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…
It was going to happen eventually, but this week, the Entertainment Software Association finally announced that the E3 Expo will be open to the public this year. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, February 13, in very limited quantities.
We don’t know what games will be available to try out at this year’s E3 Expo, but we did get the chance to play Freedom Planet 2, GalaxyTrail’s retro homage to Sonic the Hedgehog, earlier this week. This early demo is shaping up well, and it’ll be out sometime this Summer.
Finally, our examination of “The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time” continues with a look at the gonzo marketing and unique art style found in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island.
More news from this week can be found after the break.
New Game Announcements
- SpellTower creator Zach Gage partnered with Merriam-Webster for a big new update and a brand new word game.
- The side-scrolling shooter Graceful Explosion Machine is also in development for the Nintendo Switch.
Pre-Launch Updates and Release Date Announcements
- According to Activision, Call of Duty 2017 is going “back to its roots” and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is officially a retail disappointment.
- Activision executives think fans are going to love Destiny 2, which now has a confirmed Fall 2017 launch date.
- Ubisoft announced that South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be released sometime between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
- Microids will release Syberia 3 on April 25 for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Mac.
- Puyo Puyo Tetris will be released for the Nintendo Switch and PS4 on April 25.
- FIFA 18 will be “custom built” for the Nintendo Switch by EA Canda.
- The Patriots victory promised in Madden NFL 17’s Super Bowl LI prediction came true thanks to an MVP performance by Tom Brady.
- Conan O’Brien played For Honor with Tom Brady, Dwight Freeney, and a severed head on a stick ahead of Super Bowl LI.
Other Game News
- The Indie Megabooth will host 12 games as part of their GDC 2017 Showcase.
- There won’t be a new Skylanders game in 2017, but multiple “Adventure Packs” are in development.
- The Walking Dead: A New Frontier‘s third episode will be released in March and a Season Pass Disc is coming on February 28.
- Kolin will be second character released as part of Street Fighter V’s Season Pass 2.
- Rockstar Games has shipped more than 75 million copies of Grand Theft Auto V (and they’ve sold most of them).
- Gears of War 4‘s February Update introduced a pair of new maps and more new content.
- Bill Nye is coming back to talk about video games… and Save the World
- Udon will release a Bloodborne Official Artworks book in May 2017.
New Release Round-Up
- Retail Releases: Nioh, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege – Year 2 Gold Edition, WWE 2K17 for PC
- Nintendo Download: Mario Vs Donkey Kong, Azure Striker Gunvolt: The Anime, more
- PlayStation Store: Nioh, How to Survive 2, 8Days, more
- Xbox Games Store (Wednesday): Fallout Shelter, 8Days, Adventure Pop, more
- Xbox Games Store (Friday): Crypt of the NecroDancer, Uncanny Valley, Spheroids
- Next Week’s Retail Releases: For Honor, Sniper Elite 4, Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition, more