written by Fyren
Bethesda accidentally posts users’ personal information
The saga of Bethesda failures following the launch of Fallout 76 continues. This week, during an attempt to fix the canvas bag issue from the collector’s edition of the game, Bethesda accidentally posted the personal information of hundreds of their users who had submitted support tickets to the company’s customer service system. The information appeared on a public facing webpage and included users’ full names and physical as well as e-mail addresses. Naturally, the page was taken down quickly and the company did reply to criticisms by saying that it was an error that has now been rectified and that the person responsible has been handled. Bethesda is going to need to do something drastic in the future to win back the prestige and good will that has been lost during this last month.
CS:GO goes Free To Play with Battle Royale mode
Counter Strike: Global Offensive has shed its entry fee and is now free to play via the Steam platform. This change is accompanied by an addition of a new Battle Royale mode to the game. With the change to the business model, there is still money to be spent. The game now features a Prime status upgrade purchase which is $15, the price of the game before the free to play transition. Prime status comes with several in-game unlocks, item crates, souvenirs and cosmetics.
Epic Games launches a storefront to compete with Steam
Epic Games, the makers of the Unreal Engine, have launched their very own game store this week, the creatively named Epic Games Store. The storefront at present only offers 18 titles with about half of those labeled as pre-orders or coming soon. We’ll have to wait and see if this really is a competitor to the king of digital distribution platforms or just another half-assed attempt to get in on some easy money.
The Game Awards happened
The Game Awards happened this week. The show spanned 3 hours and I watched it all to bring you the important parts. I’m going to list them here and in the interest of keeping this short I will keep my opinions brief as well. The Game Awards is still cringey in parts, it is filled with corporate bullshit and sponsored segments. However, in parts I can see something that very nearly may approach something appealing to the average gamer. Below I’ve broken the major happenings into to two sections: Announcements and Awards. Every new game announcement is contained in this list, I didn’t include DLC or expansions. I trimmed down the awards list to cut out some of the more superfluous ones.
Sayonara Wild Hearts a new rhythm game for Nintendo Switch.
New adventure game, Journey to The Savage Planet, gameplay to come next year
The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe coming to consoles and PC next year
Co-op beat ’em up Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 announced to be exclusive to Nintendo Switch
The next Far Cry, titled New Dawn, is to be set in the post apocalypse after Far Cry 5
Scavengers is a thing
Crash Team Racing is getting a remastered release following the success of the N’Sane Trilogy
The Outer Worlds looks like Fallout in space with jokes
The Last Campfire is coming from Hello Games, the studio behind No Man’s Sky
Atlas releases next week on December 13th from ARK developers
Dragon Age 4 was teased but showed nothing
The Pathless from the developers of Abzu looks gorgeous
Survived By, indie top down dungeon crawler game with a ancestor mechanic like Rogue Legacy
Stranger Things 3 the game, but why?
Mortal Kombat 11 features an evil Raiden and klassic ultra violence
Psychonauts 2 to release next year
Rage 2 gets an April release date
Best Action Game – Dead Cells
Best Role Playing Game – Monster Hunter World
Best eSports Team – Cloud9
Best eSports Game – Overwatch
Best Student Game – Tanknarok
Best Narrative – Red Dead Redemption 2
Best Performance – Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2
Best Score – Red Dead Redemption 2
Best Audio Design – Red Dead Redemption 2
Best Art Direction – Return of The Obra Dinn
Best Mobile Game – Florence
Best VR/AR Game – Astro Bot Rescue
Best Debut Indie Game – The Messenger
Best Fighting Game – Dragonball FighterZ
Best Strategy Game – Into The Breach
Best Indie Game – Celeste
Best Sports/Racing Game – Forza Horizon 4
Best Game Direction – God of War
Best Ongoing Game – Fortnite
Game of The Year – God of War