Today’s Nintendo Direct was chock full of announcements and new details about many upcoming games and had a few surprises as well.
The switch version of Overwatch that’s been rumored for a few days was the first thing Nintendo showed and is releasing on October 15. The trailer also showed of motion controls for some of the heroes as well.
Nintendo then jumped straight into Luigi’s Mansion 3 details showing off some new levels of the haunted hotel and a new multiplayer mode which pits a team of Luigi’s and Gooigi’s against each other.
The first surprise release was a free-to-play Kirby game called Super Kirby Clash which will be available today. Also releasing today is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s third fighter Banjo Kazooie which was detailed in a separate video after the Direct.
The fourth DLC character was announced during the Direct though. He is Terry Bogard from the series Fatal Fury and will release in November. Along with the Terry announcement Nintendo revealed there will be more paid DLC characters coming to Ultimate after the fighter pass finishes.
Pokemon developer Game Freak also has a new game coming to Switch called Little Town Hero which is coming out October 16. It’s available for pre-purchase today and seems to be a turn based fighting game that draws inspiration from Pokemon.
Speaking of Pokemon, the stream went over 4 new details for Sword and Shield. Character customization returns but now will have more depth and options allowing you to accessorize and even choose makeup. You can also set up a Pokemon camp in the wild and play with your Pokemon, experiment with curry recipes and visit other trainers’ camps. Two new Pokemon were detailed; Polteageist is a teapot shaped ghost type and Cramorant is a duck-looking water-flying type.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Nintendo announced a few new IP’s, revealed new remakes, detailed already announced ones, and introduced new SNES games coming to the online subscription. They also announced a smorgasbord of new ports including a classic Star Wars game, Doom 64 and an Assassin’s Creed collection including Rogue and Black Flag.
The final announcement was Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, a remake of the Wii title coming in 2020. For more details on that as well as things like a Tetris 99 update, The Witcher 3 port, and Animal Crossing New Horizons, check out the video below.
A new hero, Ashe, along with her companion Bob, are joining the fight. Ashe is a leader of the Deadlock Gang. She was featured during the McCree animated short on BlizzCon 2018.
She is going to be a damage character, with her rifle, dynamite, and other weapons. Moreover, she has various abilities aimed to deliver the pain to her opponents. You can look her up on the official Overwatch website.
You can watch the reveal here (thanks to Gamespot for the video):
Rolling around in a metal ball, Blizzard’s Twitter account revealed that the new hero is a hamster. The Twitter account posted a trailer for the hero this morning. It appears they did some teasing leading up to the creature’s reveal too.
You can check out the creature’s trailer by clicking here.
According to Gameinformer, “The hamster is likely Hammond, an escaped test subject from the Horizon Lunar Colony who is also known as Specimen 8.” Based on the reactions from their post–this trailer carries mixed reception among Overwatch fans.
Not much information has been released about the hero or how they will play. Judging from the trailer–we can speculate that Hammond may work like the droids seen in the earlier Star Wars Films–notably the Q-Series Droideka.
We’ll be sure to update you with the latest information on this character if Blizzard shares intel about him.
New Update: New information confirms that the Hamster hero is indeed Hammond who also goes by the name, Wrecking Ball. Check out the character’s trailer here–thanks to Gamespot’s Twitter account for the upload.
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Since Blizzard Entertainment launched Overwatch in May 2016, their first IP since StarCraft, it has reached over 30 million players. That number is outstanding, even for the most popular MMOs like World of Warcraft and other non-subscription multiplayer FPS series such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Titanfall. The popularity of Overwatch is no joke, with companies like Hot Topic and J!NX marketing the brand for clothing lines, thousands of Facebook groups and Discord channels for players to come together, and the incredible cosplays that can be seen at any convention, it is easy to see that it is one of the most loved games of this generation. But is it too soon for a sequel?
Rumors have popped up all over the web after Blizzard set up an employment post that asks for “Knowledge and understanding of the Overwatch universe” as a talent. This certainly does not mean that they are working on a new Overwatch game for sure, it could possibly be an expansion of some sort or more new characters, or even something in the same vein. Considering there is a new World of Warcraft expansion about to be announced, it won’t be related to that because this project isn’t slated to begin until summer.
Job listings often point to anticipated games, especially when they are with popular companies like Bethesda or Rockstar. While the rumor is out there, is there already a need for an Overwatch 2? Blizzard has done a fantastic job of keeping players and drawing in new ones, between the holiday events such as the Halloween event that began yesterday, new skins to unlock, new characters being added occasionally, and the new Overwatch League- is there a demand for a new title? It doesn’t seem so, but perhaps Blizzard is just anticipating the need. They may be expecting a drop in interest or planning to stop adding new content within the next two years or so. But Blizzard is not known for stopping content, look at how long Warcraft has been going and they are still releasing new expansions every few years which brings players back into the fold. We probably won’t see any announcements on this project until E3 at the earliest, more than likely not until 2019.
Blizzard job/internship listing for Summer 2018
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