In our continuing series on the week in video games, we’ve got some fun stuff for you. We have the list of games included with the upcoming release of PlayStation Classic, a video for the LEGO Harry Potter Collection, some sad news about the death of a video game namesake and more! Check out the hottest video game news for the week ending November 3. Don’t forget that BlizzCon is going on this weekend, and you can watch it live with a virtual ticket. Click here for details.
The PlayStation Classic released the names of the games that are coming pre-loaded with the system this week. Sadly, there is no Tomb Raider on there or a number of other games. Still, when the system is released on December 3, 2018, we’re getting quite a lot. The games include Battle Arena Toshiden, Cool Boarders 2, Destruction Derby, Final Fantasy VII, Grand Theft Auto, Intelligent Qube, Jumping Flash, Metal Gear Solid, Mr Driller, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Rayman, Resident Evil Director’s Cut, Revelations: Persona, Ridge Racer Type 4, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Syphon Filter, Tekken 3, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, Twisted Metal, and Wild Arms. Some of these are big ones, but others seem to be odd choices. We’re curious about which ones you’re looking forward to.
The LEGO Harry Potter Collection launch trailer was released by Warner Bros. Games and it gives us a look at the collection which includes LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 as well as two DLC packs including a character pack with Godric Gryffindor, Harry from the Yule Ball, Helga Hufflepuff, Lockhart in his straightjacket, Luna with her Lion Head from the Quidditch game, Peeves, Hermione from the Yule Ball, Ron Weasley as a Goal, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin. The game will be released for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Netflix gave us our first look at Henry Cavill in the upcoming live adaptation of the video game The Witcher. He’s playing the lead character of Geralt, and he’s getting some great buzz. In addition, they announced more casting for The Witcher, including Eamon Farrer as Cahir, Joey Batey as Jaskier the bard, Lars Mikkelsen as Stregbor the Kovirian, and Anna Shaffer as Triss. What do you think of Cavill as Geralt? He looks pretty lovely, no?
This week we also got a look at the upcoming mobile game Skylanders Ring of Heroes, which takes the game that brought you real-life toys you could hold that appear in the game you’re playing. Com2uS revealed the trailer which you can watch below, and global registration is already open. We’ll see characters like Spyro (who’s remastered games are being released this month with Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and of course, the chompys.
There is some sad news in the gaming world this week. We learned on Thursday that Mario Segale, real estate developer and the man for whom Nintendo’s Mario was named passed away this week in Washington at the age of 84. Segale rented a warehouse of Nintendo of America back in 1981. As you may be aware, the original name for Mario was Jumpman, but they wanted to have real names for the characters in Donkey Kong and Mario got the gig.
Finally, here is some big news. Pokémon fans better sit down for this bit of news. Pokémon director Junichi Masuda might be stepping down from the company. Masuda has been the director at Game Freak since the company began, and he’s been directing and producing ever since. He spoke in an interview with pokemon.com and talked about how it’s important to get a younger generation into gaming. Maybe, but what he’s done so far has entrapped (see what we did there) so very many fans. Have you been playing Pokémon Go again? Are you excited for Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee? They’re coming out on November 16. They’re probably going to be his last titles, so enjoy. Junichi Masuda, if you leave us, you will be missed. You know someone is drawing a very sad Pikachu right now to say goodbye.
So, what game news was the biggest for you this week? What did you think of the first look at Netflix’s The Witcher? What are you playing this weekend? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @SYFYFangrrls!