Welcome to the Weekly Knockout, our weekly round-up of the biggest gaming news for the week ending 27th August. This week was once again relatively light in terms of news-wise, DLC details for Dark Souls 3 and Battlefield 1, and The Witness confirmed to be coming to Xbox One. That said, this week also saw the announcement of an Xbox One Onesie and even Pokémon Burgers!
This Week’s 5 Biggest Stories
1) Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel Announced
The first of two expansions coming to Dark Souls 3, Ashes of Ariandel tasks players with exploring the secrets of Ariandel, a frozen land that has fallen into ruin. Rather than reading anymore from myself do yourself a favour by watching the trailer (below) now. Ashes of Ariandel will be available 25th October on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for $14.99.
2) Battlefield 1 Premium Pass Detailed
The rather pricy premium pass for the highly anticipated Battlefield 1 has been detailed this week. Costing $50, the premium pass will be a fairly standard affair for those familiar with Battlefield premium passes, containing four DLC packs. The first DLC pack, titled They Shall Not Pass, will release March 2017, and will allow players to play as French soldiers– Russian soldiers will also be available in a later update. In total the premium pass will include 16 new multiplayer maps and 20 new weapons, in addition to new operations, game modes, elite classes, and new vehicles. Finally, the premium pass will grant two-week early access to the four DLC packs.
3) The Witness Announced for Xbox One
As many of us have suspected for some time, The Witness will release on Xbox One. Speaking to IGN, Jonathan Blow announced that his team are hoping to release the game on the Xbox One on the 13th September 2016. Additionally, an iOS version of the game is still in the works, but no release date has been announced.
4) PlayStation Plus Price Increases
Starting 22nd September, PlayStation Plus subscriptions are increasing in price from $49.99 USD/$49.99 CAD to $59.99 USD/$69.99 CAD for a twelve-month subscription, and three-month subscriptions are increasing to $24.99 USD/$29.99 CAD. Additionally, a monthly subscription to PlayStation Plus will increase to $11.99 CAD in Canada only. No price increases have been announced for other territories.
Speaking on the PlayStation Blog, Sony provided the following statement on the price increase; “PlayStation Plus strives to enrich your PlayStation experience through a world-class service built for our fans. This marks the first time that PS Plus membership prices will increase in the U.S. and Canada since the launch of the service in 2010. The new pricing reflects the current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members. As a member, you will continue to enjoy the benefits and features that enable shared experiences, such as online multiplayer, free games, and exclusive discounts. You will also continue to get exclusive benefits such as online game save storage and discounts across the PlayStation digital services.
If you do not wish to continue your subscription, please be sure to cancel it by turning off auto-renewal in your account settings before September 22, 2016.”
Should you wish to continue your PlayStation Plus subscription but circumvent the price increase, you can purchase multiple download keys for PlayStation before the price changes take effect from the likes of Amazon and CDKEYS.
5) PlayStation Now Now Available on PC
PlayStation Now — PlayStation’s streaming service powered by Gaikai that allows users to stream a selection of PlayStation 3 titles — is slowly rolling out to PC. Announced on the PlayStation Blog, the rollout of the service has already begun, with PlayStation Now available in the UK, the Netherlands, and Belgium, with will continue to release throughout select European territories and North America. A USB wireless adapter was also announced, that allows you to connect your DualShock 4 controller to your PC (surprise, surprise), and will support Windows 7 and above. Currently only announced for the United States, the adapter will cost $24.99 and will release next month.
This Week’s Weird News
From running around cities as a goat to creating a working phone in Minecraft, there’s no doubting that gaming has its fair share of the crazy and the wacky. So without further ado here’s this week’s weirdest news stories.
Limited Edition Xbox One Onesie Coming to Australia
Yes, we live in a world where an officially licensed Xbox One Onesie designed for and (presumably) being sold to so-called adults. The onesie will feature pockets designed to hold Xbox One controllers, an extra-large hood to accommodate bulky headsets, and your gamertag embroidered. No pricing or additional release information has been announced as of yet, although the onesie is currently only planned for an Australian release.
You Can Now Eat a Pokémon (Sort of)
Have you ever wondered what the bulb on Bulbasaur’s back tastes like? Have you ever wondered if eating a Pikachu would leave you paralysed? Well now you can find out thanks to Down-N-Out, a restaurant located in Sydney, Australia. Speaking to Mashable, the creators had the following to say; “The flavours and the ingredients match the Pokémon’s style, character and colour. The Charmander is a little bit spicy, there’s kind of a volcanic cheese dripping off it. The Bulbasaur is grassy and cleaner, but it tastes like a Big Mac actually — which is quite nice. The Pikachu is a bit sillier, with our ‘tiger fries’ through it.”
And on that note this Weekly Knockout has drawn to a close. I’m now going to weep for humanity, and also lament that I’ll probably never eat a Bulba-burger. Be sure to come back next week to see what new weird gaming grub has been invented – and maybe some actual news.