Just like next week, last week, and the week before that, news happened this week, which means we at SGN are duty-bound to collect and report it in as charmingly snarky a manner as possible.
Here they are: ten stories from the world of videogames that piqued our interests these last seven days.
- Light at the end of the tunnel seems a far ways off for Technland employees – there reports of rampant mismanagement from the Dying Light 2 team, who have called out their bosses’ chaotic handling of the indefinitely delayed game. The creative director’s quite frankly idiotic approach feedback must be read to be believed.
- GameMaker Studio 2 is carmen to next gen consoles next month – YoYo Games, who were recently acquired by browser company Opera, will launch their popular 2D games engine on PS5 and Series X in March.
- Back to life, back to (virtual) reality – Sony has proved it’s still serious about VR by announcing plans to release an all new VR system from PS5
- Apple pulls innocent bystander Steam into its ongoing scuffle with Epic – Apple claims that in order to fully understand the reality of the current games market, it needs extensive sales data on 436 games released on Steam, including all of Valve’s revenues. There’s definitely no other reason why this information might be useful to Apple.
- Take-Two does what Nintendoes (or so it appears) – Much like the overbearing Japanese grandfather of videogames, Take-Two looks to have DMCA-ed fan projects attempting to remix and otherwise experiment with their beloved games, namely GTA 3 and Vice City.
- Sony Japan Studio is sadly Knackered – Sony’s oldest first party developer, responsible for the likes of Ape Escape, LocoRoco and of course Knack, is shutting down and laying off most of its staff.
- Parliament responds to petition to curb console scalping – UK Government forced to confront the novelty of overpaying someone of dubious moral standing.
- New series of MasterChef gains vowel and will focus on interplanetary warfare – The long in the making, Spielberg assisted Halo TV series will finally debut next year.
- Valheim’s conquest continues – the Viking-themed voxel-based survival game continues to do to the Steam sales charts what vikings do to boats at funerals.
- Play now, install later – EA has patented a system that would let you play a game you just bought immediately by streaming it from the cloud while your local copy downloads and installs in the background.
That’s it for this week. Remember, you’re the best.
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