Happy Wednesday! What games are you playing lately? I started the Spider-Man DLC, The Heist. Black Cat’s flirtatious banter and Peter Parker’s awkward reactions are fun to watch. I’ve also been playing Mass Effect 2 for the first time. It’s interesting to see how Shepard’s Paragon/Renegade morality choices affect her teammates. Lastly, I’ll be playing some Fortnite today to check out its recent updates, since I haven’t played it in a couple months. Let us know on Twitter what you’re playing!
Riot Games Faces Gender Discrimination Lawsuit
Riot Games, the developer of one of the most popular games in the world, League of Legends, is facing a lawsuit filed by one current and one former employee. While many artists have been abuzz last week with making gorgeous art of League of Legends‘ K/DA skins, renowned artist Rian Gonzales (whose work includes Marvel and Archie covers) offers a valuable note:
How ironic is it marketing badass female characters when the very women who contribute material for their company aren't getting paid equal like their male co-workers? 🤷♂️ When women feel uncomfortable and harassed in their own workspaces? 😫
— Rian Gonzales 🌈 (@rianbowart) November 11, 2018
Final Fantasy XV‘s Game Director Leaves, DLCs Canceled
Square Enix announced that game director Hajime Tabata left the company. Three of four character DLCs for Final Fantasy XV have been canceled. Episode Ardyn will still release in March 2019, but episodes starring Aranea, Lunafreya and Noctis will not.
A new teaser trailer for Episode Ardyn released last week:
In other Final Fantasy news, Yuna will be added to Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the arena fighting game for PS4.
Xbox Announcements From XO18
Xbox had an announcement event last weekend. Most notably, PUBG will be added to Xbox Game Pass, Xbox’s subscription service, this week. Also, a number of past Final Fantasy games, including VII and X-2, will be released for Xbox One in 2019.
Sea of Thieves‘ New PvP Mode in 2019
Sea of Thieves, which had a brief moment of interest among the most popular Twitch streamers but has since received little attention, will have a new PvP arena mode next year.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Sold 17 Million Copies; Multiplayer Release Date
Red Dead Redemption 2 shipped 17 million physical copies to retailers in its first two weeks. If you’re playing it, let us know on Twitter what you think of it! Here’s a guide packed with tips for getting started.
Red Dead Redemption 2‘s online multiplayer mode hasn’t received an official release date announcement yet. Take-Two, the parent company of developer Rockstar Games, alluded to its release being later this month.
Fallout 76‘s Release, Editions, and Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus
Fallout 76 releases today, November 14th. Besides its Standard Edition with the base game, there are two special editions: Tricentennial Edition and Power Armor Edition. One thing I didn’t know, and that should probably have been publicized more, is that Xbox and PlayStation players will need to subscribe to their console’s subscription service, Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus, to play Fallout 76.
Life is Strange Comic Releases Today
Life is Strange, the game that’s inspired fic and fan art galore and is my personal favorite fandom, has an official comic that’s finally being released by Titan Comics. The first issue is out today, November 14th. The comic follows Max and Chloe after the events of the game. If you want to read spoilers, Allegra Frank at Polygon has full details.
— loudlysilent 🦇 (@loudlysilent) November 7, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s DLC Lineup Finalized
The cast of characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s future DLC releases has already been finalized. The game will receive five DLC fighter packs.
Gris Gameplay Trailer
Gris, an upcoming game that is eagerly anticipated for its beautiful art, has a new gameplay trailer.
— Nomada Studio – G R I S (@nomadastudiobcn) November 7, 2018
Welcome to Games Bleat! I’m Joesph, your local gay tiefling enthusiast, and I just think their horns are neat! Unrelated to my love of tall, beefy, demonkin mages are the sales and new releases I’m about to impart unto you.
First the sales!
- Panty Party $4.99
- Sunless Sea $9.49
- Ruya $3.99
- Water’s Fine $4.20
- Of Gods and Men: The Daybreak Empire $4.79
- Auri’s Tales $2.99
- 10S $4.20
- Dark and Bright $3.59
Next, the new games!
First is Bad Dream Fever, a dark point and click adventure game about a world falling into darkness. A strange plague covers the world and leaves it barren, which is also to say, full of mystery. Explore this empty world and uncover the secrets it contains. Or be me and just click on things at random when you can’t figure out the puzzle.
Next is the Spyro Reignited Trilogy! This remake of the original Spyro the Dragon trilogy has me absolutely buzzing. The number of days I spent skateboarding with that little purple dragon are downright uncountable, and I sincerely hope that it lives up to the memory. The game’s been remodeled and retextured, and the controls buffed up to modern standards—hopefully making it freshly accessible to new players.
Finally I have Halflight, an puzzle adventure set in 40s Taiwan. After three years in development, Halflight is being released for free by Studio MATCHB—a group of game design students looking to share their love of games with the world. Halfight looks absolutely beautiful, as well as atmospheric and a little terrifying. I’m more than excited to see what it brings to the scene.
And that’s it for this week’s bleat! I’m off to go commission some fanart for my OCs, catch you next time!
Writer at Sidequest and WWAC; past: Newsarama, Comicosity, executive editor of Kollaboration. I’ve watched over 200 hours of Life is Strange playthroughs. Talk to me about LiS, The Last of Us, and the games and fandoms you love! Twitter: @loudlysilent