Weekly Round-Up: 11/28/2020-12/04/2020
Written by Mary Joaquin
Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up!
Every week, we cover the latest in the gaming world. Over the weekend, remasters take the spotlight with Square Enix’s SaGa Frontier and Demon’s Souls’ meticulous details.
More releases got announced during the weekdays with DOOM Eternal on Switch and Dead Cells’ Fatal Falls DLC, with Failbetter announcing a future Fallen London prequel.
BioWare dominates the latter days of the week, with two company heads moving on as projects move forward, especially the next Dragon Age.
Let’s get right into it!
On Saturday, Nov 28, Square Enix announced the remaster of SaGa Frontier, slated for a summer 2021 release.
Originally released in 1997, the game had featured a Free-Form Scenario System where its eight playable characters have unique storylines that are influenced by the player’s choices.
The remaster will have updated visuals, events, and feature Fuse who, according to PC Gamer was supposed to be 1997’s main lead, as a playable character.
SaGa Frontier Remastered will be available on PS4, Switch, Steam, iOS, and Android.
On Sunday, Nov 29, PT hacker Lance McDonald’s newest discovery found the attention to detail in Demon's Souls' body restoration.
“In Demon's Souls, when your body is restored, for a split second, you can actually see it being reassembled from bones and muscle,” tweeted McDonald. “If you use photo mode after killing a boss, you can see the process more clearly.”
The tweet also had a GIF proof of the process, showcasing the game’s high quality rendering in the PS5.
On Monday, Nov 30, Nintendo released a trailer for DOOM Eternal on Switch, revealing its Dec 8 release.
The game had been available on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Google Stadia on release, and its Switch counterpart, according to IGN, had been reported to be a digital-only release following pre-order cancellations.
According to GamesRadar+, Bethesda has stated that the Switch version will only carry the campaign and multiplayer with a future unspecified as of yet release of The Ancient Gods: Part One DLC.
Next-gen upgrades for the game have also been announced but still no word on its release timeline.
On Tuesday, Dec 1, Motion Twin announced the early 2021 release of its Dead Cells DLC, Fatal Falls.
Teasing the DLC in a trailer, Fatal Falls features two new locations, Fractured Shrines and The Undying Shores. Both of which serve as parallels to the main game’s Stilt Village, Clock Tower, and Time Keeper areas and their alternate paths.
Motion Twin cited that the DLC’s $4.99 cost will “continue to help support the development of Dead Cells” to keep its updates free.
The studio has also noted that they are working on a new project, sharing concept art for ones left discontinued.
On Wednesday, Dec 2, Failbetter Games announced their upcoming title, Mask of the Rose.
Serving as a prequel to the studio’s 2009 game Fallen London similar to same-universe titles Sunless Sea and Sunless Skies, Mask of the Rose is billed as a romantic visual novel.
Set in 1862, players can explore the drastically-changed London and find new mysteries all while balancing relationships formed with co-boarding house lodgers.
On Thursday, Dec 3, Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah left BioWare, leaving the studio without a GM and Dragon Age with a new project head, respectively.
According to PC Gamer, their departures will be a blow to the new developments of the studio, namely the Mass Effect trilogy remaster and a new ME game, and the next Dragon Age game.
“They will always be an essential part of the studio’s history,” wrote Laura Miele, Chief Studios Officer at Electronic Arts.
As the 4th of December had become the game series’ annual community celebration, BioWare has honored the special day with the following stories: The Next One, Ruins of Reality, The Wake, and Minrathous Shadows.
The dedicated page also features artwork posted by the DA community on Twitter.
As for the incoming reveal on Dec 10, Geoff Keighley took to Twitter: “Don’t miss a special look at the next DRAGON AGE from BioWare”.
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