Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, we got our hands on Arms, Nintendo’s upcoming fighting game for the Switch. Also, 2K has a new president, and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig is getting involved with an online game.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Pieces of flair and opinion

  • The DeanBeat: Don’t panic. E3 will be full of fun, not FUD
  • AR/VR Weekly: Buying stuff in VR without facing … reality
  • What should you expect from Nintendo at E3 2017? GamesBeat Decides
  • Could indie dev Yager paint a big-ass spaceship on … the Berlin Wall?

Above: Sonic Mania debuts on August 15 for $20.

Image Credit: Sega


  • Hitman’s June content update could be its last
  • The NPD Group: Grand Theft Auto V is the best-selling game in the U.S. since it’s been tracking
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War delayed to October 10
  • Geoff Keighley and YouTube ink multi-year deal for expanded E3 coverage
  • Innervate brings mobile-style analytics to Steam with Red Shell
  • Seagate targets 4-terabyte storage drive at Xbox Game Pass members
  • Kerbal Space Program has a new owner: Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two
  • Edgybees mashes up video games and real drones for a futuristic new racer
  • Hunt: Showdown is Crytek’s new multiplayer game, and it’s going to E3 in June
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker launches $500,000 Kickstarter for extra content, not the base game (update)
  • Overwatch’s new map colonizes the moon
  • Law professor Lawrence Lessig: Vast online games need a political structure
  • Obsidian’s Pathfinder Adventures is the latest mobile game to journey to PC
  • Vuforia’s Project Chalk lets people communicate in augmented reality
  • Drifter Entertainment unveils fast-action sci-fi shooter Gunheart for VR
  • Giant game publisher 2K appoints company insitution David Ismailer as its new president
  • NCSoft takes on League of Legends with action MOBA Master X Master
  • Appy Pie launches its VR and AR app builder for startups and small businesses
  • ReadyUp unveils platform for managing esports teams
  • MindCotine uses VR to help you kick the smoking habit
  • Aceable teaches teens how to drive in VR
  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig will design the politics in online game Seed
  • SoundCloud’s first game console app arrives on Xbox One
  • AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper with 2 Radeon Vega GPUs runs Prey at 4K
  • AMD shows rising support for Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew now comes with every HTC Vive VR headset
  • Mixer’s co-op streaming is for the pros, not dabblers like me
  • Sega Europe’s partnership with Two Point Studios is another sign of its PC growth
  • Keystone Publishing pieces together a partnership with Devil’s Peek’s new puzzle game
  • Longtime GDC boss Meggan Scavio says so long
  • Sonic Mania dashes onto consoles and PC on August 15
  • How Nvidia’s Max-Q delivers 3 times the performance in a much thinner laptop
  • Attention livestreamers: TwitchCon tickets are now on sale
  • Roll20 sponsors Team 8, a top 10 Heroes of the Storm squad
  • Lost Sphear is a new retro Square Enix role-playing game from the I Am Setsuna team
  • Nvidia releases a recipe to make GPU computing ubiquitous in data centers
  • Nvidia’s Max-Q tech can make gaming laptops as thin as a MacBook Air
  • ARM wants to boost AI performance by 50X over 5 years

Above: Zombie Gunship Survival.

Image Credit: Limbic Software

Mobile and social

  • Sega’s new Crazy Taxi mobile game: Less driving, more tapping
  • ManoMotion uses a single smartphone camera to capture your hand gestures for virtual reality
  • Pollen VC: 4,648 mobile app developers made over $1 million in 2016
  • Atomico: Europeans are seizing share in fast-growing China mobile game market
  • Zombie Gunship Survival bags 2 million downloads 1 week after launch
  • Mobile advertisers are falling in love with ‘playable ads’
  • Miso Happy augmented reality app sticks your face on AR cartoons
  • Gamevice Inc. raised $12.5 million with its mobile controller
  • Skillz takes Capcom’s Street Fighter into mobile esports for prizes
  • Vikings pillaged TV ratings — now it’s going to plunder mobile gaming
  • Mobile games publisher GameMine raises $20 million to expand globally
  • Top-downloaded games beat top-grossing ones on retention

Reviews, previews, and interviews

  • Total War: Warhammer II designer promises war across four continents
  • Sega’s Creative Asssembly unveils a massive new world for Total War: Warhammer II
  • Extinction is a game brave enough to mash up ‘Attack on Titan’ and ‘Shrek’
  • Qbics Paint for Nintendo Switch will let you sculpt with the touchscreen
  • Only Nintendo could give an idea like Arms some legs
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew’s solo campaign is like posing mannequins in your basement
  • 505’s Last Day of June will take gamers on an emotional journey
  • Last Day of June asks, ‘What would you do to save the one you love?’

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