In this weeks action packed episode Zahra takes Monster Harvest round the back of the shed, while Ezie and Elliot rip into Free Guy.
In this week’s Zed Games Podcast Maylee and Tobi bring you banter, blood and beavers. With the long awaited review of Dead by Daylight from Maylee, and finishing with our newest team member Hazel reviewing Timberborn, this one is a blast from start to end!
Activision Blizzard strikes $18 million settlement with US employment watchdog
Less than a day after the federal lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the $18 million settlement, subject to court approval, will be used for payments to employees who have experienced sexual harassment, sex discrimination or retaliation while working at the Californian video game publisher.
Any remaining funds will be split “between charities that advance women in the video game industry or promote awareness around harassment and gender equality issues” Activision Blizzard said in a statement. This settlement is separate from a lawsuit filed in July by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing against the publisher.
Microsoft launches cloud gaming in Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico
After several months of testing, Xbox Cloud Gaming has been released in 4 more countries, expanding the service to 26 in total. This service allows members of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate access to over 100 titles over the cloud, meaning that you can stream titles such as Gears 5 or Sea of Thieves on something as simple as an android or apple device. No hardcore gaming PC’s or consoles required!
“Since cloud gaming is powered by custom Xbox Series X consoles, that means these games are being played by an Xbox in the cloud, bringing faster load times and improved frame rates to the gameplay experience” Catherine Gluckstein, Microsoft’s head of Project xCloud.
Playstation introduces a new feature – Game Trials
Sony has introduced an interesting new feature this week in the UK, offering timed trials on selected Playstation 5 titles. At this stage only two games, Death Stranding Director’s Cut, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure are included, allowing players 5 to 6 hours to try them out before making the decision to purchase.
The feature is limited to Playstation 5 users, and can only be used once per account, per game. Should this feature make its way to our shores, there is one problem, the trial starts when you click download. Given our average internet speeds, that could pose a problem for some gamers.
Upcoming Gaming Releases
• Age of Darkness: Final Stand
• Far Cry 6
• The Lightbringer
• Moonglow Bay
• Knockout Home Fitness
• Lego Marvel Super Heroes
• Metroid Dread
• Tetris Effect: Connected
• Nintendo Switch OLED
• Book of Travels
• Back 4 Blood
• Disco Elysium: The Final Cut
• Ori: The Collection
With lockdown looming Ezie takes to the studio alone, but not in spirit. With Games keeping the company they discuss gaming news from Maylee, Tobi reviews the wholesome RPG game Garden Story, and Ezie reviews the brain twitching puzzler Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions.
In this weeks podcast we Hey, Hey, Hey it up with Maylee, Paul and Rani discussing the news and new releases. Paul and Maylee lead a discussion of Psychonauts 2, while Paul waxes lyrical on The Artful Escape.
On today’s show Ezie, Elliott and Toby talk News, the Activision Blizzard Lawsuit and Elliott reviews Ghosts of Tsushima Directors Cut.
Roblox Is Getting Voice Chat
The popular online play space will be introducing voice chat as a feature! Roblox is an online game platform and game creation system, where players can create games and environments and then play and interact in those spaces, making it a popular online hangout. Voice chat is on the way, starting with ‘spatial voice’ for developers, to test the concept of realistic conversations within the game, mimicking the way that voices carry in the real world.
There are concerns on how these conversations can be moderated, especially considering that a large portion of Roblox players are minors. As a result, voice chat will have a slow rollout, with initial access only being available to 5000 developers. It has been suggested that voice chat may never be made available to those under 13, depending on how each stage of the rollout progresses.
In addition, Roblox will let users self-report issues, flagging problematic players which may result in losing speaking privileges.
You Will Be Able To Upgrade Horizon Forbidden West To The PS5, But There’s A Cost
With many people unable to get their hands on the PS5, it has been a relief to know that many PS4 games will include a free PS5 upgrade for when players are able to get the next-gen console. So many fans were disappointed when Sony initially announced that Horizon Forbidden West wouldn’t include this upgrade.
Thankfully, Sony has retracted this decision, and people who buy a copy of Horizon Forbidden West for the PS4 will be able to receive a free upgrade allowing them to play it on the PS5.
However, Sony has confirmed that from this point onwards, all PS4 games both digital and physical will come with a $13 AUD upgrade fee for the PS5 version of that same game. This will include games such as Gran Turismo 7, and the next God of War.
Tripwire Interactive CEO Steps Down After Backlash
Tripwire Interactive CEO John Gibson is stepping down following backlash against his tweet supporting the recent Texas restrictive abortion laws, which allowed citizens to sue anyone who aids the procedure.
“His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners, and much of our broader community. Our leadership team at Tripwire are deeply sorry and are unified in our commitment to take swift action and to foster a more positive environment,” says Tripwire representatives.
Current Vice President, Alan Wilson, will take over as interim CEO. Alan has worked with the company since its formation in 2005 and takes an active lead in Tripwire’s business and development. There are intentions to address concerns within and outside the company, starting with a company-wide meeting to promote open dialogue.
Upcoming game releases!
- The Artful Escape [PC, XBO]
- Terrain of Magical Expertise [PC]
- Webbed [PC]
- A Day Without Me [PS4, XBO]
- Kraken Academy!! [PC]
- Life is Strange: True Colors [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch, Stadia]
- Lost in Random [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch]
- NBA 2K22 [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch]
- Tales of Arise [PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO]
- WarioWare: Get it Together [Switch]
- Honey, I Joined a Cult [PC]
- Age of Darkness: Final Stand [PC]
- Fire Commander [PC]
- Merek’s Market [PC, PS4, XBO, Stadia]
- Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town [PC]
- Timberborn [PC]
- Titan Chaser [PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO]
This week Ezie takes over and brings in a new voice, Eliott! Together they take on the week in gaming news, give us the Old One-Two on South East Games’ Paint the Town Red, and press play on Paul’s review of The Forgotten City.
This week Zahra’s locked in the studio for Lockdown and discussing the News, as well as reviewing Evolution. We also get Rani’s awaited review of Immortals Fenyx Rising, and a heartfelt sendoff from Zahra themselves.
This week Paul and Rani talk big news and review Death’s Door and Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights