The Quest Log: August 11, 2017

Another week’s over, which means we’re another week closer to fall. This is my favorite time of the year partially because it signals the start of what’s generally gaming’s best season, but I seem to recall having some different feelings towards it when I was a kid. The big releases are already starting to kick off, too, with Hellblade launching this past Tuesday and Sonic Mania due out this week. What are the rest of you guys going to be playing as summer comes to its end? Oh, and let’s take a look back at the news of the week!

,Sonic Mania delayed on PC

Today during one of their regular livestream events, Sega revealed that the upcoming Steam version of Sonic Mania will be delayed from August 15 to August 29. Citing optimization as the primary reason for the delay, it looks like PC gamers will have to wait two more weeks to play the classic-style Sonic game while console players, including those on Switch, will have access to it when it launches this upcoming Tuesday. In order to soften the disappointing news, Sega is giving away free copies of the original Sonic game to users who pre-ordered Sonic Mania through Steam.

That said, Sonic Mania looks like it’s shaping up to be one of the best releases for the series in recent memory, and Sega released the game’s official introduction cinematic on YouTube last evening. The animation–which was created by Tyson Hesse, one of the game’s contributors whom Sega plucked from the Sonic fan development scene–definitely has a Sonic CD ethos to it, which is more than enough to get me pumped to play the game this week.

Warcraft III PTR released along with an all-new patch

Warcraft III is one of the best RTSes of all time and arguably one of the greatest games of all time, too. It’s also 15 years old, which means that even for a Blizzard title, it seems totally unexpected that we’d see an official update for the RTS-RPG hybrid game that dominated many of my high school years’ afternoons. Yet here we are. For the first time ever, Blizzard has made an official public test realm version of the game available to players, on which they can now test the game’s latest patch. The latest update brings a number of balance changes and other fixes and is available right now for those who download the PTR. You can do that here:

No Man’s Sky’s Atlas Rises Update brings some big changes

No Man’s Sky may go down in the annals of history as one of this generation’s most disappointingly overhyped releases, but that hasn’t stopped Hello Games from releasing a ton of new content for the game since it launched a year ago. Update 1.3, the “Atlas Rises Update” is the latest of those. Marking the one-year anniversary of No Man’s Sky’s original launch, the patch hit this past week and brought with it a veritable (space)shipload of new content including an all-new story (30 hours’ worth, according to the game’s official page), new systems and quality of life changes, ships, worlds, economies, space combat, and more. No Man’s Sky is better than it’s ever been right now, so if you’re one of the many disappointed buyers of the game, maybe it’s time to give it a second look.