Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for October 3, 2020 where we cover stories and events that we missed over the past week.
This past week besides much anticipated release of the action RPG Genshin Impact, the name of the game was content updates. Several games saw new content pushes with two particular updates that stood out from the others. First is the Killing Floor 2: Infernal Insurrection update on console and PC. The second update is TOXICANT’s second major early access update. Plus there was this little thing called a court hearing that took place last Monday between Epic Games and Apple.
Here is a quick recap of a few stories Nano Gaming News covered over the previous week. The Kingdom of Gardenia retro gardening sim sprouted in early access. Both The Imagined Leviathan, a short narrative, and the vibrant immersive puzzle title The Sojourn jumped onto Steam. A brand new factions trailer for The Falconeer showed off the game’s four main factions and announced Day One Edition pre-orders. And Blightbound added their big Helping Hands update that adds bots to help fill out player parties for faster dungeon access.
Killing Floor 2: Infernal Insurrection Update
Tripwire Interactive this past Tuesday invites players to enjoy a free update to celebrate Halloween early with the release of Killing Floor 2: Infernal Insurrection. The update is available on PC and the PS4 and Xbox One consoles.
The update event, that runs through November 10, brings Halloween-themed zeds and a brand new map inspired by the famous King’s Cross railway station in London. Titled Hellmark Station is featured on Survival, Endless and Weekly modes. In this famous station the gates of hell have opened up flooding the area with all sorts of hellish monsters. It will be up to players to fight back against this demonic zed threat.
Two new HRG weapons make an appearance. The HRG Scorcher, a Firebug class bonus, lets players light up the night sky with a flare gun that both packs a punch and burns enemies. Survivalist class players will get to play around with the HRG Arc Generator. This new weapon is both shocking and devastating as it can do quick EMP blasts that will chain nearby targets or be charged up that can blast charges for long distances.
To celebrate Halloween there are several new creepy and spooky seasonal objectives and seasonal drops through the ticket system. All of these monster-themed looks are available until Tuesday, November 10.
Killing Floor 2 is available on Humble Bundle, Epic Games Store, and Steam for PC at a regular price of $29.99 USD. The game is also available on console for PS4 and Xbox One. For more information about Killing Floor 2 visit the game’s website at killingfloor2.com.
TOXICANT Creature Update
Indie developer Cosmocat Games has added the second major update to their rogue-lite early access title TOXICANT. The game with a sinister twist on survival horror genre added a Creature Update that features three new enemy types.
The underground labyrinth of TOXICANT just got a whole lot scarier and even more dangerous. Toxic spiders, mutant fish and tentacle monsters are all new threats. A new damage type, toxic, has been added with a distinct green visual feedback.
In addition to the new enemies several bug fixes and quality of life changes were introduced. Player punch hit detection is much better. Mouse and gamepad sensitivity settings are now adjustable. Various lighting, AI, visual, level generation, and audio fixes are included in the update.
Listed on the early access roadmap for the game is the Explorer Update for late October. In this update players can expect to see new types of buff items, beacons and beacon blueprints system.
TOXICANT is currently available as an early access game on Steam and Itch.io for Windows PC at a price of $9.99 USD. For more information about TOXICANT visit its game page here.
Epic Games and Apple Court Hearing
Week 8 of the Apple and Epic Games saga headed to court last Monday. Both parties went before Judge Yvonne Gonzalez of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
During the hearing both parties took several verbal jabs at each other. At the same time Epic took several jabs from the judge over their tactics in the company’s case and even went on to say that she was not persuaded by their arguments and even accused the company of dishonesty over Epic’s knowing that it was breaching its contract with Apple.
While the arguments made on Monday will not determine the final outcome of the lawsuit, it did offer some insight where the case will head in the future. The judge did recommend that the trial should be decided by a jury as their ruling would be less likely to be thrown out by a higher court. However, both parties came together in a joint statement filed last Thursday where both parties reject a jury trial for their case.
As it currently stands the future of Fortnite on iOS remains unclear and with the statements from the judge the ball is currently in Apple’s court. Only the future will tell what happens next.
Thank you for reading the October 3, 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.
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