The Week in Video Games: Stay Awhile And Listen Edition

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The Week in Video Games: Stay Awhile And Listen Edition

Still a better week than teasers trailers for trailers of movies.

| April 11, 2018

The Week in Video Games:

Stay Awhile And Listen Edition

By Matthew Arcilla

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It’s been a slow news week in videogames, with very little controversy, fanfare and surprises happening. Which is fine, as that means publishers and developers can focus on the announcements and updates regarding the immediate future of video games. I mean what else is there to do until the news bombs explode during expo season?

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War admits premium currency was a mistake

Read more at Too Much Gaming

 With zero shred of contrition, developer Monolith announced that they would be removing all microtransactions from Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. In effect, you will soon be unable to buy war chests using premium currency. The reason, Monolith says, is that buying your army conflicts with their design goals. Meanwhile, parent company Warner Bros is rolling cigarettes from dollar bills.

 

Spyro the Dragon gets a remastered trilogy

Read more at Too Much Gaming

The beloved purple dragon descends from atop his pile of Skylanders toys-to-life money to reunite with the third person platform genre. That takes the form of Spyro Reignited Trilogy, a remastered version of the first three Spyro the Dragon games with upscaled graphics, a re-recorded musical score and the return of Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants) as the voice of Spyro.

 

Hitman studio signs a deal with WB Interactive Entertainment

Read more at Destructoid

 IO Interactive is the studio behind the iconic Hitman series, which saw a successful reboot as an episodic anthology back in 2016. But despite their success, publisher Square Enix sold off the studio to itself, granting it terrifying control of its own destiny. Happy news this week though, as the studio signed a publishing and distribution deal with WB Interactive to continue the Hitman franchise.

 

Diablo’s famous know-it-all Deckard Cain joins Heroes of the Storm

 

Read more at Polygon

No other voice is so closely identified with Blizzard’s iconic Diablo series than that of Deckard Cain, the sagely know-it-all and identifier of items. The house that Warcraft built announced that Cain will be joining their online hero brawler, Heroes of the Storm. Designed as a support healer who sticks close to his allies, Cain tosses out healing potions, but his best ability puts enemies to sleep by telling stories.