Welcome back to What Matters! We sift through the daily junk to find what matters in video games each and every week, to bring you the stories and games you care about. This week in gaming news, a Nintendo Direct Mini occurred revealing plenty of games for the Switch, rumors are circulating regarding a Fable 4 and a new Perfect Dark, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds passes 3 million sold in a month on the Xbox One.
Top New Games This Week
No new notable games this week.
Top Stories This Week
Nintendo Direct Mini announcements
A new Nintendo Direct Mini happened earlier this week, where Nintendo announced plenty of new games for the Switch, all in 2018:
- The World Ends With You: Final Remix.
- Dark Souls: Remastered.
- New Super Mario Odyssey update (free!) coming in February 2018.
- New Pokken Tournament DX DLC.
- SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy.
- Payday 2 coming February 27th 2018.
- Mario Tennis Ace.
- Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana coming in Summer 2018.
- Kirby Star Allies coming in March 2018.
- Fe releasing in February 2018.
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
- Hyrule Warriors.
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle DLC featuring Donkey Kong.
Spielberg’s Halo TV series “still very much in development”
In somewhat of a surprise statement, Showtime President stated that the long-storied Halo TV series is still being developed, and went on to say “it will definitely satisfy the fans”. More on this here.
Fable 4 and a new Perfect Dark rumored for Xbox One
Found deep within Xbox Live’s API SDK, the same place that leaked much of Xbox’s E3 2016 lineup, a user found that there may be a new Fable game in development as well as a new Perfect Dark game. Adding fuel to the fire for this rumor, a former Lionhead employee claimed on Twitter that he knows where the next Fable game is being made, and that it’s being kept “local”. More on this here.
OG Xbox “Duke” controller will release in March for the Xbox One
Sheamus Blackley, the creator of the original Xbox, announced earlier this week that the classic “duke” controller will release for the Xbox One at the end of March. It is being developed by Hyperkin.
— Seamus Blackley (@SeamusBlackley) January 12, 2018
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hits 3 million sold on Xbox One
Since entering Xbox’s Game Preview program in early December, PUBG has already sold more than 3 million copies on the platform. A bonified success financially and culturally, the game on Xbox still needs some optimization before it can match the gameplay of its PC counterpart. More on this here.
Monster Hunter World has no microtransactions
In a bold statement, series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto says that introducing microtransactions into the game breaks the immersion into the game. Therefore, no microtransactions are a part of Monster Hunter World, certainly an anomaly for any AAA game. More on this here.
“..if you feel someone hasn’t earned what they’ve got or they’ve got a better weapon just because they paid for it and you worked for yours, that creates friction.” – Ryozo Tsujimoto
343 Industries hints at new Halo content in 2018
In the most recent community update, 343 Industries has hinted at new Halo content coming in 2018. While it may not be Halo 6, it seems that there may be a few surprises lined up for Halo fans, perhaps in the form of a spinoff akin to Halo 3: ODST. More on this here.
“2018 has arrived and with it, the promise of new fun times to be had and adventures to be embarked upon. No, not those adventures, but plenty of exciting ones regardless – some which might surprise you more than others.”
PS4 sales pass 73.4 million over the holidays, Nintendo Switch best selling console in December, followed by Xbox One
The PS4 hit a major milestone over the holidays, announcing that they have sold over 73.4 million consoles. More on this here. In addition, Aaron Greenberg (Xbox Executive) announced that the Xbox One had its best month yet in December, outselling the PS4. In his tweet, he also stated that the Nintendo Switch outsold both the PS4 and Xbox One in December.
Was trying to just thank folks for supporting us and the incredible success following the launch of Xbox One X. But yes Xbox outsold PS4 in December for Gen 8 consoles according to NPD data, while Nintendo also had a great month as Switch had most overall units.
— Aaron Greenberg 🍗🔥🍳🙅♂️ (@aarongreenberg) January 12, 2018
Mythic United Highlights
The debut episode of the Mythic Pod launched last week – you can listen below OR on iTunes!
What Mattered Last Week
One of our older stream recaps, but one of the funniest times we’ve ever had on Rainbow Six Seige.
And that’s what matters this week in video games! Let us know in the comments below if we missed anything noteworthy. Until next week, this is Mythic United signing off.
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