Today in Gaming: 4/30/19

Zack Hage
Zack Hage
May 1, 2019 · 4 min read

Hardware, game updates, and video game movies peek around the corner. Here are your essential stories for Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.

The upcoming Saints Row movie has found its director:

Many video game movies receive a lackluster director/writer attached to their name and are then stuck in development limbo, but the upcoming motion-picture adaptation of the Saints Row series might be an exception if recent news is to be believed. F. Gary Gray (best known for his work on Straight Outta Compton) will be directing the film and Greg Russo will write the film. Russo is currently working on the script for another video game movie, Mortal Kombat. Fenix Studios, Occupant Entertainment, and of course publisher Koch Media are the studios attached, and the film has no release date. The last Saints Row game was 2015’s Saints Row 4: Gat out of Hell.

The Nintendo Switch’s newest update secretly adds a new feature, the highly requested boost mode:

The Switch recently received a new update in order to support games like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Labo VR, and now some gamers have discovered that a widely requested feature, Boost Mode was added in as well. This lets the Switch’s CPU overclock from 1GHz to 1.75GHz and boosts the performance for aforementioned games (meaning there are shorter load times). It is unclear if this can be utilized for other games, as the feature is currently not accessible in the menus.

Here are 8 new Game Pass titles for May:

Microsoft knows how to run a subscription service by always keeping their list of games diverse, and this month’s lineup does not prove the contrary. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Wargroove, The Surge, Black Desert Online, Tacoma, For the King, Lego Batman 3, and Surviving Mars are all joining the Game Pass lineup from May 2nd to May 16th. Wargroove is one of the most notable titles on this list considering it released in February of this year. Game Pass will soon get an Ultimate option that combines its subscription with Xbox Live Gold (for $15 a month).

Media Molecule has shared plans for the next Dreams update:

Media Molecule’s Dreams has been mightily successful even in Early Access, and now the developer is detailing what the game’s first major update will contain. On top of new tutorials, templates, and assets, the game’s level cap will also be increased and there will be a feature to block certain creators. Mouse and keyboard has also been hinted at, but that will likely arrive in a couple more updates. Currently, players have recreated prototypes of games like Wolfenstein, Dead Space, Mirror’s Edge and more within the Dreams template.

Valve’s announcement of a new VR headset has come with one very interesting tidbit:

Valve recently revealed a new VR headset, titled the Valve Index and while we will get some of the basic details out of the way (it will cost $1000 and release on July 1st) a snippet on the product’s site has led many to believe a new Valve game will finally be coming soon. Info is very slim but it is described on the Index’s site as a flagship game and will be compatible with any SteamVR headsets (ex: HTC Vive). Valve currently has two other games in development although they have not been announced. Their most recent projects were 2018’s Artifact and 2017’s The Lab.

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