Welcome to the Weekly Knockout, our weekly round-up of the biggest gaming news for the week ending 13th August. This week was relatively light news-wise, with Sony announcing a press conference for September, a new trailer for Pokémon Sun & Moon, and a few release dates announced for various titles.
This Week’s 6 Biggest Stories
1) Sony Announces PlayStation Event for 7th September
Sony has sent out invitations for a PlayStation event that will be held at the PlayStation Theatre, New York City, on 7th September at 3PM EST. As of yet, Sony has not revealed if the event will be live-streamed. The most obvious reason that Sony would host such an event would be if they are planning on officially unveiling the confirmed “high-end PS4” [Andrew House, Financial Times]. Other potential reasons include showcasing the upcoming PlayStation VR Headset or even unveiling the recently rumoured PS Vita Trinity. Whatever it is that Sony has to unveil on 7th September, be sure to come back to Ground Punch for a round-up of all the juicy details.
2) Pokémon Sun & Moon Villains Unveiled
As per usual, Pokémon Sun & Moon players will be squaring off against a team of nefarious villains during their adventure through the Alola region. Named Team Skull, the latest batch of Pokémon Villains appear to be a street gang with a 90’s rap aesthetic. You can see Team Skull in action in the trailer below.
Also featured in the trailer are three new Pokémon; Morelull (Grass/Fairy), Pyukumuku (Water), and Wishiwashi (Water), in addition to Alola Forms for Meowth (Dark), Marowak (Fire/Ghost), and Raichu (Electric/Pyschic). Pokemon Sun & Moon will release this coming November on Friday 18th in North America, and Wednesday 23rd in Europe.
3) Deus Ex GO Releasing Next Week
Deus Ex GO, a turn-based interpretation of the franchise, will release this coming Thursday, 18th August, on iOS and Android platforms, before hitting PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Tuesday 23rd August. The game is the latest Square Enix to be ‘GO-ified’, following the success of Hitman GO, and Lara Craft GO.
4) Rime Gets New Publisher
Rime, an intriguing adventure-puzzle game that sees the player shipwrecked on a mysterious island, will now be published by Grey Box and Six Foot. The game was originally set to be published by Sony as a PlayStation 4 exclusive, however, developer Tequila Works reacquired the rights to Rime from Sony earlier this year. Details on the game, including which platforms Rime will be available on will be unveiled early next year.
5) The Witcher 3 GotY Edition Release Date Announced
2015’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is receiving a Game of the Year edition, announced to be releasing later this month, 30th August for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game, which fittingly received several of Ground Punch’s writer’s vote for Game of the Year 2015, will include both of the major expansions; Hearts of Stone, and Blood and Wine, as well as all of the free DLC’s that trickled out after the game’s initial release. Should you need to be convinced that The Witcher 3 is worth your time, be sure to check out Jordan’s review.
6) Dead Rising Re-Release Release Date Revealed
To celebrate the franchises upcoming 10th anniversary, Capcom will be re-releasing Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The games will be available as digital downloads from 13th September at the cost of £16, $20 each or can be purchased as an all-in-one bundle for the cost of £40, $50. Alternatively, the first Dead Rising can be purchased on Steam. The three games will feature increased resolution to 1080p, will run at 60 frames per second, and include all costumes added to the original games as DLC.
This Week’s Spotlight
This Week’s Spotlight is where I shine the spotlight on my favourite article published on Ground Punch over the past week. For this week’s spotlight, have you ever wondered how to get your kids into gaming? Well if so worry not, as John Murray offers up the tips and tricks he’s learnt on the matter, while regaling the horror stories from which he discovered them.
And that’s a wrap on this weeks’ news, be sure to come back next week for another news round-up and subscribe to the Weekly Knockout on iTunes.