Aussie Gaming News Digest for 1 November 2017

Matt Sayer 1 November 2017 NEWS


All the day's biggest news in one easily-digestible roundup.


PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds comes to Xbox One on 12 December

Microsoft dropped some long-awaited news today, finally announcing when the unfathomably popular Battle Royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will make its debut on Xbox One. On 12 December, the 100-player shooter will hit Xbox One's Game Preview program, the console's equivalent of Steam's Early Access initiative. Interestingly, there'll be no in-game purchases in the Game Preview version of PUBG aside from three limited-edition cosmetic packs designed to celebrate the game's Xbox One debut.

PlayerUnknown himself Brendan Greene also confirmed that PUBG is on track for a 1.0 release on PC this year. Late December is the current aim, with plans to bring the Xbox One version in line with the PC as soon as possible.

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Super Mario Odyssey smashes 2m sales in just three days

After revealing its impressive financial performance yesterday, Nintendo has announced yet another impressive achievement: Super Mario Odyssey has sold more than 2m copies in the three days since its launch on 27 October. Considering yesterday's financial report confirmed over 7m Nintendo Switches in the wild, this equates to a nearly one-in-three attach rate for Odyssey – an impressive feat even for a Nintendo game. With Christmas around the corner, this figure is almost certain to leap even higher in the coming months.

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World of Final Fantasy will chibi it up on PC later this month

Square Enix has shown a lot of love for the PC recently, with games like Vanquish and Bayonetta receiving quality ports and Final Fantasy XV scheduled to hit the platform early next year. Now, mouse-and-keyboard gamers have another previously console-exclusive title to look forward to: World of Final Fantasy will hit Steam on 22 November. The adorable RPG captured our hearts with its Pokémon-esque gameplay loop when we reviewed it last year, and if you missed it on PS4 and PS Vita, it's sure to look and run even better on a decent rig.

Mary-Jane will be a playable character in Insomniac's Spider-Man game

Following its new trailer at Paris Games Week yesterday, more details have emerged surrounding the PS4-exclusive Spider-Man game. As reported by IGN, Insomniac has confirmed that the game will feature Mary-Jane as a playable character at select points during the story, with these sections offering a vastly different experience to playing as the web-slinging hero.

Insomniac did not reveal exactly how these sections would play out, but judging by creative director Bryan Intihar's comments, it seems likely that they'll focus on Mary-Jane's role as a reporter, possibly involving photography and detective work. The game itself, meanwhile, remains on track for release some time next year.

Star Wars Battlefront II is no longer quite so pay-to-win

In the wake of the recent beta for Star Wars Battlefront II, EA has announced a raft of changes to the multiplayer shooter's loot box system intended to address players' complaints about how heavily it was geared towards pay-to-win. Where the game's best Star Cards, weapons and gear were originally obtainable through purchasable loot crates, the vast majority of non-cosmetic items are now unlocked either through crafting or by achieving specific milestones, both of which require playing the game instead of simply throwing money at microtransactions.

Given the recent backlash surrounding loot boxes in Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Forza Motorsport 7, this is a welcome move on EA's part, and hopefully one other publishers will follow.

Humble Jumbo Bundle 10

Humble Bundle has assembled another of its value-packed Jumbo bundles, collecting top-notch titles like The Blob – inspired RTS Grey Goo, the whimsical typing adventure Epistory – Typing Chronicles and the acclaimed tactical RPG Wasteland 2. Check out the payment tiers below:

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Grey Goo
– Epistory – Typing Chronicles
– Oddworld New 'n' Tasty

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Prototype 2
– Kingdom: New Lands
– How to Survive 2
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– Wasteland 2
– $2 Humble Wallet credit for Humble Monthly subscribers

You can grab the Humble Jumbo Bundle 10 here

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