What awards season? TV and movies are all well and good, but what about the games? Not to worry, gamers can still sift through the golden statues to find some things they care about today (and ahead of tonight's Game Awards). Nintendo had a big day, with two of its more famous and beloved franchises hitting the news, PUBG got a A-list trailer, while elsewhere in the video game world things took a decidedly more dour turn.
First, the much anticipated Super Smash Bros. Ultimate saw its first reviews hit the internet, with the Nintendo Switch game earning universal acclaim.
Kotaku called the completely stuffed sequel “the very best of the Smash Bros. series,” while Polygon awarded the game its coveted “Polygon Recommends badge.” Many critics, including IGN (which rated the game a 9.4/10), were impressed by the sheer amount of content in the game, from its multitude of Nintendo favorite characters, its multiple modes, and depth of play. The party brawler allows players to choose from 76 fighters and has more on the way — making sure that “Ultimate” isn’t just a name, but a description of the game’s place in the Super Smash Bros. canon.
Next up is another Nintendo Switch game... or, potentially, games. Metroid Prime, the first-person series in the Samus-led franchise, may be seeing a trilogy release on the Switch. As reported by Variety, there are rumors that the three-game series — Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption — could be announced as a remastered set for the Switch next year.
That rumor was started when Swedish retailer Inet posted a page to sell said version, noting that it was announced at “The Game Awards” for a February 2019 release. The Game Awards happen tonight, of course (Dec. 6), so knowing the veracity of this rumor will be easy soon enough. If it is true, the game’s port will likely feature better graphics than the Wii games.
Breaking from the Nintendo train, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (or PUBG) got a trailer today from Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The trailer celebrates the battle royale game’s release on the PS4, which will happen on Dec. 7. The flashy trailer shows off a little of the early landing gameplay panic, told through actors Jason Mitchell and Nick Robinson.
Check it out:
Yep, that pan-slapping, adrenaline-pumping gameplay is straight out of PUBG. And that beautiful look? Straight out of Vogt-Roberts’ nostalgia-toned ‘70s flair.
For some weirder news, Starbreeze — the Swedish studio behind Overkill’s The Walking Dead and the Payday franchise — had its offices raided, with one arrest made. According to Variety, the company was being investigated by the Swedish Economic Crime Authority for insider trading, which led to the raid.
Said raid resulted in the seizure of a computer and the arrest of one suspect... after the finance manager and CEO sold all their stock in the company last month before ditching Starbreeze for good. Since then, the company’s value has plummeted and their game offerings have tanked. While the company recently filed for reconstruction, which would see the resignation of two board members, there was enough fishiness afoot beforehand to make the company’s financial dealings subject to intense scrutiny.