Logitech is unveiling a new gaming handheld, a September Nintendo Direct is happening, and confusion over the new Assassin’s Creed. All this and more on today’s GameSpot News.
Logitech is unveiling its own gaming device on September 21. In the wake of Valve’s successful handheld, Steam Deck, the PC peripheral manufacturer is attempting its own portable gaming console, although it will be significantly different compared to what is available on the market already.
The product, which Logitech is partnering with gaming giant Tencent on, will have a focus on streaming games. The company revealed that it is working with Microsoft and Nvidia to make sure that their services, Xbox Cloud Gaming and GeForce Now respectively, work smoothly on the device.
It seems, however, that the device won’t solely be for streaming games. Images of the device that leaked in August showed a ‘Google Play’ front and center on the console’s homescreen, which if indicative of the final OS that will ship with the device, suggests that the hardware’s processor will be beefy enough to run native Android games as well.
A tease for the September 21 event suggests that the device will have a yellow button adorned with the Logitech logo, identical to the one in the leaks, possibly confirming the validity of those images.
From one handheld to another, a Nintendo Direct is happening tomorrow, September 13, the company not breaking its streak of having a September Direct every year since 2016. It will include "roughly 40 minutes" of new information, focusing on games coming to Nintendo Switch this winter.
Multiple games are rumored to be part of the presentation, including two ports of The Legend of Zelda--Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD--as well as a remaster of the original Metroid Prime. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, which are scheduled to release on November 18, should feature during the event as well. Other than Metroid Prime 4 and the Breath of the Wild sequel, Nintendo’s first party slate of officially announced games after Scarlet and Violet is completely unknown.
Here’s hoping for Mario Kart 9! Just kidding. They’re going to sell Mario Kart 8 forever. Why do you think it’s logo is infinity?
Another showcase of games that happened over the weekend was Ubisoft Forward, which included a presentation on Assassin’s Creed celebrating its 15th anniversary. A smaller, AC1 inspired title called Mirage will release early next year, set in Baghdad and featuring a young Basim, a side character in 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Two additional games for console and PC, similar in scope to the recent, larger entries, were also announced; Project Red will allow players to finally climb around feudal Japan as a shinobi, and the spooky Project Hexe which is rumored to be set during the Holy Roman Empire and focus on the witch trials of that period. Red and Hexe will kick of Ubisoft’s hub for Assassin’s Creed, Infinity, which Ubisoft has confirmed will feature multiplayer elements in the future.