Hot shooters, returning franchises, and brand new ways to play games. Here are your essential stories for Wednesday, May 9th, 2019.
THQ Nordic is bringing two more of their games to the Switch if a recent leak is true:
THQ Nordic has reached into the back catalog of their portfolio when it comes to releasing Switch games, but a recent leak off of EB Games suggests this may be changing. The publisher is reportedly bringing Biomutant and Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition to the console although no release date was paired alongside the leaks. This is awfully realistic, when considering Biomutant is on track to release this summer and THQ has even released Darksiders games for Nintendo consoles like the WiiU. Biomutant will retail at $60, while Darksiders is a $40 game at launch.
Xbox has patented a video game controller with Braille support:
The Xbox Adaptive Controller was Microsoft’s first major step to letting more disabled gamers have easier access to their favorite titles, but it looks like the goodwill is thankfully being continued, thanks to a new patent. The patent involves an Xbox Elite Controller with braille on the back, so users can read text through the controller and convert speech to braille. The paddles on the Elite Controller will also serve updated functions, but this was not elaborated on. Microsoft recently had a TV spot for the Adaptive Controller during this year's Super Bowl.
EA Access is finally coming to PlayStation 4:
EA Access was introduced at the start of this generation and has still soldiered on, and now it is finally coming to PS4 this July. It will house the same price as its Xbox One counterpart ($30 a year) and feature Play First trials and the already available library of games. Keep in mind that the value is lessened a little bit since Xbox One’s library is open to backward compatible titles. Recent games featured on the service are Mass Effect: Andromeda, FIFA 18, and more.
The latest John Wick game is an Epic Games Store exclusive:
You may be thrilled to learn that Mike Bithell, creator of hit indie game Thomas Was Alone is developing a John Wick themed shooter titled John Wick Hex. Some details include Ian McShane and Lance Reddick as the voice cast, and a general release date of this year, but the game will also be an Epic Store exclusive. Much like other Epic deals, this was a decision from the publisher, Good Sheperd, and not Bithell. The exclusivity is timed, but it is unknown for how long.
Apex Legends is coming to mobile:
EA’s latest earnings call was standard fare for the company, but the biggest news to come out of it is that their battle royale smash Apex Legends is headed to mobile devices. Details like a release date or possibility of beta were non-existent, but this move is alongside plans to release the game in China. Additionally, the game has improved on its 50 million player mark (which was achieved in a month).