Welcome to EGM’s Weekly Wrap. Each Friday, we’ll be rounding up the biggest news stories from the past seven days, along with 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
Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara told Nintendo execs the Switch would bomb before it was released, proving you don’t need to be smart to run a multi-billion-dollar company.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds recently hit 1 million concurrent players on Steam, meaning that there’s no reason for any developer to make an original, unmodded game ever again.
Instead of releasing Red Dead Redemption 2 on time, Rockstar Games announced VR and Nintendo Switch versions of L.A. Noire.
The U.S. government practically admitted to committing torture by revealing the games it keeps in Guantanamo Bay‘s library.
Your character’s race in South Park: The Fractured But Whole changes depending on what difficulty level you choose, which is sadly the most perceptive commentary on racial politics we’ve ever seen in a video game.
A marketing VP for Bethesda admitted that there was going to be a new Bethesda game releasing this year, before saying he was “mistaken.” We have to believe him. After all, if there’s anyone you can trust, it’s a marketing executive. Likewise, Bethesda promised that mods will remain free as it continued to charge for mods.
In Other News…
Xbox created a custom console for the Chainsmokers, because obviously that’s more important that developing exclusives.
Citing that it was a “threat to racial unity and harmony,” the Malaysian government temporarily banned access to the Steam Store because of Fight of Gods, a janky fighter in which Jesus beats up Buddha with broken pieces of crucifix.
Final Fantasy XV‘s director revealed that everyone’s least favorite dungeon was designed by a single person, so now you know who to personally hate.
Someone released a game where you play as Sisyphus, and it’s still more fun than The Surge.
The first gameplay trailer for Swery’s new game, The Good Life, is documented proof of what happens when an insane person is allowed to develop a video game on their own.
If you didn’t think that Nintendo fans were obsessive weirdos before, then say hello to someone who is archiving every Miiverse post.
Japan is getting crane games you can play on your smartphone that will ship you the prizes if you win, because apparently pachinko isn’t doing a good enough job at exploiting compulsive gamblers.