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Ben Joy
Ben JoyBen keeps the Play Team ticking, helps clients define their digital offering and manages the unruly team. You’ll often find him hitting the golf course too.

It's Friday the 13th. Unlucky for some. But not for you, you get to read this roundup!

Starfield and Redfall delayed

Despite recent marketing activity, Starfield (and Redfall) have now officially been delayed to 2023.

Starfield in particular was one of the biggest titles slated for release this year, and was originally scheduled to release on November 11th. The game is set to be the first "exclusive" game in the new era of Microsoft's ownership of Bethesda, and was a critical part of Xbox's strategy for this year. It remains to be seen how they will adapt to this blow, and the industry release calendar looks... Pretty sparse! There's a real lack of high profile competition from all the major publishers, at least in comparison to other years. If you're working on a title and are able to launch this holiday season, this might be a good window of opportunity...We can expect to see Starfield (and whatever else the Xbox team have up their sleeves) next month as part of their annual game's showcase.

Adam

Tax evading turnips

This week I dusted off my Nintendo Switch and revisited the un-played indie games I have been quietly collecting for a day just like yesterday.

The one that stood out was Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion, a wonderful indie gem that is as adorable and hilarious as the name suggests. This Zelda-like pixel perfect adventure follows the story of Turnip Boy, the cutest vegetable in Veggieville who unsurprisingly commits tax evasion (questionable) and has to pay off the debt by becoming an assistant to Mayor Onion (highly questionable).

The game takes Turnip Boy on many adventures to destroy legal documents, help townsfolk and discover the very truth of his existence. The plot takes you on a JOURNEY, and one that I did not expect, with so much humour and personality that I was charmed in the first few minutes.

I haven't finished the game quite yet - but I  LOVE Turnip Boy whose voice lines consist of only punctuation, his mischievous little smile and how his sprite falls asleep when you've taken a lil break from the game.

This game is going straight into my list of Indie Gems - and I would 100000% recommend if you're looking for a short but wonderful adventure full of laughs, charm and wit!

Taya

Deep Rock Galactic and Sifu 

This week was an eventful one for me, I went up to Birmingham to see my family and see my uncle get engaged. And thanks to Etch's amazing approach to work I am currently in Birmingham working from my grandparents home.

This week I had some time to play two games that I've had on my list but hadn't found time to get to. First off, Deep Rock Galactic, where you're the new dwarven employee of the deep rock galactic. It's a 1-4 player co-op game, FPS with a 100% destructible environment. Each time you play is different, and the devs at Ghost Ship Games have made sure of this making all caves procedurally generated, so no mission is the same. Not forgetting the masses of customization and upgrades to buying a round for your boys and getting your Dougie on in the dance floor. I adore Co-op games and this one is one I will be completing. I cant wait to get back to this.

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Second was Sifu. WOW is all I can say. What a different approach to a fast paced beat 'em up, created by Sloclap an independent studio that really broke into the industry with Sifu. The game is fluid, challenging and being a martial artist myself I can only appreciate the detail in the fight mechanics and animations. There are so many combinations, I feel like I'm playing Mortal Kombat and pausing to learn a special move and spam it over and over again.

Mehdi

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FIFA, no more

After nearly 30 years, the FIFA series will no longer be called FIFA. The franchise will part ways with football’s international governing body and next year’s game will be named EA Sports FC, EA announced on Tuesday.

According to reports last October, negotiations between EA and FIFA had soured. EA wanted to expand the license but FIFA wanted to retain more control, slapping a rumoured $1 billion price tag on the deal to extend EA’s existing exclusivity.

That seems like a silly (and greedy) move from FIFA. It’s rumoured that FIFA’s partnership with EA earns the federation $150 million annually, for literally doing nothing.

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Why would FIFA turn down a slice of gaming’s biggest sports franchise? Well, according to its president, Gianni Infantino, the federation may be looking at developing its own game: “I can assure you that the only authentic, real game that has the FIFA name will be the best one available for gamers and football fans. The constant is the FIFA name and it will remain forever and remain the best.”

It’s hard to imagine that EA will suffer at all from this. Fans of FIFA will flock to EA Sports FC because the only difference will be the name. I just hope they can come up with a catchier name.

Ben G

Gotham Knights only on the latest consoles and PC

If you were excited for Gotham Knights but game on an Xbox One or PS4, then I'm afraid I have some bad news for you. It has been reported this week that Warner Bros. have cancelled the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the successor to the popular Arkham Series.

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The reason that has been give is that "to provide players with the best possible gameplay experience, the game will release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC and will not be available for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One consoles". Which doesn't tell us an awful lot. It may be that the game just can't run on the older console generations (and they're trying to avoid a Cyberpunk scenario), or the investment to make it work well isn't justifiable. Either way, it sucks if you don't have a latest gen console yet.

The game has already seen a delay, as it was due to come out in 2021, and is now slated for an October 2022 release. 

Ben J

More Etch Play

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We also have a live show every Thursday, where we recap the latest games industry news in video podcast form. It's a lot of fun. If you'd like to check it out, why not follow us on Twitch

Check out yesterday's live show right here 👇

 

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