Welcome to the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind for May 15, 2021 where we cover gaming news stories and events that we missed out on covering over this past week.
Over this past week there were many release date announcements such as the early access date for the cozy community sim Hokko Life. On the same day of the previous announcement, Iceberg Interactive and developer Joy Manufacturing Co. announced that their 18th century dating sim, Ambition: A Minuet in Power, is heading to Steam later this month. While gamers wait for the release, they can jump into the final beta test for Bless Unleased, an MMORPG from Neowiz and Round8 Studio.
Court is in session for week two of the Epic Game’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple. Several witnesses testified and the big topic of the week were suitable alternatives to smartphones.
Ambition: A Minute in Power Set for Late May Release
Iceberg Interactive and Joy Manufacturing Co. is taking players to 18th century Paris for Ambition: A Minuet in Power. The choose your own adventure dating sim gives one the chance to wine and dine with a cast of unforgettable characters. From engaging in gossip to avoiding the guillotine, players actions can change the course of history.
A complete cast of characters gives players the chance to enjoy their company and learn about the secret histories of mysterious priests, wronged soldiers, wealthy widows, and many more. Discretion is critical or else one might lose their own head.
A calendar lets one plan their engagements each week. During the stay in Paris, the timing of commitments is just as important as who one is meeting. As the city marches towards revolution, timing is everything as even one’s enemies have an agenda. Win the hearts of Parisian nobles and use their influence to one’s advantages. This can change the outcome of political events, snub one’s rivals, and enjoy the end effects. Gossip can be used for profit by selling secrets, but can damage one’s reputation and put their security in jeopardy. Choices have consequences and the right ones can reap big rewards.
Bless Unleased Final PC Beta Test Underway
Round8 Studio and Neowiz are hosting the final PC beta test for their upcoming MMORPG Bless Unleashed. The began runs until May 17 where it ends at 7:59 AM PDT.
All the action in the MMORPG takes place across a dynamic and sprawling world. Players can test their might against vicious monsters and clear dangerous dungeons. Using the Unreal 4 Engine, the game pushes the highest of quality graphics in an effort to immerse players in the vibrant landscapes. Gameplay focuses on rewarding combo-driven mechanics and a persistent progression system.
In the beta test the in-game Lumena Shop is working. All playtesters will be given some free in-game currency to use at the store to test the purchasing and receiving systems. Skins, mounts, and other goodies are available during the test period.
Bless Unleashed will launch on Steam later this year for PC. Players who are interested in participating in the final beta test can opt-in to the beta by downloading the client at the official website after creating an account or by going the the Steam page and click the “Playtest” button. For more information visit the game’s website at blessunleashedpc.com.
Trial Notes for Week Two of Epic Games vs. Apple
Both Apple and Epic Games are in court battling each other in week two in one of the biggest tech trials in decades. Presiding over the trial is U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers whose rulings could redefine the multi-billion dollar app distribution market for mobile devices.
Week two was all about what are substitutes for smart phones. A witness for Apple, Lorin Hitt, went on about alternatives that lacked the so-called “friction” for users. Their testimony was about having access to apps through browsers presented less friction than leaving a store and crossing the street and going to the same type of store. Epic went on to attempt to rip apart Hitt’s testimony by showing how various game’s on Hitt’s spreadsheet were not available on PC as stated. Then went on to show how certain games were only available on the web for desktop PC and challenged the whole lack thereof friction notion.
Other witnesses such as David Evans, a University of Chicago economist, went on to state that gaming consoles are not substitutes for smartphones because of their lacking internet mobility. In addition, Susan Athey, an economics of technology professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, described how Apple locks consumers onto iOS and because of such when switching devices they would have to at times repurchase the apps they had already purchased.
Next week will be the third week of the trial and anyone can only guess what interesting developments will happen. Elsewhere, Epic Games is currently taking legal action in Australia against Apple plus the filing of a complaint in the UK.
Thank you for reading the May 15, 2021 Edition of the Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind. Be sure to check back next Saturday for a brand new edition of Nano Gaming News Weekly Rewind and until then, keep on gaming.