GPS Episode 53: Sea of Thieves, Fortnite, Nindies Showcase, and More

Episode 53 of our gaming podcast, The Gamer Pros Show (GPS), is now live! This week we are talking all about Fortnite, the most popular game in the world, and we give our initial impressions of the highly-anticipated Sea of Thieves.

It was no secret that Shadow of the Tomb Raider existed, but Square Enix confirmed its release date of September 14th. This information is right on time, since I just went to see the Tomb Raider movie, which I didn’t find to be quite as horrendous as everybody else seems to! We are big fans of the first two reboot games from Crystal Dynamics, so we have high hopes for this game towards the end of the year.

If you haven’t heard about Drake playing Fortnite with Ninja, you probably live under a rock, but that’s not the only reason the hugely popular battle royale game is in the news. Fortnite on mobile is now available and is allegedly a very faithful recreation of the game. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds also made some mobile moves this week, and released their version for Android and iOS. Reports are saying that both games run very well on mobile, which can only skyrocket their popularity.

Nintendo don’t seem to be stopping their reveals this year! In addition to both of the livestreams this year, we also got a bunch of new games announced at their Nindies Showcase event. There’s a slew of new titles coming to Switch including Bomb Chicken, Mark of the Ninja Remastered, The Messenger, Garage, Pool Panic, Just Shapes & Beats, Fantasy Strike, and a handful more. Nintendo Switch continues to be the place to play smaller games and they are doing great to capitalize on that idea.

In more political news, Ubisoft has successfully stopped the hostile takeover of their company by Vivendi, who have been at it for well over a year. The largest stockholder of Ubisoft are now being prompted to sell off all of their assets and back out of the company’s business completely. Essentially what this means is that Ubisoft can remain an independent company, which means the quality games will keep on coming!

I finally jumped into Fortnite this week, after giving into the hype, and I sure am glad that I did. What was intended to be a couple matches (just to see what it was all about) ended up being a six hour affair. My love for online games has been dwindling, but I think Fortnite may bring me back, at least into the battle royale genre. It’s far more polished than PUBG, which works well for mainstream audiences. It’s a ton of fun!

At the end of the show, we give our preliminary impressions of Sea of Thieves, a game that we have been anticipating for quite some time. Despite some server issues on launch day, we agree that the game mechanics are a lot of fun, but there just isn’t enough to do in the game. I’m not sure I’ll ever tire of sailing around, but the mission and objective structure needs a complete overhaul. We’ll have more on this next week I’m sure.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening!

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Published by Ben Eberle - Senior Editor

I'm a freelance writer and musician based out of Providence, RI. I started playing videogames at a young age and I have since developed a love for JRPGs, indie games, shooters, and all things Star Wars. When I am not gaming, I am reading science fiction novels or performing music. Follow me on Twitter @_northernfrost