The Update for the week ending 31st May

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD and I am here with this weeks top 3 gaming news stories, the top 5 games, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3) Is Steam’s Summer Sale starting on June 11?

Is Steam’s Summer Sale starting June 11? According to a post on a Steam VK page this week it is.

A Google translation of the post says Valve will also run a “Sale Encore” on June 20, an unspecified twist that will include those companies that participated in the sale. The annual event, which offers deep discounts on PC games and software and is known as a wallet eater, will reportedly end June 22, an 11-day total.

According to IGN’s Russian language edition, the post appeared in Steam’s official group on VK, a popular Russian social network. The post’s Russian author, Vyacheslav Konchits, goes by MrFreemanBBQ on Steam. In his profile, he says he’s the “lead writer and founder of the Public Steam Page” on VK. Konchits also maintains a highly-rated Steam guide explaining Valve’s sales.

If this is correct, the dates would roughly coincide with those of last year’s summer sale, which kicked off on Thursday, June 19, 2014, and ended on June 30, also an 11-day total. According to the post, the sale will begin and end at “20:00 Moscow time,” which is 6 PM British time. Last year’s summer sale also began and ended at 6PM.

2) Twitch Bans Adult Only games

Twitch says it will no longer allow games rated AO, or “Adults Only” by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB), to be streamed on its platform. “Simply put, AO games are not welcome on Twitch,” the company wrote on its official blog this week.

“Previously, we made game-specific decisions about which games would and would not be available for broadcast — sometimes due to overtly sexual content, sometimes due to gratuitous violence,” a post from the company reads. “This is unsustainable and unclear, generating only further confusion among Twitch broadcasters. We would like to make this policy as transparent as possible.”

Twitch says it’s updating its rules of conduct “to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive community platform where everyone can feel comfortable and have fun.”

Very few titles rated by the ESRB are hit with an AO rating. The ratings board’s website currently lists 26 titles rated AO — or temporarily rated AO, as in the case of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which was given that rating after sexually explicit material was uncovered in that game.

Twitch explicitly names three games that will be banned due to their AO rating: Manhunt 2, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy: Director’s Cut and upcoming mass shooter game Hatred (hmm, wonder if this was any influence for this decision). The company also prohibits titles like Second Life, BMX XXX and Sakura Spirit from being streamed based on their content.

1) No FIFA 16 for Nintendo, first time since 2000

While last year’s FIFA 15 was available for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita, it looks like this year’s iteration of the football game won’t be going handheld. There’s also no sign of a Wii or Wii U version.

The company announced this week that the game will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC on Sept. 22. 3DS and Vita versions have been a staple of FIFA for the last four iterations, back to FIFA 12. Prior to that, the game was always released on PSP and DS, back to FIFA 05.

“With regards to FIFA 16 there isn’t a Vita or 3DS version,” an EA representative told PocketGamer. “We don’t have any further detail on the mobile version but will be sure to share with you when we hear more.”

EA’s press materials make no mention of a Wii version either. This year will be the first without a Wii version since the Wii was launched. Last year’s game was not released on Wii U, but did appear on Wii.

Unless EA changes its plans, this will be the first FIFA to be unavailable on any Nintendo platform, since FIFA 2001, released in 2000. Polygon has contacted EA for confirmation.

Earlier this week EA announced that professional soccer players from the women’s game will appear in FIFA for the first time.

UK GAME CHARTS

The Witcher III: Wild Hun is king of the video game jungle for a second week, safely dodging the attack of Nintendo’s new Amiibo-enabled shooter Splatoon, which debuts at No2. Splatoon becomes the 5th fastest selling Wii U game and in the process the biggest ever launch of new IP on the Wii U (overturning Ubisoft’s Zombi U). There is no change at No3 and No4 with Grand Theft Auto V and in particular FIFA 15 both enjoying sales jumps.  Farming Simulator 15 drops 3 places to No5 in its second week of release. Battlefield Hardline overtakes Project Cars, climbing one place to No6, while Destiny also enjoys renewed chart success, up 2 places to No8. The Top 10 is rounded off by Mortal Kombat X at No9 and Minecraft: Xbox Edition which re-enters the Top 10 at No10, boosted by a 33% sales increase. There are numerous promotions throughout the Top 20 with many old favourites enjoying sales jumps, including Far Cry 4, up 4 places to No14 and Lego Batman 3, up 5 places to No19.

Down 3 to No.5:              FARMING SIMULATOR 15  

Still at No.4:                    FIFA 15

Still at No.3:                    GRAND THEFT AUTO V

New at No.2:                   SPLATOON

Still at No.1:                    THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON MONDAY 1 JUNE

Hatred (PC) – Digital Only
XBOX GAME WITH GOLD FOR JUNE
Massive Chalice (XO)
Just Cause 2 (360)

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 2 JUNE

Heroes Of The Storm (PC)

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE

PS PLUS FOR JUNE
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (PS4)
Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition (PS4)
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PS3)
Cloudberry Kingdom (PS3)
Futuridium (PS4 & PS Vita)
Super Exploding Zoo (PS4 & PS Vita)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 5 JUNE

Steins;Gate (PS3/PSV)
Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (PSV)
D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die (PC) – Digtal Only


YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week on the Crave Your Game Channel.

TUESDAY – CTG Plays Fibbage Part 7

WEDNESDAY – GD and Billy Survive MineZ par 2

THURSDAY – GD and Cajr Predict Elimination Chamber part 1 & 2

THURSDAY – Hanksy Plays TowerFall Ascension

FRIDAY – The CTG Podcast Live episode 43

We are back with the CTG podcast this Wednesday at twitch.tv/ctgpodcast , the Update will be back on Monday, so see you then Fellow Cravers!!

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