Welcome to the weekly wrap, where we recap some of the top news stories of the week in the gaming industry that you may have missed. The week after E3 is always a lull for news, but there’s still a few things to talk about this week.
League of Legends and DOTA both quickly release auto-chess type games
In another case of video game companies re-purposing popular game types or features into their games, Riot Games and Valve both released versions of Auto-Chess for their MOBA titles League of Legends and DOTA 2 respectively.
Riot Games’ Teamfight Tactics quickly shot to the top of the Twitch charts and saw a queue of thousands waiting to try out the game.
Not to be outdone, Valve released DOTA Underlords on PC and Mobile. It’s an official version of the Auto Chess mod, which now exists as its own game.
For those unaware, the autobattler style of game is a strategy game where eight players buy chess pieces styled off popular characters, put them on a board and watch as they fight automatically against another team’s in a series of rounds until one player remains.
Crash Team Racing returns
Crash Team Racing Nitro Fuelled, the remaster of 20 year old kart racer Crash Team Racing (also featuring content from Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Team Racing), was released on Friday. Early reviews praise the game for being packed with content, and generally being a lot of fun.
Check out the launch trailer below.
Electronic Arts defends it loot boxes to the UK Parliament
This week, Electronic Arts told the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that its randomised purchases are not loot boxes, but “surprise mechanics” (via VG24/7).
While the term came from EA’s CP of legal and government affairs Kerry Hopkins in relation to EA saying they agreed with various government agencies such as the Australian gambling commission and the UK gambling commission’s findings that loot boxes were not gambling.
I generally tend to agree with this line of thought on loot boxes. If you call loot boxes gambling, are children’s lucky dips or buying a booster pack for a card game gambling too? Regardless, EA’s use of tying gameplay advantages to loot boxes in Battlefront 2 was the one case that crossed the line.
Your favourite Pokemon may not transfer to Sword and Shield
In a move that shouldn’t be surprising, during E3 Nintendo announced that not all Pokemon will be transferable from the upcoming Pokemon Home service to Sword and Shield.
Pokemon Sword and Shield producer Junichi Masuda said if a Pokemon is not catachable within the upcoming games, then transferring it to the game won’t be possible because creating HD assets and animations for all 800 plus Pokemon would be too big of a task.
As expected, the internet was vocally disappointed by this. Game Informer reported Nintendo’s archive video where the information was revealed had 63 thousand dislikes.
I’m okay with every Pokemon not being available because I’d rather have the game come out this year, than 2030. I wouldn’t be surprised if a significant amount of generation 1 Pokemon make an appearance given Pokemon Let’s Go’s availability on Nintendo Switch and the fact we’ve already seen Gyarados exists in the game.
You can watch the video where the details are revealed below.
The first Witcher 3 screenshots on Nintendo Switch surface
In possibly the most unexpected announcement from E3, the Witcher 3 was announced for Nintendo Switch.
This week, the first batch of screenshots were released via Nintendo’s website. The Witcher 3 will run at 720p when docked, and 540p in handheld mode.
Clearly it won’t be the best looking version of the game, but it will still be impressive to see this running on Nintendo Switch.
Check out the screenshots below.
Well that’s a wrap on the week. See you this time next week and we’ll do it again.