Written By: Steve Vegvari
This is your daily video game news recap for Thursday, February 1st.
Every Monday-Friday we give you a rundown of all the noteworthy industry news.
February marks the beginning of Season 7 for Rocket League. As the new Season approaches, Game Director; Corey Davis released a breakdown of the Spring updates.
While February is a bit light on the content, Psyonix is ramping up for the release of ‘Tournaments’. Players can now compete in single elimination bracket competitions, with new licenced DLC and quality of life updates to follow.
In the near future, the studio plans on updating the performance on Switch. Two separate options will be given for where focus should be placed. Performance Mode will give a 900p/720p resolution depending on docked vs handheld, while boosting the game to 60FPS. Quality mode will bump the resolution to 1080p/720p. However, the FPS will dip to 30 as a result.
Beyond the Spring, Psyonix is continuing development on Cross-Platform Parties, new Arenas and Xbox One X enhancements.
Nintendo took to Twitter to announce Mario Kart Tour for mobile devices. Mario Kart Tour will be Nintendo’s fifth release on smartphone. It is unclear if the game will release on IOS first, before making its way to Android devices. Super Mario Run had a five month window between releases.
While little is known of the actual title, Nintendo intends to secure a release date by the end of their fiscal year (March 2019).
The checkered flag has been raised and the finish line is near. A new mobile application is now in development: Mario Kart Tour! #MarioKartTour Releasing in the fiscal year ending in March 2019. pic.twitter.com/8GIyR7ZM4z
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018
Two brand new colour variants of the DualShock 4 will release soon. PlayStation reveals that a Midnight Blue and Steel Black are now available for pre-order on the PlayStation website.
Quantities will be limited, and will retail at $74.99CAD or $64.99USD. It is worth noting that while the Midnight Black has been released previously, this new wave of controllers includes the refined thumbsticks and altered trackpad lighting.
Bungie released a visual roadmap of development changes players can expect to see in Destiny 2. While the meat and bones of the content updates will not be dropped until May, there are some significant changes in the meantime.
The February update will focus on Social and Strikes. For March, Bungie is planning on bringing a 6v6 match type to Iron Banner. The March updates includes tweak the Heroic Strike Modifiers and rectify the repetitive Strike issue.
May will be the launch of Season 3. This is where the majority of substantial updates is set to be released. Prestige Mode for Eater of Worlds will launch. Private matches, increased Vault space, and Crucible rankings will also be included.
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