Apple and Google aren’t the only new players in the games industry anymore. Here are your essential stories for Tuesday, May 14th, 2019.
Netflix is announcing new video game initiatives during this E3:
E3 Coliseum has been a hotbed for video game announcements during the early weeks of June when the conferences get a little bit too full, and now Netflix is taking this space on June 12th to reveal some info about how their original content will be adapted into video games. So far, Stranger Things is the only title that is listed to be talked about but there will likely be some mention to Netflix titles like Bandersnatch. Netflix has experimented with other video game ideas before, with a recent Stranger Things game falling out during the Telltale closure.
Epic Games Store is having its first sale:
Due to a recent Fortnite leak, it's now a likely possibility Epic Games Store will be holding its first sale. Titled the Mega Sale, Epic has promised that more news will be revealed soon, but a lineup of games was not included. There is also an additional rumor that $10 of store credit will be offered to those who turn on two-factor authentication (although it is unknown if it will be limited). Recent Epic exclusives have included Dangerous Driving, Metro Exodus, and Anno 1800.
Super Mario Maker 2 is getting its own Nintendo Direct:
Super Mario Maker 2 is looking to be one of this year’s biggest Switch titles, and Nintendo isn’t pulling any hype under the rug. It’s been announced that a new Direct will be aired for the game tomorrow at 6PM PT, and it will run for about 15 minutes. Super Mario Maker 2 is set to release on June 28th, three years after the first game.
MediEvil’s price point is a winner:
There’s been a trend for remakes to be slightly cheaper than the normal AAA game, but even the price point for the upcoming MediEvil remake is somewhat impressive. Sony has confirmed that the Other Ocean developed title will retail for $30 physically and digitally, with the digital pre-order bonus being 10 different avatars. There is also a digital deluxe edition that offers more armor, a digital soundtrack, a digital art book, a digital comic book, and an exclusive theme for only $10 more. MediEvil releases on October 25th.
Two Hitman classics are now backward compatible:
Microsoft has shared on social media that the Hitman HD Pack (which contains Hitman: Contracts and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin) is now backward compatible for Xbox One. If you aren’t familiar with the pack, it was released for the Xbox 360 back in 2013 and featured two original Xbox Hitman titles. The most recent Hitman game was Hitman 2 which launched late last year.