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Nintendo released a 25-minute Nintendo Direct video. Notable new titles that got promoted include Mario Party Superstars, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Triangle Strategy, Splatoon 3 and Bayonetta 3. Nintendo announced a new tier to its Nintendo Online subscription service called Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass. The new plan will grant access to nine N64 games to begin with, followed by a further 7 Nintendo 64 games released sometime later. Fourteen SEGA Genesis games will also be included in the package. No pricing details have been announced but the company did mention it is expected to roll out in just a month’s time in late October. Nintendo is also releasing Switch versions of Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis controllers, each for $50. Both controllers will be wireless.
The Edge browser for the Xbox consoles has been patched to the Chromium version that is fully compliant with the versions found on PCs. Mouse and keyboard control for the new browser have also been added. Any browser-based office applications will work with the new Edge update, such as Google Docs, Office 365, messaging applications and cloud services. Gamers should also be able to get access to the web-based version of Stadia and web-based emulators. Microsoft and retailers may position the Xbox Series S as an alternative to a cloud based micro-PC or desktop Chromebook, as well as the fact it is a gaming console.
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has released new guidance for in-game advertising. Falsely advertised “timed” DLC or items are to be discouraged. All in-game currencies should display their true real-world value. The report also recommends individual prices for any items included in a bundle be disclosed. Although the ASA has no fining powers, its recommendations shape legislation and legally bound advertising codes.
FIFA 22, which will release this Friday, will include Preview Packs that let players see what's inside loot boxes prior to purchase. The Preview Packs will not replace the usual FUT packs which will continue to form the bulk of the FUT experience.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are both investigating Activision Blizzard for employee misconduct. Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick and other senior management, have been subpoenaed to provide their internal communications regarding the company's response to the allegations. The company has issued a statement that they are fully complying with the investigation.
StreamElements, software used by vloggers to enable tracking analytics for their videos, has raised $100 million in funding.
Twitch has signed an agreement with the National Music Publishers' Association over copyrighted material. Any streamer that uses copyrighted music will be given a warning before their content is removed. This window of time is to allow content providers an opportunity to amend their videos before any strike down notice is authorized.
Week commencing Monday 27 Sept. 2021
|28 Sept.||AWAY: The Survival Series||Win, PS4, PS5, XBO||Action-adventure, survival||Breaking Walls||Breaking Walls|
|Dandy Ace||NS, XBO||Action role-playing||Mad Mimic||Neowiz|
|Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero's Bonds||iOS, Droid||Adventure||Square Enix, DeNA||Square Enix|
|Ghostrunner||PS5, XSX||Action||One More Level||505 Games, All in! Games|
|Lemnis Gate||Win, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX||First-person shooter||Ratloop Games Canada||Frontier Foundry|
|Neo: The World Ends with You||Win||Action role-playing||Square Enix, h.a.n.d.||Square Enix|
|New World||Win||MMORPG||Amazon Games Orange County||Amazon Games|
|Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye||Win, PS4, XBO||Action-adventure||Mobius Digital||Annapurna Interactive|
|29 Sept.||Insurgency: Sandstorm||PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX||First-person shooter||New World Interactive||Focus Home Interactive|
|30 Sept.||Astria Ascending||Win, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX||Role-playing||Artisan Studios||Dear Villagers|
|Darksiders III||NS||Action role-playing||Gunfire Games||THQ Nordic|
|Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality||Win, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX||Adventure||Maze Theory||BBC Studios / Just Add Water|
|eFootball 2022||Win, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, iOS, Droid||Sports||PES Productions||Konami|
|Hot Wheels Unleashed||Win, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX||Racing||Milestone||Milestone|
|The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki||PS4||Role-playing||Nihon Falcom||Nihon Falcom|
|Mary Skelter Finale[b]||NS, PS4||Action role-playing, roguelike||Compile Heart||Idea Factory International|
|Melty Blood: Type Lumina||Win, NS, PS4, XBO||Fighting||French Bread||Delightworks|
|Toy Soldiers HD||Win, NS, PS4, XBO||Action, strategy||Signal Studios||Accelerate Games|
|1 Oct.||FIFA 22||Win, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Stadia||Sports||EA Vancouver||EA Sports|