NBA 2K20 Adds All 12 WNBA Teams For the First Time

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For the first time in the long-running annual NBA 2K series, you’ll be able to play as the women athletes of the WNBA. NBA 2K20’s new WNBA mode will feature all 12 WNBA teams and more than 140 players.

“For years, fans have requested the ability to play as some of their favorite WNBA stars,” said Jeff Thomas, SVP of Development, Visual Concepts. “We’ve been working with the WNBA and their top players to modify our basketball simulation engine to replicate the WNBA on-court experience. We’re excited to roll out this new feature in NBA 2K20 because we know how important the WNBA is to the world of basketball.”

The WNBA will be available in Play Now and Season modes. Animations, play styles, and visuals have been built exclusively to accommodate women athletes and the WNBA experience. Top players like Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks forward, have been scanned into the game using motion-capture technology.

“Growing up, I always remembered watching male athletes on TV and playing as them in video games. Now, to have the WNBA be in the position we are and to have women featured prominently in NBA2K20, we are allowing young girls and boys to have female athletes as role models,” said Parker. “The 2K team has done an amazing job of making sure to not just put women into the game playing men’s basketball, but I’ve seen first-hand the hard work they’re doing to make this as real and authentic as possible to women’s basketball. I’m proud to be a part of this team paving the way for the future.”

NBA 2K20 will be released on September 6 for PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One. It’s rated E for Everyone.

Classic RPGs Grandia HD Collection Coming to Switch Next Week

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GungHo Online Entertainment America has announced the release date for Grandia HD Collection. The collection includes HD remasters of Grandia and Grandia 2, and will release on August 16 on Nintendo Switch. The Grandia HD remaster is also coming to PC (Steam) at a later date. It will be released as a separate purchase as Grandia 2 is already available.

The classic late 90s, early 2000s Japanese RPGs feature a unique combat system that employs both real-time and turn-based mechanics. You’ll also discover rich characters., vibrant worlds, orchestral music, and a sweeping story.

The HD remasters include enhanced user interface, sprites and textures, as well as an overall enhancement to cinematic videos. The PC versions will also include Steam achievements, widescreen support, and custom resolutions.

The original Grandia arrived in the US on the PlayStation One in 1999, with the more popular sequel arriving in 2000 on the Dreamcast, and in 2002 on the PlayStation 2. Both games are heavily inspired by anime and other JRPG clichés and tropes, but remain one of the more beloved, if lesser-known, JRPG series from yester-year.

Grandia HD Collection will arrive on the Nintendo eShop on August 16. Grandia II Anniversary Edition is available on PC (Steam), and will be renamed Grandia II HD Remaster. The original Grandia HD Remaster will arrive on PC at a later date as a separate game purchase.

Ooblets Developer Defends Epic Store Exclusivity: “Now We Can Just Focus on Making the Game”

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In a rare moment of very open communication, Gumberland, the indie developers behind upcoming farm sim and monster raising game Ooblets, wrote a lengthy blog post defending their deal with Epic. Gumberland recently signed a deal to release Ooblets exclusively on the Epic Games Store on PC. It’s a move that has become increasingly common for developers, and rage-inducing for many PC gamers.

It’s a note-worthy moment, as Gumberland is completely frank about the deal they made with Epic, their opinions on exclusivity, and the language they use to describe the gaming audience.

“Because Epic doesn’t yet have the same market share as their competitors, they offered us a minimum guarantee on sales that would match what we’d be wanting to earn if we were just selling Ooblets across all the stores. That takes a huge burden of uncertainty off of us because now we know that no matter what, the game won’t fail and we won’t be forced to move back in with our parents.

“Now we can just focus on making the game without worrying about keeping the lights on. The upfront money they’re providing means we’ll be able to afford more help and resources to start ramping up production and doing some cooler things.”

Here is Gumberland’s take on the Epic Games Store as an exclusive digital store for PC games:

“I can understand the frustration of having to buy different consoles to play the games you want, but there’s no extra cost to use EGS. The store and launcher just require a free signup. It’s not like having to pay for HBO and Netflix and Hulu to watch all the shows you want, it’s more like just having to press a button on your remote to change between free TV channels.

“It’s also really disappointing to see folks threatening to pirate a game just because they can’t get it on the game launcher they’re used to. Feeling like you’re owed the product of other people’s work on your terms or else you’ll steal it is the epitome of that word ‘entitlement’ that people use to discuss immature, toxic gamers.”

Ooblets is coming to PC (Epic Games Store) and Xbox One. A release date has not yet been announced.