The Update for week ending 8th August 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week that isn’t Pokemon Go , we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Relentless Software shuts down

U.K. studio Relentless Software, best known for its work on the Buzz! quiz game series for PlayStation platforms, has closed its doors after 13 years, GamesIndustry reports.

Relentless Software released its first Buzz! title, Buzz!: The Music Quiz for PlayStation 2, in 2005. The studio developed a dozen games in the franchise, which sold more than 10 million copies across PS2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.

The studio went on to develop games for Microsoft’s Kinect Fun Labs and Kinect Nat Geo TV, an interactive television program for the Xbox 360’s motion sensor accessory. Relentless’ first self-published title, Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle, was later released as Murder Files for mobile and web platforms.

Earlier this year, Relentless announced plans to open a new studio in Wales and hoped to create 70 jobs at its second location. The studio intended to develop projects in partnership with Hasbro.

2)Rocket League bringing a zany mode in September

Rocket League is getting a new game mode next month which delivers several zany and useful power-ups that plunge the sport of RC car footy deeper into chaos.

Called Rocket League Rumble, it was shown yesterday in the finale of the Rocket League Championship Series in Hollywood. Rumble will be part of a much larger update planned for the game in September. Psyonix did not give a more specific date for its launch.

In Rumble, cars can pick up 11 power-ups to warp their abilities and the outcome of play. They are:

•The Boot (Kick’s an opponent’s car)
•Disruptor (Forces the opponent to drive uncontrollably)
•Freezer (Freezes the ball in-place)
•Grappling Hook (Pulls you towards the ball)
•Haymaker (Punches the ball)
•Magnetizer (Attracts the ball to your car)
•Plunger (Grabs the ball via plunger and cord)
•Power Hitter (Hit everything harder)
•Spike (Attach the ball to your car when you bump into it)
•Swapper (Change positions on the field with your opponent)
•Tornado (Sweep up the ball and cars into a giant funnel cloud)

The trailer above gives you more of an idea of how all this works.

1)Mario, Zelda and Pokemon rumoured to be part of NX launch year

Nintendo’s next home console could boast a library of big games from the Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon franchises just months after launch, according to MCV. The British trade publication reports that the hardware, known as the NX for now, will receive these marquee titles within its first six months on the market, citing “sources close to Nintendo.”

Leading the three games is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which Nintendo has already set for a March 2017 release on Wii U. Breath of the Wild, the first mainline Zelda game since 2011, is expected to arrive alongside the codename NX system when it hits shelves that month as well.

There are no details about what the proposed new Mario game could be, but MCV’s sources said that Pokémon’s NX debut will come from Game Freak, maker of the mainline handheld titles. If true, the Pokémon title would be Game Freak’s first series entry to ever hit a home system, although other developers have brought it to consoles before.

Yet the NX, according to earlier reports, won’t be a traditional console. The successor to the Wii U is said to be portable with an embedded display and the ability to dock it for playing on a bigger screen. Eurogamer said that the handheld/home console-hybrid will include detachable controllers and use cartridges, not discs, harkening back to Nintendo’s earlier years.

MCV’s own sources corroborated Eurogamer’s report, but Nintendo itself has stayed quiet as to what the NX entails. The company has referred to the unnamed console as its next “dedicated game system” in past statements; its president Tatsumi Kimishima also said that the console has stayed under wraps as Nintendo readies a breadth of content for launch.

We’ll finally learn more about the NX later this year, perhaps as soon as September.

UK GAME CHARTS

Grand Theft Auto V returns to the top of the chart for the first time since March 2015. Having been on chart over 150 weeks it’s the 9th No1 crown for the Take2 title. It’s a close run fight for top spot this week with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End making a late surge for the crown although it remains at No2 by just a handful of sales.

GTA V’s return to the top ends the 5 week run of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which had been set to break the record for chart topping Lego titles but instead drops to No3. Overwatch moves up a place to No4 while outside the Top 10 Tom Clancy’s The Division climbs ten places to No11.

It’s another quiet week with No Man’s Sky not scheduled to arrive until Wed. However elsewhere in the Top 20 some notable climbers come in the form of EA Sports UFC 2 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Both titles continue their week on week climbs up to No15 and No16 respectively.

 

Down 1 to No.5:                 FIFA 16

Up 1 to No.4:                      OVERWATCH

Down 2 to No.3:                LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Still at No.2:                       UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END

Up 2 to No.1:                       GRAND THEFT AUTO V

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 9TH AUGUST

BRUT@L (PS4)
Uno (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 10TH AUGUST

No Man’s Sky (PS4)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST

No Man’s Sky (PC)

 

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday. We return next Monday with the Update.

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