Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, we checked out Final Fantasy XII’s remaster, Star Wars: Battlefront II announced when its beta test will start, and RPG maker InXile got a big investment.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Pieces of flair and opinion

  • The DeanBeat: Game industry’s leaders share more wisdom
  • PC Gaming Weekly: Overwatch steps into the esports spotlight
  • Conan and Kate Upton got to play Cuphead — maybe we’re next
  • AR/VR Weekly: Surviving the desert
  • Is Switch getting more third-party support? GamesBeat Decides
  • From murderbots to Groza drops: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds plays of the week
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age tips for new and returning players
  • This Steam Controller analysis may make you rethink Valve’s PC gamepad

Above: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is about to bounce off Steam.

Image Credit: Activision

News

  • Games software/hardware revenue to top $150 billion in 2017
  • Facebook’s rumored $200 standalone VR headset is not a Rift replacement
  • AMD’s Threadripper CPUs undercut Intel chips by up to $1,000
  • Shadow.LoL provides analytics and visualization for League of Legends esports teams
  • Peter Molyneux’s The Trail: Frontier Challenge is coming to Steam (update)
  • Games for Change’s 14th festival showcases social impact with diverse finalists
  • Africade will showcase video games from all over Africa starting July 29
  • What Remains of Edith Finch launches July 19 on Xbox One
  • InXile gets $4.5 million investment from Gumi for an open-world survival RPG VR game
  • Overwatch League’s first 7 teams include New England Patriots, New York Mets owners
  • Logitech acquires Astro Gaming to form an audio-headset behemoth
  • Google Play’s Indie Games Festival now taking submissions until August 6
  • Ex-Activision veterans raise $7 million for Velan Studios game startup
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is ‘retiring’ from Steam
  • Smithsonian highlights indie game makers with museum arcade
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gets official streams on Facebook Live
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II multiplayer open beta begins October 6
  • WWE 2K18 tags Nintendo back in with a Switch release (Updated)

Mobile and social

  • Mobile game revenue finally surpasses PC and consoles
  • Sensor Tower: Pokémon Go’s Japanese players outspend the U.S. nearly 4-to-1
  • LiquidSky lets you play your PC games on Android devices
  • Jam City launches Snoopy Pop mobile game and donates money to Canine Companions charity
  • Fiksu: iOS marketing costs fell 7% in May but Android rose 28%

Above: Fighting in Final Fantasy XII.

Image Credit: GamesBeat

Previews, reviews, and interviews

  • Splatoon 2’s campaign features unfurling bridges and rail grinding
  • Figment is a surreal puzzler that brings dreamscapes alive with music
  • MXGP3 captures the weight and speed of motocross racing
  • Nex Machina blasts your eyeballs with its Robotron-like hordes
  • Splatoon 2 gameplay: Watch us fight a samurai octopus on a unicycle
  • War of the Chosen promises a deeper, better XCOM 2
  • Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates turns New York into a Neo-Victorian Waterworld
  • Why Kabam cofounder Kevin Chou is diving into esports with Overwatch League’s Seoul franchise
  • Splatoon 2 gameplay: Watch us fight a monster. Or a toaster oven. Or a monster toaster oven
  • Splatoon 2’s single-player campaign inks my heart
  • Ultima creator Richard Garriott looks back on nearly four decades making video games
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age review — a more convenient classic

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