Today in the Rundown, we have more news, or lack of news, about Nintendo’s new system the Switch. We also have the latest on Skyrim, the virtual reality game Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Pokémon Go, and Watch Dogs 2!
Don’t expect to learn more about the Nintendo Switch for a while. Nintendo finally unveiled their new system with a lengthy trailer yesterday morning, but despite the fact that there are still some big unanswered questions, that might be all we’re getting for now. According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo isn’t planning to make any more official announcements about the Switch this year. That means we’ll have to wait at least until January to find out more about the system. Some of the things consumers are dying to know about the Switch include how long the battery will last, what kind of resolution we’ll get on the portable screen, how good the graphics and frame rate will be, how much storage it will have, will it run 3DS cartridges, and will it be region locked? Region-locking prevents a system from playing titles that came from overseas, and is a major annoyance that many fans have with the 3DS and Wii U. Nintendo will likely provide more information and system specs in the build up to the launch of the Switch in March. I had a lengthy discussion with Ben Silverman about the Switch in the latest episode of Vic’s Basement, and you can watch that by clicking here.
Skyrim is coming to the Switch, and that’s not the only new way you’ll be able to play the game. Bethesda is teaming up with Hasbro to create the official Skyrim Monopoly board. It’s exactly what you think: a licensed version of Monopoly with place names, tokens, cards, and buildings based on the dark fantasy game. This is actually the first official tabletop game based on the Elder Scrolls franchise, which is kind of surprising when you consider how popular the series is with the role-playing crowd. Skyrim Monopoly will hit stores in March, so you won’t be able to get it for Christmas this year. If you just can’t wait to get your Skyrim on, Bethesda will release the new remastered version of the game in one week.
You won’t be able to boldly go into virtual reality this year. Ubisoft has delayed their VR game Star Trek: Bridge Crew. It was slated to leave spacedock next month, but writing on the official UbiBlog, they say they’ve decided to push it until next year in order to “deliver the best game experience possible.” It will now arrive on March 14, and be available simultaneously on the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR. Star Trek: Bridge Crew was first announced earlier this year, and allows players to take the role of Starfleet officers on the bridge of their own starship. I can’t wait for Ubisoft to port the game to the holodeck in a few years.
It looks like Pokémon Go is catchin’ all the dollars. The augmented reality game has reportedly hit $600 million in revenue, making it the fastest mobile game to do so. That’s according to the mobile analytics firm App Annie, which claims that Pokémon Go took just 90 days to hit the $600 million mark, which is two and a half times faster than the previous record holder Candy Crush Saga. Developer Niantic Labs hasn’t confirmed exactly how much money the game is making, but obviously it’s a lot. There has been some evidence that interest in Pokémon Go has been declining over the last few months, but it’s still estimated to have more than half a billion users, which is enough to keep it going for years and years to come. The popularity of Pokémon Go has also meant more interest in the other Pokémon games. The latest title in the franchise, Pokémon Sun and Moon, will launch on the 3DS worldwide on November 18.
You’ll be able to hunt the most dangerous game in Watch Dogs 2. Ubisoft has unveiled a special pre-order mission for the new open-world game, where players will be able to hunt down and eliminate the Zodiac serial killer. The real Zodiac terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 60s and early 70s, and although he was never caught and could still be out there, players will actually be going after a copycat killer inspired by his crimes. The mission will be available to those who pre-order Watch Dogs 2 on any platform. The game arrives November 15, and we’ll have new coverage on it with the developers next week.