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
Shenmue III debuted its first trailer without facial animations, reflecting the feeling of completely emptiness the Shenmue III trailer instilled in all of us.
Disney revealed a Pokemon Go-like promotional app for The Last Jedi. The Force is strong with this one. Wait, did we say “the Force?” We meant “marketing potential.”
Mercy and D.Va both received patches on Overwatch‘s PTR, but Mercy’s buffs were so insane that she’s already getting nerfed. Don’t worry: Blizzard will successfully balance the game one of these days. We think.
House Republicans embarrassed themselves by failing at making a connection between The Legend of Zelda and tax reform. I don’t think that one needs any additional snark.
Gamescom 2017 kept up the tradition of announcing games that look awesome but aren’t awesome enough for E3, like BioMutant, Age of Empires IV, and most importantly Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection.
Microsoft released a list of 118 games that are being enhanced for Xbox One X, which is way better than having any significant exclusives to launch alongside a new console, right, guys?
In a surprise move, Call of Duty: WWII‘s private multiplayer beta went live ahead of schedule—during the same week as Germany’s Gamescom 2017. Coincidence or blitzkrieg? You decide.
Rocket League is getting exclusive Nintendo-themed cars on Switch, forcing Rocket League obsessives everywhere to buy the game for a fourth time.
The next batch of Injustice 2 DLC fighters was revealed, including two characters we already knew about and one character we had no idea was even on the table: Hellboy.
Battlefield 1 got a bunch of new announcements, including a five-on-five competitive mode that has nothing in common with Battlefield and a new edition that basically screws over early adopters. Additionally, DICE announced its new game, DICE Comes Over to Your House and Kicks You Right in the Crotch. Not the catchiest title, but sounds interesting from a gameplay standpoint.
In Other News…
Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back gets a release date of October 31st, a few days after Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Super Mario Odyssey. Apparently even the publisher hates Bubsy.
Brink goes free-to-play after six years in a bid to capture the important demographic of “people who can’t afford LawBreakers.”
Nintendo Switch is getting a few more games that are several years old when Telltale releases the first seasons of its Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman series on the hybrid console.
THQ Nordic is rebooting Black Mirror and hoping to trick players into buying the game because they think it’s an adaptation of the popular Netflix series.
Someone is remaking Diablo II in StarCraft II, because we don’t already have enough new games to play, let alone games that are almost twenty years old.
Swery released a trailer for his new game, The Good Life, which is apparently based on Trapper Keeper illustrations, YouTube videos of cats, and, of course, Twin Peaks.
You can now play Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty on the Nvidia Shield, which is apparently a thing.
Donut County finally gets a proper reveal trailer, ironically filling a hole-shaped hole in our hearts.
KFC is using a virtual reality game to train new employees, and and it’s finger-lickin’ terrifying.