The biggest video game news of the week (May 7
It’s mid-May. It’s supposed to be the quietest time of the year when it comes to video games. A short break from the busy launch slate to kick off the year and a summer of big announcements before turning the corner into the festive season. This week has been anything but as we’ve seen EA and FIFA go head-to-head, WB Games revealing a whole lot more about Gotham Knights, and of course another big release date delay. Two of them in the same ad, actually. More on that and all the other biggest stories of the last seven days in video games below.
Starfield and Redfall pushed back to 2023
When Xbox revealed it would be hosting a joint presentation with Bethesda next month, let’s hope Starfield is really there before the end of 2022 is renewed. While we’ll likely still see the very first gameplay of Bethesda’s ambitious new sci-fi epic, the studio confirmed this week that it won’t be here this year after all. Bethesda has revealed that Starfield and Redfall will arrive in 2023, opening the second half of 2022 wide open. Many people thought Starfield was the only game that could threaten Elden Ring’s Game of the Year ambitions. With the calendar now looking much emptier, that road could be cleared for FromSoftware with seven months to go.
Much more information about Gotham Knights
One game that should still be here in 2022 is Gotham Knights. WB Games Montreal shared plenty of information about its DC game this week, but unlike Starfield, the studio behind it is sticking to its October 25, 2022 release date. This week’s reveals included Nightwing gameplay and Red Hood and the fact that the last-gen version of the game has been canceled, so all of the focus can be on the current and PC versions. It was also revealed that Gotham Knights will not include microtransactions, and cross-platform play and couch co-op will not be available.
FIFA will soon be EA Sports FC
There had been rumors for some time that after 28 years, EA was considering severing ties with FIFA and changing the name of its long-running football simulation series. This week, EA confirmed those rumors to be true, revealing that starting next year, its football games will be called EA Sports FC. In response to this confirmation, the FIFA President revealed that the series will continue even without EA at the helm and the search for a new publisher has already begun. FIFA 23 will launch as normal, but in 2023 the football gaming landscape will undergo its biggest change since the early 1990s.
Is Commander Shepard alive or not?
BioWare unveiled Mass Effect merchandise this week, unexpectedly hinting that despite Mass Effect 3 ending, Commander Shepard is still alive and will return in Mass Effect 5. This naturally sent fans of the series wondering. free fall, dividing them as to whether they would. would like to see that happen or not. Enter BioWare again a day later, repeating the wording of the new product and confirming that it was an error, clarifying that Shepard will not be returning. However, that’s exactly what someone would say after accidentally revealing a massive plot of a game that’s still a long way off. In conclusion, no one other than those making Mass Effect 5 knows whether or not Shepard will return.
Online games are great and have changed the industry for the better. However, it has its pitfalls. One such pitfall is that if servers go down, millions of people can potentially find themselves unable to play certain games. Or as it seemed to many Xbox owners this past weekend, unable to do just about anything. Issues reported by angry Xbox gamers ranged from being unable to purchase games through their consoles to being unable to even start games offline. Not ideal for Xbox and the number of complaints that would pour in would have been amplified due to the outage occurring over the weekend. Everything seems to have been fixed now, however.
The Fallen Order Sequel Seems to Have a Name
It is known at this point that a Jedi: Fallen Order sequel is coming even though there has been no official confirmation from EA. The hope was that the next game in the series would be officially revealed on Star Wars Day, but that didn’t happen. All that’s left are rumors and leaks and this week we got a big one: an insider’s claim that the sequel now has a name. Apparently the next Jedi: Fallen Order game, whenever announced and arriving, will be called Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. At least we have something else to call now than Fallen Order 2, unlike the as-yet-unnamed Breath of the Wild sequel.
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