News: Gearbox, Pokemon Sword & Shield, and THQ Nordic are your top gaming stories this week

Blimey, would you Adam and Eve it? Yep, that’s another week done and dusted, and with it a whole bunch of (hopefully) exciting video game news to digest. Being an EastEnders fan, I know how important catching up on stuff is, so that’s why I’m here to guide you through the biggest gaming stories of the past week before you bugger off down the pub, play some Fortnite, fire up Netflix, or do whatever it is you do on a Friday night. But first, I’ll get the important stuff out of the way…

Blimey, look who’s back in Corrie! It’s only Norris, the nosy-parker who works at the corner shop! Fair play to actor Malcolm Hebden making a full recovery after suffering a heart attack a few years back – it’s good to have you back, mate. The cobbles weren’t the same without you.

Elsewhere, Dani Dyer, daughter of Danny ‘I’m fucking Danny Dyer’ Dyer, has hit the headlines again, claiming she’s not with boyfriend Jack for the money. She’s even revealed a five-year baby plan for the couple, so she’s obviously in it for the long haul. Wonder what Mick Carter’s alter ego thinks about that, eh? No doubt the cockney wide-boy will be chuffed to be a grandad!

Gearbox was originally considered to develop Halo 4 at one point

Gearbox is obviously known for its work on Borderlands, but in an alternate reality somewhere, it’s been busy churning out Halo games. No, really. 343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross told IGN this week that at one stage, Gearbox was considered by Microsoft to take the reins on the first-person shooter franchise, although at one point the format holder considered ending the series altogether after Halo 3’s ambiguous ending. What could have been, eh?

Resident Evil series has sold over 90 million units

Capcom’s Resi franchise has passed another milestone this week, with 90 million units shifted since Shinji Mikami’s shuffling zombies emerged from their graves, back in 1996. It’s still the company’s best-selling franchise, with Resi 5 the biggest performing individual game. Still, in terms of best-selling games in Capcom’s portfolio, Monster Hunter World is still leading the pack. Nonetheless, there’s just 10 million sales between Resi and that magic 100 million mark, which Resi 2 remake will probably help contribute to – as well as the inevitable Resident Evil 8. 

Overkill’s The Walking Dead officially cancelled

The writing’s been