Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for November 28, 2020 where we cover stories and events that we missed over the past week.
This past two weeks the space engineering, sandbox exploration and creative design game Space Engineers saw the Wasteland Update and DLC hit both PC and Xbox. The indie gem, Unto The End, has set release dates for the PC and consoles that includes a day one Game Pass title. Lastly, Apple reduces it cut while Nvidia and Epic Games make an announcement.
Here is a quick recap of a few stories Nano Gaming News covered over the previous week. Updates were abound with Curse of the Dead Gods releasing the Eagle’s Spire content patch. Blightbound launched the Arcane Glamour update adding a new hero and more areas to explore. Gym Tycoon is hitting weights and flexed its way into early access. A brand new trailer for The Medium focuses on a new mysterious character and the threats they pose.
Space Engineers Wasteland Update and DLC
Keen Software House has released the Wasteland Update and DLC for Space Engineers, the sandbox space engineering, construction, survival, and exploration game. In this release players have access to a new planet, Pertam, that is covered in dusty desert.
In the update, players have access to a new set of blocks that allows for better vehicle designs. Whether one’s design be a car or a rover, these new blocks provides new choices when designing one’s build giving roaring engines and total fun on the dusty flats.
Over the last several months Keen Software House has made a serious push to get the Space Engineers Xbox content inline with the PC content so that all releases can happen at the same time. This should help prevent delays in content delivery between different platforms and works towards same day content releases.
Included in the most recent development cycle are items that have been heavily requested by the community. There are 11 more armor block shapes and some powerful tools for content creators, the Ultimate Spectator. A full list of details and changes in the Wasteland Update is available here.
Space Engineers is available on Humble Bundle, Steam and Xbox for $19.99 USD. The paid Wasteland DLC content that features additional vehicle customizations, armor skins, and character emotes is available on Steam for $3.99 USD. For more information about Space Engineers visit their site at SpaceEngineersGame.com.
Unto The End Release Date Set
Indie developer 2 Ton Studios and indie publisher Big Sugar is ready to release their hand-crafted adventure, Unto The End, in December. The game features full-blooded combat within a hostile and atmospheric world.
To celebrate the release date announcement a new trailer has debuted that offers a deeper look at the world of Unto The End. In addition the trailer features commentary and insight from the California based indie developers. Since the 2017 E3 reveal, the game has caught the attention of the gaming world earning various accolades and awards during its development.
Unto The End has been the focus of our day to day for the past few years and it’s been fantastic to have such a great response to the game already. But now we’re looking forward to Unto launching and everyone having a chance to experience the world and adventure we’ve created.Stephen Danton, 2 Ton Studios
Unto The End will be available December 9, 2020 on Steam for PC, Stadia, PS4 and Xbox One that includes a day one Game Pass title on Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch version will launch on December 17, 2020. More information about the Unto The End can be found game’s developer page here or by following @UntoGame on Twitter.
Apple Reduces Its Cut From In-App Purchases
Weeks 15 and 16 of the Epic Games versus Apple story continues with both companies having their own interesting developments. Apple is set to reduce its commission for some developers and Epic Games has teamed up with Nvidia bringing hope to Fortnite players on iOS devices.
Apple has announced that starting in January 2021, smaller game developers will only have to pay a 15% commission instead of the 30%. The 15% applies to developers who make less than one million dollars in a given calendar year. If a developer on the 15% rate exceeds the million dollar threshold in the calendar year they will be bumped up to the 30% rate for the rest of the year. Given that Epic Games is forecast to make five billion in 2020 this new discount would not apply.
Nvidia and Epic Games announced on November 19 that they are working together to put Fortnite back on iOS devices in the future as a part of Nvidia’s streaming game service GeForce NOW. The work around comes through the usage of the devices Safari web browser which is not a part of Apple’s billing requirements and rules. Currently Nvidia is rolling out a test version of GeForce NOW to iPhone and iPad devices which also requires a game pad accessory that is similar to PC and console game controllers.
Looking forward to 2021 and according to a court filling from this past October the Epic Games versus Apple case is heading to a bench trial on May 3, 2021. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 21, 2021. Continued development on this story is expected as next year’s court date approaches.
Thank you for reading the November 28, 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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