This week in games: Master of Orion, Endless Space 2, and Witcher 3 GOTY edition

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine

Word is that No Man’s Sky is may be a disappointment, so I guess it’s time for everyone to transfer their unrealistic expectations and hype to some other game. Will you find that game in this news round-up? Maybe.

This week, The Witcher 3 gets its Game of the Year edition, Rocket League puts on cartoon boxing gloves, BioShock gets a facelift, and Endless Space 2 teases Early Access. Ah, there’s the space game we can all get hyped about.

This is your gaming news for the week of August 8 through 12.

The Witcher 3.5

With The Witcher 3 properly wrapped up and both its expansions released, it’s time for a much-deserved victory lap. CD Projekt announced this week that a Witcher 3 Game of the Year Edition is incoming, and soon—it’s due to release on August 30, and includes the base game, all of the free bits of DLC, and the two expansions, as well as (according toEurogamer) further changes to the interface.

Student becomes the master

It’s been about six months since Master of Orion hit Early Access and—coincidentally—about six months since I last played the game. Those holding out for the full release won’t have much longer to wait though, as Wargaming announced the game will go 1.0 on August 25 for $30, with a free copy of Total Annihilation thrown in to boot. Here’s the briefest of teasers in the meantime:


Between Endless Space, Endless Legend, and Dungeon of the Endless, Amplitude has become one of my favorite strategy developers in recent years. Endless Space 2 is just over the horizon—it’s about to hit Early Access, actually—and that means new trailers. Here’s one for the Sophons, and you’ll find one for the murderous Cravers below:

Get ready to rumble

Standard Rocket League feeling a bit stale after a year? Not to me, but hey, I’ll take a new mode anyway. This week, Psyonix announced the new Rumble mode, arriving sometime in September. The main feature is unique power-ups, like a cartoon boxing glove with which you can punch the ball, or one that lets you freeze the ball in its tracks.

It looks pretty absurd.

The Little Acre

Not much to say about this one except I was browsing PC Gamer this week and it caught my eye. The animation is gorgeous, and Broken Sword’s Charles Cecil is consulting on the project, so that should be enough to get point-and-click fans excited I think.

Would you kindly?

Hard for me to believe BioShock is almost a decade old. It’s true, though! And while I’m sure your PC still runs the original just fine, I won’t deny I’m tentatively interested in 2K’s spit-shined remaster, especially since it’s free to anyone who already owns the game—as is a remaster of BioShock 2, for that matter.

Anyway, here’s a trailer showing off the new-and-ever-so-slightly-improved Rapture, in all its oppressive gloominess. BioShock: The Collection launches September 13.

Reign of fire

Maybe you forgot Call of Duty: Black Ops III was getting a Zombies expansion featuring dragons. I certainly forgot. Regardless, it finally launched on PC this week. Here’s the trailer, if you want to marvel at how dumb (in a good way, maybe?) it looks.