This week in gaming: Apple Arcade’s coming next week, Capcom debuts a new cooperative project, EA begins testing game streaming, 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!
During its iPhone 11 family announcement event this week, Apple finally revealed the finalised launch details for its Apple Arcade iOS game subscription service, including its September 19 release date and AU$7.99 monthly cost.
Capcom announces a new cooperative horror title:
The Japanese publisher surprised its fans by announcing that it is working on a new cooperative horror action game tentatively-titled Project Resistance during this year’s Tokyo Game Show.
Writing on EA’s Medium blog, CTO Ken Moss revealed that the publisher has begun testing its cloud-based game streaming service on PC as part of an “exclusive trial”.
“As our games will continue to be the creative heart of EA, we are focused on testing and understanding their performance in cloud gaming,” he wrote. “So our goal with this exclusive trial is to gather more inputs at scale to test performance and quality of service in a variety of network conditions and on multiple server routing scenarios.”
Testers will gain access to FIFA 19, Need for Speed Rivals, Titanfall 2, and Unravel in addition to helping EA test the viability of its cross-play functionality.
Kojima Productions releases extensive Death Stranding gameplay footage and new story trailer:
Kojima Productions has released a 4K version of the story that it debuted during its presentation at this year’s Tokyo Game Show; simultaneously confusing and piquing the interest of the entire gaming industry in the process.
Following the presentation, the company also showed off almost 50 minutes of gameplay from the game, which Kojima-san personally commentated.
LG adds G-Sync compatibility to the majority of its 2019 OLED TVs:
LG has announced that it will roll out a firmware update for its C9 and E9 OLED TVs that will add G-SYNC Compatibility for PCs powered by NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards. This should allow the TVs to all but eliminate tearing by matching their refresh rate to the frame rate output by the graphics card.
PewDiePie pulls financial pledge for Anti Defamation League:
Controversial YouTube gaming personality Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has rescinded his pledge to donate US$50,000 to the pro-Jewish Anti-Defamation League in a follow-up to his recent 100 million subscriber plaque unboxing video. He backtracked on his pledge following backlash from members of his fanbase who alleged that he may have been blackmailed by the ADL to return his YouTube account to good standing, however, Kjellberg noted that he initially announced the pledge to “move past” his anti-semitic controversies.
“We learned a lot from all of you over the last year. Through your valuable feedback, it became clear that while we and some of you love these games, the truth is the vast majority of Nitro subscribers didn’t play them,” they wrote. “So, after careful consideration, we won’t be hitting Continue when these contracts come up for renewal. The Nitro Games catalogue will be removed on October 15th, 2019.”
In related news, the company also confirmed that it is working on a light theme for its desktop and web apps, with mobile versions planned for later.
NOTABLE GAME RELEASES
Borderlands 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Gears 5 (PC, Xbox One)
VIDEOS AND TRAILERS
Borderlands 3 – Official Cinematic Launch Trailer:
It’s out now, folks!
The Surge 2 – Story Trailer:
Just under two weeks to go.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon – TGS Trailer:
Fight like a dragon, sting like a bee?
Ring Fit Adventure – A closer look at the new experience for Nintendo Switch:
It’s okay, Nintendo isn’t having a heart attack.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon – Announcement Trailer:
Like a dragon, touched for the very first time.
Tekken 7 – Zafina Release Trailer:
Everyone’s favourite spider-like martial artist is back in the arena!
Sea of Thieves’s in-game purchases have gone live: Eurogamer
J. J. Abrams’s US$250M Warner Bros. Deal includes video games: GameSpot
Disgraced professional arcade game player Billy Mitchell has threatened to sue Twin Galaxies and Guiness World Records: Polygon
Capcom has added an Asura’s Wrath skin for Akuma in Street Fighter V: Eurogamer
Final Fantasy VII Remake’s “Classic Mode” plays a lot like the original game: GameSpot
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is coming to iOS next month: DualShockers