The Wednesday news, part two:
Overwatch 2 is having an in-game Pride event for the first time: 'We're here to be authentic to these characters and true to them for Pride'
Pride is coming to Overwatch 2 as part of a new, regular in-game event starting on June 1.
Every Overwatch 2 player will receive a free collection of 15 Pride flag icons and 24 name cards to use on their account profiles—a first for not only Overwatch, but Blizzard, too. Much like Overwatch's other events, Pride will come with an alternate version of the Midtown, New York map, set just after a parade with flags and confetti lining the streets.
A lot of Diablo fans got really mad about Blizzard's 'Hardcode Mode' statue contest
Last week, Blizzard announced a fun little competition for the most dedicated of Diablo fans: the first 1,000 Diablo 4 players to reach level 100 on Hardcore Mode—that's the permadeath mode—would have their names carved into a real-life statue of Lilith. As is the way with fun things on the internet, it almost immediately spiraled down into a social media morass of misery and anger.
Deep Rock Galactic studio remakes cosmetic DLC after fans complain: 'You’re putting down good money for these items, and you want them to stand out—we hear you!'
We said back in April that Deep Rock Galactic has "one of the last positive communities left in gaming," but even among that crew, there are limits. Those boundaries were reached earlier this month when developer Ghost Ship Games unveiled the new Decontaminator Pack cosmetic DLC. To put it bluntly, players did not care for it.
Solarpunk is a co-op 'cozy survival game' set in a world of airships and floating islands
The opening moments of the reveal trailer for "cozy survival game" Solarpunk shows some familiar crafting activities: chopping down trees with an axe, building the floor and walls of a little house, watering some plants in the garden, and tending to livestock like pigs, chicken, and sheep. Stuff we've done in all sorts of gentle farming and crafting games before.
But then there's a reveal: The picturesque little island you're building your farm on isn't surrounded by water but air, and you can explore a beautiful world full of distant floating islands in your own personal blimp. I know, everyone likes to call them airships, but I still like to call them blimps. And as blimps go, it's a darn cute one!
The farm sim series that started it all just teased two new games and one is multiplayer
Ahead of the main week of gaming showcases coming in June, game publisher Marvelous hosted its own showcase of announcements last week. I'm already quite excited to see the remake of my favorite Harvest Moon game coming this June as Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life, but it turns out that's not the only SoS game being cultivated. Marvelous announced that there are actually two more brand new Story of Seasons games in the works, and one of them is multiplayer.
Konami is officially doing the most boring thing possible with the MGS3 remake's voice acting
Tommy Williams, Konami's head of communications for the Americas, has confirmed to The Verge that the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake will reuse the original games voice lines without any changes whatsoever.
Ex-BioWare dev says no-one there believes in 'BioWare magic', Anthem 2 'was really fun, but that is when EA canned it'
Last week saw the release of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, and it didn't go too well. While the PCG review found the game had some redeeming features, technical issues on other platforms contributed to the game receiving some terrible review scores, to the extent the studio felt the need to issue an apology and some bug-squishing promises. It also led to a moment of developer solidarity on social media, as people who've worked on games that didn't come together shared their stories of such projects.
One particular story was shared at some length, and will make sad reading for any Iron Man fantasists out there. Developer Ian Saterdalen is currently a lead producer at Mythical Games, before which he worked in various roles at Crystal Dynamics, Blizzard, Riot, and then BioWare at the time of Anthem's extremely rushed development.
Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People is becoming Strong Bad's Abandonware For Licensing Reasons
Telltale has some strong bad news, and has announced it will no longer offer support or sell Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People. "We no longer have the rights to the IP and so we can no longer sell or support the game series" reads a blog post announcing the news (thanks, RPS), though no cutoff date is mentioned and, at the time of writing, the game remains available on Steam.