News Roundup March 25th

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The Elder Scrolls celebrates 25 by giving away Morrowind for free, upcoming Bethesda titles to release on Steam, Apple unveils Apple Arcade, and highlights from the State of Play from Sony.

Its my birthday and I’ll give a game if I want to

Somewhat hard to believe but today is the 25th birthday for the Elder Scrolls franchise. Even though it is their birthday, the players are the one’s getting gifts. For today only, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind can be yours for free. All you need to do is create a Bethesda.net account (it is free), log-in to your account, and then redeem the game with the code TES25TH-MORROWIND.

On top of that, games in the series have been discounted to some pretty cheap prices and Elder Scrolls Online will be free for everyone from March 28th through April 4th. As a side note, Steam also has the Elder Scrolls titles on sale as well.

Hello old friend

It feels like almost every other new game being released is on the Epic Games Store, with only major publisher sticking with Steam. Bethesda announced that RAGE 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, and DOOM Eternal will release on Steam along with their own game launcher. Steam users holding out for Fallout 76 will be rewarded for their patience as that title will come to the platform this year, although Bethesda did not specifically say when.

Did Valve make a deal with Bethesda or did it just make sense to bring their titles to a platform that already has several titles with their name on it?

“Innovative”

Everyone is getting into the subscription model, even Apple. Today, the tech giant announced Apple Arcade, a subscription-based service that brings over 100 titles to compatible iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV devices. Sounds similar to Xbox’s Games With Gold?

All games can be played offline with no ads or in-app purchases and access can be shared with up to six family members. Clearly, Apple is stocking this service with premium titles and not a mess of free-to-play games. Games such as Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, Overland, and The Pathless have been confirmed to appear on Apple Arcade which is set to launch this fall.

First time eh?

Today was the debut of Sony’s State of Play for PlayStation and the format clearly followed the Nintendo Direct style but lacked some of the punch and execution.

If Anthem didn’t make you feel like Iron Man, perhaps Iron Man VR will when it launches for the PlayStation VR later this year.

No Man’s Sky is getting another major update this year and on the PS4, it will add VR support.

Dungeon crawlers are no stranger to the PS4 but Ready Set Heroes hopes to make a splash by adding in a twist to the formula. Players will run through a randomly generated dungeon attacking enemies and avoiding traps while making their way to the end. The twist comes in that another team is doing the exact same thing and the two teams will face off at the finish of the dungeon to see who goes home with the loot. Completing your dungeon first will get you an advantage at the team duel. Ready Set Heroes launches on the PS4 this year.

Not just some cheap action experience, Blood & Truth looks to be a true AAA experience on the PS VR. We’ll see if the game lives up to the hype when it launches on May 21st.

As for other PlayStation VR titles, Sony revealed quite a few more. Mini-Mech Mayhem, Jupiter & Mars, Falcon Age, Trover Saves The Universe, Everybody’s Golf VR, Table of Tales, and Vacation Simulator were shown and are coming out over the next few months.

Observation, the science fiction thriller from Nocode is launching for the PS4 on May 21st. Published by Devolver Digital, this one may not be kind to the claustrophobic.

Those old animatronics just want to give you a big friendly hug. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted comes to the PlayStation VR this spring. This experience packs levels from past games along with brand new levels created specifically with VR in mind.

Colorful and creative can be used to describe Concrete Genie for the PS4. It appears to have an open environment with the protagonist using a magical paint brush to create scenery. Look for this one when it launches this fall with a PS VR mode built in as well.

To close things out we get another great look at Mortal Kombat 11. Pieces of the story, gameplay, and the confirmation of three characters were shown in the short trailer. Not that there was a ton of doubt but Liu Kang and Kung Lao are indeed playable characters. And let’s not forget about the man who needs to polish his hands after a fight, Jax.