2/5/2017 - News This Way Comes
Welcome to your weekly update of the week’s video game news!!
Febrary 1 - Speaking to Nikkie Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishira revealed that the annual cost for online service on the Nintendo Switch in Japan would be ¥2000 to ¥3000 which translates to about $18 to $24.
Last month Nintendo held a special Switch Presentation to reveal key details about the new console. One surprising revelation from that event was the addition of a fee for online services on the Switch. Neither the Wii nor the Wii U, required payment for online access. Nintendo’s stated reason for the “switch” to a paid model is to improve service in general.
Another possible reason for the change is that online service on the switch will operate differently from past consoles. The online service on the new console will allow players to pair a smartphone to the Switch to complete actions like matchmaking, voice chat, and managing a friends list. The service also comes with temporary access to a classic Nintendo game each month which could be a third reason for the addition of a fee to the service.
The Nintendo Switch will launch March 3 with the online service included for free until Summer this year. The exact date when players will begin paying for online services was not revealed during Kimishira’s interview.
February 1 - Digital Dreams’ spiritual successor to the 16 bit classic Mutant League Football, Mutant Football League, has started a new Kickstarter campaign. This is the second attempt at crowdfunding for this particular reimagining of the over-the-top fantasy football game. The previous campaign failed in 2013 after raising $141,121 on a goal of $750,000. This new campaign has a goal of just $60,000.
For the uninitiated, the classic Mutant League Football, was one of a few EA sports games of the 90’s that used a popular formula of taking real world sports and going over the top with violence and let players wildly break the rules of a given sport. This new game will be more in the vein of the later NFL Blitz games in terms of graphics but will stick to the formula of violence in service of comedy.
February 2 - Ubisoft released a new trailer today detailing the post-release content in the season pass of For Honor, their upcoming Samurai vs. Vikings vs. Knights hack-and-slash game.
The release schedule for the new content will be based around the Faction War, the in game name of For Honor’s multiplayer. The Faction War is a meta-strategy game that encompasses all multiplayer activities in a territory control strategy game and results in changing which maps the different types of matches take place on. When players who choose the Viking faction, for example, happen to have a particularly good week maps that were previously used for 1 vs 1 matches would be used for 4 vs 4 matches. The Faction war will be divided into three month seasons that will end with a resetting of the world map.
The new trailer details both the free add on content and the paid DLC in the game’s $40 season pass.
2 new maps per season
New additions to the hero progression system
New modes including tournaments and ranked mode
Paid Season Pass Content
Two new heroes each season
Scavenger packs (loot chests)
An exclusive emote
Champion user icon
Crafting materials and boosts
Speaking of For Honor Something Wicked Studios has a new video you should check out.