Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for September 5, 2020 where we cover stories and events that we missed over the past week.
While the Apple and Epic Games feud continued with few developments elsewhere in the industry saw some big developments. Bloober Team announced that they had recruited top talent to their third-person psychological title The Medium. U-Play Online and Raiser Games were excited to announced that their MOBA esports management game Esports Life Tycoon exited early access on Steam.
Here is a quick recap, for those that missed, of a few stories NGN covered over the previous week. Evergate took players on an afterlife exploration story while Greyhat Hacking Story dived into the deep dark web in a digital detective adventure. Raiders Of The Lost Island brought local co-op fun with a sinking treasure hunt. EastWorks Studios dropped a teaser of things to come for Gray Zone with Digital Dragons 2020. Lastly players can kick back and enjoy one of the minimalistic games in existence with Alt 254.
Epic Games & Apple Feud Enters Week 4
The last week of August rolled into the first days of September and week 4 of the Apple and Epic Games feud continues. With last weeks events Apple had killed Epic Games accounts effectively removing any Epic Games from iOS. In addition, the courts agreed that for the moment Apple cannot retaliate against the Unreal Engine so in the moment it is safe.
While there was little action during the week between the two, Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games was taking various swings at Apple on Twitter. Of all the swipes Sweeney took at Apple two did stand out. The first was the tweet about European tech taxes being passes onto the customers and claimed that everyone was paying Apple’s taxes except Apple. And the second tweet was in response to an article about Apple removing thousands of games from the Chinese App Store with claims that Apple’s monopoly on iOS that Apple’s decisions can mean a death sentence to a product.
Then very late on Friday night, the Epic Games Newsroom dropped a big bite of information about court action it sought earlier that day. In the filed motion Epic Games made a new argument asking for an injunction to get Fortnite back on the App Store. The argument was Epic would likely suffer irreparable harm and described Apple as a monopolist that maintains its control by prohibiting competitive entry. At this time Apple has yet to respond back to these latest developments. With the holiday three day weekend in the United States one might expect to see any additional developments on this story happen on Tuesday.
It is too early to tell where the court will head on this latest argument and currently Fortnite players are still cutoff on iOS devices. One thing does seem certain in this feud and that is this is only the begining.
The Medium Recruits Top Talent
The makers of Blair Witch, Observer and Layers of Fear, Bloober Team, announced earlier this week that voice actor Troy Baker, singer Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and legendary composer Akira Yamaoka will be collaborating on the developer’s latest project The Medium.
In the third-person psychological horror split between two simultaneous realms Troy Baker will be providing the voice of the main spirit world entity The Maw. Mary Elizabeth McGlynn will be working alongside Akira Yamaoka to provide vocals for the original soundtrack. These two previous had worked together on the Silent Hill series.
Along with the announcement the developers also released the first episode of a Behind the Scenes look at the game. In this episode a deeper look at the game’s main theme is explored with how perspective changes perception.
The Medium is scheduled for a holiday 2020 release on Steam for PC and the Xbox Series X for $49.99 USD. Players who pre-order the game on Steam will also get The Medium original soundtrack, featuring a ‘dual’ score soundtrack by legendary composer Akira Yamaoka, of Silent Hill, and Bloober Team’s own Arkadiusz Reikowski, along with the digital artbook.
More information about The Medium can be found on its website at themediumgame.com or follow @TheMediumGame on Twitter.
Esports Life Tycoon Leaves Early Access
The creators of Youtubers Life, U-Play Online along with publisher Raiser Games has released the MOBA manager spin-off Esports Life Tycoon. After a year in early access the game is ready for release where players can create, design, and manage every element of their own esports team. From training their squad to dealing with unexpected emergencies players will guide their team to the pro league.
With the official launch of Esports Life Tycoon, esports fans can now experience the daily lives of their favorite teams while having fun. Bringing players and their idols together is the essence of this franchise and, after delving into the universe of influencers in Youtubers Life, it was natural for us to explore the modern worldwide phenomenon of esports.Samuel Asín, Game Producer, U-Play Online
Esports Life Tycoon is available on Steam for $14.99 USD. A special launch discount runs until September 9, 2020 the discounts the game by 20%. For more information about Esports Life Tycoon visit esportslifegame.com.
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