Roblox is following in Minecraft’s shoes and launching it’s own Education initiative, the company released this week. Roblox is one of the many simple graphics crafting games released in the wake of Minecraft’s success, catering heavily towards a young demographic, allowing players to create mini-games and other interactive experiences and share them with the world. The game, which boasts 60m monthly active users, is now offering an education initiative aimed at helping kids learn to code. This is in addition to the numerous intern programs and summer coding camps the game studio already offers. Roblox says that they hope to unveil more initiatives in the future aimed at other subjects such as game design and physics.
PUBG Corp has filed suit against Epic Studios’ Fortnite for copyright infringement, court documents reveal. The suit went forward last January but is only now making headlines. The suit claims that the Battle Royale mode of Fortnite copied gameplay mechanics traditionally associated with PUBG, with representatives of Bluehole, PUBG’s developer, explaining that this is doubly troubling because of the working relationship they had with Epic, which created and owns the Unreal engine upon which PUBG runs. Their concern is that Epic may have used this relationship against PUBG and towards marketing of their own game. The case will be decided in South Korean courts.
Pokemon is heading to the Switch, with some help from Pokemon Go. Nintendo announced the latest Pokemon game would be heading to its newest console, taking inspiration from the popular mobile title, Pokemon Go, developed by Niantic. The game will allow for transfer of Pokemon between games and will incorporate the “swipe up to catch” catching mechanic from the mobile game, instead having players flick their joycons upward, or if you purchase the exclusive pokeball peripheral, throw the pokeball at the screen. Pokemon Go was a smash hit, so pairing the game experience with the console seems like a natural fit. Fans of the series will have to wait another year for a more traditional Pokemon core game, which will also be for the Switch.
Announcement Roundup: Fallout 76, Assassins Creed Odyssey, and Fortnite: Switch
Bethesda, developers of the hit Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, announced their latest title, Fallout 76. The title is likely a reference to Vault 76, the first of the doomsday shelters to be opened in the post apocalyptic game’s lore. Fans speculate that this game could be more survival game than RPG, which given the popularity of the genre, would be a smart play by Bethesda.
A leaked Keychain preceeded the announcement from Ubisoft that the Assassin’s Creed series was not done with the ancient Mediterranean world, with it’s next game in the series set in Ancient Greece. More details will likely follow from E3.
Another leak, this time from 4chan, hinted that Nintendo will announce Fortnite for the Switch at E3. The game became an instant hit on mobile earlier this year, making a Switch port a natural next step. As of this writing, however, this is still only a rumor, yet to be confirmed by either Epic or Nintendo.