Checkpoint #18: Detached from Reality

Who needs a pelvis anyway?

Welcome back to Checkpoint!

Lots of news this week: major Oculus announcements, a new Total War game and The Last of Us Part 2 on the horizon, an Overwatch patch that modifies a massive number of heroes, and climate action announcements from gaming companies are just a few of the stories we'll cover.

You might have noticed that I'm sending this issue a few days late. I'm on leave from my day job, and will be skipping next week's issue to take a proper break. By delaying the issue a bit, I'm hoping to get you more of the news you depend on with less of an interruption.

Let's get into it.


An Old Warhorse

PC gaming and cross-platform titles

The next Total War title will be called Total War Saga: Troy and will take you inside one of history's most legendary conflicts.

Untitled Goose Game, a game in which you play a goose getting up to antics and stealing things from people, has released on PC and Switch. Here's a review. It's a short game, around three hours long, though one speedrunner has already gotten it down to four minutes.

The latest Overwatch patch to hit the PTR makes small balance changes to nearly half of the game's heroes. Though this patch takes a scalpel approach to balancing, it seems poised to make massive changes to the current shield-heavy meta, and even return heroes that remain unchanged to relevancy. And some balance changes are less minor than it seems: player reports suggest that changing Tracer's damage falloff from 10 meters to 13 meters makes her a capable Pharah counter.

World of Warcraft has also received a new patch. It concludes the Battle for Azeroth War campaign story, adds refreshed Worgen and Goblin character models, and more.

Afterparty, a successor to the popular Oxenfreeis a game in which you must defeat Satan in a drinking contest. It arrives on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on October 29.

The free-to-play Magic: The Gathering Arena game launched this week, and it's reportedly really good, but not as eye-catching as Hearthstone or Gwent.

The news that one of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's modes, Spec Ops Survival, will be a PS4 exclusive for the first year has caused quite a bit of controversy. One of the game's developers has tried to explain, though the decision appears to have been made at the publisher level.

I think the uproar is justified on this one. It's one thing to release a game on either Epic or Steam, or to build exclusive, first-party titles for different consoles. But charging players the same amount for a game and giving users on one platform extra content is just plain dirty. This Call of Duty will be easy for me to skip now.

Based on this Australian Classification Board rating, it looks likely that Red Dead Redemption 2's PC release is imminent.


One Last Fling

Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch news

The Last of Us Part 2 has been announced and is set for a February 2020 launch, though it won't feature multiplayer.

The The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake is out now on Switch, and is getting some great reviewsNintendo also turned 130 years old this week, so a nostalgia trip seems poetic.

From November 22, you'll be able to play just one more turn from your couch, with Civilization VI coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. (Of course, it came out on Switch a few months back.)


Detached from Reality

VR, AR, streaming, and other emerging tech

Oculus had a number of interesting announcements at Oculus Connect this year. The company is working on augmented reality glasses (think Google Glass), and is turning the Oculus Quest into a PC VR headset that can play Rift games from November.

There's also this Facebook Horizon social VR world, which is kind of like if someone took the ideas in Snow Crash and made them bland and terrible. Avatars literally end at the waist so that players can't simulate sexual activity.

Instead, you can jump into the next Medal of Honor game in 2020, which will be an Oculus Rift title from Respawn Entertainment.

A bit of streaming news: with Stadia's Founder's Edition nearly selling out, there's a new Premiere Edition available, including a Chromecast Ultra, three months of Stadia Pro, and a controller. On the other side of the aisle, you'll be able to test Microsoft's Project xCloud streaming service in October.


Pay for a Pass

Mobile gaming news

Google has announced its Apple Arcade competitor, Google Play Pass. It's a very similar proposition: for US$4.99 per month, you'll be able to play over 350 titles ad-free.

Meanwhile, the same amount of money (yes, as a monthly subscription) will let you access 200cc racing in Nintendo's Mario Kart Tour for iOS and Android. This would have sounded ridiculous six months ago, but it sure is out-of-touch now.


Playing for the Planet

Gaming culture, industry, and miscellanea

Gaming companies have made a number of announcements this week as part of Playing for the Planet, an industry initiative to combat climate change. Critics say they need to do more, which really applies to everyone and every industry on the planet when it comes to this issue, but incremental progress is better than paralysis. Some of the initatives:

Police are investigating a link between organized crime and the Australian Overwatch Contenders team, hot on the heels of arrests made in a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match-fixing investigation.

Finally: Twitch has rolled out a UI update, and as with all redesigns ever, it's polarizing. I don't mind it, my friend hates it, and I don't know what you think about it. Reply me maybe?


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Checkpoint #17: Not Enough Chefs in the Kitchen

A clown chef is not a food safety issue. Right?

Welcome back to Checkpoint!

Borderlands 3 is here and it’s hot, Call of Duty players really love minimaps, Steam’s library overhaul beta is available, and Ring Fit Adventure is the spiritual successor to the Wii Fit.

Let's get into it.


A Fall Off the Map

PC gaming and cross-platform titles

Borderlands 3 released on Friday, and people I know have had a blast playing it with friends. Here’s the Ars Technica early impression. At launch, technical issues have been a problem for many, but none of that is reflected in the massive sales figures or the jubilation of my friends.

The lack of a minimap in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been a source of controversy, and Infinity Ward is already testing a minimap in the beta after fan backlash. Getting used to the lack of a minimap in Overwatch was certainly an adjustment, but I can’t say I ever miss having one in the game now.


Speaking of Overwatch, the latest patch has brought a new mini-event with it: Bastion’s Brick Challenge. It’s a LEGO-themed event for which the top reward is a Brick Bastion skin, so you can giving attacking teams headaches in glossy plastic style. You’ve got until September 30 to earn the skin, two sprays, and two player icons.

There have also been some balance changes, notably to Symmetra’s beam width and damage output. May your barriers turn her into a slightly less terrifying monster from here on out.

Also, the widely-and-justifiably-reviled Paris map has been temporarily disabled. Don’t celebrate too hard — this is in response to a bug that let players shoot through one of the spawn doors, and not an acknowledgement by Blizzard that the map is a balance horror show.

If you need an escape plan when Paris returns, maybe you could run some old World of Warcraft content with a friend? We’re not talking about ClassicBattle for Azeroth patch 8.2.5 will include a new feature called Party Sync, which lets players temporarily scale their level down so that higher-level players can run through content with friends who are levelling.


Steam's library rework is now in public beta, including new game pages, events, and more. It’ll be interesting to see if this has any impact on indie game sales on the platform, which publisher estimates suggest are down 70% year-over-year.

Meanwhile, GOG announced a new client update for the Galaxy 2.0 beta that adds global search and library view customizations. Another underdog game library, Discord Nitro Games, is going away altogether due to lack of use. You can fill the void in your heart with the Rockstar Games launcher — you’ll get a free copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on PC if you do.

Of course, the ascendant game store has another freebie for you this week, in the form of the Lovecraftian horror game Conarium.


Not Enough Chefs in the Kitchen

Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch news

We know what Nintendo’s latest weird fitness gadget is for now: it’s an attempt to trick you into getting fit with an adventure RPG called Ring Fit Adventure. You can preorder it now if you need a little art-directed encouragement.

But perhaps you’re less interested in games that trick you into getting fit, and more interested in games that let you simulate sports while you sit completely still. You’re in luck, as the 1983 classic Track & Field has come to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

We’ve gotten to see more of the upcoming Link’s Awakening remake, and it’s a complete graphical overhaul.

Do you hate being happy? Do you hate having relationships with the people you care most about? Good! Overcooked 2 is about to worm its way back into your life with a new DLC, Carnival of Chaos, promising to destroy everything in your life that you held dear. You’ll angrily make donuts and hot dogs for carnival-goers. And there are clown chefs.

(Yes, I’ve had some traumatic experiences with Overcooked. Could you tell?)

Finally, get your head around the mysterious Death Strandingwith well over an hour of gameplay footage from the Tokyo Game Show.


Inside and Out

VR, AR, streaming, and other emerging tech

The HTC Vive Cosmos, the first Vive PC headset with inside-out tracking, will start selling on October 3 for US$699. Aside from the release details, Ars has some interesting first hands-on impressions at that link.

If you buy one, you can use it to play the official sequel to the movie Groundhog DayGroundhog Day: Like Father Like Son is a VR game in which you play the son of Bill Murray’s character from the original movie, relearning the same lessons his father did. It is indeed canonical. Sounds weird, but now you know.


A Living Soul

Mobile gaming news

Apple Arcade launches later this week and I’m sure there’ll be a barrage of news and reviews to cover in the next edition, so let’s enjoy the calm before the storm:


Take a Gamble

Gaming culture, industry, and miscellanea

The UK Parliament, unable to make any progress on real issues, is giving gaming a rubdown: it thinks the games industry should spend money on research into ‘problem gaming’ and wants loot boxes regulated under gambling law.

E3 could become more of a festival than a trade show and open itself up to the public for the first time, according to leaked plans.

It’s always nice to see more of this: Football Manager 2020will come in a recyclable, eco-friendly cardboard packaging instead of a plastic case.

Probably a very niche bit of news, but one I’ve hoped to see for a very long time: an official Twitch app is finally coming to the Apple TV. There’s an open beta going on at the moment.

The Offspring is performing a show in World of Tanks, after Marshmello and Korn (whose new album is great) kicked the new in-game performance trend off this year.

Redditor u/halvencyon spent a total of 72 hours over a month and a half building this faithful recreation of Overwatch’s Rialto map in Minecraft.

Don’t lose a Hearthstone Grandmasters match because you’re playing Auto Chess at the same time… which is exactly what this guy did.


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Checkpoint #16: Can We Switch Up This Comp?

Because the hitscan doesn’t seem to be working.

Welcome back to Checkpoint!

It’s a massive news week for gamers, and a good one too. Gears 5 has landed, Overwatch is the latest big hit to get a Switch port, and Apple Arcade promises to make your train commutes much less boring in the future.

Don’t presume it stops there — let's get into it.


Move It Up a Gear

PC gaming and cross-platform titles

Gears 5 has landed! I’ve never been a big Gears player, but the response to this launch has me thinking about diving in. VG247 says it’s the best the series has been in a long time, and Polygon reckons it’s the best PC port this year.

Valve has been working on a library user interface redesign for Steam for a while now, and we’ll be able to take the beta for a spin on September 17. There are plenty of interesting screenshots to check out over on the Steam blog post.

The Sims 4’s Realm of Magic game pack is out for PC and Mac now and reviewing well, allowing you to turn your Sims worlds into a vaguely Hogwarts-themed magicfest. It’s selling for the usual US$19.99, though there’s a lot more content here than in most game packs, including a world.

Filed under very unexpectedCivilization VI now has a battle royale mode. It’s called Red Death and is a custom multiplayer scenario with new factions, characters, and units to suit the format.

The previously-teased Project Resistance extension to the Resident Evil franchise has been revealed as a four-player coop game with online multiplayer. There’s a teaser available now, with more details to come during the Tokyo Game Show this week.

Another week of double freebies on the Epic Games Store — this time it’s Abzu and The End is Nigh. Grab them quickly, as they’ll require a purchase again after September 13. Horror fans should look out for the Lovecraftian Conarium next week.

Move over, daddy dating. KFC is working with Psyop to build I Love You, Colonel Sanders!, a dating sim where you get to date the Colonel himself — or, at least, a much more angular and svelte version of him. I’m not sure how best to move forward from here, but let’s try…


Can We Switch Up This Comp?

Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch news

Nintendo hosted a Direct around this time last week that contained a massive amount of news. The big one: Overwatch is the latest port to come to the Nintendo Switch. It’ll release on October 15, and even makes use of the Joy-Con’s motion controls for some abilities, like Rip-Tire.

Switch Online subscribers will also now get access to 20 classic SNES games, including Stunt Race FX, which has never been re-released on a newer platform before. These games are already available to play. Much like the NES controller that coincided with the NES-on-Switch re-releases, a wireless SNES-style controller is also coming soon.

A whole slew of other ports were announced, including some Assassin’s Creed games, Jedi Knight 2Divinity: Original Sin 2Doom 64, and a whole lot more.

They also teased an odd fitness peripheral and released a Switch firmware update with some quality-of-life changes. Nintendo is hitting the turbo hard without a sign of slowing down in sight.

Red Dead Online’s summer update has arrived, and it’s a big one that includes class-like roles, four new Free Roam events, new weapons and skill cards, as well as general improvements and bug fixes.

If that’s not enough to keep you busy, this month Xbox and PC gamers can fire up Game Pass and enjoyGears 5Dead CellsEnter the GungeonCreature in the WellBad North and more.

Finally, we’ve learned that Xbox Scarlett will feature dedicated ray-tracing cores.


A Display of Force

VR, AR, streaming, and other emerging tech

Is Nintendo planning to take Switch VR beyond the Labo kit and towards something more serious? Who knows — but it has received a patent for what looks like a longer-lasting VR headset made of plastic.

Nvidia recently started certifying some FreeSync monitors as G-Sync compatible, a welcome bit of news for gamers around the world who dislike wallet devastation. This news is potentially even cooler: some of LG’s recently released OLED TVs can now be updated to receive G-Sync support, perhaps making them the best gaming monitors on the market. I suddenly regret saving a few bucks with a Panasonic that is otherwise very good.

And Google says that Stadia users will be able to get a taste of how games perform when streamed with trials for both the service and some of its games.


Raid the Arcade

Mobile gaming news

The big mobile gaming news this week, of course, is all about Apple Arcade. We’ve known the broad strokes of what this service will entail since WWDC 2019, and all the details have been filled in this week.

Arcade for iOS launches on September 19 in 150 countries — including mine and, more likely than not, yours — and will cost $4.99 per month. That subscription will give you access to over 100 games at launch, a number that will presumably grow consistently. Not the worst pricing given the casual nature of mobile games, Apple’s reputation for having a cheeky gouge, and the smorgasbord you get out of it. Apple introduced three exclusives: Super Frogger, which likely needs no explanation, a twin-stick platformer called Shinsekai: Into the Depths, and a rhythm game called Sayonara Wild Hearts.

Exclusives aside, there’s a long list of of new mobile games that’ll be available with Arcade, including Rayman MiniPac-Man Party RoyaleExit the GungeonSkate City, and notably Various Daylife, a new Square Enix RPG.

Arcade will come to iPadOS and tvOS a day later on September 20.


Another Brick in Stormwind’s Wall

Gaming culture, industry, and miscellanea

I always love seeing realistic updates to game environments in Unreal Engine, and this one is particularly beautiful: a lifelike recreation of World of Warcraft’s Stormwind.

You probably joined in the schadenfreude last year when EA’s Reddit comment about Battlefront 2 lootboxes became the most-downvoted comment in the history of the site. Now you get to relive that special joy: this achievement has been forever enshrined as a Guinness World Record.


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Checkpoint #15: It’s a Witch Hunt

Blair Witch is here, World of Warcraft Classic speedrunning, Red Dead Online’s patch Tuesday, and more

Welcome back to Checkpoint!

It’s a short one this week: if there’s any indicator of World of Warcraft’s enduring sway over us gamers, it’s that nobody in the industry seems willing to make critical announcements while we’re all enraptured.

But that doesn’t mean the world stopped, so there’s still news to cover. Let's get into it.


It’s a Witch Hunt

PC gaming and cross-platform titles

Blair Witch was released on PC and Xbox One this week. Here’s a roundup of all the reviews, which suggest that it’s a pretty good (but not amazing) horror game. Good thing you probably have it as part of your Game Pass subscription.

Players are chewing through World of Warcraft Classic’s content. It took 79 hours for a Gnome mage to reach the level 60 cap, and only 6 days before European guild APES beat endgame bosses Onyxia and Ragnaros. But if you’ve been stuck in the multi-hour queues, you may not be so far along. Blizzard has taken a few steps over the past week to alleviate queue times, including raising maximum realm capacity, and announcing upcoming free server transfers earlier today.

Zombie lover? Capcom has confirmed that it’ll be announcing a new Resident Evil gameProject Resistance, on September 9.

You’ll either love this or you’ll hate it: Epic has announced eight new Epic Games Store exclusivesOobletsNo Straight RoadsManifold GardenSuperliminalWattamThe Alto CollectionAirborne Kingdom, and The Eternal Cylinder.

Untitled Goose Game has been given a September 20 release date, and it turns out that working title is actually the game’s real title. The trailer is great and you’ll be able to make goosey dreams come true on the Epic Games Store and Switch.

If you’re a big fan of sci-fi RTS franchise Homeworldyou’ll be glad to know that a follow-up is in the works — if you want to help ensure that it happens, the developers are raising money via a crowdfunding campaign.

Borderlands 2 VR is coming to PC sometime between September and November, while a massive free PSVR update is due out next week.

Ubisoft’s Uplay+ subscription service released this week, with a free trial running through the end of September. It’s US$14.99 per month, but won’t be getting it from me.


Seeing Red

Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch news

Red Dead Online’s specialist roles system is nearly here, with a Tuesday, 10 September release date now confirmed.

Yakuza 7 for PlayStation 4 will feature a major departure from previous games in the series: it’s a turn-based RPG now.

The Bulletstorm Switch port made a surprise appearance on the Switch eShop this week. It comes in at US$29.99 and the ported gameplay has been well-received.

Finally, Nintendo has announced a Nintendo Direct for today at 3pm PST. That’s after our go-live time for this edition, so you can either check that out yourself or come back for the Checkpoint summary next week.


A Whole New World

Mobile gaming news

Pokémon Masters is now out for iOS and Android. Reviews say that it’s really fun, but it’s more about trainers than pokémon themselves.

Part of the Homeworld revival is Homeworld Mobile game, which is now in early access on iOS and Android. You can sign up for the waitlist on the official site, but contributors to the Homeworld 3crowdfunding campaign will get priority access.


Hot & Steamy

Gaming culture, industry, and miscellanea

Ubisoft says the current Steam business model is unrealistic, and doesn’t reflect where the world is today. When you consider a 30% take for mere distribution versus the massive costs involved in game development, it’s not hard to see why. Apple is another offender in this basket, also taking a 30% cut of all App Store sales.

Telltale Games is back from the dead, sort of: LCG Entertainment has announced that it’ll acquire the company and its intellectual property, and revive game production.


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Checkpoint #14: World-First Ragnaros Race Rebooted

Let's not pretend otherwise: this is all World of Warcraft Classic's week.

Welcome back to Checkpoint!

Little-known fact: a major MMORPG launched a faithful recreation of its classic experience this week. We also look at the Control launch, signs of an Overwatch port for the Switch, and brace for HD remasters of the classic Aladdin and Lion King games.

Let's get into it.


World-First Ragnaros Race Rebooted

You probably don’t need a subheading to tell you what this is about

Unless you’ve just woken up from a very long nap, the biggest headline in gaming this week won’t take you by surprise. World of Warcraft Classic is now live and players are going crazy for it.

From a numerical point of view, this has been a successful product launch. Activision Blizzard stock has surged upwards of 6% following the game’s reception. 1.1 million people were watching World of Warcraft streams on Twitch around launch time

Queues have been so intense that Blizzard has already spun up multiple new servers for each region, and players have been spotted forming orderly queues for quest objectives (if there’s one link you should click in today’s edition, this is it). I’ve moved less than 50 queue places for the Arugal server in the time it took me to write this Checkpoint edition.

It’ll be interesting to see a World of Warcraft where your achievements mean something again, and interesting to see how long it can sustain a playerbase.

For those looking for Classic leveling tips? Polygon suggests keeping your TV set handy.


It’s Under Control

PC gaming and cross-platform titles

The other big launch of the week? Control is World of Warcraft Classic’s polar opposite, in the sense that one of its selling points is its use of cutting edge ray-tracing technology. This paranormal shooter takes place in an old office building that’s under siege by interdimensional parasites, and the reviews are very positive (KotakuEurogamerArs Technica).

And outside of AAA titles, we’ve seen a pretty interesting new title in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey — a primate evolution simulator that has given reviewers a fair bit of food for thought.

If you own Destiny 2, you probably know that Bungie is in the process of removing the game from Battle.net and moving it over to Steam. The migration process has begun and you can use a tool to ensure that you’re sorted for the Shadowkeep launch on October 1.

Fortnite’s latest patch has added a Borderlands-themed area to the map, and a Shield Bubble item. The unpopular B.R.U.T.E. mech has finally been nerfed, though not removed as players had campaigned for.

Ashen, which you may remember as the Dark Souls-inspired RPG that did the rounds in December, is finally moving beyond the Xbox and Epic Games Store. It’s coming to Steam and GoG on PC, and the PS4 and Nintendo Switch

Other points of interest:


Hakuna Matata

Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch news

Here’s the first look at the dungeon editor in the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake. There’s less than a month to go before launch, with the title landing on September 20.

An official, licensed Overwatch case for the Nintendo Switch briefly appeared on Amazon this week, which is a pretty strong indication that Overwatch could be the next high-profile Switch port to be announced.

Do you remember the Lion King and Aladdin games from the early 90s? They were great, and we’re getting HD remasters for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch this October.


Out of the Loop

Mobile gaming news

Racing games have always done well on mobile, and that doesn’t look set to change any time soon. Fulfil some childhood fantasies with Hot Wheels Infinite Loop, which was released for Android and iOS this week, and get prepped for Mario Kart Tour, which is coming to Android and iOS on September 25.

And we’ve finally got an official Pokémon Masters release date: August 29. Which is, you know, tomorrow.


Loot on a Leash

Gaming culture, industry, and miscellanea

Over in the tech news world, there’s been a controversy raging for a few weeks around contractors reviewing voice recordings from smart assistants for accuracy. It’s spilling over this week, with a report suggesting Microsoft does have human contractors listening to Xbox voice command recordings.

A Bungie executive has cleared the air over the end of the company’s partnership with Activision: “I think we need to dispel the notion Activision was some prohibitive overlord that wasn’t letting us do awesome things.”

When Australia winds up in this newsletter, it never seems to be a good sign. Victorian police have arrested a number of CS:GO pros after being caught out in a match-fixing scheme.

On a lighter note: you need to see this Rocket League recreation in No Man’s Sky’s creative mode. And that Korn concert in an MMO? Not too shabby, according to stated non-fan Zack Zwiezen.


That’s it for this edition.

Thanks for reading Checkpoint. If you enjoyed reading, please let your gamer friends know about it — keeping Checkpoint growing helps me keep it going. And don’t forget to follow us (okay, me. It’s just me here) on social media:

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- Flob

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