2019 BAFTA Game Awards Nominees Announced

The 2019 BAFTA Game Awards are just a few weeks away so of course, it’s time to look at the nominees for the various categories. If you aren’t familiar with the BAFTA Game Awards they are basically the Oscars for games from the UK. BAFTA also gives out awards for film and television, though those are at different award shows. The President of BAFTA is Prince William, the future King. So yes, this is an incredibly big award show, the most prestigious in the industry. To be nominated the game has to have been made in part in the UK. The games also have to be nominated, a process which many studios either don’t know about or don’t care to go through. As a result, you’ll often see the same studios nominated year after year. So, with all of that in mind, here are the nominees.

 

Elite: Dangerous Beyond Chapter 4 - Mining Changes

 

Artistic Achievement

Detroit: Become Human
Gris
God Of War
Marvel’s Spider-man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

Audio Achievement

Battlefield V
Detroit: Become Human
God Of War
Marvel’s Spider-man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Tetris Effect

 

Best Game

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Celeste
God Of War
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

British Game

11-11: Memories Retold
Forza Horizon 4
Red Dead Redemption 2
The Room: Old Sins
Overcooked 2
Two Point Hospital

 

Debut Game

Beat Saber
Cultist Simulator
Donut County
Florence
Gris
Yoku’s Island Express

 

Evolving Game

Destiny 2: Forsaken
Elite Dangerous: Beyond
Fortnite
Overwatch
Sea Of Thieves
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

 

Family

Lego Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles
Nintendo Labo
Overcooked 2
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! And Let’s Go, Eevee!
Super Mario Party
Yoku’s Island Express

 

Game Beyond Entertainment

11-11: Memories Retold
Celeste
Florence
Life Is Strange 2
My Child Lebensborn
Nintendo Labo

 

Game Design

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Celeste
God Of War
Into The Breach
Minit
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

Game Innovation

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Celeste
Cultist Simulator
Moss
Nintendo Labo
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

Mobile Game

Alto’s Odyssey
Brawl Stars
Donut County
Florence
Reigns: Game Of Thrones
The Room

 

Multiplayer

A Way Out
Battlefield V
Overcooked 2
Sea Of Thieves
Super Mario Party
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

 

Music

Celeste
Far Cry 5
Florence
God Of War
Gris
Tetris Effect

 

Narrative

Florence
Frostpunk
God Of War
Marvel’s Spider-man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

Original Property

Dead Cells
Florence
Into The Breach
Moss
Return Of The Obra Dinn
Subnautica

 

Performer

Christopher Judge As Kratos In God Of War
Danielle Bisutti As Freya In God Of War
Jeremy Davies As The Stranger In God Of War
Melissanthi Mahut As Kassandra Of Sparta In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Roger Clark As Arthur Morgan In Red Dead Redemption 2
Sunny Suljic As Atreus In God Of War

 

Ee Mobile Game Of The Year (Voted For By The Public)

Brawl Stars
Clash Royale
Fortnite
Old School Runescape
Pokémon Go
Roblox

 

 

Be sure to check out the BAFTA awards show broadcast online live on April 4th to find out who the winners are.

 

Source: BAFTA Official Site

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Fortnite is Highest Trending Game of 2018 on Google

Google has released their list of trending searches for 2018 and that includes a list of the top 10 video games. The highest trending game of 2018 should come as no surprise, it is Fortnite. The game has taken over the world this year with massive collaborations and a ton of media attention. At number 2 on the list is Red Dead Redemption 2, which also isn’t a surprise. Fallout 76 is number three, which goes to show that the trending game doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best. Right now on Metacritic, it has a user score of just 2.7. Monster Hunter: World lands at number 6 on the list. It is followed by Sea of Thieves, another game with a low Metacritic score.

The game that comes in at number 10 is a massive surprise, Zombs Royale. This is one that admittedly has flown under our radar until now. It’s a Battle Royale game for browser and mobile. While looking this game up, we first turned to Youtube, wondering if perhaps it had been made popular there by a big Youtuber. But, the video with the most views is at 1.3 million views from Fuszion, a channel with 6.3k followers. You can see the video below if you’re curious.

This list was just for the United States. There weren’t as many lists for other countries or globally. Other trends Other trends from Google in the US this year include Fortnite gifs topping the gif chart, Logan Paul in Actors, and the World Cup topped searches. Fortnite also makes an appearance in the list for How to, with the number 10 how to question is how to get the Boogie Down emote. It is also number 7 in the What is… list. Not too much of a stretch to assume it was mostly parents doing that search.

Here’s Google’s full list of the top 10 highest trending games of 2018.

  1. Fortnite
  2. Red Dead Redemption 2
  3. Fallout 76
  4. Far Cry 5
  5. God of War
  6. Monster Hunter: World
  7. Sea of Thieves
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  9. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  10. Zombs Royale

 

Source: Google Trends of 2018

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Sea of Thieves Talks about the Shrouded Shores Update

Content updates continue to roll forward for Sea of Thieves and naturally the devs are looking towards the next major one, which incidentally has a name: the Shrouded Shores update. In the game’s latest entry to its regular developer videos, executive producer Joe Neate provides a few details on this content patch and the thought process behind its creation.

forsaken shores update

According to Neate, Shrouded Shores is an update that primarily hopes to apply feedback collected over the course of launch and the sandbox game’s previous content releases.

One of these features is increased customization options for ships, including the ability to change the look of the wheel, cannons and capstan. Another feature is the addition of fog, which will make visibility challenging and will ideally make the crow’s nest position more important than ever. Shrouded Spoils will also bring new Commendations for Pirate Legend level players to chase, giving them something new to pursue.

A more in-depth video and features list is due to arrive soon, but for now players can look forward to the Shrouded Spoils update in November. Before then, there’s also the Festival of the Damned Bilge Rat adventure starting on October 31st. The complete dev update video is below.

Our Thoughts

…wait, are they saying that people were asking the devs for fog? In any case, we do hope that this next update does indeed continue to provide the sorts of things that players of Sea of Thieves want to see, and we’re looking forward to learning more in the coming weeks.

Source: YouTube

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Sea of Thieves Reassesses its Update Cadence

It would seem that once a week was more trouble than it was worth. In the latest Sea of Thieves developer update video, executive producer Joe Neate confirmed that weekly updates to the pirating sandbox will be scaled back in the interest of improving overall quality of content.

sea of thieves developer update

According to Neate, while the weekly update cadence had some benefits, they were more often than not introducing more bugs into the game, which ultimately led to more downtime and more work. Additionally, the update pace didn’t provide meaningful content.

As a result, they’re scaling things back, with updates to the game only arriving with major content updates, Bilge Rat Adventures, or major quality of life updates or bug fixes .”We want to move away from [weekly updates] and really focus on only updating the game when we’re actually going to be delivering significant player value to people,” explained Neate.

That said, today’s planned update which has brought the new Cargo Run mission type for the Merchant’s Alliance faction has gone live. Unlike regular Merchant’s Alliance missions where you have to find the items yourself, these missions have you taking up already collected valuables and dropping them off to a specific location. These valuables are unique, with items like rum or fine silks, and also have their own unique requirements like keeping rum bottles from breaking or keeping silks dry.

The developer update video also talked about changes to the Pioneers testing program, the upcoming Festival of the Damned event, and other matters. You can check out the video below and learn more about Cargo Runs here.

Our Thoughts

While having regular updates would have been nice, if they’re more trouble than they’re worth then we can appreciate the decision to move away from that plan. Ideally, there’s enough things for players in Sea of Thieves to do now that there won’t bee too many complaints. Ideally.

Sources: YouTube, official site

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Sea of Thieves Premieres a Forsaken Shores Trailer and Talks Up Rowboats

Regular players of Sea of Thieves are pretty familiar with the general tension of swimming from shore to your boat, laden with a treasure chest and hoping you’re not accosted by a hungry shark. Those days will be over as the Forsaken Shores update continues to spin up towards its launch with information about rowboats and a new teaser trailer showing a bit of everything else.

forsaken shores update

Rowboats should be pretty self-explanatory; they’re small vessels that will let players paddle from their larger vessel to shore and back, loading it with treasure as they see fit, whether that be found chests or individual items like wood, cannonballs and bananas that can be stuffed into an on-board storage locker.

Players will be also happy to note that the rowboat won’t be associated with only large vessels, letting every size craft bring a rowboat along. You’ll also want to have a rowboat moored to your craft, as the volcanic islands arriving in the Forsaken Shores update can super-heat the surrounding water and cook swimmers alive.

Speaking of the locations in Forsaken Shores, there’s the aforementioned new teaser trailer that provides a look at the perils these new islands will provide along with what looks like some of the new cosmetics players can earn. That video is attached below.

Our Thoughts

Making the islands enemies in their own right definitely puts a whole new wrinkle to the usual beats of finding resources or treasures. We’ll be looking forward to knowing what other things await players on the Forsaken Shores in a couple of weeks.

Sources: official site, YouTube

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Sea of Thieves Touts Over 5M Players as Cursed Sails Goes Live

It took a few updates for Sea of Thieves to hit its stride, but it appears that the piratical sandbox title has done just that. With the arrival of the latest Cursed Sails update, the folks at Rare Ltd. are marking a new high point in Sea of Thieves player numbers.

sea of thieves player numbers

According to the latest word from executive producer Joe Neate, over 5 million players are setting sail in the Sea of Thieves. Counted among that number are content creators who have helped to rack up 300 million views on YouTube and 40 million hours of Twitch broadcast time.

The news comes just after the game’s Cursed Sails update went live, which added skeleton-crewed enemy ships, the three-player Brigantine ship, and the new Alliance feature to help crews come together under a common banner. The update has also kicked off another three week-long limited Campaign.

“On behalf of us all at Rare, I’d like to thank everyone who’s been a part of this amazing adventure,” writes Neate. “Every single one of the five million players who’s played has bought something unique and special to the game: themselves. It genuinely wouldn’t be the same without you.”

Our Thoughts

No matter how you feel about a game when it first arrives, seeing an MMO bring itself back into a stable and enjoyable experience is one of the best parts of watching this genre and we’re glad the team at Sea of Thieves has apparently done just that. Here’s hoping the fun continues for fans of this game.

Source: Xbox Wire

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Cursed Sails Update Coming to Sea of Thieves July 31

In what’s bring promised as the most substantial update yet to the piratical multiplayer sea-box (get it? because it’s all on water?), the Sea of Thieves Cursed Sails update has gotten its first details, a release date and a trailer to go along with it all.

sea of thieves cursed sails

The most notable feature of Sea of Thieves is the addition of literal skeleton crews as skeleton marauder ships will now be added to the game’s oceans. Not only could players run into these aggressive ships on the open water, but Outposts could come under attack by these roving threats.

Cursed Sails will also introduce the new Brigantine ship, a style of sea craft built for a crew of three. There will also be a new Alliance system added to the game, allowing crews to band together in a bit more camaraderie. Or, at least, camaraderie among themselves if not the wider world.

Of course, this new update will also bring forth another time-limited campaign, which starts off with competition between the game’s shopkeeper NPCs escalating into what’s being called a tale of greed and ambition that culminates in a terrible revelation.

As stated in the headline, it all kicks off on Tuesday, July 31st. A teaser trailer for the update can be seen below.

Our Thoughts

Oh, hey, not only will we have to watch out for roaming PvPers, we’ll have to watch out for roaming skeleton ships, too! Coooool. But honestly, this new wrinkle (ripple?) in the Sea of Thieves could certainly be intriguing. Assuming, of course, the enemy ship AI is actually engaging and not mildly suicidal.

Source: official site

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Sea of Thieves Devs Join In on a PUBG Charity Event

The Sea of Thieves devs aren’t just about open water and cartoony pirates. They, apparently, love them some PUBG and a number of the salty crew from the multiplayer sandbox will be among 25 other teams to join in on a special PUBG charity event this coming weekend.

pubg charity event

The team from Sea of Thieves have taken to calling themselves the Pirates of Chicken Isle, and will be one of 25 teams from UK games studios that will battle it out this coming Friday, June 22nd in a massive battle royale tournament starting at 8am EST/1pm BST in the Chicken for Charity PUBG event. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch.

The event is raising proceeds for SpecialEffect, an organization that strives to include people with physical disabilities in gaming by using and developing technology that lets people of all types enjoy video games. The organization is most recently known for their work with Xbox on the new Xbox adaptive controller that was announced in May of this year.

The Chicken for Charity event page is seeking a £5,000 target to help SpecialEffect’s cause, with the drive already hitting 62% of its target at the time of this writing. You can learn more about each of the supporters of the event here and offer your support for the Sea of Thieves team if you’re so inclined here.

Our Thoughts

We want to wish all of the participating teams the best of luck both in the Chicken for Charity event itself and in raising lots and lots of money to help SpecialEffect’s cause. Here’s hoping that everyone can shatter that £5,000 goal!

Source: JustGiving page via Sea of Thieves Twitter

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The Hungering Deep Arrives to Sea of Thieves

If you’re thalassophobic, you were probably staying very far away from Sea of Thieves anyway. If you’re not, then you should probably still keep a weather eye on what lies below the waves with today’s Hungering Deep launch.

hungering deep launch

That “old, vast and hungry” beastie has landed to the sandbox multiplayer title today, along with a number of other features such as an NPC that alerts players to limited-time events, customizations for ships and players including unique items for Pirate Legends, and ship flags that literally flag your intent. At least in a visual nature – there’s no actual flagging mechanics tied with said flags.

The Hungering Deep has also added a number of bug fixes and improvements overall. You can take in the full details on what’s been added in the official release’s patch notes.

Our Thoughts

Oh, flags. If only they worked like flags usually do in online games. In any case, we hope that players who enjoy themselves in Sea of Thieves also have a good time with today’s Hungering Deep launch. If you are among those sailing the salty seas, be sure to share your experiences with us below and tell us if this latest update has been to your liking.

Source: official site

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Dev Video Explains What Sea of Thieves Campaigns Are (Sort Of)

So with the arrival of The Hungering Deep, we’re going to see the first of a number of limited-time Sea of Thieves campaigns. But just what are they? What other content types can players expect? These are the topics that are lightly touched on in the most recent Inn-Side Story dev video.

sea of thieves campaigns

Campaigns will be timed and exclusive content chunks that are tied to the release of larger updates like The Hungering Deep, which will also offer their own exclusive rewards. After that, the features of the large-scale update will, of course, remain in-game. What wasn’t elaborated upon, however, was how long these campaigns will run.

In addition to campaigns, the devs discuss other types of content such as Ways of Play for both regular players and Legends, Large Tools and Small Tools. In addition, the devs talk once more about their weekly smaller updates where they plan on adding new small mechanics or other adjustments. There’s also a hint that there will be some brief glimpses of their next two larger updates at this year’s E3 near the end of the video.

The full video itself can be seen embedded below.

Our Thoughts

So here’s the thing: we’re pretty sure making content events available to only those who logged on was a similar trap that Guild Wars 2 fell in to and received some backlash about, so we’re definitely wondering how players of Sea of Thieves will take the news that these large patch campaigns are going to be truly limited. Where do you stand on this idea?

Source: YouTube

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