Aussie Gaming News Digest for 31 October 2017
All the day's biggest news in one easily-digestible roundup.
Sony @ Paris Games Week
Paris Games Week kicked off today with a jam-packed press conference from Sony. A slew of new trailers for games both big and small were shown off, with our personal highlight being the long-awaited return of inFAMOUS developer Sucker Punch with its new open-world samurai action game Ghost of Tsushima. The Last of Us Part II, Marvel's Spider-Man and God of War all strutted their stuff with fresh footage, too, while both Spelunky and Guacamelee scored surprise sequel announcements we're extremely excited about.
Rocket League for Nintendo Switch gets a release date
The arrival of Rocket League's rocket-powered soc-car action on Nintendo Switch is sure to be one of the highlights of this Christmas period, and today the game finally has a firm release date. Coming only in digital form to the Nintendo eShop, Rocket League will hit the Switch on 15 November. As previously announced, the Switch version comes with exclusive Nintendo-themed vehicles and accessories, including Mario and Luigi hats, a wave-beam boost from Metroid and a car kitted out like Samus' gunship.
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The International Olympic Committee is open to considering esports as a sporting activity
Following on from the bold ambitions of Paris Olympic Committee co-president Tony Estanguet back in August, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has come to a consensus that esports "could be considered as a sporting activity" for the purposes of inclusion in a future Olympic Games. In a statement released over the weekend, the IOC agreed that "the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports", saying that esports "can provide a platform for engagement with the Olympic Movement." However, the campaign for esports' inclusion in the Olympics is far from over, as the IOC insisted "in order to be recognised by the IOC as a sport, the content of esports must not infringe on the Olympic values."
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Pottery goes cyberpunk in the point-and-click thriller The Red Strings Club
Devolver Digital is at it again, announcing yet another offbeat title unlike anything else on the market. From the developers of Gods Will Be Watching, The Red Strings Club is a cyberpunk point-and-click adventure game that has you engaging in social engineering to take down a sinister megacorp, impersonating its employees on phone calls and mixing drinks at the bar to squeeze them for the information you need. Oh, and there's pottery, too, with the ability to craft advanced genetic implants capable of bending the minds of powerful corporate executives to your will.
The Red Strings Club is currently slated for a January 2018 release on Steam.
The Nintendo Switch has sold almost 8 million units worldwide
Nintendo of Japan has released its latest sales figures, proving unequivocally that the Nintendo Switch is a smash hit across the globe. In just six months on the market, the hybrid console has sold 7.63 million units worldwide, an especially impressive number considering the Wii U sold a total of 13.56 million units in its entire five-year lifespan. Switch games have sold like hotcakes, too, with Splatoon 2 racking up 3.61 million copies sold since its launch in July. In total, 22.02 million Switch games have been sold over the last six months. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo is pretty confident with these results and has upped its financial net sales forecast by a whopping $210 billion yen (approx AU$2.41 billion).
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