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…
Well, today’s the day. Huh? Avengers what? No, I’m talking about the massively anticipated return of Sean Slater in EastEnders, of course. Yep, Albert Square’s bad boy has been away for ten years, and he’s now showing up to reunite with mum Jean, sister Stacey, and for some reason, to punch Jack Branning in the face. Watch out, Walford!
Elsewhere, Tulisa (who?) is making a music comeback with her new single, ‘Daddy,’ and has hinted that a reunion with N-Dubz buddies Fraser and Dappy could be on the cards. It’ll be just like the mid-2000s, innit!?
Finally, it’s all kicking off with Danny ‘I’m fucking Danny Dyer’ Dyer and family, as the cockney hard man and wife Jo are reportedly miffed that their daughter, Dani, has been snapped snogging her ex-boyfriend. Poor Jack – that didn’t take long did it, mate?
Atlus unveiled Persona 5: The Royal this week, confirming what most of us probably expected by now: it’s a spruced up version of 2017’s Persona 5, featuring a bunch of additional content. The game is out in Japan in October, but fortunately, Atlus has already locked down a western launch for 2020.
To be fair, North’s probably bang on the money here; although, it’s important to remember he’s talking about Uncharted 5 with Nathan Drake. There’s still a chance for a new Uncharted game, just not starring everyone’s favourite cheeky trinket-pincher. I mean, anyone who has played Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End probably guessed as much, but still, I guess some were holding out hope that he’d be back. North would probably have done it, too. Still, as one of Sony’s biggest franchises, I can’t see Uncharted being rested permanently. Maybe a PS5 resurrection is on the cards?
343 Industries has poured cold water on fresh reports of battle royale turning up in Halo Infinite, after a Microsoft insider claimed it was being worked on. Unsurprisingly, nothing has changed; battle royale still isn’t on the cards, but 343 says you could probably make it yourself in the game’s Forge system. Oh, and there’s still a Battle Rifle, so technically, BR is in, right?
Nintendo has confirmed a new milestone for the Switch, with the hybrid console shifting nearly 35 million units since its debut in March 2017. It’s easy to see why: the Big N has had a solid first-party lineup for the console so far, and recent offerings such as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Yoshi’s Crafted World have ensured momentum hasn’t lagged. In related news, Ninty confirmed it has no plans to unveil fresh hardware – which the latest rumours have pegged for a late June launch – at E3.
With Sony now openly discussing PlayStation 5, the format holder has clarified that its next-generation console will not arrive on the scene before April 2020. That’s not surprising; Sony usually releases consoles in the back half of the year, after all. With rumours pointing to a 2020 release for PS5, we’re probably looking at something like October or November for Sony’s new console. The question is, who will be first out the door? PS4 or the NextBox? On a side note, PS4 has nearly 97 million sales worldwide.
The idea of Super Mario Maker is, frankly, utterly brilliant. I mean, you get to design your own Mazza levels using a marriage of assets from some of his best 2D games – what’s not to love? For example, back when I was just a kid, I wanted more Bob-ombs in Mario 3. They were my favourite enemy for some reason, and I didn’t think they had a good innings. Now, thanks to Mario Maker, I can make an entire Mario 3 stage full of the explosive little blighters. Super Mario Maker 2 expands on the DIY platforming kit, allowing you to craft more intricate stages including slopes, as well as assets from Super Mario 3D World. That means...cat powers!