Welcome to The Primal Newscast where Gaming Instincts goes over the hottest and most interesting news of the week that took place in the gaming industry.
Activision is starting out the month of April by giving away their debut battle royale mode from their Call of Duty Black Ops 4 title, Blackout, for the entirety of the month. New players can hop into the fast-paced multiplayer game mode and try their hand at Call of Duty’s rendition of battle royale free of charge until April 30. And along with the chance to try out Blackout for free all month, the battle royale mode has also received a new Alcatraz map which provides a much more close-quarters approach to the popular every man for themselves game mode. This new map starts out a an exclusive map for PS4 players, but will cross over to PC and Xbox One later.
The gripping and emotional experience from Ninja Theory, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is hitting one more console, the Nintendo Switch. Dip into the disturbing mental state of Senua as she battles her way through ferocious beasts in a Nordic quest to Helheim in order to save the soul of her deceased lover. The tragic story uses astounding sound and visual design to portray the real life disturbances of coping with psychosis. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will be available for the Switch next week on April 11, and marks the first time fans can take this gem on the go.
Gearbox Software finally unveiled Borderlands 3 last week, but this week they gave us an official release date. Vault Hunters can hop into the latest in the Borderlands series on September 13, 2019 with a plethora of buying options on the table. With Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions offering bonus skins and access to the game’s four DLC season pass, the GameStop exclusive Diamond Loot Chest Collector’s Edition comes with tons of goodies like figurines, a cloth map of the galaxy and much more packed in a replica of the Diamond Loot Chest. Borderlands 3 is heading over to the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
It appears that Best Buy has leaked a series of unannounced Switch titles through their employee terminal web page. Metroid Prime Trilogy, Persona 5 and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past have all been scouted on the company’s terminal page, though, Nintendo has yet to announced any of these titles. Nintendo does owe its fans some Metroid content after announcing a massive delay to Metroid Prime 4, Persona will seem more fitting on a Nintendo console after Joker makes his Super Smash debut and releasing two remade classic Zelda games would definitely keep Nintendo loyalists coming back for more, so the move isn’t exactly out of the realm of possibility. As for now, take this rumor with a grain of salt until we hear further confirmation.
Along with these big leaks also came another leak from reliable insider Stealth. The insider apparently has information on both Twilight Princess HD and Wind Waker HD heading over to the Switch’s eShop. Again, these are all just rumors, so stay tuned for anymore details that may surface.
According to Destiny insider ShadowAnonTheNine, Bungie is well underway with their production of Destiny 3. The leak states that the story will dive deep into the lore of the franchise providing a much more appealing narrative and include the new race, The Veil. Along with the massive leak about Destiny 3, Bungie is also apparently gearing up for the third and supposedly final year for major content to hit Destiny 2. A new Annual Pass is set to arrive this year, with the first portion of the pass being much larger than any of the others. While this is all merely speculation, AnonTheNine – and his counterpart ShadowAnonTheNine – are risking their credibility with these leaks, so they may not be too far off from the truth. We’ll just have to wait and see.
In a week full of leaks, it seems that Microsoft is planning a bundled subscription plan for Xbox One owners that combines Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass for an incredibly low cost of $14.99/month. The leak goes on to detail that Xbox Insiders will receive the new bundle for $1/month until the bundle officially releases. As for now, this is just a rumor, so until we receive an official announcement take this information lightly.
Nintendo revealed that two of their biggest Switch titles, Super Mario Odyssey and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, will both be receiving Labo VR Goggle support. Both titles look to fully immerse Switch owners within their vibrant worlds sure to create a new experience for the highly acclaimed franchises. The Labo VR support will arrive as a free update on April 26, 2019.
Finally, it seems The Division 2 has leaked the next Assassin’s Creed setting in an easter egg in the form of an in-game poster. The poster displays what looks like an assassin gripping a spherical object that looks like an Apple of Eden. A reliable source from Kotaku has also confirmed that the next entry will not only release in 2020 with what many assume will be the release of the next gen consoles, but will in fact feature a viking setting. While this is all just rumors, it does seem like it’s coming from relatively reliable sources.