Welcome to EGM’s weekly wrap up. Each Friday, we’ll be rounding up the week’s biggest news stories and some of the smaller but still interesting developments that may have flown under the radar, all in one convenient place for you, our dear readers. Be sure to check back in the weeks to come, and feel free to leave a comment letting us know what you like and dislike about the format as we fine-tune this new feature.
This Week’s Top Stories
Pokémon Go Fest, an anniversary celebration for the augmented reality game held in Chicago’s Grant Park, devolved into an utter disaster because there were too many people and not enough cell phone towers, leading Niantic to refund the $20 ticket price for all attendees. The real story here, however, is that thousands of people were willing to pay $20 to go to an event celebrating an app.
During an investor call, EA’s CEO revealed that the next Battlefield game is coming out in 2018, the same year that DICE will finally figure out how to get Battlefield 1‘s Operations mode to actually work properly.
A leak involving a mo-cap actor’s online résumé made everyone think that Grand Theft Auto VI was in production, until it turned out to be an elaborate hoax. We can’t believe Grand Theft Auto fans would do something like that. They’re usually so reasonable.
Sony increased the prices for PlayStation Plus subscriptions in Europe due to “market conditions,” which basically means that the euro is now as worthless as the dollar. Suck on that, euro!
Walmart cancelled all pre-orders for the Super Nintendo Classic Edition because a “technical glitch” caused the highly anticipated mini-console to go on pre-sale before its official date. Sure, Walmart. Whatever you say. We’re sure you didn’t get busted for breaking Nintendo’s antitrust clauses or anything.
Overwatch‘s newest character, Doomfist, is now live across all platforms and ready to punch his way into your heart.
Just a month ahead of its release, Madden NFL 18 finally revealed new gameplay mechanics that could truly and drastically change the way you play annual football sim. Unfortunately, despite Tom Brady gracing the cover, a “deflate the ball” mechanic has yet to be announced.
In Other News…
Splatoon 2 had a huge first week in Japan, selling over 670,000 copies. Even more impressive is that only 1.2 million people in Japan own a Nintendo Switch, meaning over half of people who own the console bought the game. We suppose you could say it… made a splash. (Sorry.)
Adobe announced it’s ending its support and distribution of Flash in 2020. The future is finally here.
Penguin Wars, a one-on-one multiplayer game for the NES in which animals throw a bunch of purple balls at each other, is getting a remake on the Nintendo Switch, proving that Nintendo truly is serious about competitive esports gaming.
A video featuring a grown man screaming bloody murder at the sight of a two-year-old girl while playing Outlast 2 is now the most-viewed clip on Twitch.
Deep Silver released a “sex tape” featuring characters from Agents of Mayhem. It just goes to show that you can take the publisher out of Saints Row, but you can’t take Saints Row out of the publisher.
A fan made an insanely detailed cosplay of D.Va’s mech suit, as if we weren’t already convinced that Overwatch players were the most obsessive fans on the planet.
Two years later, Konami has given us a reason to re-download Metal Gear Solid V by making Revolver Ocelot a playable character during FOB missions.
Foxhole, an isometric MMO shooter in which matches can last literally for days, went live on Steam Early Access. And we thought Battlegrounds matches were long and stressful.