There’s plenty of video game news to dive into today, such as we’ll get to see a closer look at Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart at Gamescom: Opening Night Live. Aside from that, we received reaffirmation that Halo Infinite will come to Xbox One in 2021, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War may not get a free next-gen upgrade, and more. Here’s the video game news you might’ve missed on Aug. 25, 2020.
Halo Infinite Still Coming to Xbox One in 2021, as Well as Series X
Following recent wild rumors that 343 Industries had canceled the Xbox One version of Halo Infinite, the developer’s community manager, John Junyszek, took to Twitter to put any rumors to rest. “There are no plans to change our 2021 release or the devices and platforms we’ll be supporting,” said Junyszek in response to a fan.
Some had thought the Xbox One version had been canceled to allow developers to focus on the Xbox Series X version, which we now know is not true. Halo Infinite was recently delayed out of the holiday 2020 window and will hopefully launch next year.
Hey Eric – we're seeing lots of fake "leaks" out there, so please don't believe everything you read. There are no plans to change our 2021 release or the devices and platforms we'll be supporting. We're building Halo Infinite to be the best it can be on each device/platform 👊
— John Junyszek (@Unyshek) August 25, 2020
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Will Not Feature a Free Next-Gen Upgrade
It seems various editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War have leaked, according to reputable Call of Duty sites like COD Tracker and Charlie Intel. The three alleged editions are Standard, Cross-Gen Bundle, and Ultimate, and all three will supposedly include access to the game’s beta.
The Cross-Gen Bundle is peculiar and proves (assuming it’s real) that users will have to pay to gain access to the next-gen version. Based on the leak, those who purchase this bundle will gain access to the current-generation version, as well as the next-gen option within the same family (as in PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 and Xbox One to Xbox Series X). Again, this has not yet been confirmed but seems likely given the source. We’ll likely find out more tomorrow during the game’s full reveal.
Marvel’s Avengers Is Getting a Special Launch War Table Next Month
To coincide with the game’s release, Marvel’s Avengers is getting yet another War Table event, this time on Sept. 1, as revealed via the game’s Twitter account. War Table events are digital showcases that have been used to show off the game’s features leading up to release. While it’s unclear what the focus of the upcoming War Table will be, many have speculated that more DLC for the game will be revealed. Though, as was confirmed a while ago, you shouldn’t expect any more console-exclusive characters like Spider-Man. The launch edition War Table will air at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET on Sept. 1.
Join us for our special launch edition of Marvel's Avengers WAR TABLE, debuting on September 1 at 10:00 AM PT! Believe us, you won't want to miss this one.
— Marvel's Avengers (@PlayAvengers) August 25, 2020
Why Frogwares’ The Sinking City Has Been Delisted from Digital Storefronts
Developer Frogwares has been involved in a long legal battle with its former publishing partner, BigBen Interactive/Nacon, leading to the removal of its game, The Sinking City, from digital storefronts. Today, the developer released a statement addressing the lawsuit and the removal of the game, citing a payment dispute and breach of contract between it and the publisher.
One major issue is that the publisher demanded the source code for the game to give to a developer that BigBen/Nacon owned, and when Frogwares refused, all payments to the developer were stopped for months. Then, following the game’s launch, the publisher reneged on paying for agreed upon development milestones that had been met, meaning Frogwares “would not receive any profit from the sales of the game.” This resulted in Frogwares — the owner of the IP — taking the issue to court, in which an ongoing legal battle ensued. The full statement can be found below.
Borderlands 3: Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck DLC Out Next Month
Last week, Gearbox teased an upcoming Borderlands 3 campaign DLC, and today we got news of what it will entail and when you’ll be able to play. Titled Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck, this upcoming DLC will allow you to play as former psycho Krieg and will launch on Sept. 10.
It will come packed with new cosmetic items, skins, weapons, level cap increases, and a lot more. Those who own the Season Pass or the Super Deluxe Edition of Borderlands 3 will gain access to the DLC at no additional cost.