Happy Wednesday, gamers! We’re halfway through yet another week in the seemingly endless marathon of 2020. Lately, when I’m not actively fretting about the state of the United States’ democracy, I’ve been working through my backlog, which, I’m excited to report, I may vanquish yet. Last week I finished Tacoma, as well as Going Under, one of my favorite games this year. I’ve also been playing Eliza and Sayonara Wild Hearts.
Though the U.S. election has dominated the news cycle over the past week(s), there has, in fact, also been some game news happening. Here’s what you might have missed last week.
BioWare Announced a New Mass Effect Game, Remastered Trilogy
Rumors have been swirling about a Mass Effect remaster since at least the beginning of 2020, and were recently spurred on when online retailers began listing the games. BioWare officially confirmed an HD remaster of the trilogy over the weekend, which is currently set to release on PC and consoles in spring 2021. BioWare also surprised fans by announcing a veteran team is already working on the franchise’s next installment, though considering Dragon Age fans have been waiting nearly six years for Dragon Age 4, Mass Effect fans may have to wait a while for a brand new game.
How it started. How it's going. pic.twitter.com/LctLOKwJe3
— Mass Effect News (@MassEffect_News) November 8, 2020
The Next Generation of Consoles Has Arrived
…If you were lucky enough to get a preorder, that is. While the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are, at the time of writing, sold out pretty much everywhere, both launch this week. If you’re contemplating a next-gen console but aren’t sure which one, TechRadar has a breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses of the PS5 and Series X. Meanwhile, here’s what to know about where to buy a PlayStation 5 and an Xbox Series X. Finally, here are the games that will be available on each console at launch, courtesy of The Verge.
Microsoft Unveils New 40-Story-Tall Brutalist Xbox Series X https://t.co/xdO2aIfsHc pic.twitter.com/Q3QyQA0YOi
— The Onion (@TheOnion) December 13, 2019
Ubisoft Will Remove Transphobic Journalist from Watch Dogs: Legion
In Watch Dogs: Legion, players can enjoy a variety of in-universe podcasts while driving around dystopian London. Two of these podcasts feature British journalist and noted transphobe Helen Lewis. In a statement this week, Ubisoft announced they will remove this content from the game and apologized to players.
Ubisoft to remove controversial host from Watch Dogs Legion’s podcasts https://t.co/fu8jU6tm6H pic.twitter.com/owxjXU3tqk
— Kotaku (@Kotaku) November 6, 2020
Imane “Pokimane” Anys worked with Stream Labs to create a donation cap of $5 on her Twitch channel.
worked with @streamlabs to create a donation cap of $5 for my channel!
Thank you for supporting me to the point where I consider anything more than that unnecessary. To anyone that was more generous- please support growing channels, charities, and treat yourselves.❤️😊 pic.twitter.com/QhrusbDFxD
— pokimane (@pokimanelol) November 2, 2020
Square Enix reported a significant operating loss on Marvel’s Avengers.
Square Enix – reported Yen6.5bn loss for HD Games driven by Marvel Avengers, would not say how many sold but that volumes were 60% of plan. Implies game cost over $100m to make but only sold 3m or so. Ouch
— David Gibson (@gibbogame) November 6, 2020
The Biden campaign made a custom Fortnite map.
Filming of The Witcher season 2 is on hold due to a COVID-19 outbreak on set.
Netflix has paused filming of The Witcher season 2 due to the COVID pandemic for a second time https://t.co/O7CHaI2UJo pic.twitter.com/cvruLbIkuz
— PC Gamer (@pcgamer) November 8, 2020
Madison Butler is Sidequest’s self-proclaimed jock editor. She co-founded the blog Critsumption and once got really into powerlifting via Fitness Boxing for the Nintendo Switch. She tweets at @_maddilo.