By Lauren McLean
Why hello there! Welcome to OK Games’ new and scheduled ‘Weekly News Roundup’ for Friday and many more Fridays to come! In these News Roundups, we will be bringing you to a singular place to read this week’s gaming and media news because, you know, in case you missed it along the way. We will be bringing you all the biggest news stories that affect the gaming world as a whole as well as anything that may interest one of us enough that we just have to talk about it.
Well, that’s that explained; time to get into it!
In game announcements:
- On April 9th (which is almost the 10th) LEGO Dimensions was announced for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and Wii U! Now LEGO are getting into the must-make-mum-and-dad-buy-the-whole-set thing that started with Spyro’s Skylanders and moved on to Disney Infinity and Nintendo’s Amiibos. AND they managed to stick Community’s Joel McHale into the mix which made it lame (because of the 2013 VGX Awards) but cool (because it’s Joel McHale) at the same time. But hey, maybe playing with LEGOs are going be a much better selling point than a creepy looking Spryo or a metal Mario statue. It certainly sounds more appealing in my book!
- Again on April 9th, Splatoon, the upcoming Nintendo third-person shooter for Wii U (so very colourful) announced that it will not be having any voice chat throughout its game because obviously every gamer out there will yell profanities and talk about each other’s mums to tiny children.
- On April 14th, Mortal Kombat X was released in Australia to much delight of their gargantuan amount of fans (one of those being Josh). However, fans soon found the micro-transactions that were hiding in the marketplace for Xbox and PS and had some words to say about that. Some of these words can be found here in Josh’s early impressions of the game. Have a read!
- Also on April 14th, Grand Theft Auto V FINALLY came out for PC after … I don’t know how many days and suddenly, towns were deserted, pets weren’t fed and butts went numb. However, the modding community, who awaited this game for who knows how long had some trouble, with one popular modder saying that “Rockstar did everything to prevent modding of GTA V“, but like everything else in this world, they found a way.
- Big day for April 14th with Activision announcing their brand new Guitar Hero game: Guitar Hero Live to be released in Australia’s spring. It comes with two brand new game modes, as well as a brand new style of guitar! You can read more here.
- On April 15th, Blizzard unveiled the popular Hearthstone game for mobile devices so now you can ignore your friends and family even when not in WiFi range! However, in my personal recommendation, play it on the iPhone 6 plus or the size equivalent from Android. It’s seriously small.
- On April 17th (today) the Star Wars: Battlefront release date was leaked! Apparently that date is November 17th 2015. Also, some game footage and screenshot were also leaked! More information can be found here.
In industry announcements:
- On April 16th there was some sad news for the Australian gaming industry (specifically Canberra) with 2K Australia closing its doors. 2K Australia developed Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and was the last big games developer in this glorious country of ours. RIP 2K Australia; gone with the way of our cars industry.
Well, I do believe that is it for big news this week! If I missed anything, please do let me know and I shall bring more weekly news next Friday, the 24th of April.
Ps, eventually we do plan on making this a video rather than text but first we need to get a little bit more used to the idea of talking to a camera rather than our cats.