This week in Switch #11: Gamescom edition

news 2018-08-24 By Tim Hanlon

On Wednesday at the Computer Entertainment Developers Conference (CEDEC) in Yokohama, Shigeru Miyamoto voiced concerns about the sustainability of the new business models taking root in the games industry.

“I can’t say that our fixed-cost model has really been a success, but we’re going to continue pushing it forward until it becomes entrenched. That way everyone can develop games in a comfortable environment.”

Mat Piscatella released NPD Group’s numbers for the US gaming market in July: the Switch was the best-selling console, Octopath Traveler was the best-selling game, and Nintendo was the best-selling publisher for July – which moves them into the best-selling publisher for the year-to-date.

Team Cherry, developers of the smash hit indie Hollow Knight just released the free Godmaster DLC – and launched a 34% off sale on all platforms, including the Switch. It’s also getting a physical edition – if you’re prepared to wait until next year.

The outrageous Saints Row series is coming to the Switch. Saints Row: The Third will ship with all DLC, with the port being handled by Deep Silver Fishlabs, who previously ported Manticore – Galaxy on Fire to the Switch. Don’t hold your breath for a Saints Row 2 port – porting it from the Xbox 360 would require a ground-up rewrite which is highly unlikely.

InkyPen, a Switch-exclusive subscription service for comics, is arriving in November for 7.99€ / $7.99 per month, promising thousands of titles. I do wonder how many people willing to subscribe to a service like this aren’t already using a similar service on a phone or tablet.

Nintendo is hiring for its UI/UX team in Kyoto, which has people hoping for some long-needed improvements to the eShop interface.

Big updates have arrived to the two major free-to-play titles, Paladins 1.4 update brings the Switch version in line with other platforms, and Fortnite 5.30 update addresses issues with gyro aiming.

Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season arrives on the eShop on August 28, with Season Two and A New Frontier coming later this year.

And of course a load of trailers came out of Gamescom:

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Daemon X Machina

Super Mario Party

RICO

Aeon Must Die!

About the Author

Tim Hanlon is the founder of Switcher. He has been playing Nintendo for 30 years, and involved in online publishing for 15 years.

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