This week in gaming sees some big updates for popular games, along with significant acquisitions playing out in both the game development and eSports worlds. As the calendar week comes to a close, let’s recap this week’s biggest news pieces!

Epic Games acquires Psyonix

You’ve got to hand it to Epic Games: the company is making a mighty strong push to cut into Steam’s market share. This week saw Epic Games acquire Psyonix, the studio behind Rocket League. “Soccer, but with rocket-powered cars” is a simple enough concept, but Psyonix knocked it out of the park. The studio is a fantastic addition to the Epic Games Store, and Steam owners who already bought the title don’t need to fret—Epic will keep supporting Steam until further notice. Of course, you can still grab it on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, too.

There are still a few closing conditions to be met by Epic Games, with the full acquisition expected to occur in late May or early June.

Rage 2 Giveaway includes a ‘Dreamcast’ that plays the game

When id Software does a giveaway, especially for Rage 2, you have to expect some kind of bizarre twist. Well, this week is no exception: the company is giving away an awesome-looking Rage 2 inspired ‘Sega Dreamcast’ that actually plays the game. Of course, the device isn’t a Dreamcast: it’s a fully-customized PC with the game on it. Still, it’s still an awesome device to win. If you’d like to enter, you have to go to this Twitter post. You can also pre-order the game on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with the console versions including a special E3 2018 cover art that you may recognize.

Sea of Thieves gets a massive update

Rare celebrated Sea of Thieves’ first anniversary in a big way: the studio pushed out a massive update, adding everything from a competitive Arena mode to a new questline called Tall Tales. The world is filled with new items aplenty, ranging from ship-mounted harpoon guns, enchanted tools, and even new unlockable items that might come with a curse. When Sea of Thieves first launched, it was a fun world to explore with friends, though some gamers felt it was lacking in content. The new Anniversary Update looks like the perfect antidote for that, making it a great time to get your pirate crew back together.

Starlink: Battle For Atlas takes to new heights

The last day of April didn’t just mark the release of Starlink: Battle for Atlas on PC—Ubisoft also introduced a huge free update for the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch versions. Entitled Crimson Moon, the new update centres around the appearance of the titular moon in the Atlas system. In gameplay terms, this means new faction story missions and weekly challenges, along with the option to purchase five new pilots and three new starships. Nintendo Switch owners can also purchase new Star Fox content, allowing you to play as Peppy, Falco, and Slippy as pilots for $15.99.

Five new Call of Duty eSports franchises announced

After the successful launch of the Overwatch League, Activision Blizzard is now making yet another significant venture in the eSports world. This week, the Santa Monica company has lined up five teams for its new city-based Call of Duty League, with franchises being placed in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris, and Toronto. According to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, new markets and ownership groups will be announced later this year.

This Week’s Game Releases

GameRelease DatePlatformMetacritic
Fade To SilenceApril 30, 2019PC, PS4, Xbox One60%
Fell Seal: Arbiter’s MarkApril 30, 2019PC, PS4, Xbox OneTBD
Starlink: Battle for AtlasApril 30, 2019PCTBD
Table Top Racing: World Tour – Nitro EditionMay 1, 2019Nintendo Switch68%
Close to the SunMay 2, 2019PC66%
Pandemic ExpressEarly AccessPCTBD

What’s Up Next Week?

Next week will bring it the third episode of Life is Strange 2, and the long-awaited PC release of Yakuza Kiwami 2. The European release of Mortal Kombat 11 for the Nintendo Switch will also arrive next Friday, allowing overseas MK fans to ‘get over here’ and join in on the brutal action.

This weekend, Ubisoft is also hosting a free weekend for Ghost Recon: Wildlands on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, letting you jump into the tactical shooter and partner up with Cole D. Walker (Jon Bernthal), who was just announced as part of a free in-game update called Operation Oracle.

Should be a great week ahead, happy gaming everyone!