News Roundup February 26th

by Huey Chewwy in

A Pokemon themed Nintendo Direct is coming tomorrow, World War Z has a new gameplay trailer with a release date, try the first mission of Hitman 2 for free, THQ Nordic finds itself in a bit of controversy, Skybound terminates its contract with Starbreeze, and new releases for the week.

Could it be everything we have been waiting for?

The wait might be over Pokemon fans, a Nintendo Direct focused on Pokemon is coming tomorrow at 9:00 A.M. ET/ 6:00 A.M. PT. We really only know that the Direct will last around 7 minutes, which likely means a reveal trailer and a few tidbits to go along with it. Will this be Generation 8 or something different?

Keep this in mind, five days ago the Pokemon Company’s official YouTube channel started posting videos regarding exploring the various regions in the Pokemon world. This is capped off with the Alola region today. Is this perhaps a tease that we’re going to explore ALL the regions in Pokemon or hype for the next video tomorrow for the new region? Regardless, the Direct should be nothing short of exciting.

If you’re still excited about Pokemon, check out the latest Detective Pikachu trailer that shows Mewtwo being not so nice.

Appropriate song

Since it was revealed, we haven’t seen much of World War Z. Get ready to see a whole lot in the future as the title will be launching on April 16th for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The trailer going along with the news features P.O.D.’s Boom, which seems rather appropriate for the carnage and action going on.

Speaking of things that should stay dead

When OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD launched on PC last year, reviews were not kind. Some felt that it was unfinished while some just thought it was plain bad. It may have taken awhile but Skybound is not happy with the product and have thus terminated their contract with Starbreeze Studios.

Starbreeze is in enough trouble as it is so the news of Skybound terminating their contract isn’t great. OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD was set to come to consoles but Skybound has also stated that they are discontinuing efforts on the game, meaning the console versions are likely dead. The potential of a Walking Dead game from the studio helping with PAYDAY sounded amazing in concept but unfortunately failed to produce results.

Start your hit for free

If you have not put on your suit and gone hunting with Agent 47’s latest adventure, you can do so for free. WB Games and IO Interactive have announced that the Hitman 2 Starter Pack is available to download on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Again, this starter pack is absolutely free.

In the starter pack is the opening mission in the game’s campaign, “Nightcall” in Hawke’s Bay. There are lots of challenges to go along with the map with plenty to do and see while serving as a nice extended demo for Hitman 2. Progress made in this starter pack will carry over to the main game should you decide to make the purchase.

Not a big enough panic button for this one

One of the bigger trends among personalities and/or companies is to hold an AMA across the internet. Those not acquainted, AMA stands for “ask me anything”. Obviously not all questions are answered or posted but some of these can turn out to reveal good bits of information or simply to get to know the selected host in a more personalized matter.

Most of these AMAs are hosted on Reddit, not that it is an exclusive thing but Reddit is, for the most part, edited and regulated to keep the nasties out. Not that Reddit has to be the end all be all for AMAs but it has become the de facto platform for them. Perhaps someone should have let the PR department in THQ Nordic know that after today’s AMA on a particular website, 8chan.

Try googling 8chan and you won’t find anything. Why? Because the website has been found with suspected child abuse content that includes child pornography. But hey, that didn’t stop THQ Nordic from accepting an invite from 8chan to do an AMA on their website. Either no one had heard of 8chan, did any research, or just maybe they decided “aw what the hell let’s do it”.

As you can imagine, it did not take long before things started blowing up in the faces of THQ Nordic, more specifically the two men involved in the AMA - PR and Marketing Director Phillip Brock and product director Reinhard Pollice. The sad part about this is the two actually answered a couple of questions before stuff really hit the fan. Afterwards, Phillip Brock sent this apology out through Twitter.

Baffling is certainly a word that can be used here. Think of all the employees under the THQ Nordic name that got associated with this mess and had nothing to do with this decision. Maybe one of the more absurd things about the whole situation is the tweets embedded above are STILL on THQ Nordic’s Twitter page. This is simply unbelievable in so many ways. It also appears that some developers under the THQ Nordic umbrella are none to happy. This comes from Waypoint’s Patrick Klepek whose article describes the AMA as it was happening and some reactions from anonymous developers. It will be interesting to see how THQ Nordic handles this PR nightmare.

New releases for the week

February 26th

NieR: Automata - Game of the YoRHa Edition (PS4, PC)
Death Coming (PS4)
Stellaris: Console Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Child of Light Ultimate Edition + Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Switch)
Red Rogers Radical Edition (Switch)
8-Bit Hordes (PS4)
Radical Rex (PC)
DiRT Rally 2.0 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
RPG Maker MV (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Anno 1800 (PC)

February 27th

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (Xbox One)
The Lost Light of Sisu (Switch, PC)
Deponia Doomsday (PS4)
Tech Support: Error Unknown (PC)
Million to One Hero (PC)
Wartile (PS4)
Hades’ Star (PC)

February 28th

Ape Out (Switch, PC)
Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Super Real Darwin (Switch)
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes DLC #1 (Switch)
Deltarune: Chapter 1 (Switch)
Constructor Plus (Switch)
Blast Zone! Tournament (PS4)
Monster Dynamite (Switch)
Crash Dummy (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Paranoia: Deliver Me (PC)
Ninja Village (Switch)
Wall Street Tycoon (PC)

March 1st

Toe.Jam & Earl: Back in the Groove! (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
Dead or Alive 6 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Dawn of Man (PC)
Awesome Pea (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Vita)
Treasure Stack (Xbox One, Switch)
Story of the Green Dragon (PC)
Doom & Destiny (PS4)
Creepy Road (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
History 2048 (Switch)
Summer Funland (PS4)
Swords and Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon (Switch)
Pirates Pinball (Switch)
Tardy (Switch)
The Arcslinger (PS4)
Klondike Solitaire (Switch)
Shred! 2 - Freeride Mountainbiking (Switch)