Hello and welcome to Get Your Game On! My name is Maddi and I cannot believe we are almost at the end of September. It feels like we were just in the middle of the summer heatwave but here we are, with the shorter days of fall (at least in the northeastern U.S.) encroaching. Are you playing any games that emulate those fall vibes? If so, let me know what you’re playing in the comments! Or, if you support our Patreon at the Sega Genesis tier or higher, tell us about it in our Discord. Now, let’s get to the news.
Legend of Zelda fans, rejoice. The much-hyped sequel to 2017’s Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has not just a name, but a release date. Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is planned for release on May 12, 2023. Nintendo showed the name and release date, along with a new teaser trailer, during last week’s Nintendo Direct.
Other highlights from the direct include Octopath Traveler II, Fire Emblem Engage, It Takes Two for the Nintendo Switch, and a remake of Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life titled Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life, due out summer 2023.
During Sony’s most recent State of Play presentation, Sega announced a worldwide release and remake of 2014’s Like a Dragon: Ishin in February 2023. The Yakuza series spinoff took protagonist Kazuma Kiryu through a historical adventure in a fictionalized 19th century Kyoto. The title was previously only available in Japan.
Bandai Namco also announced Tekken 8 during the State of Play Stream.
Lastly, Butterfly Soup, Brianna Lei’s 2017 visual novel about “gay Asian girls playing baseball and falling in love” just celebrated its fifth anniversary. It’s also getting a sequel, Butterfly Soup 2, on October 29.
— Brianna Lei (@brii_u) September 16, 2022
Tencent, the biggest gaming company in the world and parent to gaming site Fanbyte, laid off most of Fanbyte’s editorial staff last week. With no warning. Over the course of several hours. (You know, as if it wasn’t agonizing enough.) Fanbyte has housed some wonderful criticism, and it’s sad to see Tencent layoff some of the industry’s most talented writers to (seemingly) bolster its bottom line.
I'm going to fill this thread with the other folks affected. Fanbyte has been having a rough one for months now and I could see the sky falling, and tbh, I started applying elsewhere months ago. Please focus on my other coworkers today and help them find work!
— Elise Favis (@elisefavis) September 15, 2022
In the UK, media company Future also laid off staff across several publications. Though no numbers have been confirmed, the layoffs reportedly affected editorial staff at TechRadar Gaming, Android Central, and more.
And finally, the future of G4TV may be in jeopardy less than a year after it made its splashy return. According to Kotaku, parent company Comcast cut up to 30 staff members over the past week.
BREAKING: 15-20 @G4TV staff have been laid off so far today, and more could follow, two sources confirm to Kotaku.
One says NBCUniversal HR is going person by person. The cuts are coming as a surprise to staff who thought there was more financial runway. https://t.co/vrpq3HnyIL
— AmericanTruckSongs8 (@ethangach) September 14, 2022
One of the weirder things to resurface in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing (bear with me) is that she allegedly had a talent for Wii Bowling and once almost became the owner of a 24 karat gold-plated Nintendo Wii. THQ originally offered the gift in 2009, but was turned down. (Perhaps she already had enough gold bricks cluttering the halls of Buckingham Palace?)
After a decade of private ownership, the item went up for auction earlier this year.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 13, 2022
In other news…
Lil Nas X is the president of League of Legends. Not sure what that means actually, but good for him.
Babylons Fall has fallen. The game will terminate service on February 28, 2023.
It is with deep regret that we are terminating the game's service on February 28, 2023.
Please read our full Notice for further information.https://t.co/mvaFYmOkYB
Thank you so much for your support and playing BABYLON'S FALL.
— BABYLON'S FALL (@BabylonsFall_EN) September 13, 2022
Here is an ice cold eulogy from Twitter user Cheap Ass Gamer.
News: Babylon’s Fall is Being Removed at GameStop Store Locations. If you want a free case and coaster, maybe find one before a GameStop employee gets around to tossing it into the dumpster. They might just let you have it after they scan it. pic.twitter.com/mglPO22eky
— Cheap Ass Gamer (@videogamedeals) September 19, 2022
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.