Content note: mention of suicide.
Welcome back to Get Your Game On! My name is Zainabb and I wrote this during a Major Flare Up, please be proud of me. The world continues to be a stinky trash fire so I’ve decided to escape by overhauling my entire Sims 4 neighbourhood, beginning with a fancy beach house and a cute crafty cabin by the water. I legitimately made myself a bit sad when I finished the cabin because it came out really well but it’s not real and I can’t actually live there.
Rest when you can, friends, and keep kicking up a fuss the rest of the time. Here’s this week’s gaming news.
New Games and Re-Releases Announced at Sony’s State of Play
Last week, Sony’s State of Play presentation gave us lots of announcements and games to look forward to in lieu of E3, which was cancelled again this year. Kicking off the event, Capcom announced a Resident Evil 4 remake, planned for release on March 23, 2023. You can watch the announcement trailer below.
Capcom also confirmed Street Fighter 6, which is expected to release next year. Meanwhile, Spider-Man Remastered is being released for PC on August 12 whilst Tunic will come to PlayStation 5 and PS4 the following month, on September 27. Cyberpunk kitty game Stray is set for release on PS5 and PS4 next month on July 19.
Finally, various new titles were announced, including action dating sim Eternights and Rollerdrome, a “rollerskating battler” that has a beautiful, Sable-esque art style. You can watch the trailer for Rollerdrome below.
In other news…
Back in March, a lawsuit was brought against Activision Blizzard by the family of Kerri Moynihan, an employee who took her own life while at a company retreat. That lawsuit has now been dropped “with prejudice,” meaning that it cannot be refiled. No further information about the suit has been released by Moynihan’s family or by Activision Blizzard.
Last week, EA announced that it won’t be publicly supporting reproductive or trans rights in order to “be inclusive of all… points of view.” After facing backlash from staff and fans, EA has now backtracked on that announcement, stating that its “support is unwavering” for LGBTQIA+ staff and players, and that “trans rights [and] women’s rights are human rights.” The company says it will double employee donations, alongside its own donations, to organisations like the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equality.
In other EA news, The Sims‘s famous Goth family has been updated in new saves on The Sims 4. Notably, Bella and Cassandra’s skin tones have been updated to more closely match incarnations from previous games. Some fans have criticised the original Sims 4 Goth designs as whitewashing the family so the update has been welcomed by many, although the game’s darker skin tones remain ashy.
Grab the fruitcake & welcome wagon 👋 – the new & improved Goth family is available now in every new game start in The Sims 4 🖤 pic.twitter.com/J1a03yG4Rj
— The Sims (@TheSims) May 25, 2022
EA has also announced The Sims 4: Werewolves, a new expansion that introduces, well, werewolves to the game. Alongside new mechanics, the game pack will include new Build and Buy items and, importantly, a new queer mullet hairstyle for your human Sims. Werewolves will be released on June 16, 2022 for PC, Mac, PlayStation 5, PS4, Xbox Series X and S, and Xbox One.
The Queer Games Bundle 2022 is now live on itch.io. The bundle features over 500 games and zines, with proceeds going to over 400 queer and trans creators. The bundle costs $60 and there’s a Pay What You Can version starting from $10 for people who can’t afford the regular price. This is a great way to directly support LGBTQIA+ folk during Pride Month!
BioWare has announced that its next Dragon Age game will be titled Dreadwolf. Details have been kept deliberately vague but the title refers to Solas, a divisive character from Dragon Age: Inquisition, who we can expect to play a significant role in the next game.
A new trailer for the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet has showcased the games’ four-player co-op mode alongside new Pokémon and more of the open world. The games will be released on November 18, 2022 for the Nintendo Switch. You can watch the trailer below.
Nintendo won’t be attending this year’s Gamescon, which is occurring in person between August 24 and 28 in Cologne, Germany. Instead, Nintendo announced that “players will be able to try out the games for Nintendo Switch” at various, smaller (but still in-person) conventions in Germany.
Hobby Japan is ending its Dungeons and Dragons Japanese localisation this month, effectively ending all support for the popular TTRPG in Japan. Fans have set up a petition requesting that Wizards of the Coast include Japanese in their existing localisation efforts.
Sorry for the abrupt tweet.
I would like to bring to your attention that D&D 5e's Japanese localization is ending in June 2022.
— シャープ／炯遊えいり👁Vtuber (@Brother_Sharp) October 2, 2021
Sega has announced that it will release its next mini retro console, the Sega Drive Mini 2, on October 27 in Japan. The console is based on the Sega Genesis 2 and it will come with 50 games for the Mega Drive and Mega CD, including Sonic the Hedgehog CD and Virtua Racing.
A report commissioned by the Norwegian Consumer Council has stated that loot boxes in games like FIFA 22 and Raid: Shadow Legends are “exploitative and predatory.” The report argues that loot boxes bait gamers into spending more time and money than is proportional to the rewards received, and makes a number of recommendations. These include banning misleading design practices and displaying real-world, rather than in-game, currencies on all purchases. In the wake of the report, 18 European countries have called for increased regulation of video games.