Video Game News-April 16, 2020


Crytek has announced Crysis Remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. It is co-developed by Saber Interactive and will launch this summer.

“We are excited to be working on the Crysis franchise again, and to bring all the Crysis fans a remaster worthy of their passion for the game,” said Crytek CEO Avni Yerli in a press release. “It’s an exciting opportunity to be able to bring Crysis back to PCs and current consoles—even Nintendo Switch!—so that a whole new generation of players can experience the thrill of a battle in the Nanosuit.”

Here is an overview of Crysis Remastered, from Crytek:

The classic first person shooter is back with the action-packed gameplay, sandbox world, and thrilling epic battles players loved the first time around—with remastered graphics and optimizations for a new generation of hardware co-developed on CRYENGINE with Saber Interactive. Starting this summer, Crysis Remastered will be available for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and for Nintendo Switch.

Crysis Remastered will focus on the original game’s single-player campaigns and is slated to contain high-quality textures and improved art assets, an HD texture pack, temporal anti-aliasing, SSDO, SVOGI, state-of-the-art depth fields, new light settings, motion blur, and parallax occlusion mapping, particle effects will also be added where applicable. Further additions such as volumetric fog and shafts of light, software-based ray tracing, and screen space reflections provide the game with a major visual upgrade.

In Crysis 1, what begins as a simple rescue mission becomes the battleground of a new war as alien invaders swarm over a North Korean island chain. Armed with a powerful Nanosuit, players can become invisible to stalk enemy patrols, or boost strength to lay waste to vehicles. The Nanosuit’s speed, strength, armor, and cloaking allow creative solutions for every kind of fight, while a huge arsenal of modular weaponry provides unprecedented control over play style. In the ever-changing environment, adapt tactics and gear to dominate your enemies, in an enormous sandbox world.

Crysis first launched for PC in November 2007, followed by PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in October 2011.

View the teaser trailer below. Visit the teaser website here.


Publisher THQ Nordic and developer Purple Lamp Studios announced, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam on June 23. 

Digital pre-orders are available now for Xbox One via the Microsoft Store and PC via Steam. Switch pre-orders will open via the Nintendo eShop on April 21. PlayStation 4 pre-orders will follow via the PlayStation Store at a later date.

Here is an synopsis of the game, from THQ Nordic:


Are you ready, kids? The cult classic is back, faithfully remade in spongetastic splendor! Play as SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy and show the evil Plankton that crime pays even less than Mr. Krabs. Want to save Bikini Bottom from lots of rampant robots with your mighty bubbles? Of course you do! Want to underpants bungee jump? Why wouldn’t you! Want to join forces in a brand new multiplayer mode? The battle is on!

Game Features

  • Play as SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy and use their unique sets of skills.
  • Thwart Plankton’s evil plan to rule Bikini Bottom with his army of wacky robots.
  • Meet countless characters from the beloved series.

Remake Features

  • Faithful remake of one of the best SpongeBob games ever created.
  • High-end visuals, modern resolutions and carefully polished gameplay.
  • Brand new horde mode multiplayer for up to two players, online and offline.
  • Restored content that was cut from the original game like the Robo Squidward boss fight and more.

View the new pre-order trailer below.


Developer Aspyr Media announced the PlayStation 4 and Switch versions of Star Wars Episode I: Racer will launch on May 12 for $14.99.

In the interview with StarWars.comStar Wars Episode I: Racer producer James Vicari discussed the game’s modernized controls.

Racer originally came out in an interesting time for controllers,” Vicari said. “We were really starting to see interesting things—rumble, multiple analog sticks. Even the shape of the Nintendo 64 controller. So it’s sort of fitting that when you look at controls today, we’re seeing the same thing. Like the Switch Joy-Cons. You really want to make sure that the game plays well and embraces as much of the variations as possible for them. So we’ve done a lot of work to make sure that the game feels comfortable in all configurations, including playing with each individual Joy-Con. The team here is a big believer that the best control scheme is the one you don’t ever think about and that philosophy really permeates everything we’ve done with the controls.”


Publisher Bandai Namco announced, Crossover fighting game Jump Force is coming to Switch in 2020 as Jump Force Deluxe Edition.

The Switch version will feature over 50 playable characters, including the nine additional characters of Character Pass 1, as well as support for one-versus-one, two-versus-two, and three-versus-three local battles with one Joy-Con per player.

Bandai Namco also announced Character Pass 2, which will cost $17.99 featuring five additional characters, starting with the release of Shoto Todoroki from My Hero Academia this spring. The four characters yet to be announced are from Hunter X HunterYuYu HakushoBleach, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

Jump Force first launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in February 2019.

View the switch announcement trailer below.


Bloober Team has released the reveal trailer for Observer: System Redux, a rebuilt version of the August 2017-released original with expanded gameplay and new story content for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It will launch this holiday season.

Here is an overview of the game, via Bloober Team:


Bloober Team has rebuilt its award-winning cyberpunk thriller, Observer, with augmented visuals, gameplay, and story as Observer: System Redux for next-generation consoles. Considered one of the scariest games currently available, and one the best cyberpunk games coming to next-generation consoles, System Redux is the definitive vision of this horror tale, coming for the 2020 holiday season

The unique blend of cyberpunk and horror in System Redux features Rutger Hauer in one of his last voice-acting roles (Dan Lazarski/Observer) and the team views the title as a tribute to the late film star. The game also stars Polish musician and actor Arkadiusz Jakubik as Janus Jukowski, a veteran struggling with early model cybernetics.

While System Redux is a remaster of the original Observer, it features some completely new, never-seen-before story.


The year is 2084.

The future has turned out much darker than anyone could imagine. First, there was the Nanophage. A digital plague that killed thousands upon thousands of those who chose to augment their minds and bodies.

Then came the War, leaving both the West and the East decimated and shattered. With no one left to seize power, corporations took over and forged their own crooked empires.

You are a tool of corporate oppression. Feared and despised, you hack into the darkest corners of your suspects’ minds. You creep into their dreams, expose their fears, and extract whatever your investigation may require.

You are an Observer.

What is System Redux?

Veteran Observers can dive deeper into this dystopian reality thanks to expanded gameplay and brand-new story content, while newcomers will get the chance to experience this cyberpunk thriller in all its chilling next-gen glory. Keep an eye out for more details on the enhancements in the coming weeks and months leading up to the premiere of next-generation consoles!

View the reveal trailer below.

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