Episode 58 – Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Gears 5 Sales Data

recorded on 2019-09-20


The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake launched today to a 88 Metacritic score

Little Bits

Some initial sales data for Gears 5 has come in and it shows that Game Pass is a winner

  • Gears of War 3 sold 20x and Gears of War 4 sold 4.5x more packaged units
  • Gears 5 saw 3 million players in its opening weekend which is 2x that of Gears of War 4
  • This is the reason Xbox has been advertising and pushing Game Pass so hard

The ESA tries changing E3 2020 by making it a fan, media, and influencer event (PushSquare)

  • The ESA is branding next year’s E3 as a “festival” and not a convention
  • They are heavily relying on influencers and fans to power the event next year

More details on upcoming COD: Modern Warfare cross-play beta for this weekend (GameSpot)

  • September 19:  open beta for PS4, early access for Xbox and PC start 1pm EST
  • September 20:  open beta for everyone PS4, Xbox, PC starts 6pm EST
  • September 21-23: open beta for everyone PS4, Xbox, and PC
  • New 32 vs. 32 player Ground War mode will also be playable during this beta
  • Almost all post launch content will be available at the same time on all platforms

Rapid Fire

Rockstar Games has unveiled its own PC launcher called Rockstar Games Launcher (Kotaku)

  • A place where you can buy and play Rockstar games similar to Blizzard’s Battle.net 
  • There are 7 games currently on sale include GTA: San Andreas for free

Stadia Founder Edition sold out in most of Europe; you can get the Premier edition (Google)

  • This edition comes with the white controller, chromecast ultra, 3 months of Stadia Pro, and the full Destiny 2 collection

Google Stadia is coming to Android TV in 2020 maybe with Android 11R (xda-developers.com)

Sony’s next State of Play presentation is scheduled for September 24 at 4pm EST (PlayStation)

FFVII Remake will have a “Classic Mode” turning combat into the OG version (GamesRadar+)

The new Steam Library is in beta period and is available for everyone to try (Valve, Wario64)

GameStop new store design video “leaked” on Facebook…..looks nice, I like it (IGN)

Microsoft will no longer include gaming revenue or XBL monthly users in earning reports; instead they will report “Xbox Content and Services Revenue Growth” (resetera)

  • This is a clear shift to a digital future focusing on XGP and xCloud in the future

Upcoming Releases and Deals

The Surge 2 releaes Tuesday September 24 and Code Vein drops next Friday September 27

Some new games are coming to Xbox Game Pass and they are listed below: (GameSpot)

  • September 19:  Jump Force and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • September 26:  Bad North, Dirt Rally 2.0, and Lego Worlds

The Epic Game Store free games for this week are Batman focused and are below (Heavy)

  • Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition
  • Batman Arkham City GOTY Edition and Batman Arkham City (strange to have both)
  • LEGO Batman The Videogame, 2 DC Super Heroes, and 3 Beyond Gotham

Call of Duty: Mobile launches free-to-play worldwide iOS and Android October 1 (COD Twitter)

Razer and Overwatch join for a Lucio inspired headset; cool but priced at $230 (DualShockers)

PlayStation Europe tweeted a PSVR Mega Bundle that will be available in the UK later this fall

  • PSVR Headset
  • PS Camera
  • Astro Bot
  • Skyrim VR
  • Resident Evil 7 VR
  • Everybody’s Golf VR

  • PlayStation VR Worlds

Rumor Mill

According to Zenji Nishikawa, Sony will release a “PS5 Pro” alongside the base PS5 (wccftech)

  • Nishikawa correctly leaked the Switch Lite and PS4 Pro before their releases so he has a reliable track record

Data miners reveal Fortnite’s delayed 10.30.1 patch has a lot of Batman themed stuff (resetera)

  • Batman themed weapons, challenges, Gotham City POI, and explosive Batarang
  • This makes sense as Epic is giving away some Batman games for free on its store

Alan Wake could be getting a remaster for the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch (resetera)

  • Word is Switch port specialist Virtuous is working on the Alan Wake remaster

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