This week in gaming: NVIDIA unveils its next generation of graphics cards, Twitch Prime loses some features, we’ve got new DualShock 4 controllers, and more!
In the spirit of keeping our readers up to date with what’s happening in the video game industry, the Doublejump Digest is a brief collection of the major news stories from the past week. Keep an eye out for the Digest every Sunday night, and head on into the archive for news from weeks gone by!
- After his controversial replacement on the Football Manager 2019 box art, Cav took a creative look through Manager Man’s tumultuous 14-year career.
- Cav came back the next night with his thoughts on the “masterclass in intelligent and inventive game design” that is Dead Cells, calling it “one of the year’s best.”
- We announced a couple of steps that we’re taking to improve our value proposition as we move into the business end of 2018, with new social media graphics, a new method of delivering news, and a new respect for the Medium account that once housed the entire site.
NVIDIA unveils its latest generation of gaming graphics cards:
The graphics hardware manufacturer kicked off Gamescom with a special announcement event where it debuted the first its consumer-focussed GeForce RTX graphics cards: the 2080Ti, 2080, and 2070. The new “Turing” generation cards are especially designed to handle real-time ray tracing (hence “RTX”), which is a resource-intensive lighting technology that has been a staple of 3D animated Hollywood films but has proven impractical for existing consumer hardware.
NVIDIA has named this technology as the “greatest leap [in graphics] since [the] 2006 CUDA GPU” and demonstrated the new graphics cards’ prowess with modified benchmarks that the public criticised for not showing how they perform in existing games. Since then, NVIDIA has released new benchmarks (via Eurogamer) that directly compare the RTX 2080 against the older GTX 1080 (but not 1080Ti), with the company claiming that the new card is twice as powerful as its older twin at 4K resolution:
At the event, NVIDIA showed off RTX demos for Battlefield V, Metro Exodus, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider:
Not long after the announcement event, NVIDIA confirmed that “RTX-enabled” games may not actually use ray tracing (via Overclock3D) and that the term is brand mark to denote that a particular game is using one of its new AI-powered graphics technologies.
The RTX 2080 is slated to be released on September 20, with NVIDIA’s own “Founder’s Edition” retailing for AU$1199. The Founder’s Edition RTX 2080Ti and RTX 2070 will be released at a later date and will retail for AU$1899 and AU$899 respectively.
Epic is rewarding Fortnite Battle Royale players for using two-factor authentication:
In a short news post earlier this week, the developer announced that it will gift Fortnite Battle Royale players with a free “Boogiedown” Emote if they enable two-factor authentication on their accounts:
Life is Strange 2 has its first official trailer:
After months of teasers and information, we’ve finally got a reveal trailer for Life is Strange 2, which publisher Square Enix revealed will follow 16-year-old Sean Diaz as he looked to get his 9-year-old brother, Daniel, from Seattle to Puerto Lobos, Mexico, to start a new life after “a tragic event.” Sean will need to protect Daniel from the world around him, but also guide and educate him as they make the 1,662 mile journey. The game will also feature a new power, but Square Enix didn’t say anything else about it.
The first episode of the five planned is set to be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on September 27.
Twitch Prime loses ad-free streaming and pre-order discounts:
Twitch announced the change this past Monday, revealing that “universal ad-free viewing will no longer be part of Twitch Prime for new members, starting on September 14.” Members with monthly subscriptions will continue to receive ad-free viewing privileges until October 15, while those with annual subscriptions (or those who upgrade to one before September 14) will continue to avoid ads until their next renewal date.
All of Twitch Prime’s other benefits, including monthly subscription tokens, monthly game and loot offers, chat badges and Amazon Prime’s many benefits (which vary between marketplaces), will still be available, and Prime members can use their subscription tokens to unlock ad-free viewing if their chosen streamer supports it. Those who wish to continue enjoying ad-free viewing all over Twitch will need to subscribe to Twitch Turbo in addition to their Prime Subscription.
On top of these changes, Amazon itself has revealed that it is reworking its 20% discount on game pre-orders for Prime subscribers into a $10 store credit with pre-orders of “select video games”, a change that will also be applied to Twitch Prime members.
HITMAN Legacy Pack essentially remasters HITMAN within HITMAN 2:
Developer IO Interactive has announced that it will remaster the missions from 2016’s HITMAN reboot within HITMAN 2: World of Assassination including adding in all of the new weapons and mechanics from the sequel. While this move doesn’t quite fulfil the studio’s original ambition of turning HITMAN (2016) into a platform upon which it adds new content, it does establish the upcoming title as a base for multiple seasons of artistic assassinations.
Dark Souls Trilogy is coming this October:
Having released Dark Souls: Remastered earlier this year, publisher BANDAI NAMCO has revealed that it is releasing both the remastered game, its sequels, and all released downloadable content as a collection on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this October.
Nintendo announces slew of new “Nindies”:
In the latest of its twice-yearly “Indie Highlights” presentations earlier this week, the gaming giant announced 15 (yes, fifteen) new indie titles that are coming to the Switch in the near future. The first three of those titles are available now, with Bad North, Morphies Law and Prison Architect headlining the latest eShop update. Among the highlights of the upcoming titles are SNK’s frisbee-themed Windjammers and its sequel, Windjammers 2 (which was announced in the presentation), 11 bit studios’ phenomenal Bosnian War title This War of Mine, and the always expected Switch version of Terraria.
Here’s a full list of the titles announced in the presentation, which you can watch in full on Nintendo’s YouTube channel:
- Bad North – available now;
- Prison Architect – available now;
- Morphies Law – available now;
- The Gardens Between – available on September 20;
- Windjammers – available on October 23;
- Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom – available on November 6;
- This War of Mine – available in November 2018;
- Everspace: Stellar Edition – available in December 2018;
- Baba Is You – available in “fall 2018”;
- Beat Cop – available in “fall 2018”;
- Moonlighter – available in “fall 2018”;
- Streets of Rogue – available in “winter 2018”;
- Children of Morta – available in “early 2019”;
- Night Call – available in “early 2019”;
- Slay the Spire – available in “early 2019”;
- Terraria – available at some point in 2019; and
- Windjammers 2 – available at some point in 2019.
Castlevania producer delays crowdfunded spiritual successor, cans Vita version:
Artplay co-founder Koji Igarashi made the announcement in a Kickstarter update earlier this week, explaining that much like the game’s first delay (from March 2017 to “early 2018”), the studio has delayed Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night again predominantly “to raise the quality level, especially after all the very valuable feedback from the Beta Backer Demo.” The game is now slated to launch at some point next year.
Igarashi also announced that Artplay is no longer planning to launch the title on PlayStation Vita “largely due to Sony’s plans to discontinue the Vita console,” with 505 Games global brand manager Roberto Piraino calling it “an unfortunate but necessary decision to make.” Those who pledged for a Vita version of the game are now able to request a refund for their pledge, or change to a different version of the game; it’s still set for release on PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One!
Sony announces new DualShock 4 colors:
The company took to its official European Blog earlier this week to announce that the three new colourways will launch throughout October, with Blue Camouflage launching on October 12, Berry Blue on October 23 and Copper on October 30.
Sony is also planning to re-release other limited edition colours alongside the latter two, with Sunset Orange launching on September 18 and the Copper controller launching as part of a metallic range alongside the previously-released Gold, Silver and Steel Black controllers.
All of these controllers will be available in retailers around the world, at their recommended retail price in each different region.
Notable game releases:
- Shenmue I & II (PC, PS4, and Xbox One)
- Gone Home (Switch)
- F1 2018 (PC, PS4, and Xbox One)
Videos and trailer releases:
Overwatch – “Shooting Star” Animated Short:
Everyone’s favourite esports star-turned- hero D.Va is the focus of Blizzard’s latest story short film.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider – PC Technology Trailer:
This quick trailer showcases the kind of graphical quality that’s possible when you’ve got “native 4K resolution, High-Quality Anti-Aliasing, Proven Ambient Occlusion and many other high-end features” to work with at launch, with NVIDIA’s Ray Tracing technology to come in a post-launch update.
Metro Exodus – Gamescom 2018 Trailer:
Dying Light fans will enjoy this look into the horrors that come out to play when the sun sets on the beautiful little settlement that Artyom and his friends have found.
Just Cause 4 – Tornado Gameplay Reveal:
Among other things, Avalanche Studios Narrative Director Omar Shakir guides us through a look at how the tornadoes that tear through Solis can present “unique and brand new gameplay opportunities that just aren’t available in any other video game”.
The Grand Tour Game – Announce Trailer:
Players can now play out Clarkson, Hammond and May’s unique brand of reckless entertainment, visiting locations and driving cars direct from the show.
Underworld Ascendant arrives on Steam in November:
The crowdfunded action RPG comes to us from OtherSide Entertainment, a studio founded by industry veterans Paul Neurath and Warren Spector (whose credits include System Shock, Thief, Deus Ex and Epic Mickey among others). Returning to the Ultima series’ Stygian Abyss, players assume the role “The Ascendant”, the only person capable of stopping Zeus’ nemesis, Typhon, as they aim to do just that.
The game is set to be released on November 15.
GORN! Is now available on Oculus Rift:
Free Lives and Devolver Digital have released a new update for the VR blockbuster, which includes a new champion, the Crab, as well as a new crab claw caestus, new heavy armour for enemies, a revamped arena and plenty of performance improvements. It’s also now available on the Oculus Rift App Store alongside Steam Early Access, and to celebrate, the studio and its publisher have knocked 25% off the asking price.
HBO and Devolver Digital come together to release Reigns: Game of Thrones:
Players on Android, iOS and Steam will be able to take Reigns’ rule-by-Tinder gameplay into the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros this coming October, swiping their way through the lives and work of Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, Tyrion Lannister and more as they aim to stay on top of the Iron Throne.
- Daybreak Games is shutting down Just Survive on October 25: Steam
- CS:GO YouTuber Trevor “McSkillet” Heitmann killed in multiple-vehicle crash after driving the wrong way up Interstate 805 at more than 160km/h: Polygon
- Rocket League is getting a huge progression update this week, with the Rocket Pass to come next week: Official blog
- Turtle Beach is releasing three new headsets: Trade Media
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to Xbox Game Pass on September 1: YouTube (official)
- PS4 firmware update to finally improve the store’s awful search feature: Polygon
- Saints Row: The Third is coming to Nintendo Switch: Twitter (official)
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