by Jessica Ham
The video game industry is a scary place right now. Several streamers, developers, producers, and more have been accused of grooming young fans, sexual harassment, abuse of power, etc. But despite this grim news, there have also been several exciting game announcements and some game releases.
On July 12, Ubisoft held a live streamed gaming event called Ubisoft Forward. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla was announced to be released on November 17, 2020 for PS4, Xbox, and PC. Watch Dogs Legions was announced to be released on October 29, 2020. The battle royale shooter Hyper Scape has an open beta for people to try out. Far Cry 6 was announced to be released on February 18, 2021, and will feature Giancarlo Esposito as the game’s villain Anton Castillo.
On July 14, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town was released for the Nintendo Switch. This game is a remake and rebranding of the game Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town and Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town. There is a return of the best friend system, with all villager genders. The outfits the protagonist wears can be changed at any time, and there are four characters, two male and two female, to choose from to play. Fans of the Harvest Moon franchise, me included, were excited for this game to come out. The game is cute and good mindless fun for this stressful time.
On July 17, Ghost of Tsushima was released for the Playstation 4. It is an action-adventure game featuring an open world for players to explore. You play as Jin Sakai, one of the few remaining samurai on Tsushima island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan in 1274. The game has side quests and many different fighting options. Critics have been blown away by this game and some are already claiming it is their game of the year.
Paper Mario: The Origami King was also released on July 17 for the Nintendo Switch. It is the sixth game in the series and a prequel to Paper Mario: Color Splash. The critics are loving the graphics and dialogue but complain about the combat as too difficult and unfulfilling.
On July 17, a trailer for a new fmv game called Gamer Girl was released. The game allows you to play as a moderator for a female streamers streams. The game trailer was taken down shortly because of how poorly it was received. Viewers complained that the game featured creepy toxic things that actually happen to female streamers in real life, like a fan/moderator becoming obsessed with them, but that the game was not approaching the topic properly.
The gaming industry is going through a hard time right now, but the announcements for new games and release dates keep on coming.
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