But it certainly looks like it will be a blast. In Giant’s Uprising you play as a giant recently freed from enslavement forced upon you by humans. The best part about this announcement though is that a demo is available on Steam now and it will enter Early Access on November 2nd, 2021.

Dying Light News

Dying Light 2 finally got a new trailer. I have been excited for this one since they originally announced it. The new trailer shows off a bunch of in-game first person parkour actions. As well as new mechanics that help you traverse the city better and avoid major fall damages. Techland also announced that Dying Light: Platinum Edition will be heading to the Nintendo Switch later in 2021. If you have not experienced this game, than you certainly have to as it is a ton of fun for sure.

Xbox Cloud Gaming Expanding

Xbox’s Cloud Gaming service is making the jump to the Xbox Series X/s and Xbox one this holiday season. It will be available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers and will give a player access to 100+ games. There is even a target benchmark for these games to hit 1080p/60FPS for all you hardcore gamers out there.

April O’Neil is Rather Popular

April O’Neil is the microphone wielding journalist from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe. She has been confirmed as a playable character in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge as well as Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. Also confirmed for Nickelodeon’s upcoming party brawler was Catdog. Sounds like both games are going to be a fun time with some unique surprises for their fans.

Blasphemous News

For those that don’t know what Blasphemous is. It is a rather difficult, self declared souls like, Metroidvania styled game. Honestly, I am a huge fan of this series. The first announcement we got was that a DLC, called Wounds of Eventide, which will wrap up the original story. More surprising was that announcement of a sequel coming in 2023. Which is possibly a little early to announce it, but we can get hyped all the same.

Okay, so that was a lot of announcements. And that is not even everything announced this year at Gamescon. There is certainly a lot more to look at so I encourage you to give it a watch. Now, let’s get on to some other interesting news of note from this week.

NYPD and Graffiti

Yeah, the NYPD literally used their full weight here. The reason I bring this up is the graffiti in question was a Super Mario Bros Question Mark block. But yeah, all of this force for one single graffiti artist. Just seems like overkill to me. It makes matters worse when the press conference over the whole incident did not answer the simple question, “Why was so much manpower and resources used for this?”

Real Life Sims

JK Productions

You know, I never really wondered what it would be like to control another person like a Sim. That being said, I guess Twitch streamer and YouTuber Jeremy “Jerma985” Elbertson and the team behind this event thought differently. As you would expect, through w widget designed for Jerma’s Twitch channel, viewers would vote on things for Jerma to do and he would act like a Sim would. It is certainly an interesting idea and has had some comedic moments for sure. Certainly worth watching if you need a good laugh. And I want to say, make sure to follow Jerma because he is no stranger to doing improv styled shows like this for his audience.

Indie Developer Quits Game Development over Steam’s Refund Policy

So, I didn’t say all my final news pieces would be cheery. This one just rolled in while I was putting this together and I felt it needed to be included. First off, there are a lot of people arguing over some arbitrary game length/money spent metric. I don’t believe that a game has to be drawn out for it to be worth you money. Also, it is really scummy to play a game through its entire play time and then request a refund on it. This just shows the flaw in Steam’s refund policy, which needs more than a time benchmark to determine if a game should be refunded.

The sad fact is, we lost a good game developer to something like this. Indie developers are the least likely to be able to take a hit like this. And before anyone starts, the counter argument “Just make games longer than 2 hours” is not a good argument to make. Just remember, when you request a refund for something, make sure it is for an actual valid reason. And not just because you finished it and want your money back.

That’s All Folks

This was certainly a longer roundup with a games conference event going on this week. What are you looking forward to out of the newly announced games? That’s all we have for this week, but make sure to check in with us for more game reviews and news pieces in the future.