News Snatch: Overwatch’s Loveless Bastion, Ghost Recon Physics & Dick Wilde

A few weeks ago, it was a CGI assisted CEO Fredrik Wester doing the splits between a couple of tanks, and now it’s Paradox Interactive COO Susanna Meza Graham and a few of the other big names in the company to get into the spirit of things… also the fancy dress of things.

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All of this is in aid of promoting the first PDXCON to be opened up to the public, running between 13-15th May in Stockholm, Sweden.


Speaking of Paradox, it’s now been two years since Cities: Skylines released and set a new record for launch day sales. It’s since been surpassed, but racing past 250,000 sales in 24 hours was a pretty big deal, and the game’s grown steadily ever since.

“It’s fair to say that Cities: Skylines has changed all of our lives at Colossal Order,” said Mariina Hallikainen, CEO of Colossal Order, as they announce that 3.5 million players have bought the game, and that all of them will soon receive a small piece of DLC called Pearls from the East for free, which includes three Asian-themed buildings: a Panda Zoo, a Chinese Temple, and the Shanghai Pearl Tower.


Aww, it looks like Bastion won’t ever find love, if a PC Gamer interview with Blizzard’s Mike Morhaine is to be believed. When asked the characters that he “ships” in Overwatch, and eventually got past the initial confusion of not knowing the term for fans investing themselves in real or imagined relationships in TV and film, he said:

PCGamer: Oh gosh. It’s a term online used for pairing characters who they think should be romantically involved.

Mike: Oooooh. (Laughing) That’s called shipping?

PC Gamer: That’s called shipping, yes.

(PR in the background: “Never heard of that before.”)

Mike: Oh, how funny.

PC Gamer: I’m sure you’ve seen it online, yes.

Mike: Y’know, I’m more of a consumer of those ideas than I am necessarily a creator. I mean, I can tell you that, yeah I mean this doesn’t answer your question but I’m a big fan of D.Va!

PC Gamer: Okay!

Mike: But the one that I end up playing the most is probably Bastion, who probably doesn’t ship along with anyone. (Laughs)

PC Gamer: Is there anyone you’d partner D.Va with?

Mike: Oh jeez. No, I don’t think I’m going to down that path.

Poor Bastion. ?


Say goodbye to Qbby, as BYE-BYE BOXBOY! is set to be the third and last game in the puzzle-platforming series. Coming from HAL Laboratory, the creators of Kirby, it’ll debut on Nintendo 3DS on 23rd March with 180 puzzles to solve, five challenge worlds, and amiibo support.

It’s not even £5, but in case you’re on the fence, a demo that samples a few puzzles from across the three games will be available at the same time.


There’s swamplands full of creatures that would love to have a little taste of Dick in Dick Wilde, but Dick’s got other ideas, arming himself to the teeth with nail-guns and grenade launchers.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to drain the swamp of dangerous creatures, the game is out for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on 30th March, setting you back £17.99 (with a 15% launch discount). A PSVR version is also in the works, though there’s no release date just yet.


The Elder Scrolls: Legends has got a final release on PC, so anyone that thinks that combining The Elder Scrolls with a TCG looks like a bundle of fun can play the game. An iPad launch will then follow on 23rd March, and Android tablets can join in some time in April.

5th April also sees the first content update to the game, with the eye-wateringly pricey The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood expansion – it’ll cost £19.99, but can also be bought with in-game gold – adding a new story to play through in single player and a bunch of extra cards.


If you ever wanted a lion to sniff your face without the dangers of a lion then trying to bit your face, it looks like Virry VR is the answer. Out today on PSVR for £7.99, it’ll transport you to the Kenyan Savannas, where panoramic cameras were set up to capture animals in their natural habitat.

Lion, Monkey, Zebra, Elephant, Hyena, Leopard and Rhino are all available to play now, with Giraffe, Cheetah, Baboon, and extreme Elephants – presumably these are elephants on skateboards pulling tricks – coming “soon”.

It’s not just video, but interactive, so you shake your controller to tempt a lion with meat or feed and elephant. Alternatively, you can just chill out and relax in the Kenyan wilderness, or tune in to the live streaming cameras at the Lewa Conservancy.


Now it’s celebrities hurling nonsensical insults back and forth at each other, as Vile Monarch create a Hollywood spin off to their insult simulator from last year. Oh… Sir! The Hollywood Roast is coming to Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android this spring.


Boss Key Productions’ PC-focussed, gravity-defying multiplayer shooter Lawbreakers is finally heading into beta. After last year’s closed alpha test, the company have taken on player feedback and rolled it into what will now be a private beta test, featuring new character roles and associated play styles, rebalanced existing roles, new maps and more.

You can sign up for access here, with the first closed beta test running from Thursday 16th through to Sunday 19th March.


Last, but by no means least, this video demonstrates what happens when you take a helicopter as high as it can go in Ghost Recon Wildlands, then skydive straight down into the lake below. Do yourself a favour, though, and skip to the last 30-odd seconds.

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5 Comments

  1. First 3 mins of that Wildlands video are exciting!

  2. Skip to 2:55 then 3:55 if you don’t want your life to ebb away. :D

    • Oh… Oh yeah, do that.

    • Watched the whole thing, certainly more interesting than working and the payoff was outstanding, laughed way more than I should have, delirium may have been a factor.

  3. Excellent smuttage, I approve of this stand-in Snatch Editor.

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