It’s a new week, and there’s already plenty of video game news stories to jump into, like the release date for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Complete Edition. Today, the early review embargo for Cyberpunk 2077 lifted and many outlets who actually received the game gave it positive scores, Nintendo is in hot water with its community over the cancellation of a Splatoon 2 event (among other things), and more. Here’s the video game news you might’ve missed on Dec. 7, 2020.
Cyberpunk 2077 Gets Positive Reviews from Many Outlets
Today, the review embargo for Cyberpunk 2077 lifted, meaning outlets were free to share their impressions of the highly anticipated game. Fortunately, it seems to be getting fantastic scores across the board, though the general consensus is that it’s got myriad bugs and glitches in its current state on PC. Some hypothesize the console versions will only bring even worse performance issues. In any case, Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t seem to change the way we think about open-world games, but it’s still doing well from a critical standpoint. It’ll launch on Dec. 10.
Cyberpunk 2077 early review scores
The Gamer 10
Windows Central 5/5
RPG Site 9
Game Informer 9
PC Gamer 78
OC 92 (22 critics)https://t.co/RdQZdW2WIl
MC 91 (21 critics)https://t.co/pwfu56lOV4 pic.twitter.com/4pdR90c3PV
— Nibel (@Nibellion) December 7, 2020
Rust Console Edition Delayed Past 2020
The console edition of Rust has been delayed beyond 2020, according to the game’s publisher, Double Eleven. As with many game delays this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it extremely difficult for developers to work effectively. The game came to PC in 2013 and has undergone many changes since its original release. It’s unclear when exactly Rust will come to consoles, but it will hopefully be some time in 2021.
We have a development update about Rust Console Edition. We appreciate all the interest and patience while we continue to work on this title. Read the announcement on our website and sign up to our newsletter to get further news straight to your inbox: https://t.co/1w3XG0Ew3d pic.twitter.com/ZnrIL4aJc4
— Double Eleven (@DoubleElevenLtd) December 7, 2020
Read More: Rust Console Edition Update
Here’s What to Expect from Animal Crossing: New Horizons This December
Nintendo has detailed more of what to expect from the latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons Winter Update, which will feature another holiday this month. We got to see some of the update’s features, like the inclusion of new critters, the ability to shake trees to gain ornaments to craft items, and a deeper look at Toy Day — which sends you on a quest to deliver presents to villagers. Check out the new trailer below!
Hazelight’s Josef Fares Will Make an Appearance at The Game Awards 2020 to Show Off It Takes Two
You likely remember Josef Fares for his famous anti-Oscars speech at The Game Awards 2017, and now, Geoff Keighley has announced that Fares will be returning to this year’s annual ceremony later this week. Fares is the head of Hazelight Games and will make an appearance at The Game Awards 2020 to show off the studio’s new game, It Takes Two, as announced via a tweet from Keighley. The Game Awards 2020 will air this Thursday, Dec. 10.
It's about to get….interesting. Thursday night, @josef_fares makes his triumphant return to #TheGameAwards stage to present the world gameplay premiere of It Takes Two, the brand new game from @HazelightGames pic.twitter.com/6YGsn7Bzga
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 7, 2020
Nintendo in Hot Water with Fans Over Canceling Splatoon 2 Tournament Stream
Following the cease-and-desist Nintendo issued towards unofficial Super Smash Bros. tournament “The Big House” for using modded copies of the game last month, fans were unhappy with how things were handled — so much so that the #FreeSmash and #FreeMelee hashtags began trending on Twitter. Over the weekend, Nintendo canceled a highly anticipated Splatoon 2 North America Open livestream due to “unexpected executional challenges,” though many fans aren’t buying this explanation. Instead, the community believes the stream was canceled because many of the tournament’s top teams were vocal for supporting the Big House event and were disappointed with Nintendo for issuing the cease-and-desist.
So the Splatoon community, in support of the Smash community, has 30% of the top teams in this weekend's Spl2 NA Open with Team names in support of Melee and Smash.
So what does @NintendoAmerica @NintendoVS do in response?
They cancelled their livestream for tomorrow's Finals.
— Slimy (@SlimyQuagsire) December 5, 2020
Additionally, even more fans are upset with Nintendo for sending a wholly different cease-and-desist to “CptnAlex” for customized Etika memorial Joy-Con intended to be sold to raise money for charity.
Read More: Nintendo Cancels Splatoon 2 NA Open Livestream, “Free Melee” Believed To Have Played A Part