Episode 69 – Game Awards Results, Xbox Series X

recorded on Dec 13, 2019

The Game Awards results and announcements highlights (TGAs)
• Game of the Year = Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – also won best action/adventure game
o Round of applause
• Best Action Game = Devil May Cry 5
• Best Fighting Game = Super Smash Bros Ultimate
• Best Multiplayer Game = Apex Legends
• Best Game Direction = Death Stranding
• Best Role Playing Game =Disco Elysium also won best narrative and Fresh Indie
• Best Strategy Game = Fire Emblem: Three House
• Best Ongoing Game = Fortnite
• Best Art Direction = Control

• The next gen Xbox the Xbox Series X was revealed and Ninja Theory showed a game
o The form factor is a cube footprint about the width of an Xbox One controller and about 3x as tall so about 6 inches wide and about 7 inches tall
o Helblade II: Senua’s Saga was shown off and looks fucking awesome!
• Godfall, a new IP from Counterplay Games published by Gearbox was shown off for the PlayStation 5 and PC as a possible launch title and looks really cool!
• New Ghost of Tsushima trailer was shown off with a Summer 2020 release window
• Naraka Badepoint, a new game from a Chinese studio, was revealed and looks cool
• New World, the new game by Amazon Game Studios, was shown off and looks cool

Xbox Project Scarlett Anaconda and Lockhart alleged “specs” leak (Dealer, Windows Central)
• There has been a credible leak that reveals the targets for the Anaconda and Lockhart
• The CPU for both Anaconda and Lockhart are targeting 8 cores clocked around 3.5GHz
o Anaconda’s CPU will target a higher clock being the high end model
• The Anaconda is targeting to hit 12 teraflops of computing power with Lockhart at 4 TF
o Compared to the One X at 6 TF and the One S at 1.4 TF this is a large increase\
o Raw power is not the whole story as these consoles are on different architecture
• At least Anaconda will have 16BG of RAM with 13GB for games and 3GB for the OS
o The Xbox One X has 9GB max for games based on whatever the OS is doing
• Both next-gen Xbox systems will have NVMe SSD proprietary tech used for load times
o Example given is games with a minute load time are reduced to a few seconds
o The SSD in these consoles with also have a usable amount of vRAM for games
Little Bits
PlayStation’s 4th State of Play was held on Tuesday and the highlights are below (Sony)
• Dreams has left early access and gets a release date of February 14, 2020
• Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC gets a release date of January 23, 2020
• Predator Hunting Grounds gets a launch date of April 24, 2020
• Babylon’s Fall gets a sick trailer with more information coming next summer
• Resident Evil 3 Remake launches on April 3, 2020 and comes with Project Resistance
• Ghost of Tsushima showed a trailer that said to tune into The Game Awards

MLB The Show will no longer be exclusive to the PlayStation; on other platforms in 2021 (Sony)

Doom turned 26 years old on Tuesday, happy birthday to one of the grandparents of modern 1st person shooters!

Devil May Cry: Pinnacle of Combat release date pushed back to 2020 (alphabetagamer)
• A honest-to-goodness DMC game made for mobile devices

BDO mobile was released today (kotaku)
• Not a simple port, the game combat has been completely revamped to work better on mobile devices. And so far it works well according to reviews

“I Am Jesus Christ” is set to release on Steam in the future, date: TBD (Steam)
• A simulator that puts you in the sandals of literal Jesus

Minecraft on PS4 is getting the Bedrock Edition update on December 10th (The Verge)
• The update unifies PS4 Minecraft enabling crossplay with Xbox, PC, Switch, and Mobile

Half-life: Alyx developers say they are open to the idea of releasing to PSVR, nothing confirmed yet however. At launch it is still a steam exclusive

Rapid Fire
Bayonetta and Vanquish remasters confirmed for a February 18, 2020 release (PushSquare)

Nintendo Switch has officially surpassed the Xbox One in worldwide sales (vgchartz.com)

Microsoft says the next gen Xbox will have a name that describes its purpose (IGN)

Upcoming Releases and Deals

Ashen makes its console debut and is available now on PS4 and Switch
Disco Elysium is 20% off until mid-day tomorrow! $31.99
Holiday Sale December 19 – January 1 12 days of free games from the Epic Games Store
Rumor Mill
The new Bioshock, codenamed Parkside, has been in the works for years under 2K (Kotaku)

Xbox South Africa Twitter (@XboxZA) leaked a list of upcoming XGP games (altchar.com)

• Halo Infinite
• Gears 5
• Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
• Minecraft Dungeons
• Cyberpunk 2077
• Sea Of Thieves
• Wasteland 3
• The Outer Worlds
• Madden 20
• State of Decay 2 – Heartland
• Doom Eternal
• Microsoft Flight Simulator
• Battletoads
• Crossfire
• Borderlands 3
• Tales Of Arise
• Bleeding Edge
• Ghost Recon Breakpoint
• Elden Ring
• Dying Light 2
• Dragon Ball Z – Kakarot
• Ori And The Will Of The Wisps
• The Division 2

• Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
• Forza Horizon 4: Lego Speed Champions

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