This week in gaming: Nintendo announces a new Switch model, Xbox’s Deathloop headlines State of Play, Ubisoft takes things live in Assassin’s Creed Infinity, 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!
Nintendo updates the Switch with an OLED screen and not much else…
Nintendo surprised gaming fans and journalists alike by announcing a new Switch model less than a month after E3, but while it did confirm rumours of an OLED screen, the new model will not include a more powerful processor or more RAM.
The new Switch, simply-titled Nintendo Switch (OLED Model), is the same physical size as the existing non-Lite models but trades the 6.2” LCD LED screen for a 7” OLED one (still at 720p), a wider (actually usable) kickstand, a built-in ethernet port in the Dock, 64GB of storage (up from 32GB), more powerful speakers, and a new white colourway.
The Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) is slated for an October 8 release with a AU$539.95 RRP.
Sony shows off Xbox’s Deathloop in latest State of Play stream
Sony Interactive Entertainment hosted another State of Play stream this past week, with Arkane Studios Lyon showing off its upcoming, time-bending action title Deathloop with a gameplay trailer that also confirmed that it will be a one-year PlayStation “console” exclusive.
Kojima Productions also revealed that it has added new content and gameplay mechanics to Death Stranding Director’s Cut and scheduled it for release on September 24 on PlayStation 5.
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio also treated fans with more gameplay footage from Lost Judgement, which is due out on PS4 and PS5 on September 24.
Ubisoft makes melee murder a live service in Assassin’s Creed Infinity
Just hours after Bloomberg’s report on Ubisoft’s plans to turn Assassin’s Creed into a live service game known as Assassin’s Creed Infinity, the French publisher confirmed the rumour by formally announcing the project.
Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Quebec are jointly working on Assassin’s Creed Infinity, while Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Creative Director Marc-Alexis Côté is leading the project, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Lead Producer Julien Laferrière leading the service’s production, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Gods & Monsters Creative Director Jonathan Dumont and Watch Dogs: Legion Director Clint Hocking both serving as Infinity’s Creative Directors.
Ubisoft promised to provide more details about the project “at a later date”.
Supanova founder steps down following event’s recent neo-Nazi scandal
In an email sent to “Sponsors, Exhibitors & Artists”, Supanova founder Daniel Zachariou announced that he has stepped down as Executive Director for the pop culture convention following criticism surrounding the inclusion of a neo-Nazi exhibitor at its recent Sydney show.
Zachariou also explained his organisation’s response to the events and also highlighted the allegedly poor reporting following the Sydney show.
“At the time, we removed all offensive materials before the show opened on Saturday and then on Sunday, again prior to opening, removed the exhibitor and subsequently banned them from all future events due to multiple serious breaches of our policies, before issuing an apology to our patrons,” he wrote. “Despite details being inaccurately reported by some media outlets, including comments that were attributed to me that were taken out of context, we have used the time since the event to commence a review into how we can provide the best environment for staff, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.”
He also revealed that veteran event organiser Scott Liston (Armageddon, Queer Expo, and more) has replaced him as Executive Director, with Supanova also “creating an advisory group” to enforce company policies as well as an “Ethics Officer” to ensure that no further unsavioury behavior slips through Supanova’s approval process.
Nacon shows off Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown and Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong
Not be outdone by SIE, video game peripheral manufacturer and publisher Nacon hosted its own company showcase this week – Nacon Connect 2021 – and premiered new trailers for Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown, Steelrising, and The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.
NOTABLE GAME RELEASES
- Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (PC and Switch)
- Sniper Elite VR (PC and PS4)
VIDEOS AND TRAILERS
Space Punks — Announcement Trailer
What if Diablo had guns and an art style like Borderlands?
Xbox All Access — All-4-One “It’s All There (I Swear Remix)”
And I swear, if I see this video one more time…
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS — Come to Taego
The tough dad from Train to Busan is in PUBG… for some reason.
Apex Legends — Thrillseekers Event Trailer
Clown cowboy clown Mirage will haunt my dreams until I die.
Boomerang X — Out Now
I’d say that this boomerang looks more like Dark Sector’s glaive than an actual boomerang, but what would this Aussie know about those things, eh?
- Capcom has sold more than 4.5 million copies of Resident Evil Village: Eurogamer
- An Indonesian minister has asked for Fortnite to be banned in the country: GameSpot
- Romania will host this year’s The International Dota 2 tournament: Polygon
- Amazon has made its Lumberjack game engine open source: Gamasutra
- Ubisoft has pulled Might and Magic 10: Legacy from sale: Eurogamer
- Nintendo has denied allegations of using Uyghur forced labour in production facilities: Gamasutra
- Duplicate heroes is finally coming to Marvel’s The Avengers: GameSpot
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s current-gen update will include content from the Netflix adaptation: Polygon