Episode 23 – Rocket League to join crossplay

recorded on 2019-01-18

Rocket League is the second game, behind Fortnite, to join Sony cross-play beta (The Verge)
Cross-play is active for all consoles now
Cross party play will be included in next update

Little Bits
Soulja Boy (LOL)
I guess the guy is hurting (probably in the wake of iminent legal battle with Nintendo), he asking for donations from his fans (i guess he still has some??)
posted a Cash.app link on Twitter with “All my fans send me something http://www.cash.me/$souljaboympr I will pick a random donator who sends the largest donation and give you a free SouljaWatch and SouljaConsole tweet me when your done!”
People are like, oh you’re a dumbass “random who sends the largest”

GameStop is supposedly getting bought out after this year. Two companies Sycamore Partners and Apollo Global. According the GameStop’s third-quarter fiscal report, the company experiences a net income loss of $488.6 million. (IGN)

Uncharted also getting a movie (much more interesting). Nathan Fillion will probably not be Nathan Drake tho so get over that now. The director for the film is going to be Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane). Hopeful but it is unclear how much the director is into the source material.

New DragonballZ Action-RPG in the works(IGN)
Bandai Namco
Thats basically all we know…

Fortnite News:
Tim Sweeney (founder) buys thousands of acres of land for wildlife conservation
Fortnite franchise rakes in around around $3 Billion in profit

Jump Force exclusive promotions
Pre-Order Bonus: exclusive swagger for your avatar (you can create a character)
Also get a weird, hovering scooter-chair-thing from DBZ
Nissin Cup Noodles is doing a promotional event with Bandai Namco for Jump Force. Specially marked cup of noodles will give you the chance to win prizes like: Trip to Japan, free copy of the Game, Nissin Noodle merch…(insert “Golden Ticket” joke) (COMICBOOK)

Mortal Kombat 11: Kollector’s Edition
Premium Edition of game (All DLC characters, skins, etc…)
Random collectors items (magnet, collector’s book,…)
and a life size replica of Scorpion’s Mask

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Announced
Fighting Game that will be Cross platform

“Just Dance” movie supposedly in the works…nobody cares but it was in the news so…(COMICBOOK)

Metroid Prime 4 – Rumor Confirmed?! You can pre-order it on Amazon at a discount ($55)
There is no release date or announcement yet, but you won’t have to pay for this pre-order until the game actually ships. And you’ll get access to more deals down the road

Speculation that EA has cancelled another Star Wars game has grown over the week (Kotaku)
Originally thought EA cancelled project Orca which was the remains of axed project Ragtag
Project Ragtag was a linear Uncharted like experience led by Amy Hennig
Project Orca was early in development was planned to be open-world style game
Play as a scoundrel that can join different factions and explore different planets
EA provided a statement about the cancellation speculation:

“There’s been speculation overnight about one of our Star Wars projects. As a natural part of the creative process, the great work by our team in Vancouver continues and will evolve into future Star Wars content and games. We’re fully committed to making more Star Wars games, we’re very excited about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Respawn, and we’ll share more about our new projects when the time is right.”

This statement sreams cancellation to repurpose assets for another game

Destiny 3 to release in 2020 amid the Activision-Bungie break-up predicts analyst (GameSpot)

Anthem will have matchmaking for every activity (from Ben Irving (lead producer) via GameRant)

Anthem will not have lootboxes but will have microtransactions (ComicBook.com)

Battlefield 5 new second free DLC Lightning Strikes launched on Wednesday and is live now (GameSpot)

Activision gives new CFO 15M on top of 9000,000 base salary + 1.3M signing bonus (Bloomberg)

Verizon getting into game streaming with Verizon Gaming to compete with Xbox and Sony (Gamasutra)
Verizon Gaming is undergoing alpha testing on Nvidia Shield, Google Play to roll out later

Rockstar being sued by Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations (subsidiary of security firm Securitas AB) for using their name without permission in Red Dead 2 and looking for royalties or lump sum (The Verge)
Rockstar counter-suing citing that the Pinkertons are fair-use due to RDR2 historical setting

Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC The Nightmare launched on Jan 22 and is live now (Gematsu)

Dev room found in Fallout 76; players have been exploiting it and Bethesda is banning people
Dev room contains all items that have been, are, and will be in the game
Players have been taking these items with dummy account and transfering to real account
These players are selling the items on various websites for real world money
This is game breaking because it destabilizes the balance of the online game community

Bandai Namco keeps adding new characters to the Jump Force roster; 4 Naruto characters (Gematsu)
Boruto Uzamaki

Kaguya Ootsutsuki
Kakashi Hatake


Free Trial for COD: Blackout Mode (PS4, PC, XBONE) until January 24th
Ends 10am PT/1pm ET/6pm GMT
Download from Battlenet or console-specific online store

512GB SD-Card (for Nintendo Switch) is 43% off on Amazon. Cheapest SD card you’ll get with that storage. Original price: $350, deal price: $200. A buttload of storage, with the size that most Switch games are, you’ll basically never run out of space.

Xbox Live w/ Gold sale live now to Jan 22, noteworthy titles listed below (ComicBook.com)

Alien Isolation = $9 or Alien Isolation Collection = $12
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection = $15
Far Cry 4 = $10
Far Cry 5 = $19.80, deluxe edition = $23.10, gold edition = $29.70
Halo 5: Guardians = $20, digital deluxe edition = $50 (LOL NOPE)
Just Cause 3: XXL Edition = $9
LIfe is Strange: Before the Storm Complete Season = $5.10
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration = $12

Rumor Mill

Xbox Maverick to launch in Spring of 2019 – This console would be close to the S model w/ no disc drive

More SNES games coming to Switch via its online service been found (TechRadar via Twitter user Kapu)

Super Mario Kart
Super Soccer
Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
Demon’s Crest
Yoshi’s island
Stunt Race FX
Kirby’s Dream Course
Pop’n Twinbee
Star Fox
Contra 3
Kirby Super Star
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Kirby’s Dream Land 3
Super Metroid
Super Mario World
Star Fox 2
Super Punch-Out
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
Super Mario All-Stars
Breath of Fire 2

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