April 21, 2021 / 2:59 pm

Video Games Weekly: April 7th – April 15th & April 15th – April 21st

April 7th – April 15th

Nintendo was this week’s heavy hitter with news with a Nintendo Indie World and a new switch color announced! A new character was also added to the Fortnite roster.

New Nintendo Switch Lite Color Option Announced

Nintendo announced a new color for the Switch Lite. The color is “blue” and is reminiscent of the original GameCube purple. The Switch Lite is currently available in gray, yellow, turquoise, and coral. This color joins coral as the only two color options announced post-launch. The blue Switch Lite will be releasing on May 21st, the same day as Miitopia launches! The blue Switch Lite will also be priced at the standard $199.99.

Nintendo Indie World Showcase

Nintendo has an indie showcase yesterday! The show was reasonably steady with exciting announcements, ending the show with Oxenfree 2. See the list below for a full list of everything announced:

Road 96

Never Yield

Last Stop

OlliOlli World

The Longing

There Is No Game

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

CrisTales

GetsFumaDen: Undying Moon

Aztech: Forgotten Gods

Skul: The Hero Slayer

Art of Rally

KeyWe

Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective

Weaving Tides

The House of the Dead: Remake

Ender Lillies: Quietus of the Knights

Beast of Maravilla Island

Fez

Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals

Aloy (Horizon Zero Dawn) Coming to Fortnite

Aloy, the main character in Guerrilla Games’ 2017 open-world masterpiece, is coming to Fortnite! Aloy will be available on April 15th in the item shop. Aloy is not the first character from another franchise to join Fortnite, with Master Chief, Kratos, Lara Croft, and Ellen Ripley already available in the game. Fortnite’s current theme this season also puts primal elements, such as dinosaurs, into the game making Aloy’s introduction to the battle royale even more apt.

April 15th – April 21st

This week was FULL of gaming news from every side of the industry. New game announcements, cancellations, and departures happened this week. 

Jeff Kaplan Leaving Blizzard Entertainment

Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch director, announced yesterday that he was leaving Blizzard Entertainment. Jeff Kaplan has 19 years of service with Blizzard. His role as director of Overwatch 2 will be filled by Aaron Keller. Keller has been with the company for 18 years and has worked on other titles, like World of Warcraft, as well as being an original member of the Overwatch team. Some fans have expressed nervousness about the change in overhead so far into Overwatch 2’s development.

Celeste Developer Reveals Next Game

Extremely OK Games, the developers of Celeste showed off a teaser for their new game on Twitter. The game is titled Earthblade. The reveal was said to be a “vibe reveal,” with the game’s title, a song from the soundtrack, and a poster revealed within the tweet. Extremely OK Games was very transparent about the development time for this game, saying “The truth is that we don’t know how long it will take, just that it will take as long as it takes (and that it will take a long time),” in their announcement blog post. 

xCloud Beta Comes to iOS and PC This Week

Xbox’s Cloud Gaming has officially come to PC and iOS! Select Xbox Gamepass Ultimate subscribers received invites to beta test the service, which will be available via browser at www.xbox.com/play. Beta testers will have more than 100 games to choose from, and compatible Bluetooth and USB controllers will be supported. 

PlayStation’s Online Stores Will Not Shut Down

After the announcement of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita’s online stores closing many fans expressed frustration at the thought of losing their digital content. PlayStation has reversed its decision to close these platforms with an announcement Monday. 

Horizon Zero Dawn Free on PS4 and PS5

PlayStation is giving away Horizon Zero Dawn for free from now until May 14th. The download will be the complete edition of the game, meaning the Frozen Wilds expansion and DLC outfits and weapon packs will be included. A PlayStation Plus subscription will not be required to download the game.

Amazon Cancels Lord of the Rings Game After Dispute

Amazon has stopped production on their Lord of the Rings game following Tencent Holding’s acquisition of Leyou Technologies, the developers of Amazon’s game. The game was first announced two years ago and not many updates on its progress had been given prior to its cancellation.