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Sony Following Xbox’s Lead, May Grow Its First-Party Studios

As you probably know, Microsoft has started growing its first-party studios, with the most recent example being the purchase of ZeniMax Media and, consequently, Bethesda – maker of games like Doom Eternal, Fallout 76, and Wolfensteinv: Young Blood, among many others. Now, Sony has admitted that it’s open to expanding its in-house production network. Does this signal what will be the focus of the next-gen console war? Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, had a sit down with Reuters to discuss the company’s next moves following the early success of the PlayStation 5. Unfortunately, one bad piece of news that came from that is that he indicated demand is so high, that there may not be enough stock for everyone that wants one to actually get one on launch day. Back to the point at hand, Sony now has to come up with ways to make the PS5 a must-buy, and to do that, it could depend on adding more PlayStation exclusives, something that can easily be done...

Hitman 3 Is Landing on Nintendo Switch, But There’s a Catch

During The recent Nintendo Direct Mini October Showcase, it was revealed that Hitman 3 – Cloud Version would be landing on the Nintendo switch. However, the downside is that you’ll need to be connected to the internet to actually play. The trailer you see below, shows Hitman 47 leaping from an aircraft and then scaling up a skyscraper. Obviously, the graphics are intense and a little beyond the Switch’s paygrade, which is why you’ll see the disclaimer at the end, reading “uses cloud streaming technology.” https://youtu.be/mOLeJYC4gO4 So, you better hope you have a stable and permanent internet connection. To help you decide whether or not your internet is worthy, Nintendo and IO Interactive are offering a free launcher application that’s “required to test the game for a limited about of time” before you’re able to actually purchase the game. How all of this will work is still a bit of a mystery, but it seems like – if we understand the...

Cyberpunk 2077 Has Been Delayed….Again

It’s no secret that 2020, in general, has wreaked havoc on just about every industry, including the game industry. With the way things have been going, and despite promises, it should come as no surprise that Cd Projekt Red has been forced to delay Cyberpunk 2077 yet again, this time until December 10th. "Since Cyberpunk 2077 evolved towards almost being a next-gen title somewhere along the way, we need to make sure everything works well and every version runs smoothly. We're aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says that 21 days can make any difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do." As for the previous statement that the game had “gone gold,” well that allegedly wasn’t just to hype up the game. According to CPR, the game was ready and had all content in it, but the studio wanted to continue raising the bar. “Passing certification, or 'going gold,' means the game is ready, can be completed,...

Game Patches Have Drastically Reduced Loading Time on Several PS4 Games

It was just last week that a new patch for The Last of Us: Remastered on the PS4 managed to reduce the game’s loading time by a drastic and unexpected 70-percent. To put this into perspective, the game used to take around a minute and a half to load, but with the new patch, you’re playing in just 13 seconds – that’s a huge improvement indeed, but The Last of Us: Remastered, isn’t the only game to see such a big improvement. A number of first-part Sony Exclusives have also been patched in the same style over the past few weeks, including God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Until Dawn, Dreams, Concrete Genie, and even Ghost of Tsushima. Not all games saw such a massive improvement, but God of War and Ghost of Tsushima saw crazy improvements while reports are coming in that loading times for Until Dawn are, basically, non-existent. Check that out in this video: Right, so it appears these #PS5 B/C updates that...

PUBG Goes Next-Gen But It Doesn’t Mean Much

If you’re unaware, PUBG was just the subject of a major upgrade that allows you to push game performance up to 60 FPS on the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. Now, PUBG Corp has announced that PUBG will be making the move to the Xbox Series X, Series S, and PS5, and will be available on launch day. It’s said the game will be taking advantage of next-gen hardware, but will it really? According to PUBG Corp., PUBG will be available on launch day, so you’ll be able to download it to your new Series XS or PS5 right away. As a reminder, that’s November 10th for the new Series XS, and November 12 for the PS5. Those of you in the U.K. and Europe, will get your next-gen consoles on November 19 and PUBG will be waiting. The big news is that PUBG will have a bunch of enhancements, but so far, we know little. The developers say that it’ll one at 60 FPS...

Halo 5- Looking Good On Xbox Series X, But An Upgrade Is Out of the Question

With the Xbox Series X and Series S right around the corner, we’re now learning that Halo 5 won’t be going through a full-on upgrade for the next-gen consoles. You will, however, get to experience faster loading times and “consistently higher resolution gameplay,” so that’s better than nothing, right? This bit of news comes courtesy of 343 Industries as part of the recent Halo Waypoint update. There was a lot to be taken in, but a big piece of that is that Halo 5 won’t be privy to the same optimizations for the Series XS that will make their way to Halo: The Master Chief Collection. That series of games will be enhanced to run at 4K and 120 FPS on the Series X and at 120 FPS in 1080P on the Series S. This comes along with cross-geneation gameplay, better split-screen gaming, and faster loading times. "After we announced the enhancements that MCC would be getting on the Xbox Series X / S, we did...

Halloween Means There’s Life After Death In Apex Legends

Apex Legends launched to extreme success and, like every other battle royale out there, you’ll get to enjoy some Halloween festivities during the spookiest part of the year. The new Fight or Fright event kicked off on October 22 and runs until November 3, so let me tell you about all the fun that comes along with it. The Apex Legends Fight of Fright event starts off with some new cosmetics to get you in the mood. I’m talking about all kinds of skins that range from crazy, wicked witches to the creepiest of clowns and just about everything in between. EA is even including all 24 of the items from last year’s even in various bundles and offers in the shop, including the Sweet Dreams Caustic and Wicked Harvest Bloodhound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLED_ae3724 From here, you’ll also find that Loba and Revenant can be dressed in brand-new skins that weren’t available last year. To take advantage of all the Fight of Fright...

Is Sucker Punch Working on a Sequel to Ghost of Tsushima?

Ghost of Tsushima is still a newborn baby as far as time on the market goes, and now a new job listing from studio Sucker Punch could be hinting that a sequel could be in the works. According to the aforementioned job posting, Sucker Punch is looking for a new narrative writer to join its team. This person would “help create engaging narrative content for our upcoming projects.” The listing calls for the right applicant to have knowledge of writing character-driven stories withing a “AAA open world game.” If that doesn’t sell it for you yet, one of the job requirements is to have “a desire to write stories set in feudal Japan” along with an added plus of “having a knowledge of feudal Japanese history.” Ghost of Tsushima is set in late-13th century feudal Japan, so if Sucker Punch is looking for someone with knowledge of this era and the desire to write about it, it could be a clear indication that a sequel is...

Cyberpunk 2077: Paying Attention to the Little Linguistic Details

Most of the time, game developers spend a limited amount of time motion capturing facial movements for in-game languages. In fact, most games only have facial motion support for the primary language in that game’s main market – take the full English facial motion in Japanese-developed Devil May Cry 5. If the studio hadn’t taken the time to motion capture someone’s face for every single word spoken, it would look like a bad English-dubbed Japanese movie from the 1980s. Well, CD Projekt Red took this concept to a whole new level and will offer full, accurate facial motion for 10 different languages in Cyberpunk 2077. #サイバーパンク2077 無事ゴールドマスターです!ひとつの大きなマイルストーンに到達しましたが、これからも引き続きブラッシュアップしていきます!まだまだやれることはある!そしていい機会なので(あくまでも一部ではありますが)、日本語吹き替え台本の写真をどうぞ。 pic.twitter.com/Rg5PNu3aDF— 西尾勇輝 (@Nishio_EE) October 5, 2020 The news comes from CD Projekt Red’s Phillip Weber via a tweet that shows off some very impressive motion capture for all 10 languages available in the game. Believe it or not, the studio as “full lip syncs for all dubbed languages,” even those that often overlooked 99-percent of the time...

Porting Xbox Exclusives to Nintendo Switch Is Probably Short-lived

Nintendo and Xbox have a pretty good relationship – much better than Xbox’s relationship with Sony, anyway. That relationship is why some Microsoft exclusives, like Ori and the Will of the Wisps launched on Switch. Porting Xbox games over to the Nintendo Switch seems like an awesome idea, especially since Nintendo doesn’t seem keen on allowing game streaming to happen anytime soon. But, as it turns out, there might not be any more Xbox Exclusives coming to Nintendo unless the relationship between the two companies blossoms into a full-blown love affair. This news comes directly from the mouth of Xbox Head, Phil Spencer in an interview with Kotaku. While the previous Xbox-to-Switch ports have been loved and fairly successful, Spencer says that the approach to these ports “doesn’t feel sustainable.” And, it won’t be sustainable, apparently, until Nintendo and Microsoft are able to deliver a full Xbox ecosystem in total partnership. “In order to really support it, I would want a full Xbox ecosystem somewhere. And...

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