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March 26, 2016 Game News Update – Wii U and Nintendo NX Rumors, VR Space Simulation

Some of this week’s most interesting game news is completely fabricated- seeing as this is the Blackman ‘N Robin Game News Update, and not the Game Fiction update, we’re obligated to bring to the light that which is real, and to point out that which is not. Of course, some interesting- and true- things did happen this week, such as the release of Cryengine V with a PWYW pricing model as well as the Kickstarter for a historically accurate VR spaceship simulator- check out all this and more on this week’s episode.

Earlier in the week, what were, supposedly, Nintendo NX controllers were posted to Reddit, and the gaming media went wild- people were tossing predictions about Nintendo’s upcoming console that, currently, nobody knows anything about. Later in the week, it was revealed that the whole thing was a brilliantly executed hoax- as I suspected it may have been. With the magic of 3D printing, many things are possible.

If you’d like to find out more about that spaceship simulator, what you should know is that it’s currently on Kickstarter- it’s called Go For Launch: Mercury and it’s a clever reconstruction of the early manned American spaceflight missions. Think of it as a sort of interactive virtual reality museum- it’s in development for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and you can download a demo from the game’s Kickstarter pageGo For Launch: Mercury is on track to be released in 2018.

If you came here curious about the Greenlight for The Council of Crows, here’s a handy link to that– the game is in development by Jonas Kyratzes (of The Sea Will Claim Everything fame) and it looks like a wonderfully whimsical sort of magic realism fairytale adventure game. If this sounds like your sort of game, check it out.

Finally, we got an awesome trailer for Overwatch that’s really a short film that reveals more of the game’s world as well as some backstory for Winston, the super-genius battle gorilla. It’s a surprisingly good short movie on its own- though that shouldn’t come as too much of a shock, seeing as Blizzard’s games tend to have the best cutscenes.

What do you think of this week’s game news? Did you believe the Nintendo NX controller was real? Do you think that the Wii U will be going out of production this year? Would you like to suggest a Kickstarter project to feature in next week’s episode? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up and follow @Blackmannrobin for all the latest game news, reviews, previews and interviews; be sure to follow me for my own views, and don’t forget to enter our Steam key giveaway for Shardlight.

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