The Quest Log: June 2, 2017

The weekend is here again, Gamers! Oh, and we’re officially in June. The first show of pre-E3 kicks off a week from tomorrow, which means that it’s the calm before the storm. Even still, Nintendo made certain we’d have something to report to you today on the Quest Log. Check it out:

At Last, Nintendo Details Online Service

Nintendo’s finally explained what gamers can expect from their upcoming online service for the Switch when it launches next year. The cost is a surprising $20/year (or $4/month) and will grant players access to online multiplayer. Social interactions, such as chat and syncing up with friends, will be handled via a “smart device app” that will connect to your Switch. While it’s still not official how that will work, exactly, it doesn’t exactly look elegant.

What appears to be the most exciting aspect of the service, however, and potentially a game-changer for Nintendo is that it looks like subscribers will now be granted access to a Netflix-style library of classic titles. Quoting the site: “Subscribers will get to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Baloon Fight, and Dr. Mario.” When Kotaku reached out to Nintendo for clarification, they went on to explain that NES titles would come first but that SNES titles would up for future consideration.

Nintendo Switch Online will officially launch sometime in 2018. In the meantime, Switch owners will be able to continue playing online for free.

http://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/

Fallout 3, New Vegas, and Oblivion Go DRM-free on GOG

Three of Bethesda’s classic, sprawling open-world RPGs have been added to the catalog at GOG.com, where they join the older The Elder Scrolls and Fallout titles. New product releases on digital retailers don’t typically count as game news for the Quest Log, but there’s an interesting twist on this one. As with all GOG’s games, these three new additions are DRM-free, which means that the Steam and Windows LIVE digital rights management checks have been patched out, presumably by GOG themselves.

Microsoft’s late DRM and PC gaming service was shut down a number of years ago, creating complications for games who relied on the service to check for authenticity. An official patch for Fallout 3 relegated the problem to a minor inconvenience, but it’s nice to see that after all these years, gamers can now pick up a copy of the game that just, simply works (as well as Bethesda games ever work).

https://www.gog.com/

The Quest Log: April 18, 2017

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The Switch is Nintendo’s Fastest-selling Console in History

TIME is reporting that “according to retail tracker NPD Group,” the Nintendo Switch has already sold 906,000 units, making it the fastest-selling system in Nintendo’s history. Given the phenomenon that was the Nintendo Wii, I’m a little personally surprised to hear this, although I’d venture a guess that short supplies of that console during its first few months on the shelves are to blame. TIME goes on to explain that while the Switch still lags behind Sony’s PS4, which holds the title as the fastest-selling console of all time, the fact Sony’s current gen system launched in the holidays might have something to do with that.

It probably goes without saying, but much of the credit for the Switch’s early success is being lauded upon The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The critically acclaimed latest entry in the widely beloved series has sold over 1.3 million copies, including 925,000 units on the Switch. And no, that’s not a typo. TIME says, “(Nintendo) reasons this is because some bought the limited edition, and a second copy to play.”

http://time.com/4739562/nintendo-switch-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-launch-sales/

Microsoft Unveils Self-service Refund Program

An Xbox Insider member took to NeoGaf to share an exciting new feature Microsoft is bringing to Xbox and Windows 10: self-service refunds for digital game purchases. So long as the game you’re looking to “return” is eligible, attaining a refund for it may soon be as simple as logging into your Microsoft account online. We’ve seen PC-based gaming platforms offer similar programs, but this would be a first for home consoles, and it’s a big step towards a friendlier digital economy on them for users. Here’s hoping Sony and Nintendo (I won’t hold my breath) follow suit.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1360002

Battlefront II to Ditch Season Passes, Specs Ops Writer Attached to Campaign

After its official reveal late last week, Walt Williams–the writer for the critically acclaimed military shooter Spec Ops: The Line–confirmed that he was working on the Star Wars shooter’s singleplayer campaign, which should come as good news for apprehensive fans who feared the singleplayer portions of the game might feel tacked on.

Also, it’s since been rumored that EA is ditching season passes for the game. It would feel like a gamer-friendly move, and it’s in line with some of the messaging that EA’s been making in recent months (see Titanfall 2). The last Battlefront had four individual DLC packs released over the course of about a year, and it’s possible that EA’s looking to avoid dividing the community with new content, which means longer wait times during matchmaking and a generally less awesome experience for everyone.

http://mashable.com/2017/04/15/star-wars-battlefront-2-season-pass-no-more/#bGV.rCN4fgq7

UPDATE (4/19/2017): Since publishing this article, there has been some mixed messaging about Battlefront II and a possible season pass. I’ve updated that section accordingly.

 

The Quest Log: April 11, 2017

Happy Overwatch Uprising day, everyone! I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to get back into my favorite shooter and start winning some of those sweet skins. That’s not the only thing going on in the news, though, so check out our highlights below.

Nintendo Expands HackerOne Program to Switch

Last December, Nintendo extended the call to would-be 3DS hackers with an offer of $100 – $20,000 for the discovery vulnerabilities and security flaws in the system’s hardware and/or software. Today, Nintendo have officially expanded the program to include the Switch. While they’re reluctant to share hard details about what possible discoveries qualify for which rewards, it sounds like three savvy individuals have already received undisclosed sums for their work. Seems like a good chance for budding security experts to bolster their resumes and potentially earn some money.

http://nintendoeverything.com/nintendos-hackerone-program-extended-to-switch-first-bounties-paid/

KOTOR Is (Probably) Not Getting a Reboot Anytime Soon

Earlier this week, a rumor originating from popular gaming journalist Liam Robertson began circulating that BioWare’s Austin, TX studio were working on a possible reboot of the beloved RPG, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. While similar rumors come and go, this one picked up some speed, particularly after some ambiguous comments were made by Drew Karpyshyn, the original lead writer of KOTOR (and Mass Effect) on his official Twitter account. BioWare Austin have historically been responsible for Star Wars: The Old Republic, the MMO spinoff, and EA continue to hold exclusive game development rights to the Star Wars universe, so it seemed as if the stars had aligned.

We dared to dream, but it seems it was not to be. Kotaku’s Jason Schreier reached out to Robertson who quickly backed down on his initial report. Instead, Schreier says that BioWare Austin is working on an as-of-yet unannounced all-new IP, which he says will be more akin to Bungie’s Destiny.

http://kotaku.com/that-star-wars-knights-of-the-old-republic-rumor-isnt-1794215197

Overwatch’s Newest Event Rises Up

We reported last week that Blizzard were teasing something big for Overwatch, and now the other shoe has fallen. Like the events that came before it, Overwatch Uprising brings a slew of new unlockables (including one Dva highlight intro for which I’ll absolutely die if I don’t get it) and a new game mode, which sees players facing off in teams of four against waves of AI-controlled Omnic opponents in Tracer’s first-ever mission with the team seven years prior to the game’s current setting. Last Halloween’s PVE event was a blast to play, and this one looks even better. Hit the link up below for a look at the sweet new skins as well as the official trailer.

https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/events/uprising/

Latest Dragon Quest Lets Players Choose Their Preferred Art Style

We may or may not ever see it outside of Japan, but Square Enxi is making some surprising decisions regarding the upcoming Dragon Quest, which is a series far more popular in the Land of the Rising Sun than it is here in the states. Not only will DQXI be released in a special edition bundle that includes both the PS4 and 3DS versions of the game, it will be playable in any one of three distinct art styles. The PS4 version includes high-res 3D graphics, as you expect, but the 3DS game can be played in either a cell-shaded aesthetic or as a classic, SNES-style isometric JRPG. It’s pretty wild, and worth checking out the trailer even if you’re not a fan of the series.

The Quest Log: March 22, 2017

Welcome back to The Quest Log, where we cover the hottest highlights in gaming news. It’s been a while since our last update, so we’ve got plenty to talk about.

Impassioned Fans Are Modding Red Dead Redemption into GTA V

Over on GTAForums.com, a team of modders called .White have announced a rather ambitious project: modding the entirety of Red Dead Redemption into the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V. Given that Rockstar have never released an official port of their Spaghetti Western masterpiece, the mod might be PC fans’ best shot of actually experiencing the game, assuming Rockstar doesn’t shut it down. .White promises a trailer of the mod will be available this summer.

http://gtaforums.com/topic/883655-wipv-red-dead-redemption-v/

GOG Galaxy Leaves Beta with Version 1.2 Update, Gets Cloud Saves

GOG (formerly Good Old Games) have announced the features to be included in version 1.2 of their optional game client and launcher, GOG Galaxy. The DRM-free digital retailer will be bringing cloud-enabled game saves, a true in-game overlay, and a built-in FPS counter among other cool new tools, bringing it even closer to the feature-rich standard of Steam’s mandatory game client. The update also marks the end of the client’s “beta” status.

https://www.gog.com/news/gog_galaxy_biggest_update_yet_marks_the_end_of_beta

Blizzard Are “Open-minded” about Potential Overwatch Map Editor

On the official Blizzard forums, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan responded to a thread in which fans were pining for a map editor to be released for the hit team-based shooter, suggesting it was something they’d like to pursue but that “because Overwatch was made with a brand new engine, this is not a small task or one that can happen any time soon.” He added that they “believe heavily in user-made content,” and that an editor was on their “long-term road map.”

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20753537194#post-15

Nintendo Responds to JoyCon Wireless Problems

Even if they might affect a minority of the hardware, JoyCon wireless connectivity issues have been one of the more widely reported hardware issues plaguing Nintendo’s Switch. If you’re like me and can make your left JoyCon controller disconnect at will, you’ll be pleased to hear that Nintendo’s finally given an official response on the situation, saying that the issue is caused not because of a faulty design but by a “manufacturing variation” that impacted a relatively small number of shipped units. The fix for the issue appears to be relatively simple: a small piece of conductive foam. It’s easy enough that some Redditors are already posting images of their own self fixes, but Nintendo’s also offering to install the foam for impacted users with a turnaround of “less than a week.”

http://kotaku.com/nintendo-says-joycon-wireless-issues-were-caused-by-man-1793530147

The Quest Log: March 8, 2017

Hello, readers, and happy International Women’s Day! Welcome back to The Quest Log, where you’ll find highlights from the latest news in gaming.

The Switch’s First 2-day Sales are the Best in Nintendo History

Nick Wingfield, a reporter for the New York Times, Tweeted this past Monday a number of interesting highlights from an interview he conducted with Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime about their new console’s performance in stores. While it’s next to impossible to learn hard figures for console and game sales, it would seem that the Switch is outperforming expectations. Wingfield says that the Switch outperformed every past Nintendo console in 2-day sales figures, and Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the best-selling “standalone launch title” in the company’s history.

https://twitter.com/nickwingfield/status/838872510871433216

Monolith Show Off Shadow of War’s Expanded Nemesis (and Friendship) System

The Nemesis system of Monolith Productions’ Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was the highlight of the 2014 action-adventure title set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy universe, and it looks like they’re doubling down on it for the upcoming sequel, due to launch later this year. In a demo shown to a number of major gaming news outlets, we see that the dynamic relationship platform will no longer be limited to enemies, it will also govern how friendships and alliances work. There’s over 16 minutes of footage and plenty to unpack (including freaking dragon riding), so it’s worth seeing for yourself

http://kotaku.com/middle-earth-shadow-of-wars-nemesis-system-is-about-fr-1793067914

Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer Maps Will Be Free

Aaryn Flynn, general manager for BioWare, confirmed via Twitter that multiplayer maps for the upcoming space opera RPG will be free to download and play. This news comes in the wake of the announcement that a planned public multiplayer tech test had been cancelled. Fans won’t have to wait too long to play it, however, as the game launches later this month, March 21.

http://wwg.com/2017/03/06/mass-effect-andromeda-s-multiplayer-maps-will-be-free/

Destiny’s Getting a Weekly Raid Feature

In a live stream on Twitch today, Bungie discussed revealed a number of features for “The Age of Triumph,” the last major content update planned for Destiny before we see the online shooter’s sequel, due this fall. The highlight for many diehard fans was no-doubt the inclusion of a Weekly Feature Raid, which kicks off on week 1 with Crota’s End. The featured raid will require a light level of 390 or higher and include any and all previously available challenge modes.

https://www.twitch.tv/bungie