This Week’s New Releases + Game News: August 1, 2016

A handful of new games were released on retail shelves this week, but the Video Game Librarian Pick of the Week is once again taking the week off because none of them stand out too strongly. But a complete look at industry news from the last seven days and this week’s digital releases can be found below.

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New Release Round-Up

Warp Zoned’s Weekly Warp-Up
If you find yourself on the geek spectrum, I’m sure you spent the last seven days recovering from a Comic-Con-induced coma. Like they always say in superhero movies… a storm is coming… and this massive wave of pop culture will surely envelop everything in its path. So it was nice to get a little bonkers with new rumors about Nintendo’s upcoming NX console.

According to the latest reports from industry insiders, the NX will be a handheld/console hybrid that features detachable controllers for on-the-go multiplayer gaming. If these rumors pan out, NX owners will also be able to attach the console to a base station for TV-based play.

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this week, Andrew Rainnie filed another Kickstart This! column and pitched crowdfunding fans on Columnae: A Past Under Construction.

If you’re for more news from this past week, you can find it after the break.

New Game Announcements

Pre-Launch Updates and Release Date Announcements

  • The 2016 USA Basketball team and the 1992 Dream Team will take the court in NBA 2K17.
  • Sega announced a January 24, 2017 release date for Yakuza Zero.
  • Vince, Shane, and Stephanie McMahon will all appear as playable wrestlers in WWE 2K17.
  • Rive might skip the Wii U and be released for the NX instead.
  • Square Enix will bring “new announcements and reveals” and 15 playable demos to Gamescom this year.
  • Telltale revealed new screenshots and details from The Walking Dead Season 3.

Other Game News

  • Doom’s Free Update 2 is now available; Unto the Evil DLC Pack launches next week.
  • Pokemon Go Plus peripheral won’t be available until September.
  • Ahead of the Xbox One S’s launch, Microsoft slashed the price of 500GB Xbox One bundles to $250.

New Videos


  • Legendary and Square Enix will produce a live-action adaptation of Life Is Strange.
  • DC Comics will produce a weekly Injustice 2 digital comic written by Tom Taylor in 2017.