Biggest video game news of the week (23-29 October)
All of the biggest video game stories from the past seven days, including Nintendo’s expansion pack and a good look at the Halo Infinite campaign.
This week has included many first glimpses of new games, whether they come from official sources or not. The biggest stories of the week include the chance to play Niantic’s new Pokemon Go-style Pikmin game, a deep dive into the Halo Infinite campaign, and an endless discussion of Warner Bros. multiverse fighting game. Yes, that’s apparently one thing.
The multiverse game of Warner Bros. is it real or is it?
Now that Nickelodeon has kicked off All-Star Brawl, it looks like universe characters who never hit each other are all the rage. According to a leak, Warner Bros. is working on a game that will finally allow you to find out who is stronger: Batman or Shaggy from Scooby-Doo. The leak has been confirmed by industry insiders, but nothing official from Warner Bros. for the moment. The first news was followed by an alleged roster that also includes Gandalf and Rick & Morty.
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick takes pay cut
The issues and allegations surrounding Activision Blizzard are not going to go away no matter how badly their board wants them to be. Almost everything the studio has taken in an attempt to remedy the heinous things it has been accused of just seems to make matters worse. This week, CEO Bobby Kotick revealed he will take a pay cut until Activision’s issues are resolved. Earlier this year, Kotick’s annual paycheck was cut in half, even though it still earned him $ 155 million. This latest reduction means he will earn $ 62,500 for the year, which would be the minimum the state of California will allow an employee to earn. With a net worth of at least $ 600 million, we think he’s likely to be okay.
Skyrim star TikTok JinnKid arrested, charged with murder
Ali Nassar Abulaban, better known to his fans as Skyrim IRL TikTokker JinnKid, was arrested last week. The TikTok star has been charged with the alleged murder of his wife Ana and her friend Rayburn Barron. Abulaban and Ana are said to have separated shortly before his death. The victims were found with gunshot wounds to the head, and video footage shows Abulaban leaving the apartment shortly after the killings allegedly took place. He has pleaded not guilty and will remain in custody pending trial.
Nintendo Switch Online expansion pack is coming to mixed reviews
A month after the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games were revealed on Nintendo Switch Online, the service expansion pack officially arrived this week. The previous reveal that it would cost twice as much as a regular NSO subscription meant its launch had to go off without a hitch, but it did not happen. In the hours following the arrival of the expansion pack, its early players reported a number of issues, mostly related to the quality and performance of N64 games. It’s a bad start, but let’s hope things improve as Nintendo fixes the issues and adds more games.
The first look at the Halo Infinite campaign
There are still a number of headlines to launch in 2021, but it looks very likely that Halo Infinite will be the game that will take most people’s attention away this holiday season. 343 has already announced that a few Infinite modes won’t be ready until 2022, which might have worried some about the lack of information regarding its campaign. Well, worry no longer, because a preview presented earlier this week revealed more details about Infinite’s campaign than you can wave an energy sword.
Niantic launches Pokemon Go inspired Pikmin Bloom
25 years of Pokemon in which more games than we can count have been released, and you could argue that a free mobile has been the most successful. Pokemon Go has worked so well for its developer Niantic that it released a brand new game with a completely different Nintendo IP, Pikmin. Pikmin Bloom’s rollout began earlier this week and is available for download on iOS and Android now. Bloom is a lot easier to get along with than Pokemon Go but largely shares the same mechanics.
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