Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for August 22, 2020 where we cover stories and events that we missed over the past week.
Taking a break from playing Fall Guys and hating on the Yellow Team we see that once again this past week had the gaming world all over the place. The Epic versus Apple feud continued to escalate with the Unreal Engine’s future on Apple devices in peril. Elsewhere during the week Toplitz Productions and Render Cube started planning a trip to the past with Medieval Dynasty. Croteam and Devolver Digital started their own countdown to something serious that is a blast from the past with Serious Sam 4.
Here is a quick recap, for those that missed, of a few stories NGN covered over the previous week. The 2D afterlife puzzle platformer Evergate from Stone Lantern Games and PQube launched on the Nintendo Switch. Dovetail Games released their latest train sim with Train Sim World 2 on PC and consoles. Updates were everywhere as System Era Softworks released Automation Update 002 for Astroneer and 3DIVISION released Update #5 to Workers & Resources that finalizes ships. Lastly Rustic Fantastic and 101XP set a release date for Redneck Ed: Astro Monsters Show.
Epic Games Battle with Apple Escalates
Continuing with what is possibly the biggest story of August in the gaming industry the current feud between Apple and Epic Games only further escalated this past week.
On Monday big news broke with a Tweet from the Epic Games Newsroom. Epic Games stated that Apple had informed them that on August 28, Apple will terminate all developer accounts and cut Epic off from iOS and Mac development tools. This would also affect Unreal Engine and Epic Games once more filed an injunction to stop the action by Apple.
By Friday, Apple had fired back with details in documents that showed Epic Games had requested a special side deal to allow direct payments for Fortnite and Unreal Engine games on iOS. They also showed that they wanted the Epic Games Store on iOS as well.
Epic has already fired back with more action by hosting the #FreeFortnite Cup. The event is being billed as one more Victory Royale with friends across all platforms that takes place on Sunday, August 23 before players on iOS will be left behind on August 27.
Last week the story about Epic and Apple ended pondering about the questions going forward and what it meant for gamers. One thing is certain and that is if one wants to play Fortnite, don’t plan on doing it with an Apple product any time soon. Looking further into the future Apple might just be pushing themselves out of the gaming market all together, but once again, only time will tell.
Medieval Dynasty Release Date Set
Developer Render Cube and Publisher Toplitz Productions has set a September release date for Medieval Dynasty. The 3D massive open 3D world features a feudal survival and life-simulation set in simpler times.
Players don’t start off as a king or queen in this game. As a peasant, players will work in their small hovel. Using clever crafting, social interactions, and skilled resource management one can go from a poor peasant to a powerful ruler of the land. Whether it be farming, hunting or foraging one will need to do what it takes while taking on all the other challenges of survival during medieval times to build their own dynasty.
We are excited to present with Medieval Dynasty the next major milestone from our Dynasty series as an Early Access version from September 17th. The team has worked hard to provide the players with an as realistic as possible life in the early middle ages by combining various successfully genres with a beautiful open world. Therefore, we are now very much looking forward to the feedback and further ideas from the community, which will certainly influence the path of the further development of the game.Matthias Wünsche, CEO, Toplitz Productions
Medieval Dynasty is scheduled for early access release on September 17, 2020 on Steam. Players can wishlist the game now on Steam. For more information about Medieval Dynasty visit its official website here.
Serious Sam 4 Countdown to Release Begins
Croteam and Devolver Digital is jump starting the revival of the Serious Sam franchise with a brand new prequel to the legendary FPS series. The classic Serious Sam formula is revisited and revamped putting a massive arsenal against a near endless horde of enemies. Survival will require circle-strafing and backpedal-blasting in total chaotic mayhem.
The game features a iconic cast of alien invaders that includes Headless Kamikaze, Beheaded Rocketeer, Kleer, Scrapjack, Werebull, and Khnum. Plus there are a whole host of new enemies. To take down Metal’s minions one will have access to traditional weapons like the iconic cannon as well as new toys like the auto shotgun. All the action is also available in 4-player co-op mode online.
Serious Sam 4 is planned to release on September 24, 2020 on Steam. Pre-orders are available now that includes a classic Tommy Gun in-game weapon skin as a throwback to the series’ early days for $49.99 USD in the Deluxe Edition. The Standard Edition can be pre-ordered for $39.99 USD. For more information about Serious Sam 4 visit the game’s website at serioussam.com.
Thank you for reading the August 22, 2020 Edition of the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind. Don’t forget to check back with us next Saturday for the next edition of Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind and until then, keep on gaming.