Hey everyone, Mr Zee here again! Today I’ll be bringing you some news on what’s been going on in the gaming world this past week. We’ll be talking about the long awaited release of Baldur’s Gate 3, a buyout of Crackdown Developer Ruffian Games, and internet sensation Among Us by Inner Sloth has climbed the rankings of Twitch views.
Back in 2000, Black Isle Studios was famous for its engaging and strategic RPGs such as Fallout 2 and Baldur’s Gate 2. Unfortunately, just as they were working on the sequels Fallout 3 and Baldur’s Gate 3, the studio went under. As you may already know, Fallout 3 was then successfully carried on by Bethesda, however the world of Baldur’s Gate belonged to the company known for its ownership of Dungeons & Dragons; The Wizards of the Coast. Larian Studios, known for a similar RPG title to Baldur’s Gate; Divinity Original Sin, sought out to obtain the IP for Baldur’s Gate. Wizards of the Coast was relunctant at first, but with the successful release of Divinity 2 they asked Larian Studios to take on the task of creating Baldur’s Gate 3.
Now, three years after we are finally getting a look at the game, and it looks like Divinity and Baldur’s Gate have combined in ways we never dreamed of. As of October 6th, Baldur’s Gate 3 is now available on early access on Steam, and the reviews are saying that it’s all we hoped it would be. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think of it!
The developers of Crackdown 2, Ruffian Studios, has recently been bought out by none other than Rockstar Games. Known mostly for Grand Theft Auto recently made a move to purchase Ruffian Studios and its IPs. As of this time it’s unclear what this may mean for the future of Rockstar or if they’ll be continuing the Crackdown series, but what we do know is that Ruffian Studios will be officially changing its name to Rockstar Dundee after its location in Dundee, Scottland.
Metagaming is the strategy of thinking outside the bounds of a game in order to overcome obstacles. In a single player game, this can mean putting yourself in the developers shoes to think about where hidden items might be located or how a newfound item or ability can help you reach your next intended destination. In multiplayer games, however, metagaming can also mean putting yourself in other player’s shoes. This tactic is very useful in many online games, but in some games it’s mandatory. Among Us is one such game that uses metagaming as a key component in it’s gameplay and one of the reasons why the game is so much fun to watch. It’s a game in which you use deception and trickery into fooling the other players into thinking that you are on their team and not sabotaging them at every turn, or use deduction and suspicion to find the imposter lurking among your teammates.
Among Us was released back in 2018, but received very little reception. However, youtubers and Twitch streamers alike have found the game can draw quite a large crowd due to its metagaming system, and from there Among Us has reached a tremendous leap in popularity due to these streamers. As of right now, it has already climbed up the Twitch charts as the third most viewed game on Twitch, taking the spot of the ever popular Fortnite. Among Us developers, Inner Sloth, had planned a sequel to the game to be released just two months ago, but cancelled their plans stating that people were having so much fun with the original that they’d rather turn their attention on improving the original game as much as they can. Just this month we’ve now received updates to the game that include more lobby customization options and a colorblind support mode.
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