Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly news feature, Catch-up coffee Monday. Each Monday we will bring you the best news from the previous week that you may have missed. Grab the biggest mug you’ve got, fill it with your favourite brew, and catch up with us!
Life is Strange reaches milestone, announces next release date
We took one teeny tiny day off breaking news last Friday, and look what happened: there were two pieces of big news about a Digitally Downloaded favourite, Life is Strange! We have be enthralled by the three episodes to date, and while eagerly awaiting information of the release date of episode four Dontnod Entertainment shared the news that the game has reached one million downloads – a huge accomplishment! And while everyone was celebrating, the other shoe dropped: the next episode is out July 28 (this is likely in the U.S., those in Asia and Australia will probably have to wait until the 29th based on time zones) and there’s a brand new trailer to tide fans over in the mere days until release. Watch the trailer for Episode 4: Dark Room below, and let us know what you think!
Spike Chunsoft and Tri-Ace team up for new RPG
The brilliant minds behind Danganronpa are planning something new, but they aren’t doing it alone: Spike Chunsoft is teaming up with the equally brilliant Tri-Ace (who doesn’t love Star Ocean?!) to bring us a brand new RPG. What we definitively know about the title can be summed up in three words, “side-view RPG.” What we can assume is that this will be an amazing combination of teams working on it, and that’s reason enough to be excited. There’s a teaser site up now with a countdown timer; a new keyword goes up when it gets to zero.
A big Miiverse redesign is dropping July 29
Changes are afoot in the Miiverse, so take note Wii U and 3DS players! The changes will be made later this week, and promote game-related interaction between users. In a post explaining the changes, Tom points out: “First and foremost, Miiverse is created for gamers to talk about games.” Perhaps the biggest change is that you won’t be able to post directly to your activity feed any more; instead, posts can be made in a Play Journal by opening Miiverse while playing a game. Other changes include a private screenshot album, redesigned communities (where you’ll find journal entries, drawings, and discussions), and changes to posting limitations so you can post a combined total of 30 comments per day (no time limits!) plus in-game posts.
Microsoft may still face a class-action lawsuit over scratched discs
There is little more gut-wrenching than the sound of your Xbox 360 destroying a game disc, unless you actually enjoy the sound of metal gauging metal. It didn’t happen to everyone, but for those who experienced it the fear of it reoccuring never disappears. Now, it appears something may finally be done about it. Microsoft has been trying to get out of a judicial order stating they must face the proposed class-action lawsuit over the Xbox 360 making game discs unplayable by scratching them, claiming it was player error and not hardware-related (as someone whose Xbox 360 scratched up a borrow game, I can certainly confirm I had nothing to do with the giant gash in the disc). Last week, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appears said Microsoft has to either face the trial or end up in Supreme Court. The lawsuit has been tied up in court since 2007 so we don’t expect a solution any time in the near future.
Does any of this news tickle your fancy or make you steaming mad? Let us know in the comments! And meet us again next week for a new edition of Catch-up coffee Monday.
– Lindsay M.