I’ve been at GDC all week, which means I haven’t been able to keep a close eye on news. Lucky for me, there doesn’t appear to have been much news to keep a close eye on in the first place. Which is to say: Yes, it was a slow news week.

Bethesda did announce a brand-new Elder Scrolls Online expansion though, plus Epic revived Paragon as a collection of assets for aspiring developers, Ubisoft finally dodged the Vivendi bullet, and rumors of a Modern Warfare 2 had me momentarily excited—until I heard there was no multiplayer. For shame, Activision.

This is gaming news for March 19 to 23.

Freebies

I’m including this week’s freebie mainly for novelty’s sake. Most giveaways are stylish indie titles, old blockbuster action games, and the like. This week Humble’s giving away a racing game, though! Okay, it’s F1 2015, so not only is it old, it’s also mediocre at best. Xbox controller support is essentially nonexistent too, which is another slight against it.

We almost never see free racing games though, so maybe it’s worth checking out—especially if you have a wheel on-hand. You’ve got until Saturday morning to claim your copy.

Summerset Isles

Last year’s Elder Scrolls Online expansion, Morrowind, was all about the nostalgia. This year’s, Summerset, is all about novelty. True to the name, players will journey to the Summerset, land of the High Elves—and a setting that hasn’t really been explored in any Elder Scrolls game. Technically it appeared in Arena but so did everything else.

I’m not sure Summerset has the same appeal as Morrowind, but last year’s expansion at least gave me a positive opinion of an MMO I once wrote off entirely. Maybe that’s enough of a reason to dip back in.

What Remains of Giant Sparrow

It’s probably a bit early to start hyping another game from developer Giant Sparrow. The last, What Remains of Edith Finch, took something like five years to come to fruition—though it’s hard to argue with the result, given it won our 2017 Game of the Year award.





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