This week Zed Games is helmed by Zahra, Hazel, and Caroline while they talk gaming news, this years Australian Game Development Awards, and the recent AND local SpringCon 2022!
This week Hazel leads the Zed Games crew with Cameron and Rani to talk gaming news, Cameron reviews the remixed and remastered Sam & Max: Beyond Time & Space and the team chats on Best Worst Games and More!
Overwatch 2 has replaced Overwatch 1
Love it or hate it, Overwatch has had a huge impact on multiplayer gaming since it was first announced. It released to huge acclaim, continued strong for some years before losing a fair part of the player base recently. Blizzard, still embroiled in scandal, hopes to win back those players, and more, with the recent launch of Overwatch 2.
Overwatch 1 officially died on October 4th when Blizzard turned the servers off to prepare for the sequel’s launch shortly after. Leading up to the shutdown many players declared ceasefire so they could come together and celebrate the game they all enjoyed.
Servers for Overwatch 2 went live in the early morning of October 5th. Huge amounts of players logged on to try out the game but were unfortunately met with long queues and error messages caused by the surge in popularity and a DDoS attack. Blizzard president Mike Ybarra was quick to assure the community that “Teams are working hard on server issues with Overwatch 2,” he tweeted. “We are humbled by the excitement of players and will continue to focus on issues and get players into the fun! Thanks for your patience.
Thankfully these hiccups are slowly being smoothed out and fans should soon be able to explore the game more freely. It’s still too early to know how Overwatch 2 will be and energy it has received already could be a good sign for the IP.
CD Projekt Red Announces Ambitious Plans
CD Projekt Red – the developer behind Cyberpunk 2077 and the Witcher Games- has released a strategy document outlining their direction for the future. Notable was a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077, currently codenamed “Project Orion” that is promised to “prove the full power and potential of the Cyberpunk universe.” There isn’t much more information on the game at this point but it’s safe to assume it won’t be complete for many years. In the meantime, Cyberpunk fans can look forward to the upcoming expansion “Phantom Liberty” which is currently in its final stages of development.
If you’re yet to be convinced that the Cyberpunk name is turning a corner, or perhaps it’s just not for you – CD Projekt Red has also announced big things coming for the world of the Witcher. There are multiple games in production including:
- Project Polaris: A story-driven open-world RPG built on the legacy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
- Project Canis Majoris: Story-driven, single player open-world RPG set within The Witcher universe.
- Project Sirius (Developed by The Molasses Flood): An innovative take on The Witcher universe telling an unforgettable story for existing Witcher fans and new audiences.
On top of expanding their current IP’s, CD Projekt Red also announced they are working on an entirely new addition – codenamed “Hadar” still currently in the concept phase. The strategy document also promised the studio would be “Introducing Multiplayer to most of our new games to enrich the single-player experience”. CD Projekt Red has a rocky past for development, but they seem to be looking to the future with unshakeable enthusiasm. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.
Dream Face Reveal
Hugely popular youtube creator “Dream” revealed his face on October 3rd after many years hidden behind a digital smiley-face mask. The 23-year-old boasts over 30 million subscribers and owes a lot of that popularity to Minecraft videos & streams. In the video he revealed the move was necessary for him to branch out as a content creator and meet some of the friends he’s made online. He also spoke about the stress of people constantly trying to uncover his appearance and that he was looking forward to no longer being “bunkered up”.
Many fans were excited to see his face after so many years, many others like me, had no real knowledge of the streamer but were drawn to the spectacle of the event. As of writing, the face reveal video has over 4 million views.
There was no great shock or revelation- just a normal regular face. Still, he has faced an onslaught of cruel comments that’s all too common for similar content creators. #PutTheMaskBackOn trended on twitter, flooded with comparisons to cartoon villains and cruel mockery.
In contrast, Dream ended his face reveal with positivity. “Anyone can be under the mask, and I don’t want my face reveal to take away from that fact,” he said. “Dream could have been anyone from anywhere.”
On Zed Games this week Zahra leads the pack, with Caroline and Peter in tow to talk gaming news. Caroline spins us the magical tale of CatMaze in their review. Then the team regales us with notable nostalgic tales from the games of their youth.
This week Maylee wrangles a full crew with Zahra, Hazel, and Caroline coming in to talk games and chat this week in gaming news. We also have two review with Toby digging deep with a review of A Mortician’s Tale, and Maylee takes us on a amaurotic trip through Blind Drive.
This week the Zed Games team, lead by Hazel, Zahra, and Rani, talks strangeness in gaming news, Paul describes the fairy tail of childhood imagination in the casual puzzle game Lost in Play. Then the team explores The Sims 4 going Free2Play, and how The Sims has influenced their lives.
Palladium and Bungie Collaboration
Destiny guardians are no stranger to making sure they look their best, or most absurd, in-game. So the more fashionable guardians may be excited to learn that Palladium, the shoe company, are collaborating with Bungie to create boots inspired by The Witch Queen. These boots come in tan and black, made of canvas, and have some Destiny 2 flair.
Wizards of the Coast Casts Lawsuit
Wizards of the Coast, the current publisher of the popular Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game, has filed a lawsuit to prevent the release of Star Frontiers: New Genesis, a space opera in a tabletop roleplaying game format, being developed under TSR LLC.
TSR LLC is the latest company to claim the name of TSR Inc., the original publishers for Dungeons & Dragons in 1973. TSR LLC is attempting to revive the original Star Frontiers.
However, with an online leak, Star Frontiers: New Genesis has been facing a significant amount of backlash due to racist and transphobic content, including a ‘negro’ subrace with a maximum intelligence rating of 9.
Wizards of the Coast writes that “it would be irreparably harmed by the publication and distribution of the game using its trademarks because consumers may mistakenly associate Wizards with the reprehensible content of the game, damaging its reputation and goodwill, and undermining its efforts to foster a culture that embraces diversity.”
Northeastern University Bomb
A staff member of Northeastern University has suffered injuries to his hands when he opened a package that was detonated.
Investigation is still ongoing, with motive being at the forefront of concerns. It’s been reported that the package contained a note that criticised Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, and the relationship between virtual reality developers and academic institutions.
This note was contained in a hard plastic container, and detonated when the latches were released and the lid was lifted.
Thankfully, the staff member was not seriously injured.
State of Play, Nintendo Direct, and More
Sony, Nintendo, and Ubisoft have made many announcements for upcoming projects and games during Tokyo Game Show, one of the big three gaming conferences.
Sony announced Tekken 8, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge Enhanced Edition, Demeo, a dungeon crawler, Like a Dragon: Ishin, a Yakuza spin-off, Pacific Drive, a driving survival game, and a new loyalty program called PlayStation Stars.
Nintendo brought The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Fire Emblem: Engage, Pikmin 4, and some old favourites will be coming to the Nintendo Switch Online via the Expansion Pack membership subscription, such as Mario Party 1/2/3, Pokemon Stadium, and GoldenEye 007.
Ubisoft follows up with Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, Skull and Bones, a pirate simulator, Rider’s Republic for BMX, skateboarding, and snowboarding fans, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Heartland, and Rainbow Six Mobile, with a partnership announced with Netflix.
And now for some upcoming games!
- The Dark Prophecy – PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Hidden Through Time: Definitive Edition – PS4, Switch
- Various Daylife – PS4
- Fortnite Season 4 – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Return to Monkey Island – PC, Switch
- Construction Simulator – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO
- Hardspace: Shipbreaker – PS5, XSX
- Soulstice – PC, PS5, XSX
- The DioField Chronicle – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Gundam Evolution – PC
- Potion Permit – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Serial Cleaners – PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch
- Session: Skate Sim – PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO
- Slime Rancher 2 – PC, XSX
- Train Life: A Railway Simulator – PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO
Zed Games this week the team talks gaming news with Zahra, Caroline, and Cameron. Cameron then experiences hand cramp while reviewing Robot Revenge Squad, and Zahra connects us to the narrative of South of the Circle.
This week Zed Games team with Maylee, Elliott, and Peter shakes up our expectations by talking this week in gaming news! Then Maylee challenges us in a review of Long Live the Queen, and the crew talks games that truly surprised us with their subversion.
This week on Zed Games Hazel leads the charge with Caroline and Maylee talking this week in Gaming News, Gamescom 2022 announcements, and the long awaited review of Disco Elysium from Caroline, with a strong endorsement pre-record from Paul.