The Update for week ending 19th March 2017

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD,sorry we are running late this week, but here we are with the top 3 gaming news stories of the last week, we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases for the next week and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Sonic Mania delayed to Summer

Sonic the Hedgehog fans will have to wait a little longer for the character’s next 2D adventure. Sega announced at SXSW this weekend that Sonic Mania has been delayed from its spring release window to sometime this summer.

While that may be bad news for impatient Sonic enthusiasts, it will likely result in a better product. And to dull the pain of the delay, Sega revealed a new stage for Sonic Mania, Flying Battery Zone, in a brief gameplay trailer.

Flying Battery Zone appeared previously in Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

Sonic Mania, which is being developed by Headcannon and PagodaWest Games in collaboration with Sega and Christian Whitehead, is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

Additionally, Sega announced that the game previously referred to as Project Sonic or Sonic 2017 is actually titled Sonic Forces. That game, which is a 3D adventure starring the sleeker, modern version of Sonic the Hedgehog and the classic rounder Sonic, is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

2) System Shock 3 coming to consoles thanks to Starbreeze

System Shock 3 is heading to PC and consoles with help from Starbreeze, the Swedish publisher whose catalogue ranges from Payday 2 and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons to 2018’s Psychonauts 2.

The company announced that it’s investing $12 million in the project, currently in development at Otherside Entertainment. Starbreeze is one of several big names, attached to the long-awaited System Shock game, narrative design veteran Warren Spector (Deus Ex) chief among them.

Starbreeze’s investment enables Otherside Entertainment to retain all rights of the System Shock 3 property while benefiting from the publisher’s marketing and promotional muscle. The distribution-only partnership is similar to the one Starbreeze has with Double Fine Productions, makers of Psychonauts 2.

System Shock 3 remains in development, and there’s no release date pegged yet. Otherside Entertainment revealed the project in late 2015, 16 years after System Shock 2 launched on PCs.

There’s more System Shock on the way: A reboot of the original game is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC an Xbox One in 2018, courtesy of Nightdive Studios.

1)Drawn to Death named free to PS Plus members in April

Drawn to Death, the sketchy, stylized shooter for PlayStation 4 from The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, will be free at launch for PlayStation Plus subscribers, game director David Jaffe announced on the PlayStation Blog.

“I wanted to find a way to invite all of you PS Plus members into this experience and give you a look at what really excites me about games these days,” Jaffe wrote on the PlayStation Blog. “We’ve been working on Drawn To Death for nearly three years, and over time, it really has become this robust, highly competitive game — and we haven’t even talked about a lot of the new features yet. Needless to say, I thought you could all help us build an unbelievable community for the game.”

Drawn to Death was originally planned as a free-to-play game, but the studio changed its pricing model during development. If you don’t have a PlayStation Plus subscription, the shooter-brawler will carry a price tag of $19.99 when it launches April 4.

On the PlayStation Blog, Jaffe also confirms a handful of launch features for Drawn to Death, including “15 action-packed missions” for each of the game’s six characters and lootboxes filled with taunts and skins that players can earn from kills.

UK GAME CHARTS

a quiet week for new releases, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands occupies the top spot for a second week. It is a good start to the year for Ubisoft who now have the most weeks at No1 so far in 2017 with four (For Honor also grabbed two weeks at the top a month ago).

An impressive second week for Lego Worlds sees it leapfrog Horizon: Zero Dawn, up one place to No2. Horizon: Zero Dawn, Sony’s biggest ever PS4 launch of a new IP, has to settle for No3. Familiar faces, Grand Theft Auto V and FIFA 17 remain popular; GTA creeping up one place to No4, while FIFA shimmies up two places to No5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now the only Switch game in the Top 10, down 2 places to No6, while 1-2 Switch falls from No9 to No17.

Retailer hardware bundling propels 3 old Xbox One exclusives back in to the Top 40, with re-entries for Forza Motorsport 5 at No16, Rare Reply at No27 and Ryse: Son of Rome at No31. A retailer promotion also signals a re-entry for Homefront: The Revolution, back in the Top 40 at No22. The only new title to make the Top 40 this week is Styx: Shards of Darkness from Focus Home Interactive & Maximum Games, debuting at No37.

Up 2 to No.5:                     FIFA 17

Up 1 to No.4:                     GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Down 1 to No.3:               HORIZON ZERO DAWN

Up 1 to No.2:                     LEGO WORLDS

Still at No.1:                      TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON: WILDLANDS

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 21ST MARCH

Troll and I (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Everything (PS4)

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH

This is the Police (PS4, Xbox One)
Holobunnies: Pause Café (PC)

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 23RD MARCH

Mass Effect: Andromeda (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Rock Band VR (Oculus)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – Steam Early Access (PC)
Day of Infamy official launch (PC)
Super Mario Run (Android)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 24TH MARCH
Zero Escape: The Nonary Games (PC)
Dreamfall Chapters (PS4, Xbox One)
Toukiden 2 (PC, PS4, Vita)

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. The Update will be back next week with more news, uk charts and game releases.

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