Episode 52 of our gaming podcast, The Gamer Pros Show (GPS), is now live! This week’s episode is mainly news-focused, due to the enormous amount of it that is finally coming out. Most prominently, there was a lengthy Nintendo Direct with a number of exciting announcements that we cover in full. 

First and foremost, the new Call of Duty has been confirmed as Black Ops IIII. We discuss its bizarre logo, how Black Ops is a franchise within a franchise, and what Call of Duty means to us. There aren’t many details about the game yet, but we do know that it will be developed by Treyarch and release October 12th.

Valve has announced that they will once again begin making and shipping games, which is very exciting news. They haven’t shipped a game since Dota 2 in 2013 and the announcement late last year of Artifact came as a surprise to many. Of course, we do some speculation about the direction that Valve could take and talk about how a new Half-Life almost definitely isn’t coming.

This week’s main topic is all about the Nintendo Direct announcements. Super Smash Bros. for Switch was probably the biggest reveal, though we had a feeling we would see this game in 2018. We spend some time speculating about what characters might be included in the game’s roster. Mario Tennis Aces was also given a release date of June 22nd and will feature a story mode in addition to online tournaments.

There are a few ports coming to 3DS including WarioWare GoldMario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, Detective Pikachuand a remake of the original Luigi’s Mansion. There’s also a lot great ports coming to Switch like Undertale, Little Nightmares, Okami HD, and Crash Bandicoot: The N’Sane Trilogy.

We talk about Octopath Traveler a lot on the show, so we couldn’t be more excited that it has a release date of July 13th. Hopefully this fascinating JRPG from Square will be as monumental as we hope and get more like-minded games on the platform!

We hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening!

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