Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for January 23, 2021 where we cover stories and events that we missed over the past week.
This past week was a week of game announcements saw a wide range of announcements and releases, just take a lot at the stories NGN covered. Two stories that were overlooked were the launch of Real Heroes: Firefighter HD and the early access exit Skul: The Hero Slayer. While there was little news on the Epic Games versus Apple front, there are other questions and more potential problems headed for some of the big technology companies including Apple.
Here is a quick recap of a few of the stories posted this past week on Nano Gaming News. Last week saw the release of several games from a wide variety of genres. The Detective Chapters: Part One of a two part story and the sci-fi space RPG action adventure Orange Cast both released on Steam. On the platform puzzler front Jumpala jumped on most digital distribution platforms and The Space in Between is taking players on an emotional narrative experience. Early access space action began for Dyson Sphere Program and much more this past week on Nano Gaming News.
Real Heroes: Firefighter HD Released for PC
Ziggurat Interactive has brought the critically acclaimed first-person firefighting title Real Heroes: Firefighter HD to PC through Steam and GOG. In the game players take on the role of a rookie firefighter as they tackle emergencies when their big city fire-and-rescue unit is called into action.
Players get to use tools of the firefighting trade to battle blazes, prevent explosions, and rescue those trapped in burning structures. All of the action for the newly graduated cadet starts at a fire station in Los Angeles. From learning to use the tools to stopping humanity’s deadliest foe, players will experience a realistic firefighter experience.
Skul: The Hero Slayer Exits Early Access
Indie developer SouthPAW Games and publisher NEOWIZ have released version 1.0 of their hit indie roguelite Skul: The Hero Slayer. After spending a little over ten months in early access the game has exited that period with a 93% positive rating with over 7000 reviews on Steam.
In the 1.0 release the final two chapters are now available. Additionally several dozen new playable characters each with their own unique skills and looks had been added through the newly-implemented upgrade system. From extensive cutscenes fully telling Skul’s story to major quality of life changes the full release brings the vision and story of Skul.
Skul: The Hero Slayer is available on Humble Bundle and Steam for $19.99 USD. A special 1.0 full release promotion of 20% off runs until February 3, 2021 on Steam. The Skul: The Hero Slayer Soundtrack is also available for $4.99 USD. SouthPAW Games is planning to release the game on the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch early this year. For more information about Skul: The Hero Slayer visit the game’s website at skulthegame.com.
Is Apple About to Face an App Store Storm?
The past week was mostly quiet for the Epic Games and Apple feud after the prior weeks complaint Epic filled in the UK against Apple and Google. However, this may be the quiet before the storm.
In the United States a transition of power has taken place and with that looms a new threat to big tech. Already several prominent politicians from both major political parties have made claims of antitrust or monopolistic behavior from several tech companies. While Amazon has been the target of some politicians in recent years, Facebook, Apple, Google and others have done plenty to upset not only politicians, but other companies.
Currently Apple is facing litigation from multiple companies beyond Epic that go on to include Spotify and most recently the developers of Coronavirus Reporter have now sued Apple. In the complaint the developers allege that Apple blocked the app in an effort to maintain a monopoly on contact tracing applications amongst other claims.
What stands out from this Coronavirus Reporter app filing is this is just another complaint to throw on the growing pile of monopolistic behavior claims made against Apple in recent years. With the changing of the guard in Washington DC and the bigger scrutiny that might be facing big tech in the hear future one can expect big tech to fight back very hard against any claims that could put the government spotlight on them.
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