Weekly Round-Up: 10/10/2020 - 10/16/2020
Updated: Oct 27
Written by Mary Joaquin
Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up!
Every week, we cover the latest in the gaming world. Though starting off with Razer breaking into the gaming chair market with the Iskur, Quake dev shared his shelved 300-ft zombie’s keeping things spooky well into October.
Indie developers dotted the weekdays with godgame Fata Deum’s Steam page, the return of a legend with King Arthur: Knight’s Tale’s announcement and Kickstarter, and the release of Raji into more platforms.
Brawlhalla’s crossover with The Walking Dead crossover marked the midweek, and last but definitely not the least, the week-closer Ghost of Tsushima’s momentous update.
Let's get right into it!
On Saturday, Oct 10, Razer released its Iskur gaming chair during RazerCon 2020.
The $499 chair features multi-layered synthetic leather, high density foam cushions, 4D armrests, and a memory foam head cushion, all catering to players of up to 6’2” and 299lbs.
However, Iskur’s highlight is in its ergonomic lumbar support system which is adjustable, and according to GamesRadar+’s review, its flexibility allows for support that is “just right”.
GR+’s review also pointed out that there is no RGB on the chair but lauds its comfortability factor.
On Sunday, Oct 11, Quake level-designer Sandy Petersen took to Twitter detailing shelved plans to include a level with a 300-foot zombie.
According to Petersen, a lack of time and budget to create new boss monsters birthed the idea. To work around it, he and American McGee devised bigger versions of what they had.
“[The zombie] barely fit into its half of the level,” Petersen wrote. “It was a [neat] level but the art team vetoed it.”
Petersen went on to detail another scrapped design by the art team: his giant Vore (the game’s spider-like monster) that shot homing darts which chased the player.
On Monday, Oct 12, German indie studio 42 Bits Entertainment launched the Steam page of their upcoming god game Fata Deum.
The page currently lists that the game will have a nine-month long Early Access available starting April 2021. The game had been crowdfunded on Kickstarter in March, garnering almost $70K for its slated release primarily on PC and Mac.
According to its Kickstarter FAQ, the game will also be made available on Xbox and PlayStation should its initial release be successful, and Switch later on.
On Tuesday, Oct 13, Neocore Games announced King Arthur: Knight’s Tale, an RPG featuring the Arthurian legend with XCOM-esque mechanics.
Playing as Mordred, the player is tasked by the Lady of the Lake to kill King Arthur, again, who brought an army of undead with him. Neocore Games already has a playable version of the game but decided to launch it on Kickstarter as well.
“We [launched it] to involve our community and with the funding we’d like to add some extra features to the game,” said Gergely Vas in talking with Eurogamer.
The Kickstarter has a $150K goal ending on Nov 12.
On Wednesday, Oct 14, Brawlhalla’s crossover event with The Walking Dead (TWD) launched, featuring Rick, Michonne, and Darryl.
The series stars mimic the abilities of the game’s Legends, Barraza, Koji, and Ember, respectively. All three also include custom Signature effects and Weapon Skins.
The crossover also includes a TWD Game Mode and Brawl of the Week called “Walker Attack!”, where players battle against zombie waves, and each other for the highest score.
On Thursday, Oct 15, Raji: An Ancient Epic launched on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.
From India based indie studio, Nodding Heads Games, the game sets the player in ancient India on a tale of reuniting siblings caught between a war. Its narrative features both Hindu and Balinese mythology, with its visuals boasting inspiration from Indian mythology, medieval architecture, and Pahari art rendered in 3D.
The game’s end credits also tell the tale of its developers, Shruti Ghosh and Ian Maude, juggling dog rescues while working on the game, according to Eurogamer.
On Friday, Oct 16, Ghost of Tsushima’s Legends update released with a co-op, new missions, and New Game+ with exclusive features.
The free update includes two-player story missions and four-player survival missions, with four classes: Samurai, Hunter, Ronin, and Assassin, all with corresponding abilities.
Coming weeks after the release, players can also team up a group of four to partake in Raids, a three-part adventure. As for the NG+, players can relive the game with new cosmetics and power-boosting charms made possible by Ghost Flowers.
“You can feel like a [demigod],” said Nate Fox, Creative Director at Sucker Punch. “That’s really the biggest difference between Legends and singleplayer.”
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