Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for March 7, 2020.
The first week of March 2020 is in the history books. Over the past week NGN covered the release of Yes, Your Grace, Mystic Pillars, Puddle Knights, and Armoured Onslaught on Steam. New DLC content was added to Maelstrom and Terraforming Earth while Among Ripples released the Life of Pike trailer for their eco sim.
Over the last week some stories were overlooked and that is the purposed of the Weekly Rewind here at Nano Gaming News. Cancellations are abound with COVID-19 as the cause. Last week GDC was postponed and this week SXSW was cancelled with questions being raised about E3. The GDC postmonent has caused fallout in unexpected places such as Cybernetic Walrus cancelling their Kickstarter plans for Rise of Humanity. In other news Fortnite is dropping a controversial feature.
E3 Still On, For Now
As mentioned GDC was postponed and SXSW cancelled, but E3 is still a go for the time being.
This year’s event is scheduled for June 9 through June 11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The city of Los Angeles has already declared a state of emergency with the COVID-19 outbreak and provided a set of guidelines for people in the area.
For E3 they are monitoring and evaluating the situation daily. The LA Convention Center is taking additional steps to increase the number of hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility and increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces. Lastly they are enhancing their ability to address any attendees who may become ill while on site.
E3 is also going to provide prominent reminders throughout the event to follow WHO and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 that include frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding contact with people who are sick, and staying home if one if sick.
The latest information on E3 and COVID-19 can be found on the E3 website here.
Rise of Humanity Kickstarter Buried
Cybernetic Walrus had plans for GDC 2020. They were going to reveal their game, Rise of Humanity, and the associated Kickstarter. There were going to be press meetings and the game was to be showcased at their booth in the Belgian pavilion. However, COVID-19 postponed GDC 2020.
The plan was to launch the Kickstarter right after GDC to gain additional funding for polishing and gain marketing data for the game. Previously the company had a failed Kickstarter project in 2017 where they gained valuable knowledge which was going to be applied to this new campaign.
With all the cancellations surrounding COVID-19 and GDC, it created an environment where a lack of visibility would be disasterous for the Kickstarter campaign therefore Cybernetic Walrus cancelled the Kickstarter.
Rise of Humanity is a turn-based strategy deck-building game where players build up their deck for each of their characters. This is done by defeating enemies and finding loot on the 3D tactical battlefield while trying to determine the fate of humanity. Fore more information visit the game’s website at riseofhumanitygame.com.
Fortnite to Kill Legacy Look Controls
Come March 13, 2020, gamepad legacy look settings are going away. This will help clear up issues that wear introduced all the way back in Fortnite Patch 10.40 with matchmaking changes and new Sensitivity and Aim Assist settings on controllers. Fortnite had said that improvements to the aim assist feature
Players who currently have “Use Legacy Look Controls” active can preserve their sensitivity settings now by using the “Copy from Legacy” choice in the controller options menu. Afterwards they will need to toggle off the usage of legacy look controls. If this is not done before the feature leaves, players will have their sensitivity settings reset to the new defaults.
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