The Quest Log: April 14, 2017

Hey Gamers, and happy Friday. The biggest news of the day is certainly that sweet new teaser trailer for Episode 8, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been plenty going on in the world of gaming. Speaking of Star Wars and news…

Battlefront II Trailer Leaks

While the trailer is supposed to hit the internet officially later today, we actually got our first look at the next entry in the storied Star Wars multiplayer shooter series earlier this week when a French version of the trailer found its way onto the web. Fans of the franchise and of the earlier games in the series who may have been disappointed with the last game just might have a renewed reason to look twice at Dice’s efforts here. The trailer shows off a singleplayer campaign in addition to playable heroes from the prequel trilogy and The Force Awakens.

Bayonetta Comes to PC

The (sexy, hairy) witch is back! The original Bayonetta, Platinum Games’ classic stylish action game, has finally come to PC with an official port now available on Steam. The release comes in the wake of a clever April Fool’s Day “joke” that we reported on last week. While it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see a port of the Nintendo-published Bayonetta 2, it’s great that PC gamers are finally getting a chance to play the heavily Devil May Cry inspired series. Platinum Games have since gone on to say that they’d love to bring more of their games to the platform, but that it’s not really up to them.

Nintendo Kills the NES Classic

If you managed to get your hands on one of the uber-popular, diminutive game consoles, count yourself lucky because Nintendo has officially announced the death of the NES Classic Edition. The system, which came pre-packed with 30 classic NES titles, has been wildly successful since it launched last holiday season, and it seems it’s been next to impossible for retailers to keep them in stock. Even still–and for reasons currently unknown–Nintendo is discontinuing it, stating that it “wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product.” Remaining stocks will be shipped to retailers through April, and then that’s it.

Could Nintendo be paving the way for the virtual console’s return on the Switch? Do they just hate money? These are not easy questions to answer.

And in case you were wondering, the Japanese analogue, the Famicon Classic Edition, is also being discontinued, but just temporarily.

The Quest Log: April 4, 2017

Welcome, Gamers, to our first Quest Log of April. Looking for what’s going on in gaming news? You’ve come to the right place.

Destiny 2 DLC Launch Dates Leak

Redditor /u/noblesteeda posted on the Destiny subreddit an image of what appears to be an official dossier from Bungie to GameStop regarding their upcoming launch and post-launch plans for Destiny 2. The document also details what specific cosmetic customizations for Destiny 1 guardians will carry over into the sequel (which is mostly just a confirmation of what we’ve seen before) and a pre-order bonus exclusive to GameStop. More interesting, however, is the language surrounding the optional season pass that Bungie naturally wants to incentivize players to buy. The pass will grant gamers access to the first two planned expansion packs, the first of which is due this winter, with another one due next Spring. If that seems like a relatively short time to release two full-blown expansions packs (it probably is), remember that they did something similar for the original game’s release.

Blizzard Teasing April 11 Event in Overwatch

Yesterday, the official Overwatch Twitter account tweeted out a 20-second video that seems to be teasing… something. Some keen fans noticed what appears to be an Omnic-themed (the Omnics being the sentient AI race in Overwatch lore) skin for Tracer, and a post on Facebook by the game’s lead character artist has only fueled the fires on that hope. The game’s one-year anniversary is just around the corner, so it’d make sense to see some a celebratory seasonal event. But will that event also include Doomfist?

8-bit Bayonetta Launches on Steam, Accompanies Countdown Clock

In what initially looked like an April Fool’s Day prank, Sega have released 8-bit Bayonetta on Steam. The game, which is free to play, sees players battling waves of enemies in just one environment and features sprite-based artwork that is reminiscent of classic action platformers (albeit not actually 8-bit, by the looks of it). It’s a fun diversion, but what’s more interesting to fans of Platinum Games’ stylish shoot-em-up is the countdown clock that appeared on Sega’s official site around the very same time the mini game launched.

BioWare Lays out Plans for Post-launch Andromeda

In an official press release today, Aaryn Flynn, the general manager of BioWare, laid out their plans to support and improve upon Mass Effect: Andromeda post-launch. The hotly anticipated sci-fi RPG has been met with a good deal of controversy, largely stemming around the game’s character animations since it hit shelves just two weeks ago. The first patch, due this Thursday, will allow players to skip ahead when traveling between planets, increase inventory limits, and “improve eye appearance for human and asari characters,” among other changes. Hit up the link below for the full release as well as the patch notes.