This week’s gaming news brings us the reveal of a new Switch, along with other big game updates!
Gears 5 Tech Test begins next weekend
Rev up your Lancers, folks! The first Gears 5 Tech Test is kicking off on July 19th. Announced on the Gears 5 website, The Coalition is serving up a small portion of the online Versus mode for us to check out next weekend.
From July 19–22, you’ll be able to check out two of the multiplayer maps and play three distinctive Versus game modes. The first is the new Gears 5 Arcade, which is a new, more laidback competitive mode. Escalation returns and is akin to Call of Duty’s Hardpoint. Finally, a traditional King of the Hill game mode will also be available. Be sure to check out our thoughts on Escalation, which looks to hit a sweet spot between hardcore and casual online competition.
In addition, you’ll also have access to the Bootcamp, a location serving as the game’s training ground. Over the four days, you can work to complete a mini Tour of Duty milestone challenge to earn an exclusive Tech Test banner to show off in Gears 5.
The Gears 5 Tech Test will be available to those who have pre-ordered the game, as well as Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. A second Tech Test will be held later this month from July 26th through July 29th.
The Division 2 is going on an expedition
Ubisoft’s The Division 2 is receiving its first major content drop later this month. As part of the free Year 1 roadmap, this content expansion will bring new missions, weapons and gear to activated agents.
Episode 1 – D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions will place you and your squad in new areas, such as Camp White Oak and Manning National Zoo, both of which will be located outside of the current D.C. map. Additionally, Episode 1 introduces Expeditions, a new mode for The Division 2.
The first Expedition will take place at Kenly College and will be split into three wings. Each wing will release week by week and introduce new themes, plus different enemy types to shoot your way through. If you complete all three wings, you’ll be granted access to the Expedition treasure room where rewards await you.
Ubisoft will also be updating and refining the crafting system and weapon balancing, and will launch a new difficulty level for the Operation Dark Hour raid.
Year 1 pass holders will be able to jump into Episode 1 on July 23rd. Otherwise, all content will be available on July 30th.
Nintendo announced the portable-only Switch Lite
Nintendo has announced a new addition to the Switch family. The announcement of the Switch Lite has come after accessory leaks had filtered through. The portable-only handheld is being positioned as a cheaper alternative for anyone looking to play their Switch games on the go.
Switch Lite has a slightly smaller 5.5-inch screen, smaller body and lighter weight when compared to its predecessor. Additionally, the Switch Lite has a slightly improved battery life, giving you roughly 3-7 hours of playtime. You’ll also notice that Nintendo has revisited the D-pad, going for a more traditional set up rather than the obtuse four-button layout.
It seems the Switch Lite won’t be doing any switching, as docking functionality has been stripped away as has the kickstand. Joy-Con removal, HD Rumble and the IR Motion Camera will no longer be included, which means you may want to refer to the compatibility of your preferred games before investing.
Switch Lite will launch on September 20th, 2019 for $259.99 CAD and will be available in three distinct colours—Yellow, Grey and Turquoise. Arriving later in November, a Zacian and Zamazenta edition will accompany the arrival of Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Psychonauts 2 has been delayed to 2020
Mere weeks after revealing that Double Fine would be joining Xbox Game Studios at E3, Tim Schafer and his team have announced that Psychonauts 2 will be delayed until sometime in 2020.
In an update written on Fig, the blog post reads:
We’re now targeting next year for release. We know it’s always disappointing when you have to wait a bit longer, but we also know that you are an amazing, supportive bunch, who—just like us—want the game to be as good as possible.
This is not the first time Psychonauts 2 has been delayed. Double Fine’s follow up to 2005’s Psychonaut was originally intended to release in 2018, before subsequently being delayed until 2019. When Double Fine’s title does launch next year, it will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Square Enix says Final Fantasy VII Remake will only launch on PS4
After a video emerged on Xbox Germany’s Facebook page, indicating that Final Fantasy VII Remake would launch on Xbox One alongside PS4 on March 3rd, 2020, Square Enix has issued a statement.
Speaking to IGN, the publisher stated:
As previously announced, Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released for the PS4 on March 3rd, 2020. We have no plans for other platforms.
It seems although the video posted was an internal error, as Square is pretty firm on their stance of Final Fantasy VII Remake not being a multiplatform title at launch. Of course, their statement does not rule out the possibility of the remake being a timed exclusive. For the time being, PS4 will be your only doorway to revisiting the city of Midgar.
We’ve given this PS4 exclusivity a lot of thought and feel it’s a pretty big deal for PlayStation.
What’s up next week?
Don’t miss out on Gears 5‘s Tech Test beginning on July 19th! Also, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order will arrive on Switch next week.