Sony Invests 250$ Million In Epic Games

Sony has agreed to invest 250 million dollars into Epic Games to have a minority interest. According to a press release this investment lets the two companies “broaden their collaboration across Sony’s leading portfolio of entertainment assets and technology, and Epic’s social entertainment platform and digital ecosystem to create unique experiences for consumers and creators,”

The two companies also both hope to create more virtual multimedia experiences similar to what they do in Fortnite. Epic CEO and founder Tim Sweeney had this to say “we share a vision of real-time 3D social experiences leading to a convergence of gaming, film, and music,”.

Epic has confirmed that even though Sony owns a small part of them they will not be making games exclusively for sony. 

Relationships with Sony and Epic have been good for sometime now. Both have been working very closely with one another. Sweeney even called the PS5 a “Remarkably balanced device”. Epic even showed off the Unreal Engine 5 on a PS5 demo back in may of this year. 

Capcom Reveals 80% Of Their Games Are Sold Digitally

It’s no secret that hard copies of games are quickly dying out now. With people more and more buying digital copies, and even next gen consoles having disk less option for solely digital copies. And from what Capcom has announced only cemets that even more.According to them 80% of their games are sold digitally and are even pushing for that number to go to 90%.

During a Q&A in a annual shareholders meeting capcom was asked what they planned on doing to strengthened digital sales. And they had this to say “current digital download sales ratio is approximately 80%. While it ultimately depends on how our customers behave going forward, for the time being we are promoting our digital strategy with an objective of 90%, since there are some customers who prefer to own discs,”

Capcoms digital growth has even seem to grow faster than what they had originally expected as well. It grew from 53.3% to 80% from last year. The seem to credit this majorly to Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. But they do plan on pushing their digital games to more people worldwide to help increase digital sales. 

Valve Canceled Half Life 3, Left For Dead 3, And Many More Because Of Source 2 And Half Life Alyx

So it turns out the long rumors of Half-Life 3 and Left For Dead 3 were true all along. But as we all know none of these games ever saw the light of day. And today we actually got some news on why that was. And the reason why these games never came out wasn’t because of how comfortable Valve was, it was because of the Source 2 Engine. 

In a documentary by Geoff Keighley called  “Half-Life: Alyx — Final Hours” takes a look at Valve and everything they did leading up to the release of Half-Life: Alyx. And it turns out it was actually quite a lot, in the doc he relaves a number of games that were cancelled from Half-Life Episode 2 to Half-Life: Alyx. And the two most notable ones being Half-Life 3 and Left For Dead 3.

As for Half-Life 3 it was canceled for a number of reasons. The first being was the Source 2 engine, it wasn’t finished and made development unworkable for the game. They were aiming to have the game more replayable by creating an in depth storyline. As well as a unique gameplay experience every time you play it. How they planned on doing that was by having building placements and enemies would always be randomized. They even scanned Frank Sheldon, the actor whose likeness was used for the G-man. It was even in development for a year from 2013-2014. But of course the game didn’t get very far and was never continued. 

And as for Left For Dead 3 it was actually going to be an open world game. It was going to take place in Morocco and feature hundreds of zombies on screen at a time. But was impossible to work on because of the unfinished Source 2 engine. 

There was plenty of other games too that were shelved such as an Elders Scroll, Dark Souls inspired RPG. And even a handful of VR games too. But what’s important to mention is that the Half-Life team isn’t interested in making another Half-Life VR game, and would like to make a none VR one too. Valves Phil Co even said this  “We’re not afraid of Half-Life no more”. So how knows maybe we’ll actually get a Half-Life 3. 

Lastly Valve is working on a “top secret project”. That’s been in the works since 2018, there’s no word on what that might be.

Xbox Tells Devs Not To Charge For Xbox Series X Upgrades

Microsoft has reportedly urged developers for the Xbox Series X not to charge upgrades from current to gen. This seems to come from Microsoft’s consumer friendly smart delivery system to where you buy a game once and you’ll have a free digital copy on the next gen. But it seems to be that they’re pushing this idea further but with other game devs as well. 

Although it’s important to add, Microsoft hasn’t made this a rule of charging for upgrades. But with that being said they’re open to other ways of upgrading too. They haven’t ruled out the idea of selling next gen games at a discount, or selling cross gen bundles that would include two versions of the same game. 

That has already been taken into practice with NBA 2K 2021. The Kobe Bryant edition of the game will be sold at 100$ for both versions. But the based game will cost 60$ on current gen platforms but will cost 70$ on next game platforms. 

This move makes sense to Microsoft because they’ve been heavily pushing smart deviley for some time now. They’ve said they won’t publish any next gen exclusives for the start of the Xbox Series X lifecycle. So the fact that they are even pushing for devs not to charge for upgrades fits the Xbox Series X message they’ve been pushing. As of right now there’s only a handful games that have jumped on board for smart delivery so it’ll be interesting to see if others do the same.

But as for their counterpart Sony. They’ve taken a completely different stance. Unlike the Series X the PS5 has plans to publish next gen exclusives right off the bat.

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Remove OK Gesture Due To Link To White Supremacy

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare has removed the OK gesture from both the actual COD game and warzone as well. A new emote called crushed had replaced this gesture during a midseason patch. The OK emote was commonly used to troll other players right before you kill them or right after you did.

But in 2019 Anti-Defamation League has recognized this gesture as an “expression of white supremacy” This all started on 4Chan when users pretended that there was a hidden meaning behind the OK sign. In order to trick the media into a reaction. But in doing so the OK sign was starting to be used by the far-right and now many believe that it means something totally different. 

Call Of Duty has since taken down the emote in order to shut down any kind of hate speech. As a part of their promise to the Black Lives Matter movement. They’ve even inserted a Black Lives Matter message into the game too.

But it’s also important to note that this isn’t the first time that the video game industry has taken a stance against the OK sign. Back in April of 2019 Blizzard told a fan in the Overwatch League Arena that they were not allowed to throw up that sign. Because it was spotted in a stream and complaints were made.

Halo 3 Is Coming To PC Next Week

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is slowly adding games to the PC. And next week Halo 3 is coming out next week for PC gamers. It seems to be that 343 has completely optimized it for PC as well.

The game is going to be able to support 4K UHD and 60fps. And it’s safe to say you’ll be able to customizable mouse and keyboard support. As well as ultrawide support, FOV customization and a bunch of others. 

The PC Halo 3 port will of course have all 11 missions that the Xbox 360 had. As well as all 24 multiplayer maps and a updated progessive system from the MCC. And lastly it will include theatre mode and a fan favorite forge mode so you guys can go wild with making maps. 

For the PC Master Chief Collection the current games that are playable are Halo Reach, Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, and Halo 2 Anniversary. There is no date for Halo ODST and Halo 4 but they are set to come out by the end of 2020.

Bethesda Announces Fallout Show With Amazon Studios

Today July 2 2020 it was Bethesda had announced they would be teaming with the creators of West World Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy to make a Fallout series on Amazon. Bethesda had posted a little teaser that captured that fallout aesthetic we all know and love and it said at the end “Please Stand By”

The show has already been greenlit and will be streamed on Amazon Prime. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the people behind Westworld, plan on staying true to the meta of the game by capturing the “harsh tone” as well as the humor as well. And of course Bethesda Studios will be involved with the project and Todd Howard will serve as executive producer of the show.

“Fallout is one of the greatest game series of all time. Each chapter of this insanely imaginative story has cost us countless hours we could have spent with family and friends. So we’re incredibly excited to partner with Todd Howard and the rest of the brilliant lunatics at Bethesda to bring this massive, subversive, and darkly funny universe to life with Amazon Studios,” said by Joy and Nolan

And Todd Howard had this to say. “Over the last decade, we looked at many ways to bring Fallout to the screen,” He went on to say. “But it was clear from the moment I first spoke with Jonah and Lisa a few years ago, that they and the team at Kilter were the ones to do it right.”

And as of right now not much is really known about the show. So we don’t know if they’ll going to be basing the show off any of the games, or the story for that matter. So far no one has been announced for the cast and who will be directing. But none the less it’s still very exciting news. 

Microsoft Renews Fable Trademark And Hints At A Sequel

Microsoft has renewed its Fabled trademark a Lionhead RPG and has once again shaken the pot of a fable sequel. In a trademark application that was filed on June 26 microsoft renewed the trademark. Although it isn’t uncommon for companies to renew trademarks for IPs they own, what they did with the application is what catches people’s attention.

In the application there is a section that states if they intend to use the IP or not. And microsoft checked yes on it. And prior to this it was marked as no before. This isn’t the first time theres been a rumor of seeing fable again. Earlier this week there was a placeholder for a fable twitter account and microsoft just downplayed the whole thing. Even though it was registered in march with a microsoft email address. 

And back in 2017 it was reported that Playground Games was hiring talent for a “Open World Action RPG”, They even opened a whole new studio to create Project 2. A game that will not feature any racing distancing itself from the Forza Series. 

And then again in 2018 Playground Games Creative Director Ralph Fulton teased in a interview with the Daily Star Online, that the Xbox One X will be the “lead platform” for the studios next game.

As for rumors that seems to be all of them. Now all eyes are back on microsoft for the July First Party games. So who knows it does seem very possible we’ll be getting a new Fable very soon. 

My Friend Pedro Is Getting A TV series From The Creator Of John Wick

The popular indie game My Friend Pedro is being adapted into a R-rated show by the creator of John Wick. Legendary Television, DJ2 Entertainment and 87North Productions, and of course Derek Kolstad who made John Wick will executive produce the show. All be working together to bring us a comedy drama half hour show. David Leitch will also be an executive producer of the show he’s uncredited director of John Wick 1, and the director of Deadpool 2 and Hobbs & Shaw.

The game My Friend Pedro is about a man who wakes with no memory of who he is in a butcher shop, and then is greeted by a banana. The banana tells him of all the evil things happening in the shop and teachers the player how to murder. And sends him down a path of none stop action and murder. The creator of the game Victor Ågren was actually inspired by the work of Kolstad and Leitch. And seeing both of them adapt his game into a show is a “dream come true.”

“A dream come true’ would be one way to put it – but in truth I could have never in a million years even began to imagine things to work out the way they have. The work of both Derek Kolstad and David Leitch (all the way back to his stunt days on films like The Matrix) has been a huge influence on shaping My Friend Pedro. To later find them attached to a TV-adaptation of the game boggles my mind. There must be something bigger at play here. As a solo developer tucked away in a small corner of the world, it really makes me think that as long as you create from the right place the result can reach even as far as the giants of Hollywood. Anything is possible and I truly can’t wait to see what’s next!” said Ågren.

The same company who is making this into a series is also the same people making the Disco Elysium. ” Devolver Digital is happy to see indie games getting Hollywood treatment. 

“Major players in Hollywood have finally taken notice to the amazingly rich original worlds created by independent developers from around the world, especially games like the ones Devolver works on that don’t have to round off the edges for a mainstream audience,”  said by Devolver Digital Co-Founder Mike Wilson 

Nintendo Finally Apologizes For Joy Con Drift

Joy Con Drift has always been a major problem for nintendo users. Ever since the switch launched one of the biggest complains was joy con drift. And for those who are unaware of that, it’s when the joy con of your switch. Moves without you even pushing the control stick, some users have it worse than others to where your switch is totally unplayable due to how aggressively the camera will move on its own, due to the drift. 

But in Nintendo’s financial Q&A they finally apologize for it. 

“Regarding the Joy-Con, we apologize for any trouble caused to our customers,” said Shuntaro Furukawa, the company’s president. He went on to say. “We are continuing to aim to improve our products, but as the Joy-Con is the subject of a class-action lawsuit in the United States and this is still a pending issue, we would like to refrain from responding about any specific actions.”

It’s also important to note that this has been a problem for sometime now. And last year Nintendo began to offer free repairs and refunds for joy con drift. But it still remains a huge problem today in 2020. 

It’s become so much of a problem that a law firm by the name of  Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith filed a class action law suite against nintendo. And it states “various consumer protection statutes as well as various warranty and common law claims.” It’s angled against not just the standard Joy-Cons, but the analogue sticks on the Switch Lite, too.”