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Another Saturday morning, another Weekly News Roundup, where we bring you all of the fun and excitement from the gaming world over the last week.
This week sees the possiblity of a Parasite Eve remake (fingers crossed!), Death Stranding’s release date, and Fallout 76’s Power Armour Edition fail. Let’s jump straight in, shall we?
Square Enix trademarks ‘Parasite Eve’ in Europe
Probably the most exciting news this week – for me at least – was that Square Enix has reportedly trademarked “Parasite Eve” in Europe.
What this means, in an ideal world, is that a remake of one of the first two games – or both! – will be making their way into our lives at some point in the future. The first Parasite Eve game was only released in Japan and North America, so a remake of the original would be doubly sweet.
A sequel wouldn’t make quite as much sense, unless it was a direct sequel to Parasite Eve 2 and ignored the third game entirely; not only did the third instalment, The 3rd Birthday, not do as well as the first two games, it was a PSP exclusive, essentially alienating a lot of players without access to Sony’s handheld system.
Whatever it means, we can expect something Parasite Eve-related in the future.
Death Stranding will be out in June, according to Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada is no stranger to inadvertently leaking games that haven’t even been announced and this time, the outlet seems to have let slip that the highly anticipated game from Kojima Productions, Death Stranding, will ship on June, next year.
The Game Awards are happening on Thursday next week (December 6) and promises a whole load of announcements, as a tweet from Geoff Keighley teases – funnily enough, with a direct mention of Walmart Canada.
Subsequently, Twitter user, Yinob found the Death Stranding listing on the Walmart Canada website and asked them to clarify its meaning, to which Walmart Canada replied that it was indeed the release date.
Hi Yinob. As per the information stated for this item, this is a pre-order that will ship in June.
— Walmart Canada (@WalmartCanada) November 28, 2018
It seems though, that they have since backtracked somewhat, claiming they made a mistake, in a tweet made yesterday afternoon.
Sorry, our mistake. That date is a placeholder, there is no release date for this product.
— Walmart Canada (@WalmartCanada) November 29, 2018
Whether it’s a PR stunt set up between Geoff Keighley and Walmart Canada to tease the release date or whether it’s (yet another) mistake by the Canadian retailer remains to be seen. We only have to wait until next week to find out though.
Fallout 76 Power Armour Edition bag was a disappointment
Fallout 76 had a fairly rough launch week but it doesn’t stop there – fans are now outraged that the Power Armour Edition of the game has fallen short of what was promised.
The Fallout 76: Power Armour Edition was supposed to include – amongst other things – a “canvas West Tex duffel bag.” Players who purchased the special edition were greeted with a flimsy looking nylon bag, rather than the sturdy canvas bag that was advertised.
i made this comparason day 1 of launch that picture on the left was still on the website at the time pic.twitter.com/tRnnOSIFNY
— MrFive2Five (@MrFive2Five) November 21, 2018
Bethesda didn’t help the situation by changing the description for the Power Armour Edition in many places, substituting the word “canvas” for “nylon” and their Customer Service even went to so far as to tell one disgruntled fan “the bag shown in the media was a prototype and was too expensive to make. We aren’t planning on doing anything about it.”
For anyone hoping that @Bethesda was going to do something about the "canvas" bag that came with the @Fallout 76 Power Armor edition. Bad news. @BethesdaSupport @BethesdaStudios #notcanvas #falseadvertising pic.twitter.com/YylasB9Ojp
— krcm0209 (@krcm0209) November 21, 2018
Bethesda has now said it will compensate players by giving them 500 Atoms via a support page that has been set up for the purpose. That doesn’t seem a lot, though it appears that’s all that Bethesda is willing to offer. For now, at least.
You can see the trailer for the Power Armour Edition (above) from the GAME website, which still features the original wording.