Monthly Wrap-Up: March
Updated: May 6, 2021
Written by: Mary Joaquin
Welcome to the Monthly Wrap-Up!
Every month, we recap the news covered in our Weekly Round-Up. Here’s what you might have missed this March:
March 1 - The Sinking City publisher Nacon responded to developer Frogwares’s post urging players to not purchase its game on Steam.
March 2 - Hardsuit Labs, the former developer of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, laid off a large portion of its staff.
March 3 - The divisive classic Doom 3 is getting a VR adaptation on PS VR.
March 4 - Developer Might and Delight announced Shelter 3 with a new trailer and a March 30 release date.
March 5 - Troy Leavitt, lead designer on Avalanche Studios’ Hogwarts Legacy, resigned over his anti-social-justice YouTube channel.
March 8 - Capcom hosted a Monster Hunter-focused digital event, announcing a July 9 release date for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin and an expanded Monster Hunter Rise demo.
March 9 - The United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the European Union approved Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax.
In other news, a fire destroyed an OVHcloud data center, which hosted the survival game smash hit Rust.
March 10 - On Roblox’s first day on the New York Stock Exchange, it closed at $69.50 a share, ending the day with a $38.26 billion market cap.
March 12 - Sony took LittleBigPlanet’s servers offline after fans complained about features being continually disrupted by DDOS attacks.
March 13 - Apico, an indie bee simulation game developed by TNgineers, shared it will be in The MIX’s (Media Indie Exchange) Game Dev Direct. The day before, they also announced that they will be published by White Thorn Games.
The MIX is an event showcasing indie projects to those involved in the game industry.
March 15 - After over two years of unavailability, the critically-acclaimed horror game Devotion is available for purchase DRM-free through the developer’s eshop.
March 16 - Fortnite’s season 6 started with a single-player mission and revealed its new wilderness-themed map.
March 18 - Sony showed off its new PSVR controllers, detailing the design and new features.
March 19 - The Australian Government’s Classification Board refused classification for Disco Elysium: Final Cut, preventing sales on console and leaving the Steam release up in the air.
March 22 - Sony is allegedly shutting down its legacy digital stores for PS3, PS Vita, and Playstation Portable this summer, according to The Gamer.
March 24 - Former lead designer at Tango Gameworks, Ikumi Nakamura, founded an indie studio.
March 25 - Amplitude Studios announced it is delaying its Civ-like 4X game Humankind until August 17, to polish and add new features.
March 26 - Square Enix told players to download Balan Wonderworld’s day-one patch due to a bug that poses an epilepsy risk.
March 27 - Players expressed their frustration with the supposed offline PC version of Crash Bandicoot 4 after continuous login errors due to online requirements.
March 29 - SBMM Warzone took their site offline after having been sent a Cease and Desist order last Friday.
March 30 - Niantic released a public test in Singapore of the new Pikmin mobile AR game.
March 31 - Hello Games released No Man’s Sky Expeditions, the acclaimed space sim’s next big update.
Tale of Immortal will get an English localization
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin will release on July 9
Nightdive Studio's Shadow Man will release on April 15
Amplitude Studios’ Humankind delayed to August 17
Fortnite Season 6
Fall Guys Season 4
Pikmin mobile AR game testing in Singapore
No Man’s Sky Expeditions
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