Gaming Headlines ICYMI: 2/8/18

Here are some of the top video game headlines this week brought to you by our friends at Seasoned Gaming! ICYMI is posted once a week on Thursday morning and will start playing over the air at the same time. Tune in for the latest updates throughout the day!

Gaming Announcements

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 is officially releasing on October 26th. Along with that news, a huge leak of information about the upcoming sequel has also been let out of the bag. Some of those rumors include a Survive and Revive, Money Grab, and Battle Royale modes. An open world that will feature many NPCs, store fronts, tasks, and open events including deathmatch. A companion app will launch alongside the game. Towns, slum market, vehicles, railways, first person mode, and multiple ways to play missions with contextual dialogue. Make sure you check out all of the rumored features in detail over on SeasonedGaming.com.
  • The Surge 2 will arrive in 2019 for consoles and PC after an unexpected announcement on the companies Facebook page. The announcement was short and to the point as they said, “With larger and more ambitious level design, more brutal combat, and an expanded limb-targeting system, you’ll need the even larger arsenal and array of abilities to overcome the new enemies and bosses!” While not a huge sales success, the Surge was well regarded by it’s dedicated fanbase. If Focus Home Interactive and Deck 13 can manage to expand on the offering while retaining what fans loved about the first, The Surge 2 could be a large hit in 2019.
  • MLB The Show 18 got it’s first look trailer this week. As the only legitimate MLB game in recent years, we’re sure that there are many fans that will be lining up for this new edition on March 27th when it’s made available.
  • Firaxis games has announced that the XCOM 2 Collection will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2018. The collection will include XCOM 2, the War of the Chosen expansion, and four additional DLC packs and is already available on Steam for $99.99.
  • Bohemia Interactive, the development team behind DayZ, has confirmed that the game will be coming to Xbox Game Preview sometime in 2018. They confirmed the news via their official Twitter account. DayZ has now been around a long time and console owners have long been waiting for their chance to play the game. The larger question at this point is whether or not the game will still resonate in the same way given the current availability of PUBG, Fortnite, and other titles by time DayZ arrives.

Industry News

  • Rainbow Six Siege announced a free play session this upcoming weekend of the 15th through the 18th.  It will be available on all platforms and definitely worth giving a try! In addition to the free play weekend announcement, Ubisoft released the next trailer for Siege’s upcoming “Outbreak” event that will run from March 6th to April 3rd.
  • Our weekly gaming headlines updates wouldn’t be complete without a story on PUBG. Microsoft certainly isn’t stopping the promotion of PUBG on the Xbox either. After the announcement that over 4 million players were active on the Xbox One version of the game, they have now announced a new Xbox One S bundle that includes the hit title. It will include the Xbox One S with a 1tb internal drive, a download code for PUBG, a 14 day Live Gold trial, and 1 month Game Pass trial for $299.99.
  • Switch owners finally have the news they’ve been waiting on for months ; a timeline as to when they can expect Switch Online services. The service will launch in September with the option of paying $3.99 a month, $7.99 for 3 months, or $19.99 a year. It will include an app for your phone that you can use to chat with your friends along with a collection of classic Nintendo titles that will rotate in and out monthly.
  • Sony Corp. President and CEO, Kaz Hirai, has announced he will be stepping down on April 1st. He will become a Chairman while Kenichiro Yoshida will take over as CEO. During Hirai’s tenure as CEO, Sony has seen a turnaround from substantial losses to record profits. Yoshida has been with Sony for over 30 years and is often credited for the recent turnaround of the company while in his current role of CFO since 2013. Sony stock rose two percent shortly after the announcement that Yoshida would be assuming the role of CEO.
  • 343 Industries finally announced something Halo fans had been waiting to hear for over 2 years : the Master Chief Collection is finally going to be truly fixed. We finally have some information on what’s happening within 343 and it’s definitely exciting. In short, there is a smaller but “experienced” team that has been 100% dedicated to supporting legacy Halo titles, the first of which will be Master Chief Collection. According to the blog post, the legacy strike force team is hard at work. They wrote, “The MCC update is a big ambitious project – there’s a lot of work to be done addressing bugs, updating old systems, adding visual enhancements, improving playlists, and even potentially working in some bona fide new features.”

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