Four News Stories
Playful Studios, developers of Super Lucky’s Tale, is receiving major layoffs. The layoffs are due to the company wanting to change its strategies and to “evolve its approach to the development and production of our current and future projects,” according to a statement made by co-founders Paul and Katy Drake Bettner.
“We are truly heartbroken to be parting ways with many of our friends and colleagues. These are people who have poured their hearts into every game Playful has created, who have supported us and each other every step of the way, and have truly made this studio what it is today. We will be working closely with each person affected by this transition to help them move forward.”
Frederick Lopez Jr. has been sentenced to ten years in prison after stealing over $130,000 of merchandise from four different Gamestop stores in California. Lopez Jr. robbed the stores by threatening employees with a gun. The crimes were committed in 2018, Lopez was arrested in March of 2019, pleaded guilty in August, and received his sentence on the 27th of this month.
Atari is planning on opening a chain of gaming-themed hotels. The hotels are planned to be opened in eight locations, with the first being in Phoenix, Arizona.
According to a statement, these hotels will combine “the iconic brand with a one-of-a-kind video game-themed destination.” The hotels will include virtual and augmented reality, and a few will even include esports venues.
The first hotel in Phoenix is planning on breaking ground later this year.
ByteDance, The company behind TikTok, is planning on getting into the gaming landscape. Despite only recently starting, the company said they are planning on two game releases by the end of this year and are planning on “hardcore or non-casual games.” Their gaming division is said to already be at around 1,000 people. One of their games will be a “massively multiplayer online games with Chinese fantasy elements.”
Four Game/Movie Releases
Temtem is the newest game to challenge Pokemon, but with a big twist: the game is an MMO. Not too long ago, I picked up Pokemon Shield because I have always wanted to try out the series, but it isn’t quite clicking with me. Temtem, on the other hand, seems like an evolution to the formula that’s for the better. The multiplayer aspect and fresh start on monsters seems more welcoming for me, and its cheaper 35 USD price is definitely a positive. Temtem released into early access on PC on the 21st, with console launches planned for the future.
Journey to the Savage Planet
It’s time to explore a new planet in Journey to the Savage Planet, the first game by Typhoon Studio. I’m still not 100% sure what the main goal of the game is, but the various inspirations being thrown around this game sounds promising. I like the colorful atmosphere and more upbeat vibe, and I think the exploration aspect looks fun. Journey to the Savage Planet released on the 28th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
DEEEER Simulator: Your Average Everyday Deer Game
DEEER Simulator (with four E’s), is the newest average and realistic simulator similar to Goat Simulator about a deer doing normal deer things like control an animal mech and shoot gun antlers. This game has been making the rounds on my Twitter feed, and it looks absolutely bonkers in all of the right ways. The gameplay looks like a blast, and I am interested in seeing all of the things this game has to offer. DEEER Simulator released into early access on PC on the 21st.
The Gentlemen is the newest Guy Ritchie film about a guy trying to cash out of his weed business, and those who want it for themselves. Before directing films like Sherlock Holmes and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., he directed Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, which are films I am quite fond of. The Gentlemen is said to be a film along the same vein as his earlier films, which is enough to get me excited about them. The Gentlemen released into theaters on the 24th.
Instead of a review or ranking, I wanted to instead talk about something that has been on my mind for awhile. The Outer Worlds, though not perfect, has one of the best video game moments in 2019, that being the first planet of the game. I set up the moment and talked about why I think it is so brilliant. If you haven’t played the game, then I would recommend playing it past the first planet, then coming to this blog.
Escape from Tarkov
I have been the owner of a copy of Escape from Tarkov for quite some time now, but I brushed it off shortly after picking it up because I wasn't (and still am not) a fan of its hardcore survival elements. The game’s sudden boom on Twitch, however, made me want to give the game another shot. The game is still mostly the same as I remember it, but I am starting to focus more on the things I like. For starters, I love the premise of the game. You spawn in an area on one of their maps and loot and shoot around until you either die or go through one of the map’s exits. I am also trying to ignore the game’s hardcore survival elements, and it is working to some degree. There is still a great deal of this game that is way above my head (different weapon parts, ammo types, map locations, etc.), but ignoring all of that and focusing on the core of the game has been pretty fun so far.