Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for April 3, 2021 where we cover stories and events that we missed over the past week.
This past week was the week of patches with both No Man’s Sky dropping their Expeditions update and Astroneer dropping their Mission Power Compass content update. In the flurry of patches 2 Ton Studios and Big Sugar released a Passive Run update to their 2D cinematic platformer Unto The End.
Full Screen Games is partnering up with Play2Chill to bring their colorful isometric tower defense title Bugvasion TD to the Nintendo Switch console. Noio is working to send Cloud Gardens to the Xbox later this year and released an Industrial update for PC.
Elsewhere in the gaming world Aiya Games announced the first details of their precision platformer Cyjin: The Cyborg Ninja and the mouse only mechanics. Indie developer and Twitch stream Tim Beaudet released his time-trial racing egg delivery game Eggcelerate! on Steam. Larkon Studio fully released their ARPG and RTS hybrid Legends of Ellaria on Steam. Fishing Cactus launched the next entry into the Typing Chronicles franchise with Nanotale and Eremite Games teased the new crimson biome for Against the Storm with some new screenshots.
A special notice for Weekly Rewind readers to note that this feature will be taking next weekend, April 10, off. Don’t worry, the Weekly Rewind will return on April 17.
Unto The End Passive Run Update
Indie developer 2 Ton Studios and indie publisher Big Sugar have released the Passive Run update for their 2D cinematic platformer Unto The End. Now available on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S the Passive Run update introduces non-violent resolutions to several encounters that previously required the player to engage in combat. Players can now complete the game without ever having to fight or kill where they can use an alternative such as trading, using items, interacting with the environment, or running away.
Giving players the ability to get through the game passively was always the goal – the systems and mechanics were built up alongside the combat from the very start. Not many fighting games allow you to avoid fights through non-violent means, fewer still let you avoid every fight – including with the last boss. But that was key for us. Giving the player that freedom to roleplay and shape the journey home is what we think makes games such a special way to tell stories.Stephen Danton, Unto The End Game Designer
In addition to the new passive gameplay choices a new combat assist option has been added. This feature sets an opponents combat speed to either 100%, 75% or 50%. Full patch notes which includes numerous gameplay tweaks and bug fixes can be found here.
Unto The End is available on Humble Bundle or Steam for PC for $24.99 USD. The game is also available on Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. More information about the Unto The End can be found game’s developer page here or by following @UntoGame on Twitter.
Bugvasion TD is Coming to the Nintendo Switch
Full Screen Games has teamed up with Play2Chill to bring their colorful isometric tower defense title Bugvasion TD to the Nintendo Switch console. Play2Chill is a Warsaw, Poland based independent game studio who will be porting and publishing the game on the Switch. At this time no release date or timeline has been made available.
For PC players the 1.1 patch for BugVasion TD has hit Steam. A basic tutorial to a few levels and a level select menu have been added. Levels are being double checked for object placement for smoother gameplay. New music tracks for the tactical view phase before the first wave have been added. Stomper lvl01 is unlock from the first level and there are several game optimizations and bugfixes.
The next planned update is the Super Charged or 1.2 update which will release in about a month. New gameplay features, music, events, achievements, and much more is planned for the 1.2 release.
Bugvasion TD is available now on Steam for $6.99 USD. The game is available for Windows PC and was made with the Unity game engine. For more information visit the game’s Steam page or the developer’s game page here.
Apple Sees New Competition Complaint in the UK
Apple is facing a new competition complaint in the United Kingdom over their App Store payment practices. The complaint comes after this past Tuesday when Epic Games announced that it had filed a complaint with the Competition and Markets Authority, or CMA in the U.K. who were already investigating Apple for anticompetitive behavior.
In March, the CMA opened an investigation into Apple to see if the tech company imposed unfair or anticompetitive terms for developers who use their App Store. Additionally their investigation would look into Apple to see if it held a dominant position over app distribution on Apple devices in the United Kingdom and if their actions results in customers having less choice and paying higher prices.
Elsewhere, Epic Games is currently taking legal action in the United States and Australia against Apple plus the filing of a complaint in the UK. Later in 2021 as disclosed from an October 2020 court filling the Epic Games versus Apple case in the United States will be heading to a bench trial on May 3rd. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 21, 2021.
Thank you for reading the April 3, 2021 Edition of the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind. Remember that the Weekly Rewind is taking a week off on April 10 so 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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