Apple TV Gaming News Roundup – Ammo Pigs, Asphalt 8, Heroki

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Here’s a quick shotgun blast of Apple TV gaming news from the week that was.

We’ve got Ammo Pigs news, upcoming events in arcade racer Asphalt 8, and an even shinier Heroki.

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Shadowgun Legends – A Road Map For 2018 Updates

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Update: So much for well-made plans. Soon after posting the original story below, the 0.5.2 update came through with its many bug fixes, but it seems new bugs were born as a result. Yesterday Madfinger Games released a quick hotfix to deal with those new bugs, which is now of course known as 0.5.3. Sooo…the update noted in the original story below, which I refer to as 0.5.3 – the one with the new content – is still yet to come, and will now be known as 0.5.4.

Make sense? Yep. Read on.

Original Story: This week’s Thursday night stream from Madfinger Games was a treasure trove of information, with the studio laying out a road map of updates for its excellent sci-fi FPS – Shadowgun Legends.

If you’re not yet aware of Madfinger’s very Destiny-flavoured shooter, you can get up to speed right here with ATVG’s review. If there was an option to turn off the constant action-hero one-liners such as “Damn, that hurt” and “Big ugly alien” I’d have almost nothing to complain about.

Since release, Madfinger has been rolling out updates at a steady pace, with the first big content update – 0.5.0 – bringing among a bunch of other stuff, two new raids – Brothers of Fire, and Hivemind.

0.5.1 was then rolled out a few days afterwards to fix everything that 0.5.0 broke.

And by the time you read this post, update 0.5.2 may have already landed.

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Welcome Back. So…Um…Check Out These “New” Games

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Hey there, it’s been a while; more than a month in fact since ATVG’s last post. 

Real Life always does its best to come between gamers and gaming, and this last month, RL prevailed. But I’m back, for now at least, occupying this small stage in an obscure corner of the Internet called The Apple TV Gaming Blog. 

And what better way to get back into it than with a bunch of games? While ATVG has been standing still, Apple TV’s App Store hasn’t. Over on page 2 you’ll find a handful of quick overviews of games that have snuck out over the last month that look like they might have the goods. They span a diverse range of genres, and you might find something there that’ll put your MFi controller to good use. 

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Apple Comments On Steam Link App Rejection

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As ATVG suspected, this story continues to unfold, and it seems that all might not be lost for those hoping to one day be playing games purchased via Steam on their Apple hardware.

For those starting from scratch, you can get up to speed right here with our story following Valve’s original press release announcing the proposed app.

But then Apple rejected the app.

And some, for good reason, believe that was the right decision. ATVG interviewed Legendo Entertainment’s Björn Larsson over the weekend, who provided some valuable insights into why Steam Link may not be the best step forward for Apple.

A piece over on MacStories however, may renew hope for those in the pro-Steam Link app camp.

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The Flip-Side: Perhaps Apple Was Right To Reject The Steam Link App

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In a nutshell for those playing catch-up, Valve Corporation applied in early May to get its Steam Link app onto Apple’s iOS (iPhone and iPad) and tvOS (Apple TV) App Stores. The Steam Link app would’ve allowed players to stream games bought via Steam for PC onto Apple’s hardware. 

Most, myself included, agreed that this seemed like a good idea. 

Apple at first said yes, but then reconsidered and said no, rejecting Valve’s Steam Link app. 

Like many other sites, after reading news of the rejection I posted a story reflecting on what could’ve been. I hadn’t even considered the other side of the argument, or that there even was one, which, to be honest, was lazy. I hadn’t even seen anyone write an opposing opinion. 

Until I read Björn Larsson’s (the head of Legendo Entertainment) comment in my Twitter feed:

“Pleased to read Apple has blocked Valve Corporation’s Steam Link app, I hope it’s a permanent ban. Note to Steam: Get your own eco-system and tools in order and up to par before you go infect others,” Larsson Tweeted.

And it made me think. 

There’s value in trying to understand any argument that goes against popular opinion, and so I reached out to Larsson asking him to expand on his point of view. 

And I’m glad I did. 

Full Patch Notes Revealed For Upcoming Shadowgun Legends Update

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May 30th. Let’s get that out of the way first, because what you really want to know is when.

ATVG previously posted a preview of the incoming content update for Shadowgun Legends, and we knew a bunch, but only the vague outlines. Late this week however, Madfinger Games has coloured in the remaining blanks by releasing the full patch notes for Shadowgun Legends version 0.5.0, releasing at the end of May. And it’s a huge update.

Originally scheduled for mid-May, it was delayed to make way for a smaller preliminary update, paving the way to the main attraction with a bunch of bug fixes. Probably a good idea.

In Madfinger’s weekly stream, we even got a peak at some gameplay video of the revamped Hub, and there’s some interesting additions. Along with a look at some of the big-ticket items coming in the 0.5.0 update, the stream is embedded over on page 2.

So as usual, hit the page 2 button below for more.

Beach Buggy Racing 2 is Getting A Premium Apple TV Version

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Since December 2016, ATVG – the site you’re reading right now – has been banging on about Apple TV’s validity as a gaming console.

We’ve even stopped calling it a microconsole, feeling that the term doesn’t quite fit what the platform is capable of offering, and instead took to calling it a digital-only console. It plays games on the big screen of your lounge room with full controller compatibility, and a bunch of its games are also available on PS4 and Xbox One.

In our interview with Xander Davis, the head of Astrogun went so far as to say “…there’s actually little difference with what you can do on an Apple TV versus a PS4, except for horsepower (and the gap is closing), at this point.”

Studio Vector Unit recently celebrated a decade of making games, and it’s been getting behind the platform as well, with its fifth title for Apple TV – Beach Buggy Racing 2 – scheduled for release in early 2019.

Interestingly, Vector Unit’s kart racing sequel for Apple TV is not releasing alongside its mobile counterparts, but instead with the console versions.

This is a significant break from the norm.

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