Blimey, would you Adam and Eve it? Yep, that's another week done and dusted, and with it a whole bunch of (hopefully) exciting video game news to digest. Being an EastEnders fan, I know how important catching up on stuff is, so that's why I'm here to guide you through the biggest gaming stories of the past week before you bugger off down the pub, play some Fortnite, fire up Netflix, or do whatever it is you do on a Friday night. But first, I’ll get the important stuff out of the way…
Get your diaries out, folks. The BBC has confirmed that Danny ‘I’m fucking Danny Dyer’ Dyer is returning to EastEnders on May 6, with his character, Mick Carter, having been off to attend the wedding of daughter Nancy. Not only that, but the cockney geezer is going to see the Spice Girls with the rest of his family in a summer storyline for the Beeb’s flagship soap. He’ll also dress up as Victoria Beckham for the gig, so you might want to prepare yourself for that. Anyway, Danny Boy’s coming back on our screens – rejoice!
Speaking of ‘Enders, actress Tilly Keeper, who plays Louise Mitchell in the show, has moved to deny speculation that she’s dating former co-star Shaheen Jafargholi. They’re ‘just good friends.’
Finally, Ozzy Osbourne has announced he’s rescheduled his European leg of the No More Tours tour, with the Prince of Darkness now set to play shows across the UK in 2020. To be honest, at this point I’m just glad the Ozz Man is still alive and kicking. Roll on the 02 London, in February, next year!
The reactions to this on Twitter were absolutely priceless. I mean, there’s some of us who probably thought that Paramount were having us on; that the earlier shots of Sonic couldn’t actually be as bad as we were lead to believe. It wasn’t as bad – it was worse. I mean, look at the Blue Blur: his eyes are all wrong, his legs are too muscular, and he’s been to the same dentist as Simon Cowell. And what was Gangsta’s Paradise all about? To be fair, it’s not all Paramount’s fault; Sega must have okay’d this monstrosity, so they should take some flak, too. Jim Carrey doesn’t look too bad as Eggman, though.
Koji Igarashi’s Castlevania spiritual successor has been cooking in the oven for a long time now, but we’ve finally got a concrete release date set in stone for late June. Seeing as how Konami doesn’t appear to be arsed about bringing back Castlevania anytime soon, this is the next best thing – and it looks bloody brilliant. Think Symphony of the Night in gorgeous high-definition, updated mechanics, and less Belmont, and you’ve got Bloodstained.
Anthem’s core development team has had a bit of a shakeup in recent weeks, with three key members – Mark Darrah, Mike Gamble, and Jonathan Warner – reportedly moving on as the studio focusses its efforts on Dragon Age 4. BioWare later affirmed its commitment to the game, with Gamble also making it clear that the studio isn’t putting the kibosh on its support for the troubled sci-fi shooter. Regardless, Dragon Age 4 is almost certainly going to be a major focus going forward.
The Last of Us: Part 2 has been keeping a pretty low profile since last year’s E3, although one industry insider reckons we’re due an update before 2019’s show kicks off next month. Nothing has been confirmed by Naughty Dog, but the tipster also seems to believe the post-apocalyptic sequel will be released this year – a belief shared by a lot of people. Personally, I find it interesting that Joel hasn’t really been shown at all, so if we are going to see more soon, it would be good to catch another glimpse at Naughty Dog’s gruff hero. That is, assuming he isn’t dead; I’m still entertaining the idea that he’s actually brown bread, and the Joel we see is in flashbacks.
I mean, why not? Saints Row is absolutely mental, so a movie would probably be good fun. Right? From the sounds of things, they’ve got the right director, with The Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray helming the project, although there’s little else to go on at this point. Let’s just hope Johnny Gat is in it, eh? You can’t have a Saints Row film without the Gat.
Activision held another earnings call this week, confirming we’ll finally get our first glimpse at Call of Duty 2019 by June 30. Many are expecting it to be Modern Warfare 4 at this point, something which I’m fully backing – I’m well up for some more Captain Price and Soap. Interestingly, there’s no guarantee we’ll get an announcement before E3, which is a surprise considering Activision usually plumps for April/May for its Call of Duty reveals.