Days Gone and Other PlayStation Exclusives Heading to PC This Spring

Sony is planning to bring more of its PlayStation exclusives to PC. First up will be Days Gone coming this spring, Sony president and chief executive officer Jim Ryan told British GQ. Developer Bend Studio also confirmed the news on Twitter, adding: “Stay tuned for more details.”

Days Gone, published in the spring of 2019, was the first console game by Bend Studio since 2007’s Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow for PlayStation 2.

Days Gone received mixed reviews at launch, with most of the disappointment leveled at its repetitive gameplay loop. Still, the game has developed a following in the two years since, and is part of the 20-game PS Plus Collection offered to PlayStation 5 owners with a PlayStation Plus subscription.

For quite a while, Sony refused to put first-party PlayStation titles on PC. But, according to Ryan, that’s all going to change. “We find ourselves now in early 2021 with our development studios and the games that they make in better shape than they’ve ever been before,” Ryan said. He added that Sony’s studios have made some “wonderful” games that could stand to be exposed to a greater audience.

“The cost of making games goes up with each cycle, as the calibre of the IP has improved. Also, our ease of making it available to non-console owners has grown. So it’s a fairly straightforward decision for us to make,” Ryan said. In other words, it’s getting more and more expensive to create these games, but it’s also getting easier to create PC ports. It’s time for Sony to take advantage of this ease and start raking in revenue from PC owners.

Source: British GQ

Indian Gamers Are Strictly Fighting Against Scalpers Over PlayStation 5

Indian gamers in the market for a PlayStation 5 are actively working with a major online marketplace to have scalpers ads taken down. 

As reported by IGN India, PS5 scalpers took to popular marketplace OLX to sell the consoles. However, users reported the ads en masse, forcing the website to take them down. Scalpers then came up with another trick: they listed the consoles with a regular price tag, only to quote potential buyers a higher price once contacted. Unfortunately for them, Indian buyers weren’t having it. In fact, there’s an entire subreddit dedicated to taking scalpers and scammers down, and it seems to be working wonders.

Interestingly, IGN revealed that some Indian retailers associated with Sony were also involved in price gouging the consoles. Upon contacting Sony’s local operations, the website was told that the company has already taken action against reported retailers, and severed ties with some of them. Sony’s statement to IGN reads:

"We have taken serious note of the feedback of our patrons that have been made on our social media handles and reportedly on other platforms. We sincerely expect that the third-party retail partners operate in compliance of the legal frame work of our country and follow ethical business practices. We have ‘zero tolerance policy’ for any practices that are inconsistent to the afore-said. We have taken steps, as deemed appropriate and available with company including but not limited to discontinuing our association with such channel partners."

 Source: IGN India


I have good news for UK folks, new reports say that limited inventory could continue throughout the year as high demand clashes with issues sourcing semiconductors and other parts necessary to manufacture the consoles.  

New reports are showing the incoming PS5 restocks. Both Game and ShopTo got new inventory of the console last week (which quickly sold out), and Amazon, Very, and Currys are expected to put new inventory up for sale sometime this week for the usual “mid-month” refresh.

Inventory will still be limited though, with shortages expected to continue throughout the year thanks to limited availability of semiconductors. Scalpers have also created a bottleneck for legitimate buyers trying to get their hands on a next-gen console, using bots and other unfair tools and methods to scoop up new inventory in order to resell for a profit. The scalpers say the vilification of their methods is unfair and hurtful, saying that they are just like any other middleman buying up a product from a wholesaler for resale.


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New Killzone on PS5 Not Happening as Sony Retires The Official Website

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that it’s retiring the official Killzone series’ website, and visitors will now be redirected to PlayStation.com.

While this hasn’t completely been ruled out just yet, this weekend’s retirement of the Killzone website might not bode well for the future of the IP. This change doesn’t affect the games’ online modes, players will no longer be able to create or manage clans in Killzone: Shadow Fall. A notice reads:

Dear Killzone.com visitor,

The official website for the KILLZONE franchise has retired. Going forward, visitors to Killzone.com will be directed to PlayStation.com.

While this change doesn’t affect the online multiplayer modes, player statistics or ranking data for KILLZONE MERCENARY and KILLZONE SHADOW FALL, it is now no longer possible to create or manage clans in KILLZONE SHADOW FALL. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Thank you to Killzone.com’s many fans and visitors throughout the years for their enthusiasm and support.

Sincerely,

Guerrilla

This development comes a month after internet sleuths noticed that Killzone has been left out of PlayStation Studios’ official webpage. In the “Our Studios” section, Sony lists all of its first-party developers and the video games that they are known for. When it comes to Guerrilla Games, the only title listed is Horizon: Zero Dawn, and there’s no mention of Killzone anywhere – a strange omission.

Epic Games Acquires Company RAD Game Tools

Epic Games has announced the acquisition of RAD Game Tools, the company PS5 behind compression tech Oodle, which Sony has licensed for its consoles. Epic plans to integrate RAD’s technology with Unreal Engine.

“We know first-hand how impressive RAD’s compression technology is, having used it to improve the load time and quality of our most popular games – including Fortnite,” said Epic Games CTO, Kim Libreri. “The RAD team includes some of the world’s leading compression, video and game dev tooling experts, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Epic family.”

“Our work with Epic goes back decades, and joining forces is a natural next step given our alignment on products, mission, and culture,” added RAD founder and CEO, Jeff Roberts. “We both believe that solid technologies enable developers to build beautiful, performant, and reliable experiences. We’re excited and humbled to join the amazing Epic team.”

This news comes days after Epic Games announced that it had acquired a massive shopping mall in North Carolina to convert into its new headquarters. The 980,000 square foot Cary Towne Center had been struggling to stay open in recent years.

Metacritic Users Pick The Last of Us Part II as the Best Game of 2020 By a Landslide

The review mogul Metacritic has published the results of its 11th annual user poll, in which over 2,800 participants ranked their favorite titles of 2020 in the categories of movies, television shows, music, and video games.

Despite the hoopla surrounding Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II for much of 2020, the game was voted as the best title of the year by a landslide. To put this into perspective, The Last of Us Part II earned 10,194 points, and runner up Ghost of Tsushima earned 2,079 points.

1. The Last of Us Part II – 10,194

2. Ghost of Tsushima – 2,079

3. Cyberpunk 2077 – 1,691

4. Hades – 1,510

5. Doom Eternal – 1,062

6. Final Fantasy VII Remake – 1,044

7. Demon’s Souls – 818

8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 701

9. Ori and the Will of the Wisps – 694

10. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales – 615

11. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – 596

12. Half-Life Alyx – 584

13. Persona 5 Royal – 487

14. Resident Evil 3 – 463

15. Nioh 2 – 354

Cyberpunk 2077‘s secured the third position with 1,691 points, this may surprise some fans because of the game’s near-unplayable state on last-gen consoles. Although, it’s worth noting that the game runs well on PC and its PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X backwards compatibility performance is a bit playable.

Nintendo has just launched a teaser website for Super Mario 3D World on the Switch,  giving us more hope that Nintendo Direct May be on the way.  Yesterday, Nintendo recently updated its official Nintendo Direct Archive website, which might suggest that Nintendo will be airing a new Direct broadcast shortly.   The teaser website contains a bit of information about the upcoming port of the game alongside its announcement trailer. In addition, it mentions that more details about the all-new Bowser’s DLC , which will be included with the main game once it launches next month on February 12, will be revealed soon.

Nintendo has just launched a teaser website for Super Mario 3D World on the Switch,  giving us more hope that Nintendo Direct May be on the way.

Yesterday, Nintendo recently updated its official Nintendo Direct Archive website, which might suggest that Nintendo will be airing a new Direct broadcast shortly. 

The teaser website contains a bit of information about the upcoming port of the game alongside its announcement trailer. In addition, it mentions that more details about the all-new Bowser’s DLC , which will be included with the main game once it launches next month on February 12, will be revealed soon.