The biggest video game news of the week (July 9
Last week in video games was filled with reveals, release dates and, as always, leaks. Nintendo has felt particularly generous over the past few days, ticking two of those three boxes and taking a very positive stance against the Japanese government, more on that below.
Elsewhere, EA is frantically trying to keep people it doesn’t want to see Skate 4 from seeing Skate 4, and we might find out where the next Assassin’s Creed is set. Or maybe it will be installed elsewhere?
Bayonetta 3 has a release date
Five years later, it finally happened, and it came out of nowhere. Nintendo decided for no particular reason that Wednesday morning would be a good time to reveal the launch of Bayonetta 3 on Nintendo Switch, and it was true. The next installment in the Bayonetta series arrives on October 28, 2022, as the second half of Nintendo’s 2022 is starting to look pretty busy. The three-and-a-half-minute trailer that accompanied the reveal included a second Bayonetta and the heart-ripping hero. Needless to say exciting stuff, even if you choose to play it in Naive Angel mode.
Kirby’s Dream Buffet is coming to Nintendo Switch this summer
When the Bayonetta news arrived, most of us were still getting over the Kirby news that had fallen 24 hours earlier. Again, out of nowhere, Nintendo revealed on Tuesday that we’ll be getting a new Kirby game at some point this summer. Kirby’s Dream Buffet appears to have been inspired by Fall Guys and will have multiple players race Kirbys and Waddle Dees through food-themed obstacle courses, eat strawberries, and use copy abilities to fight against your rivals. There’s no firm release date, but it looks like the eShop exclusive will be here very soon.
Nintendo will continue to recognize same-sex relationships
Japanese lawmakers revealed last month that the country’s same-sex marriage ban would remain in place, upholding its archaic record of being the only G7 country in which marrying someone of the same sex is illegal. Nintendo has opposed this law for some time, but reminded everyone this week that its opposition will continue despite the law remaining in place. The studio released a statement confirming that its partnership system is still in place. This means employees in same-sex relationships receive the same benefits as those in opposite-sex marriages, even if the former is not allowed to marry. Nintendo also updated its internal rules to ensure that no one who works for the company is discriminated against based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Last of Us Part 1 has gone gold
The Last Of Us has already been remastered, and now it’s been remade for PS5 and renamed The Last Of Us Part 1. The remake has now gone gold, which in the gaming industry means it’s pretty much ready from. Good news, given that its release date is now less than two months away. The only question hanging over Part 1 now is where is the gameplay? Naughty Dog showed a trailer for the game, but there was no gameplay to see how much better it will be and hopefully compared to the PS4 original and remaster.
Assassin’s Creed is heading to the Aztec Empire, or is it Baghdad?
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is such a massive game, and has had so many big expansions, that it’s weird to even talk about what’s next, even though we’ve been playing it for almost two years. Part of that is because the likely yet unannounced next game is Rift, the one that was supposed to be Valhalla DLC but was so big it got its own launch. The week started with a leak that Rift will take players back to the days of the Aztec Empire. However, an insider was quick to deny that rumor, saying it would actually take place in Baghdad. We probably won’t know for sure until Ubisoft confirms the sequel in September.
Skate 4 will be a live service (and it won’t be called Skate 4)
The final, still very pre-alpha, playtest for Skate 4 has begun and, as expected, images and details have leaked left and right. So much so that a cracked version of the playtest appeared online for anyone to download. EA has handled this while confirming things it wants us to know about the next game in the Skate series. Most notably, it won’t be called Skate 4. It’ll just be called Skate, and it’ll be a live service game. It also seems that its launch is still a long way off. Oh, and as we just found out today, there might be loot boxes.
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