No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…
Publishers and developers have officially run out of interesting things to talk about in 2016. So with two weeks left in the year, people have started to look to 2017, which promises to be a huge year for the industry.
This is especially true for Nintendo, which released Super Mario Run for iOS devices earlier this week, and is planning to launch the Switch in March. So as we get ready for the consolemaker’s big presentation planned for January 12, we updated our Big List of Nintendo Switch Games to reflect the latest announcements.
Also this week, we’re looking forward to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard in January, so we played through the “Midnight Version” of the game’s Beginning Hour demo.
More news from this past week can be found after the break.
New Game Announcements
- Valkyria Revolution will be released in Spring 2017 for the PS4, Vita, and Xbox One.
- Turtle Rock has partnered with Perfect World to produce a free-to-play co-op FPS with “dark fantasy” elements.
- Old Time Hockey will bring back arcade-style sports on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in Early 2017.
Pre-Launch Updates and Release Date Announcements
- Nintendo will take the Switch on a multi-city North American tour before its launch in March.
- Ubisoft offered lots of new details on For Honor‘s single-player campaign, Faction War mode, and upcoming Closed Beta.
- Yooka-Laylee will be released on April 11. but the Wii U version has been canceled. Thankfully, Playtonic is working with Nintendo to bring it to the Switch later in 2017.
- Pit People will receive an Early Access launch for the Xbox One and Steam on January 13.
Other Game News
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was the best-selling game of November 2016, but it actually sold much less than last year’s Black Ops III.
- The Xbox One Backwards Compatibility list reached 300 titles this week and 50% of Xbox One owners have used it.
- New Pokemon from Pokemon Gold/Silver were added to Pokemon Go.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – “Happy Holiday”
- Seasons of Heaven – “Teaser Trailer”
- Tales of Berseria – “The Calamity and The Blade”
- Batman: The Telltale Series – “Episode 5: City of Light Launch Trailer”
- The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – “Launch Trailer”
- Friday the 13th: The Game – “Tommy Jarvis”
- Universal Studios Japan unveiled a first look at their Super Nintendo World amusement park.
Rumor Has It
- Nintendo filed a patent for a VR-like headset for the Switch.
- Rime is probably coming to the PS4 in 2017… as well as the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC.
- A hidden message most likely confirmed a Switch release for The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+.
New Release Round-Up
- Retail Releases: None
- Nintendo Download: Super Mario Run, Picross E7, Excitebots: Trick Racing, more
- PlayStation Store (Tuesday): Stardew Valley, DriveDriveDrive, I Expect You to Die, more
- Xbox Games Store (Wednesday): Bastion, Stardew Valley, Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 5: City of Light, more
- Xbox Games Store (Friday): Astroneer, Bridge Constructor Stunts, Don Bradman Cricket 17, more
- Next Week’s Retail Releases: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero