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FGQF Monday June 22nd – Crash 4, Ready at Dawn, Microsoft close Mixer

Crash, Facebook and Police Cars. It's Monday in gaming.

Dust off the weekend, it’s gone y’hear me, GONE. Let’s get into the news for Monday June 22nd.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Confirmed.

ToysForBomb have today finally confirmed Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is real and there’s a very shiny trailer below to prove it.

It’s About Time is set after the original trilogy, and you can play as Crash or Coco and switch-out at any time, though it appears you can also play as Neo Cortex, the mad scientist who is seeking revenge on Crash after stranding him on a distant planet a the end of Crash 3 all those years ago.

You’ll also notice a slight visual upgrade for Crash and wouldn’t you know it, there’s already a petition going around to change it. Ah, the internet.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 confirmed.

CI Games have today revealed Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2. Due for release in Fall 2020, Contracts 2 follows on from the well received original, no doubt bringing along enormous levels with super snipey snipe opportunities around every corner.

There’s not a huge amount to go on just yet but we do know Contracts 2 will be set in modern-day. Huzzah!

Space Invaders Ultimate Collection Revealed

Strictly Limited Games and TAITO have revealed the Space Invaders collection , coming to Nintendo Switch exclusively from Strictly Limited Games from June 28th (this Sunday).

Three physical versions of the Space Invaders Invincible Collection will be available and is finally heading to the West.

The content coming in each pack is below. It’s pretty damn extensive.

The following games are part of the Space Invader Invincible Collection: 

● Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) – b/w

● Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) – colour

● Space Invaders Part II (1979, Arcade)

● Majestic Twelve: The Space Invaders Part IV (1990, Arcade)

● Super Space Invaders ’91 (1990, Arcade)

● Space Invaders Extreme (2018)

● Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE (2018)

● Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders (2017)

● Space Invaders DX (1994, Arcade)

● Space Cyclone (1980, Arcade)

● Lunar Rescue (1979, Arcade)

The Limited Edition for Nintendo Switch will contain all 11 games and will be available for 59,99€.

Space Invaders Invincible Collection Collector’s Edition 

The limited Collector’s Edition for Nintendo Switch features:

● Soundtrack

● Arcade Book

● Sticker Sheet

● 4 Instruction Cards

● 6 Flyers

● Pin 

● 4 Acrylic Art Cards

● Arcade PCB Box

● Collector’s box with magnetic latch

Microsoft close Mixer, merging with Facebook Gaming

Microsoft have taken the decision to close its streaming service Mixer and will transition all users to Facebook Gaming.

The service will close on July 22nd when all sites and apps will direct users to Facebook gaming, with Mixer Partners automatically granted partner status on Facebook Gaming.

Major streamers such as Ninja and Shroud will be released from their contracts, with Ninja earning $30m whilst Shroud, the poor guy has only earned $10m from the closure. You really gotta feel for him at this difficult time, eh.

There’s no word yet whether they’ll return to Twitch or set up camp elsewhere. We’ll keep you updated on this all important news.

Ready At Dawn acquired by Facebook.

In other Facebook Gaming news, the place where you can reluctantly like pictures of your mates new baby for the 3432th time because they’ve posted one from a different angle has acquired The Order: 1886 developers Ready At Dawn for their Oculus wing to create VR titles for the platform.

“Ready At Dawn is a veteran game developer, having shipped games to multiple platforms in the past, and a VR pioneer,” Facebook’s VR honcho Mike Verdu wrote in a blog post on Monday.

“As part of the Oculus Studios team, Ready At Dawn will continue creating memorable, immersive, and innovative VR content for gamers around the world as an independently-operated studio. We’re thrilled to welcome them to the family.”

Fortnite remove police cars amid controversy.

Epic Games have removed police cars from the Fortnite map amid worldwide controversy of police brutality.

A source close to the studio was quoted by the Wall Street Journal saying;

“I wouldn’t say it’s a political statement. I think it’s just us being sensitive about the issues many people in our audience are dealing with.”

Regardless, the move is a clear response to the movement of police defunding seen across the world, though primarily in the US, which begun with the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

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