Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for January 9, 2021 where we cover stories and events that we missed over the past week.
It is a new year and this is the first Weekly Rewind since the holiday hiatus. This past week two new games appeared on the indie gaming scene, Billion Beat Out and Iron Conflict. Lastly, more news on the Epic Games versus Apple saga with hints of Fortnite returning to iOS.
Here is a quick recap of a few of the stories posted on Nano Gaming News. Street Cleaner swept on to Steam from Creaky Lantern Games. Players can manage actors in A-Line Games Actor Tycoon 2. A 14 minute long gameplay video for The Medium hit YouTube from Bloober Team. Silver Lemur Games let the world know they are developing Stellar Monarch 2. VR is going to see more action later this year when Squirrel Bytes releases their puzzle platformer Hyperstacks.
Billion Beat Boxes Baddies in Early Access
Indie developer Dronami has self-published their early access bizarre boxing beat-down game Billion Beat on Steam. The game presents itself as a deep and challenging skill-based boxing title inspired by the classic Super Punch-Out!! where players will have to take on a gauntlet of wacky and bizarre boss fights.
Full of raunchy, irreverent, and satirical humor, the game features a unique style similar to that of 1990s cartoons like Ren & Stimpy or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In addition the game features a powerful soundtrack full of hip hop hits and house bangers.
Billion Beat was released in early access on January 6, 2021. Players can pickup the game on Steam for $7.99 USD. An early access launch discount of 25% runs until January 13, 2021.
Iron Conflict RTS Battles on to the Early Access Scene
Indie developer Angela Game and publisher Imperium Interactive Entertainment, Ltd. have released their RTS Iron Conflict into early access. The game takes a real-time military strategy approach to war making both WW2 and modern era aircrafts and tanks available for the battlefield.
Players face off in unique unit formations of 10 vs. 10 multiplayer battles. A vast arsenal of weapons are available including iconic real world craft such as the F-35 fighter jet and M1A1 Abrams tank. Using both offensive and defensive strategies players will face off against their rivals across photorealistic battlefields that include deserts, rural farmlands, and hilltops.
Iron Conflict entered its early access release on January 7, 2021. The game is available on Steam and Humble Bundle for $14.99 USD. For more information about Iron Conflict follow @Iron__Conflict on Twitter.
Epic Games Pushes Some Interesting Fortnite Updates
Heading into the new year Epic Games and Apple still have their pending court battle this May. However on the Fortnite side of things there is some movement with the game on iOS devices. Since August 2020, Epic Games has been banned from updating Fortnite on the App Store leaving iOS players stuck.
Now after being left behind for two seasons, there is some hope for iOS players. The first is on January 5, 2021 the direct payment button from Fortnite was removed. This was the basis for the legal battle that erupted between Epic Games and Apple. A second glimmer of hope comes from the many Fortnite data miners with some claiming that the game might be heading back to iOS. One key piece of evidence in all this is that in a hotfix to the iOS version of the game, Epic removed all strings related to the direct payment system.
These behind the scenes moves by Epic Games might also mean nothing or just be various tactics in their current legal battle with Apple. Only time will tell. Diving deeper into 2021 and from the October 2020 court filling the Epic Games versus Apple case will be heading to a bench trial on May 3rd. 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 January 9, 2021 Edition of the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind. Don’t forget to check back with us in two weeks for the next edition of Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind and until then, keep on gaming.
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