AMG’S WEEKLY RESPAWN FEATURES INTERESTING AND HUMOROUS GAMING NEWS THAT MADE HEADLINES THE PAST WEEK.
This week we cover Star Wars Jedi Survivor details, Apex Mobile awards and leaks, and problems facing Pokémon’s latest entries.
The PreOrder Of The Jedi
The force will be with you soon as more details about the new Star Wars game, Jedi: Survivor, have surfaced.
Pre-order bonuses were announced that’ll enable players to dress their character as franchise favorites Han Solo, Obi-Wan, and Luke Skywalker. Accompanying weapons and cosmetic options for ever-adorable game-companion BD-1 are also available as part of the pre-order bonuses.
An accidental Steam listing showed an expected release date of March 15, 2023 before it was later removed. This coincides with EA’s previous statement that we’d see a major IP come out in their fiscal 4th quarter. Fortunately though, we didn’t have to wait long for the official word.
Fans can return to a galaxy far far away when Jedi: Survivor releases March 17, 2023.
Apex Takes the Dubs
This year’s Google Play Best Of Awards were announced, and Apex Legends swept the competition.
The mobile title earned the Best of the Year crown from both Google Play’s editorial team and from user-polling. The victory arrived soon after Apple’s App Store awards last week, where it was voted iPhone’s Game of the Year.
On the topic of winning, rumor has it that a new “Championship” mode will be introduced next season. Though it could be speculation, the mode might allow players to earn free entrance to the games esports competition series.
Players anticipating the validity of these rumors can enjoy the newest update, titled Underworld, in the meantime.
Xmas On The Horizons
The holiday season has come back round, and one fervent Animal Crossing fan is celebrating a little differently than most.
On the game’s subreddit, user OtterLoverrrr shared a photo of their Grandma’s christmas tree, covered head-to-toe in plushies of the game’s villager characters. While it definitely must’ve taken a big bag of bells to make happen, it’s right in-line with the ambitious creations New Horizons fans are known for.
The festivities continue with the return of Jingle and his in-game Toy Day event later this month.
Pokémon is back with another generation of all-new creatures and challenges, but has Nintendo released it prematurely?
Since the game’s release a few weeks ago, many players have dealt with poor performance and encountered game-breaking bugs. Nintendo heard the complaints, and responded with an official apology, promising that “[they] are working on improvements to the games.” A patch for the errors was later released, although which specific issues it was meant to address remains unclear.
It seems as though it might be time for the franchise to evolve past its three-year release cycle. However, it may not be a priority as the new entries have already sold more than 10 million copies.
A software update for #PokemonScarletViolet (Ver. 1.1.0) will be released on 12/1. Please visit our website for more information: https://t.co/4kh6Dtui4c— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) December 1, 2022
We take the feedback from players seriously, and will continue to work on improvements to the games.
A Cartridge You Can’t Refuse
And finally, Google celebrated the Godfather of modern gaming with last week’s Google Doodle.
The man, the myth, the legend: Jerry Lawson, led the team behind the creation of videogame cartridges. Lawson also contributed to the development of the Fairchild “Channel F” console. The console was the first of its kind to use cartridges to swap between games.
Google’s Doodle allowed users to play as and enjoy five games inspired by the late engineer. They could also create their own levels à la Super Mario Maker. Lawson’s impact can still be felt in consoles like the Nintendo Switch.
Anyone wanting to play through his memorial by Google can find it in the Doodle archives.