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This week in gaming news, Red Dead Redemption 2 is rumored to have a PUBG/Fortnite battle royale mode, Shadow of the Colossus is as incredible as ever on the PS4, and a new Kingdom Hearts III trailer has dropped, confirming a 2018 release date and Monsters Inc.
Top New Games This Week
Dragon Quest Builders
[Platform: Switch] – 82 Metacritic Score
“…if you missed out on Dragon Quest Builders the first time around, then get it on the Switch as it is still better than Minecraft.” – Forbes
Shadow of the Colossus
[Platform: PS4] – 92 Metacritic Score
“This outstanding remaster skillfully enhances those qualities with improved controls, performance, and sheer graphical beauty. It remains one of the best PlayStation games ever made” – IGN
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Rise and Fall
[Platform: PC] – 82 Metacritic Score
“Civilization has rarely felt this structured or cohesive.” – PC Gamer
Top Stories This Week
Red Dead Redemption 2 may have a battle royale mode
Trusted Reviews has received development notes from Red Dead Redemption 2, unveiling that Red Dead online may include a PUBG/Fortnite battle royale mode. Red Dead online is also supposed to be much more dense in content compared to GTA online. More on this here.
DayZ releasing on Xbox One this year, PS4 at some point
DayZ Development on Twitter revealed that the popular zombie survival mmo will be coming to console, first on Xbox One and PS4 at some point. See the tweet below.
Yes! Coming to Xbox Game Preview at some point this year, we’re not sure about PS4 yet, but we’ll release there too, eventually – just don’t know when yet.
— DayZ Development (@dayzdevteam) February 5, 2018
New Kingdom Hearts III trailer confirms 2018 release date, Monster’s Inc
Bandai Namco is reportedly developing Metroid Prime 4
Eurogamer has reported that Metroid Prime 4 is being developed by Bandai Namco. It’s also reported that the game is in early stages of development, which means it probably won’t release in 2018. More on this here.
Fortnite breaks PUBG’s concurrent player record
Fortnite hit 3.4 million concurrent players this past week, beating PUBG’s previous record by just over 200,000. This is a major achievement for the game, however its worth noting that Fortnite is free to play, whereas PUBG is a paid title, so it’s not exactly apples to apples. More on this here.
Overwatch Lunar New Year event now live
A new Overwatch season has begun, with over 50 new customization options for players to unlock. More on this here.
The Switch has 3x the games that the Wii U had at this point
The Nintendo Switch has an impressive amount of support behind it, with 3x the amount of games compared to the Wii U at this point in the console’s life cycle, a recent report by Kotaku revealed. More on this here.
“By day 279, the Switch had 191 games available, a number the Wii U didn’t match until it’s 857th day – as many games in nine months as as its predecessor had in two years and four months.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reportedly scheduled for 2018
2018’s Call of Duty is being developed by Treyarch, and is reportedly a more “grounded” entry into the Black Ops franchise. Black Ops 2 and 3 both featured insane movement and futuristic gadgets and gear for players to use. After the success of Call of Duty: WWII, it appears that the teams developing Call of Duty are taking a “less is more” approach. More on this here.
Dead Rising 4 developer hit with layoffs amidst soft sales for Dead Rising 4
Capcom Vancouver, the developers behind the Dead Rising franchise, have laid off approximately 30% of their staff. An extremely unfortunate announcement, Capcom released this statement to IGN. More on this here.
“Capcom Vancouver has undergone a restructure which has impacted approximately 30 percent of the studio, as part of its regular periodic assessment of upcoming projects and overall studio goals. The team is continuing to work hard to support the recent release of Puzzle Fighter for mobile and is dedicated to its flagship Dead Rising series.”
PUBG banned 1 million cheaters in January
PUBG has banned over 1 million cheaters in January alone. BattlEye, PUBG’s anti-cheating software, revealed this on Twitter, along with the very cryptic message of things “continuing to escalate”. Cheating is a major issue in PUBG, being prevalent in about 1 of every 4 games I’ve played personally (approximate).
We have banned over 1,044,000 PUBG cheaters in January alone, unfortunately things continue to escalate.
— BattlEye (@TheBattlEye) February 4, 2018
Mythic United Highlights
Last week I published my review in retrospective for Halo Wars 2. Read my thoughts below!
What Mattered Last Week
I feel like I feature The Act Man on this channel a lot, but it’s for good reason. He’s one of the best content creators on YouTube, and his most recent video about Halo 3’s campaign is spot-on.
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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