Super Meat Boy co-creator Tommy Refenes believes the Xbox Series S won’t hold back next-gen games.
The Xbox Series S has been a point of contention for many in the industry since pretty much the moment it was first unveiled, if not before that. The console offers a surprisingly cheap new-generation alternative to prospective buyers, but that cheaper prices comes at the cost of significantly reduced specs as compared to the Xbox Series X. While many have claimed that the console’s lower specs will prove to be detrimental in the long run, especially for multiplatform developers who will have to build all of their games with the low-spec machine in mind, others have insisted that that won’t be the case, and that the console is a very capable machine in and of itself.
Another developer who falls in the latter camp is Tommy Refenes, co-creator of Super Meat Boy and lead designer on its recently released sequel, Super Meat Boy Forever. Speaking recently in an interview with GamingBolt, Refenes said that though the console will suffer from sacrifices in terms of image quality in some areas, having games running at 1440p and 60 FPS (which is what Microsoft have been touting for the machine) is still a good deal, and that by the time the Xbox Series S becomes weak enough to not be able to keep up with the demands of game development, the current console generation will be nearing its end as it is.
“Yeah, I think it will,” said Refenes, when asked if the Xbox Series S will hold up for graphically intensive ninth generation games. “I mean you may have a few less effects, some crustier looking shadows and puddles and stuff but overall having a game run at 1440p at 60FPS is pretty great. It might make a difference in 5-8 years but I imagine by then even the Series X and PS5 will be nearing the end of their life cycle if they haven’t already been upstaged by their respective bigger, better versions.”
Microsoft themselves seem supremely confident in the Xbox Series S and what it will be capable of. The company has insisted that the machine will not hold back new generation games on a technical level, while Xbox boss Phil Spencer has stated that Microsoft expects Xbox Series S to be the more successful Xbox Series model in the long run.
Super Meat Boy Forever is out now for PC and Nintendo Switch, and is also due out for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, and Android. Our full interview with Refenes will be live soon, so stay tuned for that.
‘Outer Wilds’ is coming to Nintendo Switch this summer
Outer Wilds, one of our favorite games for 2019, is heading to Nintendo Switch. In the gaming giant’s latest Direct event, it showed an announcement trailer for the action-adventure game set in space that was previously released for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It didn’t have an exact release date for the title, but it said it will be available for the console this summer.
Developed by Mobius Digital and published by Annapurna Interactive, Outer Wilds puts the player in the shoes of an unnamed space explorer who wakes up on an Earth-like planet, which soon disintegrates after the solar system’s sun goes supernova. The astronaut then wakes up 22 minutes later to go through the same thing again and again and again — the player is stuck in a time loop, and they’re the only one who can prevent the sun from exploding.
While Outer Wilds has an intriguing tale, it’s not just a narrative game with a linear storyline. Players will also be able to freely explore its planets to find intel they can use to prevent the supernova from happening, or just to pass the time. It’s a unique kind of adventure, and we previously said that it was the perfect game for Xbox Game Pass, since it might be a hard sell. Now that it’s been out for quite a while on other platforms, Switch gamers may be more compelled to purchase it.
Here’s the game’s trailer from Nintendo Direct:
Here’s everything Nintendo announced during its 50-minute Direct
An 11th-hour leak may have spoiled some of the fun, but Nintendo still had plenty of surprises to share during its latest Direct. Over a brisk 50 minutes, we got to see the newest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters, a new Mario Golf game and the latest project from Donut Country developer Ben Esposito.
Those were joined by Fall Guys, which is heading to Switch this summer, and Famicom Detective Club, a visual novel that will make its way to the US for the first time later this year. Nintendo, however, saved the best for last, announcing a Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword remaster and Splatoon 3. We’ve condensed all of the company’s latest announcements in the short video you can watch above.
‘Splatoon 3’ brings the battle to the Splatlands in 2022
Splatoon 3 will hit Nintendo Switch in 2022, complete with new environments, weapons, abilities and customization options. Nintendo revealed the game during today’s Direct livestream with an announcement trailer showing off some of the fresh features.
Splatoon 3 takes the color-spewing shooter out of Inkopolis and into the Splatlands, specifically the city of Splatsville. Splatoon 3 marks the return of 4-on-4 Turf War matches, and it introduces new gadgets like the Bow Weapon, which spits out three streams of paint at once. Nintendo promises to reveal more details about the game in the coming year.
‘Neon White’ is a new game for Switch and PC from the guy behind ‘Donut County’
Neon White was a surprise announcement during today’s Nintendo Direct livestream — it’s a stylish first-person platformer and action game about exterminating demons in a fantastical version of Heaven, and it’s heading to Switch and PC this winter. That’s not the most surprising part, though. It’s developed by Ben Esposito, the creator of Donut County, an adorable game that serves as a love letter to Los Angeles, and OK KO! writer Ryann Shannon is working on the words.
Neon White feels like a fresh approach to game development for Esposito, featuring rapid-fire mechanics and a mask-based, anime-inspired style. The protagonist is an assassin from Hell named White, who’s in Heaven on a mission to eradicate a demon infestation and potentially earn a permanent place beyond the Pearly Gates. Players collect Soul Cards to attack enemies and perform powerful moves, and it all plays out from a lightning-fast first-person perspective.
Publisher Annapurna Interactive says Neon White has “a hellishly clever story that proves it’s never too late to ask for forgiveness.” In the same press release, Esposito is quoted as saying, “Neon White is a first-person action platformer inspired by Y2K-era anime and cult-classic character action games. Our goal is to make the sickest game on the demo disc. It’s wild and over the top, and it’s 100 percent earnest. It’s a campy anime speedrunning game made for freaks, by freaks.”
Neon White is available to wishlist on Steam now.
Did you guys see the #NeonWhite trailer on today’s direct? I’m so excited to be writing on this game and can’t wait for you all to fall in love with the cast like I have, particularly with…The Girls… pic.twitter.com/qrWacQWSTY
— ryann shannon (@Cuppatan) February 17, 2021
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