Weekly Round-Up: 10/24/2020 - 10/30/2020
Written by Mary Joaquin
Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up!
Every week, we cover the latest in the gaming world. Homages to nostalgic classics kicked off the weekend with Sokpop Collective’s King Pins and the first looks of Atari Hotels.
And chock full of launches, surprises, and scares came the weekdays starting with Apex Legends’ Horizon and the announcement of an Assassin’s Creed live-action series. Counting down to Halloween are the Sea of Thieves’ skeleton scourge, Stirring Abyss’s tentacle terrors, and Little Hope’s mysterious malevolents.
Let’s get right into it!
On Saturday, Oct 24, King Pins released on Itch.
Made by Sokpop Collective who had set a feat for releasing two games every month, King Pins is a miniscule real-time strategy game inspired by Age of Empires.
The game allows for local multiplayers for four players where the goal is to kill the enemy king while defending yours. It also has an hour-long campaign that teaches the game’s mechanics, four civilization configurations, and random generated maps.
Sokpop Collective has a Patreon campaign where its lowest tier of $3 gives its patrons access to their monthly releases.
On Sunday, Oct 25, GSD Group, in partnership with architecture firm Gensler, released renders of the future Atari Hotels.
According to Business Insider, each hotel includes themed designs of retro-futurism, pop culture, and nostalgia, as well as in its restaurants. All ages are welcome in its arcades, and its nightclub and speakeasy bar for the older guests.
Select locations, from the planned eight (Austin, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle) with the first in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona, will be open to host esports tournaments, as well as studios for influencers.
On Monday, Oct 26, Apex Legends introduced Horizon, its newest Legend for Season 7 Ascension.
Dr. Mary Somers’s backstory of a betrayal, a broken promise, and a mission to go back in time to make things right, sets the stage for her inclusion in the deathmatch of the Apex Games. Included in the new season is the new map of Olympus, a new vehicle The Trident, and Clubs.
Season 7 will be launching on Nov 4 on multiple platforms, including its release on Steam.
On Tuesday, Oct 27, Netflix announced an upcoming Assassin’s Creed live-action series.
Teased with the Assassin’s Creed logo with the Netflix ‘N’ in the middle, the series is the first glimpse into the multiple productions for the franchise, with an animated and anime series in tow.
“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that [the franchise] is beloved for,” said Peter Friedlander, Vice-President of Original Series at Netflix.
Its executive producers are Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik from Ubisoft, with a showrunner pending.
On Wednesday, Oct 28, Sea of Thieves newest update Fate of the Damned launched, keeping with the game’s annual Halloween events.
This year’s event sends players off on voyages to learn what happened to missing Bilge Rat crews, with skeletons to fight and rewards to collect. Cosmetic items also await those who embark on the event lasting until Dec 9.
The update brings with it a new in-game events tab, a long awaited feature according to Eurogamer. Developer Rare’s release notes also detail optimizations for next-gen preparations among other updates, and fixed and known issues.
On Thursday, Oct 29, Stirring Abyss released on Steam, bringing its own spin of Lovecraft’s horror “The Temple” to life.
Developed by Sleepy Sentry, the game is a tactical squad-based RPG. “Stirring Abyss is the story of a submarine crew which bogs down at the bottom of the ocean during the Cold War,” reads its description. “They are forced to explore the bottom of a sea where unspeakable horrors and tentacled abominations run rampant.”
The game offers both a Story Mode, where choices are crucial, and a roguelike Endless Mode, which puts the player’s strategic prowess to the test.