Start every weekday morning with Words About Games’ round-up of the latest news from in and around the games industry.
This morning – Netflix have announced that they are developing a Witcher TV series, South Park: The Fractured But Whole has a new release date, indie game publisher Devolver Digital are hosting their own E3 press conference, Nintendo has unleashed a huge amount of new information about Arms, Danger Zone firms up its launch date and 3D platformer A Hat in Time has a launch window.
Netflix are developing a Witcher TV series – Streaming giant Netflix have announced that they are developing a new series based on The Witcher Saga. Written by Andrzej Sapkowski, the show will be an English language drama based on the eight novels and various story collections, as opposed to the major video game franchise. Sapkowksi himself will serve as a creative consultant on the series, which is being overseen by Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, executive producers of the Sci-Fi series The Expanse.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole gets new launch date – Ubisoft have announced that South Park: The Fractured But Whole will launch on October 17. The sequel to 2014’s Stick of Truth shifts the focus away from the kids of South Park playing a fantasy game, instead finding them playing superheroes. The Fractured But Whole was originally due for release in 2016, before being delayed to Q1 2017 and now finally (hopefully) is due for launch this Fall. The game will launch on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Devolver Digital to host an E3 press conference – Indie publisher Devolver Digital have announced that they will be hosting their own E3 press conference. The announcement comes via the publisher’s Twitter account, with no further information except that it will not be held in the parking lot across the street from E3, which is where their Indie Picnic will take place.
(via Twitter 1 / 2)
New game modes & beta dates revealed for Arms – Nintendo hosted an Arms-centric Direct last night, going into great detail about the upcoming brawler. The game will feature a variety of game modes, including a series of non-fighting focused modes and a co-operative 2v2 mode where teammates will be tethered to one another and friendly fire is on. The game will also heavily feature customisation, with dozens of arm types and different attributes. Arms will have two closed beta’s in May and June ahead of its June 16 release date. You can check out the full rundown of features at All Games Delta, or simply watch last night’s Nintendo Direct in full.
(via Nintendo Direct / All Games Delta)
Danger Zone launches at the end of this month – Three Fields Entertainment have announced that Danger Zone will launch on May 30. The game, which is being developed by ex-Burnout devs, puts players in a 3D car crash testing facility and task players with doing as much damage as possible. Danger Zone will be available on PC and PS4.
(via Press Release)
Gwent’s public beta launches next week – CD Projekt Red’s upcoming card game Gwent is going into public beta on May 24. According to development director Benjamin Lee, the public beta is the next step in Gwent’s development process, giving new gamers a chance to try it for the first time. Card collections and player progress will be reset from the closed beta, meaning everyone will start out on equal footing, though closed beta participants will receive some in-game rewards for their participation. The Gwent beta will be available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
(via Press Release)
A Hat in Time releases this Fall – Indie developer Gears for Breakfast have announced that their upcoming 3D platformer A Hat in Time will launch this Fall on PC. The developer ran a successful Kickstarter in 2013 that raised almost $300k from over 9,000 backers. The game takes inspiration from classic 3D platformers such as Banjo-Kazooie and Super Mario 64, but aims to focus on its narrative rather than collectables, telling the story of a little girl trying to find her way home through a series of strange worlds.