Happy Friday, everyone! Today marks the release of Monster Hunter Rise, and Capcom has already detailed what to expect from its next update. Plus, Square Enix’s Balan Wonderworld has been under fire due to its seizure risks, JRPG Astria Ascending was announced, Call of Duty WW2: Vanguard may be the next entry in the series, and more. Here’s the video game news you might’ve missed on March 26, 2021.
Monster Hunter Rise Will Get More Monsters in April with Ver. 2.0
Although Monster Hunter Rise has only just released for Nintendo Switch, Capcom has already given us some details about its next major update. Referred to as Ver. 2.0, the new update will launch sometime this April, as revealed by the Japanese Monster Hunter Twitter account. While it’s not totally clear what the Ver. 2.0 will include, we do know it’ll feature new monsters, including Apex Rathalos and Elder Dragon Chameleos.
— モンスターハンターライズ：サンブレイク公式 (@MH_Rise_JP) March 26, 2021
Call of Duty 2021 Will Reportedly Take Place During WWII
According to a report from Modern Warzone, as corroborated by Eurogamer, 2021’s Call of Duty will be set during World War II. It is reportedly in development by Sledgehammer Games and is codenamed Call of Duty WW2: Vanguard, but sources say this may not be the final name. There have been some discrepancies about the game’s setting, as Modern Warzone states it will take place during an alternate 1950s timeline, while Eurogamer understands it will have a more “traditional” WWII setting.
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Astria Ascending Is a New JRPG from Renowned Final Fantasy Devs
Astria Ascending is a new turn-based JRPG headed to current consoles and PC this year. It was revealed during the ID@Xbox showcase and was accompanied by a trailer, which you can check out below. Most notably, the game is being created by veteran Final Fantasy developers such as Kazushige Nojima, who worked on the narrative for Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy VII Remake, and composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, best known for Final Fantasy XII, among many other projects. CyDesignation’s Akihiko Yoshida and Hideo Minaba, who worked on Final Fantasy Tactics, are providing art. The game will include eight playable characters with upward of 50 hours of gameplay.
DrinkBox’s New Game Is Nobody Saves the World
DrinkBox, the team that brought us the hit Guacamelee, is making a new game called Nobody Saves the World. It was announced today during the ID@Xbox showcase and is an action RPG with various character classes. As we’ve grown to expect from the studio, it features a vibrant art style with a ton of personality. It will launch for Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, and PC (and available on Game Pass) at an unspecified date. For now, you can enjoy its reveal trailer below.
Say hello to our new game, Nobody Saves The World!
🧙♂️An Action RPG where you transform into different unique character classes! 🧙♂️✨
COMING SOON to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC and Game Pass on console + PC!
— Drinkbox Studios (@DrinkboxStudios) March 26, 2021
Balan Wonderworld Receives Day One Patch Due to Seizure Risk
Balan Wonderworld is already off to a rough start. As originally reported by Game Informer, the game had certain scenes that were dangerous to photo-sensitive epileptics, so much so that developer Balan Company has issued a day one patch to address the issue. According to the developer on Twitter, the epilepsy risk was a “flashing bug,” though the company has yet to elaborate on what that means exactly. The good news is that this has been updated in the day one version, so it should be safer to play now.
Please ensure that you install the Day 1 Patch before playing.
We have received reports of a photo-sensitive epilepsy risk from a potential flashing bug if playing the game un-patched.
The Day 1 Patch prevents this issue as well as enhances the overall play experience.
— Balan Wonderworld (@balanwworld) March 26, 2021