Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for May 1, 2021 where we cover gaming news stories and events that we missed out on covering over this past week.
While this past week was a week of game releases like Skeletal Avenger who hack’n’slashed its way in to early access, other titles such as Ranch Simulator released a major content update. The tactical RPG adventure Solasta: Crown of the Magister released a music video for their main theme song with more to come.
The court date for Epic Game’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple is set for this coming week in what might be one of the biggest tech trials of this century.
Elsewhere in the gaming world several games hit the market. A top-down survival dungeon crawler, The Caretaker and a life or death battle in the skies with Super Chopper both launched. After nearly two years in early access development CryoFall, the sci-fi colony sim fully released on PC. Lastly, the survival horror RPG Chernobylite announced PS4 and Xbox One release plans.
Solasta: Crown of the Magister Main Theme Music Video
Indie developer Tactical Adventures released a music video for the World of Light, the main theme song for their early access tactical RPG Solasta: Crown of the Magister. This music video is the first in a series and is a reward unlocked by backers during the Kickstart campaign from the Fall of 2019.
The upcoming soundtrack will feature 23 unique tracks all of which are composed by Maxime Hervé who is known for “Beyond the Aquila Rift” from the 2019 Netflix film Love Death & Robots. Both digital and vinyl through pre-order versions of the soundtrack will be available at launch on May 27. G4F Records is producing and distributing the soundtrack and is the same music label behind Amplitude Studios, The Game Bakers, and Pixel Reef.
Solasta: Crown of the Magister and the Spring Update is available in early access on Steam or GOG for $39.99 USD. More information about Solasta: Crown of the Magister can be found on the game’s website at solasta-game.com or the Solasta: Crown of the Magister Discord.
Ranch Simulator First Major Content Update
Solo indie developer Toxic Dog and publisher Excalibur Games released the first major content update for their open-world homesteading title, Ranch Simulator. The early access game allows players to build, farm, hunt, and trade on their own ranch homestead.
In the new update meat and dairy production systems have been added. There are new houses for players to build, an animal stunner, two trailers for transporting items and much more. This update also includes several adjustments and bug fixes that are aimed at improving the gameplay experience. The next update is scheduled for June and will reset players progress as there will be a big core system change. For a more complete list of changes in this update read the patch notes here.
Ranch Simulator is available on PC through Humble Bundle or Steam early access for $24.99 USD. For more information about Ranch Simulator visit the game’s Steam page or follow @RanchSimulator on Twitter.
Apple and Epic Games File Tentative Witness Lists
Both Apple and Epic Games are about to have one of the biggest tech trials in decades. Not only does the fate of Fortnite on iOS devices hang in the balance, but so does the App Store itself.
The trial is scheduled for May 3, 2021. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers will be presiding over the trial as Epic Games argues that Apple is running a tech monopoly by not allowing competing app stores on iOS.
Previously both companies had filed tentative witness lists that includes some big names. Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to be on the stand for two hours and Epic Games CEO Time Sweeney will see roughly eight hours on the stand. Other names on the list include executives from Microsoft, Facebook, NVidia Corp, and Match group. Several executives and other notable employees from Apple and Epic Games are expected to be testifying at some point during the trial as well.
Elsewhere, Epic Games is currently taking legal action in Australia against Apple plus the filing of a complaint in the UK.
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