Hello, and welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, we got to check out the anticipated shooter Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is heading to mobile, and Overwatch released its 25th character.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Pieces of flair and opinion

  • The DeanBeat: Pittsburgh steels itself to become a regional game hub
  • PC Gaming Weekly: Have you heard of … Roblox?
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Watch us earn chicken bucks
  • GamesBeat 2017 announces three more decision makers from gaming’s past and future
  • AR/VR Weekly: Headsets and glasses go beyond games
  • Will Nintendo put out the Switch Online dumpster fire? GamesBeat Decides
  • AR/VR Weekly: Back into the metaverse
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hero spends whole match hiding in a car
  • Why Discord is my new online home
  • PC Gaming Weekly: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds could still get much bigger

Above: Doomfist in Overwatch.

Image Credit: Blizzard

News

  • Final Fantasy’s card game is hot at tabletop shops, shipping 5.5 million packs
  • Dragon Quest XI is coming to the West in 2018
  • Electronic Arts is spending even more on ‘influencers’
  • EA’s boss isn’t bullish on mass-market VR
  • Electronic Arts’ digital sales jumped 23% over the last 12 months
  • The Sims 4 sees 20% year-over-year surge in monthly players
  • EA’s live-service games like FIFA and Battlefield boost Q2 numbers
  • Overwatch’s Doomfist is now live
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is now standalone on PC and Xbox One
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gets fix for aiming bug
  • For Honor is getting two new seasons and dedicated servers
  • New U.K. publisher No More Robots will launch Descenders free-riding game
  • AMD launches its low-end Ryzen 3 gaming and VR processors
  • Bethesda unveils Wolfenstein II — The Freedom Chronicles Season Pass
  • HTC announces standalone VR headset for Chinese market
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds microtransactions lead to first major fan backlash
  • AMD releases its biggest Radeon driver update of the year
  • Walmart cancels every Super NES Classic Edition preorder
  • Frontier Developments announces expo celebrating Elite: Dangerous and Planet Coaster
  • Dying Light studio Techland launches Gemly, its Steam-like digital store
  • Blizzard promises Overwatch League players at least $50,000 per year
  • Former GDC boss Meggan Scavio will run an elite game academy
  • Take This and Wired Productions team up to raise awareness about mental health
  • Nintendo’s sales soar thanks to the Switch
  • AMD CEO: Cryptocurrency mining and gaming will boost Q3 graphics shipments
  • AMD posts a small Q2 loss despite its most competitive chips in a decade
  • Devolver Digital backs another indie on Kickstarter: Torla, a surreal RPG
  • Katie Stern is the Game Developers Conference’s new general manager
  • PUBG guns for your wallet with early microtransaction test
  • Grand Theft Auto: Online is Power Mad with its fancy new car
  • Heroes of the Storm’s championships will let viewers tip teams for loot
  • BrightLocker launches platform to connect developers with players
  • CleverPet’s game console for dogs shows they can see colors
  • Independent Games Festival is now taking submissions for GDC 2018
  • Overcooked will appear on the Nintendo Switch’s menu July 27

Above: Middle-earth: Shadow of War on mobile.

Image Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Mobile and social

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War shines the Eye of Sauron on iOS and Android
  • FoxNext Games’ Aftershock will make a Marvel mobile game as its first title
  • Megacool raises $1.5 million to solve user acquisition with GIFs
  • Sensor Tower: Pokémon Go iOS revenues soar thanks to legendary monsters
  • Streamlabs brings its livestreaming app to Android
  • Candy Crush Saga teams up with The Emoji Movie
  • Scopely’s Walking Dead fans revolt over glitches
  • Sensor Tower: Mobile game revenues grew 32% in Q2 as Asian titles surged

Reviews, interviews, and previews

  • Sundered review — the beauty of exploration and death
  • Wolfenstein II creative director reveals more about a Nazified America
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus dances between agony and ecstasy
  • HyperX’s Alloy Elite mechanical keyboard keeps the Cherry switches and adds media controls
  • Blindfold is a disturbing VR tale about the torture of journalists
  • Sound BlasterX AE-5 sound card will get the most from your headphones
  • Naughty Dog fleshes out its main female characters in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy features a vast level where you can roam with your jeep
  • Pyre review — RPG dodgeball is as stylish as it sounds

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