Hello, I’m Arlo and this is the Gamers Brief. Nintendo made a number of announcements in an investor call last Wednesday one of which pertained to their upcoming service Nintendo Switch Online. After further confirmation that the service will cost $19.99 for a year-long membership and will include a range of classic games for customers to enjoy for free, they also confirmed a solid September window for the next delay. The official statement reads: “We’re very eager to release more vague bits of info until the big day in September, when we delayed Nintendo Switch Online in to 2019.” Nintendo’s investor call also brought confirmation that a Super Mario Brothers Movie is officially in development, but also that it’s being co-created by Illumination Entertainment, a company infamous for filling the entire world with Minions and by order of their real official mission statement, producing movies as cheaply as possible. The news resulted in an unusual phenomenon where in the faces of Mario fans all over the world were stuck with a mathematical precision between a smile and a frown. Behavioral scientists are dubbing this new expression a “Smown” and officially defining it as: “That face you made when you heard that there was going to be a Mario Movie, but that it was being made by Illumination.” New details have emerged about Hideo Kojima’s mysterious new game Death Stranding. Viewers may recall its initial E3 2016 reveal, a surreal cinematic trailer that showed no gameplay, it’s Game Awards 2016 appearance, a surreal cinematic trailer that showed no gameplay, and it’s Game Awards 2017 appearance, a surreal cinematic trailer that showed no gameplay. However in a recent interview, Norman Reedus, performer of the game’s main character, shed some light on the title, he was quoted as saying: He went on to say that it will center around re-establishing physical contact and will include elements of social media. Rumors suggest E3 2018 will see another surreal trailer with no gameplay, as well as a story synopsis told entirely through smell. More on this as it doesn’t develop. As promised earlier in the year, Activision Bungie has released a road map for their popular online shooter Destiny 2. The infographic details a number of changes in content updates that will be released in the coming months. Highlights include another XP Debacle, some apologetic backpedaling locking more previously free content behind DLC, more apologetic backpedaling, locking fun holiday theme drops behind loot boxes, a few patches that make the game objectively worse, another two debacles and one last insincere apology to finish off season 3. In related news, researchers are still hard at work trying to answer what very well may be the biggest mystery of this generation: Why on earth are people still playing Destiny 2? Stay tuned for developments on this front. Finally, Capcom has published their earnings for the fiscal year and with an operating income of 64.5 million dollars the company’s profits have increased by over 300% By Capcom’s own account, much of this was due to the success of Ultra Street Fighter 2 on the Switch which they described as, “a smash hit.” When asked about the prospect of developing exclusive games for the Switch or porting over some of their triple-a titles a Capcom representative stated, “Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh… Maybe later”
I’m Arlo and you’ve been watching the Gamers Brief, good night and good game.