Doublejump Digest: February 2, 2020

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Feb 1 · 6 min read

This week in gaming: Nintendo Switch overtakes the Super Nintendo, House House pays the rent, YouTube eats Twitch’s lunch, and more!


In the spirit of keeping our readers up to date with what’s happening in the video game industry, the Doublejump Digest is a brief collection of the major news stories from the past week. Keep an eye out for the Digest every Sunday night, and head on into the archive for news from weeks gone by!


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MAJOR NEWS

Nintendo Switch overtakes Super Nintendo in lifetime sales, company reveals Pokémon Home pricing and Animal Crossing-themed Switch:

In related news, the Japanese gaming giant also revealed pricing for its upcoming Pokémon Home subscription service, which, thankfully, includes a free tier. The service, which is slated to launch later this month, will set users back US$2.99 for 30 days, US$4.99 for 90 days, or US$15.99 for 365 days, and will include the following features:

Pokémon Home features comparison table
Pokémon Home features comparison table

Meanwhile, Animal Crossing fans can look forward to getting their hands on a colourful new Nintendo Switch system to coincide with Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s March release.

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch console
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch console
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch console
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch console
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch console
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Switch console

Untitled Goose Game’s developer joins Pay the Rent movement:

YouTube signs Esports broadcast exclusivity deal with Activision Blizzard:

EA: Yes, Apex Legends is still coming to mobile:

Discord drops Activity Feed and Game Library features:

Phil Spencer wants Xbox Series X development to prioritise frame rate over resolution:

Although he acknowledged that Microsoft won’t be forcing developers to prioritise one thing over the other, Spencer lamented the fact that games in the current generation don’t “feel as amazing as they look…because the CPU is underpowered relative to the GPU that’s in the box.”


NOTABLE GAME RELEASES

  • Warcraft III: Reforged (PC)

VIDEOS AND TRAILERS

Apex Legends — Season 4 Launch Trailer:

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge — Exclusive Official Trailer:

Apex Legends — Stories from the Outlands — “Up Close and Personal”:

DiRT Rally 2.0 — Colin McRae: FLAT OUT Pack Trailer:

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales — Nintendo Switch Launch Trailer:

Overwatch — Developer Update | Experimentation & Hero Pools:


INDIE SPOTLIGHT

Monster Train is “a new take on roguelike deck-building card games”:

Those interested can sign up for the chance to be included in a closed PC beta by visiting the game’s official website. As of this writing, Monster Train has only been announced for Windows PC.

Dungeon Defenders is back, and it’s heading into Early Access:


OTHER NEWS

  • This month’s free PlayStation Plus games include BioShock: The Collection and The Sims 4: EU PS Blog
  • TT Isle of Man leads this month’s Games with Gold offering: Xbox Wire
  • DICE is finally going to add tank customisation to Battlefield V in an upcoming free update: GameSpot
  • Twitch Prime subscribers can claim some Destiny 2 loot: Official
  • Atari has stretched its licensing to future Atari-branded hotels: The Verge
  • Wizards of the Coast has founded a new studio run by ex-BioWare developers: GamesIndustry.biz
  • As with the other games, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will only feature one island per console: Eurogamer

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