The week leading in to San Diego Comic-Con has been a warm one. Let’s take a look at the biggest announcements from the last seven days!

The middle of July has brought with it a hectic week of gaming news, ranging from a new Nintendo Switch model to an early leak from San Diego Comic-Con and much, much more. Let’s recap all the important bits from the past week.

Marvel’s Avengers Gameplay leaks from SDCC 2019

Super Leak

San Diego Comic-Con is just getting into the swing of things, but it didn’t take long for the first big leak to arise from the convention. Fans in attendance of a joint panel between Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal leaked Avenger’s gameplay footage shown at the panel, giving everyone around the globe a first look at how the superhero title feels in-game.

The leaked footage shows gameplay from Thor, Iron Man and The Hulk during a segment of gameplay taking place on the Golden Gate Bridge. The short segment shown below seems to be a fairly on-the-rails experience, though it isn’t known if that’s representative of the game as a whole.

Things look pretty good graphics-wise, and if the gameplay can keep up with fan expectation, Square Enix will be hoping that Marvel’s Avengers can become of the best Marvel superhero games of all time. With the game not due out until May 2020, there’s still a good amount of time before we’ll find out if that’s the case.

Ubisoft may be considering a single-player Division 2 spinoff

Single Player

It looks like gamers who want to experience the post-pandemic world of The Division 2  in a single-player environment may have a small chance to see such thoughts become reality. The game’s creative director, Julian Gerighty, recently posted a question to fans asking them if such a venture is something they’d like to see in the future.

Gerighty posed the question above a retweet of some relevant in-depth thoughts from TT Games’ level director Tim Spencer, who stated that he’d love to see a single-player narrative spinoff of The Division 2 that shows what agents sacrifice and go through mentally, which has been a relatively unexplored aspect of the franchise’s universe.

Of course, Gerighty asking for fan input isn’t indicative of any official Ubisoft response to the idea, though such fan feedback could help shape the post-launch content of The Division 2. For its part, the first major content drop of Ubisoft’s planned Year 1 content is due to begin this July 23rd for Year 1 pass holders and July 30th for those without.

Screenshot from Division 2 expansion video game

PES 2020 bags a huge exclusive over FIFA 20

Juventus

This week, Konami made waves when it announced that it had brokered an exclusivity deal with Italian Serie A giants Juventus, which will see the Bianconeri be exclusively represented by eFootball PES 2020.

This means that the franchise’s rival, FIFA, won’t be able to feature Juventus in any official capacity, though it will still be able to use the names and likenesses of its players—just not under Juventus branding. Instead, FIFA will replace Juventus with a fictional club called Piemonte Calcio. For a franchise which prides itself on authenticity, it’s a big blow.

Last year, FIFA acquired the rights for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, but lost out on rights to show Argentinean side Boca Juniors. Konami and EA Sports will likely continue to trade blows as the years go on, but this week’s acquisition of Juventus certainly represents one of the biggest exclusivity coups between the two.

Cover art of PES 2020 featuring Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus

Cyberpunk 2077 Developers had to clarify child-related violence

Oh no

Cyberpunk 2077 is aiming to give us gamers complete freedom of choice when we dive into the dystopian world of Night City. You can beat the game without killing anyone, you have multiple romance options, and you’re more or else free to do whatever you want—unless what you want is to hurt kids.

This week, someone went ahead and asked the Cyberpunk 2077 developers just how violent that could get with regular passersby in Night City. As a whole, I get it: whether it was in Vice City or during the calm pre-residence cascade moments in Half-Life, sometimes you just need to save the game and then reign chaos on your surroundings. I don’t judge.

The Cyberpunk 2077 developers answered the fan’s question, and took the opportunity to explicitly clarify that gamers would not be able to attack children or harm NPCs that are crucial to the game’s plot:

You won’t be able to attack children or NPCs connected with the plot, but other than that you can be aggressive towards most people you meet.

It’s honestly pretty wild that the developers would need to clarify that you can’t attack children in the game, which really brings in to question who’s really living closer to a dystopian society. Then again, we both have Keanu Reeves, so maybe everything will turn out alright after all.

Cyberpunk 2077

Nintendo announces a new Switch model with better battery life

Power up

Nintendo’s announcement of the Switch Lite dominated last week’s headlines, but the original variant of the portable console is getting a renewed focus, too. This week, Nintendo confirmed that the Nintendo Switch is getting upgraded to a new model with better battery life.

The new model promises between 4.5-9 hours of battery life, which is a hefty two hour upgrade over the original model. What’s more, that’s actually a 1.5 hour upgrade over the brand-new Switch Lite as well, prompting thoughts that the Switch Lite ought to have better battery life, too. After all, Nintendo is using the Switch Lite’s battery life as a big selling point—but it’s already being outdone by new Nintendo Switch.

Two hands holding a red and blue Nintendo Switch Lite

This Week’s Game Releases

Game Releases
Game Release Date Platform Metacritic
RISE: Race To The Future July 23, 2019 Switch, PC Link
Wargroove July 23, 2019 PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One Link
Run The Fan July 23, 2019 Switch Link
Pawarumi July 24, 2019 PC, Switch, Xbox One Link
Furwind July 25, 2019 PC, PS4, PS Vita, Switch, Xbox One Link
Wolfenstein: Youngblood July 26, 2019 PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One Link
Fire Emblem: Three Houses July 26, 2019  Switch Link

What’s up next week?

Next week

With San Diego Comic-Con running until Monday, plenty of gaming news is expected to release as developers show off their upcoming games to eager fans. You can expect a lot of news to come forth from the event over the weekend!

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John's Take

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Nintendo has definitely created an interesting conundrum for itself: how do you market the increased battery life of the Switch Lite, but then come out with a new version of the Nintendo Switch that one-ups the battery longevity already? It’s an interesting issue, though it’s certainly not the worst problem to have.

With San Diego Comic-Con around the corner, I expect plenty of gaming news to come out over the weekend. The first day of Comic-Con action already gave us leaked footage for Marvel’s Avengers, so I’m interested to see if that’s par for the course as the weekend plays out.