This week in the roundup we're chatting about last night's BAFTA Games Awards, Rocket League Mobile, and a blast from the past. Enjoy!
Last night saw the BAFTA Games Awards take place, and it was another chance for the industry to celebrate the creativity and perseverance of the teams who managed to launch fantastic videogames in the year 2020. And there was a lot to congratulate.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons was crowned best multiplayer game, The Last of Us Part 2 was recognised for animation, and our friends over at Sumo Digital won the awards for Best British Game and Best Family Game for Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
"For everyone who went out, got a copy of the the game and joined Sackboy on his latest adventure, we really appreciate the support"— BAFTA Games (@BAFTAGames) March 25, 2021
A big British thank you from Sackboy: A Big Adventure as they pick up the British Game #BAFTAGames Awards. 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/NsdBsK4KfB
The biggest winner on the night was Hades, which took home the top prize of Best Game, as well as picking up awards for game design, artistic achievement, narrative and for Logan Cunningham's voice performance.
Congratulations to all the winners!
My Rocket League addiction is about to explode as this week Rocket League Side Swipe for mobile was announced. Coming for free to iOS & Android later this year, the game is 1v1 or 2v2, fast paced and played from a different perspective whilst still allowing you to use mechanics performed in the original game.
The game will feature a rank system and the ability to customise your car, which I'd assume would feature in game purchases, hence the game being free to play. The alpha game play trailer looks really cool showing some very slick goals, familiar goal explosions and hoops!
Steam released a client update this week and there was a cool update listed in its changelog: if you're playing a game that supports Remote Play Together, you can now invite anyone to play with you, even if they don't have a Steam account.
Not all Steam games support Remote Play Together, but there are plenty that do - from Overcooked to Enter The Gungeon to Spelunky to the LEGO games - and only one person has to own the game. Friends without the game just need to click on their invite to get playing!
Followers of the Etch Play roundup will know I'm a massive Nintendo fan, especially the N64. So it was cool following a Twitter thread by Shane Luis, who shared a bunch of photos of a Nintendo 64 Disk Drive (64DD) Development Kit. As we all likely know the N64 worked with cartridge games, but in Japan there were experiments to introduce a disk-drive to the console. Seemingly this wasn't successful as it never made it out of Japan, and only about 9 games were ever released on disk for this version of the N64.
Check out the thread...
I was asked to verify and photograph a Nintendo 64 Disk Drive (64DD) Development Kit from a private video game collector. The system was new in box and needed to be carefully documented.— Shane Luis (@RerezTV) March 24, 2021
This is what it looks like to unbox one. pic.twitter.com/X2PflhtemW
Yesterday, on the Total War YouTube channel, a trailer dropped for a remaster I don't think anybody saw coming, Rome: Total War! Holy moly am I excited. It seems like the developers are offering people a way to play the game completely classically, with just the upgraded graphics, or with some game play tweaks and quality of life improvements. At least that's what some content creators who've managed to get a sneak peek are saying.
And the best news of all, it's out in just over a month, from out of nowhere to a release like that, I'm so excited! The game is also already available for pre-order on Steam, and if you own the original, it's also 50% off.
As per Pete's note on Rocket League coming to mobile, in other big-games-on-mobile news, the original Battle Royale hit, PUBG has just past the huge milestone of 1 billion downloads. Tencent announced this on a recent earnings call which according to Sensor Tower makes PUBG the third most downloaded game in the world after Subway Surfers and Candy Crush Saga.
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