It would be an understatement to say a lot went on this week. Here is a collection of the top tech and gaming news for the week of October 17th! Get a first look at Nintendo’s next game system, the Nintendo Switch; Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming in fall of 2017; and unionized video game voice actors are on strike.
Everything we suddenly know about Nintendo’s crazy new console, the Switch
After more than a year of waiting, Nintendo finally broke their silence on their new console Thursday morning as the new system is the Nintendo Switch! Launching March 2017, the Nintendo Switch is a hybrid device that operates as a home console and a handheld device (CNET). The Switch has a tablet-like screen with two detachable controllers, called Joy-Cons, that are placed at the sides. Additionally Nintendo announced a variety of large publishers working on Switch games, Ubisoft, Konami, and EA to name a few. There are still a lot of unanswered questions, such as touchscreen capabilities and cost, but in the meantime you can watch the full launch trailer here!
Rockstar Will Release Red Dead Redemption 2 in Fall 2017
After much teasing and hint-dropping throughout the week, Rockstar announced Red Dead Redemption 2, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in fall 2017. The third game in the series, it’s described as “an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland.” Story details are unknown, however TechCrunch reported that the game will now support an online multiplayer experience.
SAG-AFTRA goes on strike against video game companies
As of today, voice actors in the SAG-AFTRA union will stop working with a number of prominent game companies, says the Los Angeles Times. The union was asking for a new compensation structure that would allow actors to start receiving payments based on a game’s commercial success. The bonus system would allow actors to receive additional payments for every 2 million copies/downloads sold, with a cap at 8 million. They were also asking for improved safety conditions for voice-over and motion-capture performers. Video game companies countered proposing a 9% wage increase. Members of SAG-AFTRA are planning to picket one of the companies, Electronic Arts, at its location in Playa Vista on Monday. Other companies affected by the strike include Activision Blizzard, Take Two, Disney, and Warner Bros.