Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for May 25th, 2020. I’m not going to lie, friends: this week is a bit of a wild one. There are so many games hitting at the end of the week that I’m actually a bit scared of all the work I’ve got ahead of me. Oh well, that sounds like a problem for Shaun of the Future. Shaun of the Present doesn’t have any new games to look at, but there’s some cool news to dig into. We’ve also got a bunch of sales to check out that popped up over the weekend. Let’s have a gander!
‘Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid’ Season 3 Announced
Everyone loves a good comeback story, and that’s pretty much what has happened with Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid. A game that launched in a rather rough and threadbare state has, over time, become the Marvel vs Capcom-style fighter no one else seems willing to give us these days. People seem to be picking up on the game, and it seems that success is helping it grow further. The Season 3 DLC contents have been announced, and you can once again look forward to three new characters and a new character skin. Robert “RJ” James, the Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger, and Lauren Shiba, the Red Samurai Ranger, represent the forces of good. The third character is yet to be announced, but the silhouette seems to point to Scorpina. The new skin is the Phantom Beast King skin for Dai Shi, and there’s a new Ultra in the form of the Samurai Megazord. The first character will arrive in late June, with the remainder rolling out over the next several months. Morphinomenonal!
‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Mystery Gifts Offer Galarian Pokemon
Pokemon Sword and Shield may have had a mixed response from fans in the lead-up to its release, but that didn’t stop it from selling like wild. With the expansion content on the horizon, many players will have a reason to pick this game up again soon enough. But if you pick it up again now, you’ll be able to claim some free Mystery Gifts that Nintendo is distributing over the next few weeks. From now until May 27th, Galarian Mr. Mime is available along with an Item Pack. From the 28th to June 3rd, Galarian Ponyta will be available with another pack of items. From June 4th to the 10th, Galarian Corsola is the Pokemon pick-up, complete with some useful evolution items. Finally, from June 11th to the 17th, Galarian Meowth arrives toting some Big Nuggets and Exp. Candies with him. To get these Pokemon, just start up the game during the appropriate period and choose Get a Mystery Gift from the menu. Then pick Get via Internet and you’ll be all set. You don’t even need a Switch Online subscription!
‘Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’ Update Finally Hits Switch
The big update for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night that hit other platforms a couple of weeks ago is now available on the Nintendo Switch. This update features two major content additions. Zangetsu is now a playable character for those who have completed the game and reached the good ending. Zangetsu can’t use shards, instead relying on his sword techniques to defeat his foes. The second piece of content is the Randomizer mode, which allows you to adjust eight different parameters to create new experiences. This update is free for all players.
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Lots of new sales, though it’s filled with many of the usual weekend faces. We’ve got a new low price for Roundguard, if you’d rather own it than “borrow” it via Apple Arcade. I’d also recommend Feudal Alloy, a flawed but fun exploratory platformer, and Hyper Sentinel, a cool follow-up to microcomputer classic Uridium. The outbox sees sales from Bandai Namco, SEGA, and Ubisoft coming to an end. It’s likely all three will be running discounts again before too long, but if you want to play them now, do the thing you need to do.
Select New Games on Sale
Roundguard($13.99 from $19.99 until 5/30) Hyper Sentinel ($0.15 from $7.99 until 5/29) ‘n Verlore Verstand ($6.29 from $13.99 until 6/13) Tyd wag vir Niemand ($5.99 from $9.99 until 6/13) Silk($5.19 from $12.99 until 5/31) Portal Dogs($2.49 from $4.99 until 5/31) Deployment($0.99 from $9.99 until 5/30) Clue($14.99 from $29.99 until 5/30) Battleship($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/30) Doom & Destiny($8.39 from $11.99 until 6/10) Miner Warfare ($5.59 from $7.99 until 6/10) Yet Another Zombie Defense HD ($0.99 from $4.99 until 6/1) Tiny Gladiators ($1.49 from $14.99 until 6/11) Clumsy Rush ($1.24 from $4.99 until 5/30) Black the Fall ($4.49 from $14.99 until 6/6)
Neonwall($2.49 from $9.99 until 6/11) Snake vs Snake ($3.59 from $3.99 until 6/11) Feudal Alloy ($3.39 from $16.99 until 6/11) V.O.I.D.($0.99 from $3.99 until 6/11) Crypt of the Serpent King($0.99 from $2.99 until 6/11) A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher ($0.09 from $9.99 until 5/29) Dead Dungeon ($0.49 from $4.99 until 6/1) Quest Hunter ($9.99 from $19.99 until 6/1) Super Jumpy Ball ($4.49 from $4.99 until 6/11) Ellen($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/11) Regions of Ruin ($6.99 from $9.99 until 6/11) Spartan Fist ($10.49 from $14.99 until 6/11) LocO-SportS ($3.95 from $5.99 until 6/11) Concept Destruction ($3.99 from $4.99 until 6/7) Warborn($19.99 from $24.99 until 6/12)
Breathing Fear ($1.98 from $4.99 until 6/1) The Way Remastered ($0.99 from $14.99 until 6/12) VSR: Void Space Racing ($0.39 from $4.99 until 6/12) Earthworms($0.39 from $7.99 until 6/12) 911 Operator ($3.74 from $14.99 until 6/12) 911 Operator Deluxe ($15.39 from $21.99 until 6/12) Event Horizon ($1.19 from $5.99 until 6/1) Astro Bears($0.99 from $6.99 until 6/12) Swaps and Traps($0.49 from $8.99 until 6/8) Ice Age: Scrat’s Adventure ($27.99 from $39.99 until 5/30) One Person Story ($0.99 from $2.99 until 6/1) Jumanji: The Video Game ($27.99 from $39.99 until 5/30) Groove Coaster Wai Wai Party!!!! ($47.99 from $59.99 until 6/1) Mars Power Industries ($0.99 from $3.99 until 6/12) Farabel($0.99 from $9.99 until 6/2) BE-A Walker($4.99 from $9.99 until 6/12) Swordbreaker the Game ($1.99 from $4.99 until 6/1) Gigantosaurus The Game ($29.99 from $39.99 until 5/30)
Sales Ending Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26th
At Sundown: Shots in the Dark ($1.99 from $19.99 until 5/26) Bear With Me: The Lost Robots ($2.49 from $4.99 until 5/26) Beast Quest ($11.99 from $29.99 until 5/26) Deer Drive Legends ($5.99 from $19.99 until 5/26) Degrees of Separation ($1.99 from $19.99 until 5/26) Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth ($29.99 from $49.99 until 5/26) Dragon Ball FighterZ ($14.99 from $59.99 until 5/26) Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 ($9.99 from $49.99 until 5/26) Flowlines VS ($0.04 from $4.99 until 5/26) God Eater 3($29.99 from $59.99 until 5/26) Jeopardy! ($7.99 from $19.99 until 5/26) Just Dance 2020 ($19.99 from $39.99 until 5/26) Ludomania($0.40 from $4.00 until 5/26) Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics ($39.99 from $59.99 until 5/26) Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle ($14.99 from $59.99 until 5/26)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold($19.99 from $79.99 until 5/26) Monopoly($9.99 from $39.99 until 5/26) My Hero One’s Justice($19.79 from $59.99 until 5/26) My Hero One’s Justice 2($39.59 from $59.99 until 5/26) Naruto: Ninja Storm Trilogy ($19.99 from $39.99 until 5/26) Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm ($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/26) Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/26) Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 ($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/26) Ni no Kuni($29.99 from $49.99 until 5/26) Ninjin: Clash of Carrots ($1.99 from $9.99 until 5/26) One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 ($9.99 from $39.99 until 5/26) One Piece: Unlimited World Red ($11.99 from $39.99 until 5/26) Override: Mech City Brawl ($23.99 from $39.99 until 5/26) Risk Global Domination ($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/26) SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog ($5.99 from $7.99 until 5/26)
SEGA AGES Sonic the Hedgehog 2($5.99 from $7.99 until 5/26) Sonic Forces ($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/26) Sonic Mania ($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/26) Super Dragon Ball Heroes($17.99 from $59.99 until 5/26) Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet ($19.79 from $59.99 until 5/26) Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization ($19.99 from $49.99 until 5/26) Tales of Vesperia: Definitive ($19.99 from $49.99 until 5/26) Team Sonic Racing($19.99 from $39.99 until 5/26) Trine 4: Nightmare Prince ($11.99 from $29.99 until 5/26) Trine: Ultimate Collection($19.99 from $49.99 until 5/26) Trivial Pursuit Live!($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/26) Troll and I($2.99 from $29.99 until 5/26) UNO($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/26) Wheel of Fortune ($7.99 from $19.99 until 5/26)
That’s it for today, friends. Tomorrow has at least one big release on the schedule, and I should also have at least one review ready to go. I hope you all have an excellent Monday, and as always, thanks for reading!
Tencent is determined to have more of an impact on gaming outside of China, and not just by pouring money into existing studios. Reutersreports that Tencent Holdings has created a new California studio, LightSpeed LA, that will develop and publish “AAA” (read: blockbuster) titles. The team will be led by former Rockstar Games studio manager Steve Martin and will have alumni from both Rockstar as well as 2K Games, Insomniac and Sony.
The Grand Theft Auto veteran didn’t outline what LightSpeed would work on, but joined the wave of companies hoping to end crunch time with promises of a “stress-free work environment.”
There’s not much mystery behind the strategy. Tencent want half its gaming revenue to come from beyond China, and that means developing games suited to wider audiences like its upcoming Pokémon Unite battler. The new studio won’t end concerns that Tencent is becoming a dominant force in gaming outside of China (it owns Riot Games and has a minority stake in Epic Games), but it could show what the tech giant is capable of with a US team made from scratch.
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We’re past the halfway mark in 2020 and we’ve already seen some great VR games release this year. But what else is coming between now and the end of the year? Let’s take a look at upcoming VR games for the rest of 2020.
Some recent announcements have elevated what was looking like a rather quiet H2 2020 to an exciting few months. We’ll be taking off in X-Wings and making Dreams come true.
At long last, Media Molecule’s fantastic creation tool is ready to add VR support. Dreams is essentially a development engine unto itself, letting players make their own games and share them online. The brief tease we’ve seen of VR support so far is hugely exciting. This will arrive as a free update to owners of the base game.
The much-anticipated Oculus Quest port of Onward is very nearly here. The ever-popular military simulation shooter makes its way to the standalone headset with all the same features including, multiplayer, single-player and cooperative modes as well as, crucially, cross-play with PC VR players. If this port is up to snuff, expect Onward on Quest to be one of the biggest upcoming VR games for 2020.
Solaris: Offworld Combat (Rift, Quest) – August (PSVR in 2020)
The makers of Firewall: Zero Hour return with a new multiplayer VR shooter that trades Rainbow Six for Unreal Tournament. Solaris offers 4 v 4 battles in which players sprint and slide across maps, picking up new weapons and finding the high ground. Given the developer’s past experience, we’re hoping for a top-quality VR shooter here.
Star Wars: Squadrons (PSVR, PC VR) – October 2nd
We’ve been lucky enough to have lived out several Star Wars dreams in VR already, but Star Wars: Squadrons seems to have struck a particular chord with the fanbase. The chance to jump into the cockpit of an X-Wing or TIE Fighter in VR makes us a little weak at the knees. Fortunately, we’ll be seated for its online multiplayer battles and single-player campaign, though. This is probably the most anticipated of the upcoming VR games in 2020.
Medal of Honor: Above And Beyond (Rift) – 2020
Respawn Entertainment is one of the game’s industry’s best developers, which gives you more than enough reason to be excited for Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. Add in that this Oculus exclusive sees the developer return to a series it helped established as Infinity Ward, plus the promise of an expansive campaign and multiplayer support, and you have one of the most promising games of 2020.
Lone Echo 2 (Rift) – 2020
Lone Echo’s sequel has been a long time coming, but we’re hoping it finally enters orbit in the second half of this year. It’s high time we checked in on Liv and Jack after the first space odyssey’s dramatic cliffhanger and, now that Ready at Dawn is owned by Facebook itself, we wouldn’t expect this Oculus exclusive to hold back.
The Walking Dead: Onslaught (PSVR, PC VR) – 2020
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners may have stolen hearts and minds on PC VR and PSVR platforms already, but we’re just as excited for VR veteran Survios’ take on the zombie franchise. Aimed at the TV show instead of the comics, Onslaught delivers a full campaign with iconic characters including none other than Darryl Dixon, voiced by Norman Reedus himself. Definitely keep this on your radar for upcoming VR games 2020.
Blankos Block Party is a colorful and intriguing-looking MMO party game of sorts that features a unique setup. The premise is that this game takes place in a world where vinyl toys come to life and have their own lives when humans aren’t looking.
As part of GameSpot’s gaming celebration Play For All, we caught up with Mythical Games chief creative officer Jamie Jackson who told us all about this imaginative project. In the video, Jackson talks about numerous aspects of the game, including its robust-looking level-editor that allows players to create basically anything they can imagine.
Basically, Blankos Block Party seems to combine the free-flowing gameplay of titles like Fortnite and Roblox with the aesthetic charm of a Funko Pop vinyl toy come to life. A beta test for the game launches later this year, so keep checking back with GameSpot for more!