This is the GameSentral Rewind, a weekday recap of the top gaming headlines.
Ridley, Inkling, Wolf amiibo release date announced
Ridley, Inkling, and Wolf will be joining the Super Smash Bros. amiibo series when they launch on December 7 alongside Super Smash Bros: Ultimate for $15.99.
In addition, the Nintendo Versus Twitter account confirmed that “many” of the original Super Smash Bros. amiibo will be seeing re-releases later this year for $12.99.
Ridley and Inkling are making their Smash debut in Ultimate, the Switch iteration of the game that features every fighter in the franchise’s history.
Wolf, a character in the Star Fox franchise, made his first playable debut in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii, but was dropped from the roster for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
Fortnite offering $8 million in eSports event
Epic Games has announced the “Summer Skirmish” series for Fortnite, which is an eight-week run of events where people will compete for a share of $8 million in prize money.
The series kicks off this weekend with a $250,000 Duos competition, with Epic saying that “community creators” and regular Fortnite players that have “demonstrated their competitive prowess” being invited to participate.
Invitations have already gone out for the first Summer Skirmish series, but Epic said that it will communicate the details in the future for how they can qualify for future skirmishes.
“The format and competitors may change from week-to-week, so stay on your toes.”
Overall, Fortnite’s $100 million prize pool for the game’s 2018-2019 competitive season is more than double the $38 million in total prize money paid out in 2017 across all competitions in Valve’s Dota 2. For another comparison point, Overwatch League’s inaugural season will pay out a total of $3.5 million.
Subnautica coming to PS4 this holiday season
Unknown Worlds’ underwater survival title Subnautica is now poised to come to PS4 this holiday season through the help of Panic Button, the studio behind the Switch ports of Doom and Wolfenstein II.
Halo Fireteam Raven arcade game coming to Australia
Halo Fireteam Raven, the Halo arcade game announced earlier this year, is coming to Timezone locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Australia’s Gold Coast, and Perth later this month.
The Timezone location at Sydney’s Macquarie Centre will be the first venue in Australia to have the game playable beginning on July 26. Timezone locations in Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Perth will get Fireteam Raven in August.
The launch event in Sydney will feature a costume contest where the person voted best-dressed in Halo gear will earn a year’s worth of Timezone gaming content. Additionally, some YouTube celebrities will be in attendance, and Halo merchandise will also be on sale.
Fireteam Raven is set in Halo: Combat Evolved’s timeline, putting players into the shoes of ODST troopers that make up Fireteam Raven. You don’t play as Master Chief, but you do battle Covenant forces. The four-player game is played on a 130-inch 4K screen with four mounted turrets. Players fight together to take down the Flood and compete for high scores.
The game was developed by Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix with support from 343 Industries.
Destiny 2 gets new enemy faction in Forsaken DLC
Destiny 2’s Forsaken DLC will finally give players a new faction to test their skills with.
The Scorn are a group of mutated Fallen enemies, which does give them the look of re-skinned enemies like the Taken. According to a cover story from Game Informer, their attack patterns are distinctly built around aggression.
Forsaken will launch on September 4.