So, the latest Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase is all done and dusted, and wasn’t it a cracker?
In case you’re looking for a full recap, we’ve put together a list of all the show’s highlights and plonked them below for you. If you like, you can even rewatch the show itself – ideal if you missed it the first time around.
Ready? Tuck in.
Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase September 2020 – The Presentation
This latest entry in the action-RPG series finds players battling fearsome monsters and reaching new heights. Prepare to be transported to the colorful Kamura Village, a new serene mountain locale where players will experience unique culture and innovative hunting technologies. Using a special insect called a Wirebug, hunters will be able to grapple themselves in any direction, making it possible to scale towering cliffs and structures. All combat areas within each quest are seamlessly connected, allowing for exploration of the vast and vertical landscapes with no loading times.
Currently in development, MONSTER HUNTER STORIES 2: Wings of Ruin puts players in the role of a Monster Rider who befriends iconic monsters from the Monster Hunter series as they embark on epic adventures together. More information about this story-based role-playing game coming to Nintendo Switch in summer 2021 will be revealed in the future.
The little spirit Ori is no stranger to peril, but when a fateful flight puts the owlet Ku in harm’s way, it will take more than bravery to bring a family back together, heal a broken land and discover Ori’s true destiny. From Moon Studios, the creators of the acclaimed action-platformer Ori and the Blind Forest, comes a new adventure in a vast, vibrant world filled with new friends and foes that come to life in stunning, hand-painted artwork. Set to a fully orchestrated original score, Ori and the Will of the Wisps continues the Moon Studios tradition of tightly crafted platforming action and deeply emotional storytelling.
The sequel to Fitness Boxing has entered the ring! Grab the Joy-Con controllers, select the music and courses, and get to a variety of boxing exercises! Players can pick any one of nine instructors, each with their own distinctive personality, with three making their debut in the game: Karen, Janice and Hiro. As players continue exercising, their bond with the instructors will grow. Players can even customize their outfits, providing more variety to their workouts. Several features are included in this instalment, including a two-player mode, an alarm function and the ability to remove certain boxing actions. Save data can even be carried over from the first Fitness Boxing game!
As a result of Super Reincarnation, the boastful zombie Zed gets stronger the more he dies! By reincarnating their way through a variety of worlds, players will face off against the strongest God of Destruction. Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny marks the first time the series uses 3D models, with vibrant characters full of personality and the return of the series’ over-the-top battle system. Get ready for an experience that defies common sense, genre and destiny when Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny comes exclusively to Nintendo Switch in summer 2021.
Defy the god of the dead in this Greek mythology-inspired dungeon crawler. Thousands of story events and ability combinations ensure a unique experience each time players hack and slash their way out of the Underworld, wielding the powers and mythical weapons of Olympus to aid in their escape.
In this new strategy game, players enter the criminal underworld of Prohibition-era Chicago in the 1920s. It’s up to players to hustle, charm and intimidate their way to the top of the pile and do whatever it takes to stay there. Empire of Sin launches for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 1 and is available for pre-order starting today.
Across the largest and most diverse world ever seen in a Sniper Elite game, players can look forward to the series-defining ballistics, tense stealth and third-person action. Sniper Elite 4 launches for Nintendo Switch this holiday season.
The fairway is open in PGA TOUR 2K21! Play against the in-game pros on visually stunning real-life courses, hit the links with friends locally and online, or run full seasons and tournaments with Online Societies. Design and share the ultimate golf course using tons of custom options with the Course Designer. The digital version of PGA TOUR 2K21 is now available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, with the physical version of the game launching on Sept. 25.
In this exploration-survival game, players are on their own as they journey through a frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. A chilling narrative awaits players in the WINTERMUTE Story Mode, or they can choose to enjoy hours of permadeath gameplay in Survival Mode.
As Leo and Emma, players will don costumes to wield a variety of abilities. A costume with a gear ability, for example, lets players rotate gears to open doors or access new paths. There are more than 80 costumes to find, with the ability to carry up to three at once. Change between costumes to collect crystals and Statues scattered throughout stages. A two-player mode is also available! By combining costume abilities with friends, players may be able to reach new locations. BALAN WONDERWORLD will make its grand entrance on Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2021.
Build a new life amidst a grand adventure in this heartwarming RPG. As a young man or woman with no memories, players will get a fresh start in the rural town of Rigbarth as a peacekeeping ranger. In addition to protecting the town, players’ day-to-day lives will include harvesting crops, fishing in the river and participating in local festivals. They may even find a special someone to start dating, fall in love with … and get married to! A new battle system allows players to perform combo attacks with allies to take down monsters. Begin life anew in a fantasy world when Rune Factory 5 launches on Nintendo Switch in 2021.
Which announcements were your favourites? Any games mentioned here that you’re looking forward to playing? Feel free to share your thoughts on the show in the comments.
Cyberpunk 2077 release delayed to December 10th – MobileSyrup
Cyberpunk 2077 has once again been delayed, this time by 21 days to December 10th, 2020.
CD Projekt Red, the game’s developer, made the announcement in a recent tweet, stating that the delay relates to the challenges of releasing a title of this scale across nine video game platforms, including the next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to the Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 5, PC and Stadia.
“We’re aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says that 21 days can make any difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do,” writes CD Projekt Red co-founders Adam Badowski and Marcin Iwinski in the tweeted statement.
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— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) October 27, 2020
What’s unusual about this situation is Cyberpunk 2077 went “gold” a few weeks ago, indicating that it had reached the end of its development cycle. In the statement, Badowski and Iwinski say this often isn’t the end of modern video game development.
“On the contrary, this is the time where many improvements are being made which will then be distributed via a Day 0 patch. This is the time period we undercalculated,” said Badowski and Iwinski.
It’s likely that after going gold, CD Projekt Red ran into more development issues than it initially expected regarding Cyberpunk’s day one patch.
Cyberpunk 2077 was originally set to release on April 16th before being moved to September 17th and then November 19th. The game will now release on December 10th following this latest delay.
It’s worth noting that December 10th is the same day of The Game Awards, Canadian producer Geoff Keighley’s annual video game show honouring the industry while revealing new trailers for upcoming games. By releasing on that date, Cyberpunk 2077 is missing the deadline to eligible to win any awards at this year’s show, so it will instead get the chance to be recognized in 2021.
CD Projekt Red is best known for developing The Witcher series, including 2015’s critically acclaimed open-world RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Cyberpunk 2077 is the next massive RPG from the Polish developer.
Cyberpunk 2077 delayed again to December – Polygon
Cyberpunk 2077, the highly anticipated new role-playing game from the team behind The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, has been delayed again. It will now be released on Dec. 10, three weeks later than anticipated. The announcement was made Tuesday in a message from CD Projekt Red’s Adam Badowski and Marcin Iwinski on Twitter.
“Most likely, there are many emotions and questions in your heads,” they said in the announcement, “so, first and foremost, please accept our humble apologies.”
The team cited the complexity of creating and testing what amounts to nine different versions of the game ahead of its launch. The game will be compatible with current-generation consoles as well as the next generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It is also coming to Google’s Stadia cloud gaming platform.
“The biggest challenge for us right now is shipping the game on current-gen, next-gen, and PC at the same time, which requires us to prepare and test 9 versions of it […] while working from home,” Badowski and Iwinski said. “Since Cyberpunk 2077 evolved towards almost being a next-gen title somewhere along the way, we need to make sure everything works well and every version runs smoothly. We’re aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says that 21 days can make any difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do.”
“Some of you might also be wondering what these words mean in light of us saying we achieved gold master some time ago,” the pair continued. “Passing certification, or ‘going gold’, means the game is ready, can be completed, and has all content in it. But it doesn’t mean we stop working on it and raising the quality bar. On the contrary, this is the time where many improvements are being made which will then be distributed via a Day 0 patch. This is the time period we undercalculated.”
Cyberpunk 2077 was initially scheduled to release on April 16, 2020. In fact, the original release date was baked into an early trailer for the game as an Easter egg along with copies of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. In January, the game saw its first delay which pushed the release out until Sept. 17. Around the same time, executives announced to the company’s investors that it would require a lengthy period of crunch — requiring employees to work long hours — in order to be completed on time. Later, in June, it was delayed once more until Nov. 19.
Apple Researching Stronger Displays for Foldable Devices to Resist Cracking – MacRumors
A newly-published patent filing has revealed that Apple is developing a protective layer to resist cracking on foldable displays, as well as improve scratch resistance and durability (via Patently Apple).
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filing, titled “Hybrid coverlay/window structure for flexible display applications,” outlines how curved, flexible, or foldable display modules could use a protective hardcoat layer to circumvent cracking. Apple appears to be seeking to remedy display cracking issues that have afflicted some Samsung devices.
The patent notes that “typically, glass fracture initiates from the presence of micro-cracks.” Apple’s hardcoat layer would fill pre-existing micro-cracks and therefore make it harder for a serious crack to develop.
The additional protective layer would be placed directly on top of the display. It would be “engineered to have a sufficiently high hardness and tensile strength to function as an exterior protective coating for the electronic device… Thus, the hardcoat layer is sufficiently durable for high puncture and scratch resistance.”
Images attached to the patent included simple illustrations of foldable devices, with both inwardly and outwardly-foldable displays.
Although a foldable device from Apple does not seem to be on the horizon any time soon, the company has been heavily researching and developing the technology. In September, Apple reportedly ordered a “large number” of Samsung foldable display samples.
In 2019, Apple strengthened the glass on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, and this year with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, the company introduced Ceramic Shield. Ceramic Shield is a strengthened glass that reportedly improves drop performance by up to four times.
The patent therefore seems to show the intersection between Apple’s separate research on glass durability and foldable displays.
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