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Sony splurges, buys Insomniac Games for PlayStation Worldwide Studios

Insomniac Games joins the likes of Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch Productions and Guerrilla Games on the roster of first-party PlayStation studios.

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Insomniac Games joins the likes of Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch Productions and Guerrilla Games on the roster of first-party PlayStation studios.

The narrative of the current console generation has been split. PlayStation has had the “better” exclusives, says the narrative, while Xbox has – after a stumbling start – the “better” services, like backwards compatibility and Xbox Game Pass. The Xbox One X is also the more powerful of the mid-generation console upgrades, but Xbox has still struggled for exclusives.

In order to redress this balance, Microsoft has been on a spending spree, adding studios to the Xbox Game Studios banner left, right and centre. Undead Labs. Playground Games. Ninja Theory. Compulsion Games. InXile. Obsidian. Double Fine.

Sony, meanwhile, has been quiet on the acquisition front. Well, until today, and this is a big one: Insomniac Games is joining PlayStation Worldwide Studios.

The announcement was made, live on stage, during the Gamescom Opening Night Live conference. Shortly after the announcement, Insomniac Games’ creative director, Bryan Intihar, tweeted about the acquisition:

He’s happy, then. But what does Sony’s acquisition of Insomniac Games mean for fans, in real terms?

For PlayStation fans, probably not a great deal. After the massive success of Insomniac’s Spider-Man, a sequel seemed inevitable. Now that Insomniac is a first-party PlayStation studio, it’s absolutely nailed on.

But outside of Spider-Man (and a few other titles, like Ratchet and Clank), Insomniac also develops VR games. Thus far, however, none of these VR games have actually been available for the PSVR on PS4. Instead, you’ll have found them on PC, Oculus, and even the Magic Leap. It remains to be seen what impact this will have on Insomniac’s VR ambitions, as the upcoming Stormland – developed by Insomniac but published by Oculus, as an Oculus exclusive – is looking impressive.

What you probably can be certain of, though, is that there won’t be a sequel to 2014’s Sunset Overdrive. That was published by Microsoft Studios, originally on Xbox One but later for Windows PC.

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This week’s PlayStation 4 releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima headlines this week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 video game releases.

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Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima headlines this week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 video game releases.

Another month, another eagerly-anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive. This time it’s open-world action-adventure Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch Productions.

We recall playing Infamous Second Son shortly after the launch of the PlayStation 4, so it feels appropriate to bookend the generation with a demonstration of how far the studio has come. We have a suspicion that Ghost of Tsushima is going to do very well. It’s also another late-generation example of how much power the PS4 still has to give.

We’re not so sure about Rocket Arena, which, following a long period of development, was unveiled at month’s EA Play Live. It’s an artistically bland 3v3 third-person shooter that looks both fun and forgettable.

We’re more excited to get our hands on Superhot: Mind Control Delete. The game began life as DLC for Superhot Team’s acclaimed time-bending action game, before becoming a full-blown follow-up. If you purchased the first game – i.e. you paid cash and didn’t get it through PS Plus – you can download Superhot: Mind Control Delete for free. It’s a fantastic gesture from a talented studio.

Other new PS4 releases include Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus and Neversong.

We are still waiting on release date confirmation for a couple of new PS4 titles. We’ll update this page as soon as we get it.

New PlayStation 4 releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Rocket Arena

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Ultra Hat Dimension

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

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Everything announced on last night’s Ubisoft Forward

Ubisoft announces release dates for Watch Dogs Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and there’s a first look at Far Cry 6.

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Ubisoft announces release dates for Watch Dogs Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and there’s a first look at Far Cry 6.

We like to get excited by new video games, but it was hard to be too enthusiastic about last night’s Ubisoft showcase.

Another wave of allegations concerning sexual misconduct and toxic work culture has reached the top of the company, resulting in the departures of chief creative officer Serge Hascoët, Canadian studios head Yannis Mallat, and global head of HR, Cécile Cornet. They follow the recent resignation of Maxime Béland, and the suspension of Tommy Francois and Andrien Gbinigie following multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

In a statement addressing the problem, Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot promises change:

“Ubisoft has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees. This is unacceptable, as toxic behaviors are in direct contrast to values on which I have never compromised – and never will. I am committed to implementing profound changes across the company to improve and strengthen our workplace culture.”

By all accounts, it’s a deep-rooted problem. We just hope that Ubisoft takes the situation as seriously as Guillemot indicates.

Oh, yeah, and here’s a quick rundown on every announcement from the first Ubisoft Forward of 2020.

Ubisoft Forward – July 2020

  • Watch Dogs Legion – Ubisoft Toronto’s upcoming dystopian open-world game is introduced with a short film from Emmy Award-winning director Alberto Mielgo. New gameplay footage shows the game’s flexible character options and approach to missions. Releases on October 29, 2020.
  • Brawlhalla – The cartoon fighter is coming to iOS and Android devices on August 6, 2020.
  • Might and Magic: Era of Chaos – A sizzle reel trailer for the popular mobile battle RPG.
  • Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad – Please be excited for the upcoming Clancyverse mobile game. Please. Released on August 27, 2020.
  • Rainbow Six Siege – A thank you video from Ubisoft Montreal to celebrate the game’s fifth anniversary
  • Hyper Scape – Ubisoft’s new battle royale shooter gets a new story trailer. The open beta is now live.
  • Watch Dogs Legion – Confirmation from plucky Phil Spencer that Watch Dogs Legion supports Xbox Series X Smart Delivery.
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – A new gameplay deep-dive details Valhalla’s combat mechanics, environments and missions. It looks too sunny to be Britain, but it does look lovely. Released for current-gen consoles on November 17, 2020.
  • Far Cry 6 – Giancarlo Esposito and Anton Castillo star in the next Far Cry instalment. An overwrought story trailer ignites a small modicum of excitement. Released on February 18, 2021.

You can watch the full 50-minute show below. Another Ubisoft Forward presentation is due later this year.

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New Xbox One releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Ooblets top the list of new video games coming to Xbox One next week.

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Superhot: Mind Control Delete and Ooblets top the list of new video games coming to Xbox One between July 13 and 17, 2020.

Our highlight from next week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases is the surprise release of Superhot: Mind Control Delete. The third game in Superhot Team’s innovative time-twisting shooter series promises more of everything, including larger levels and new combat mechanics. Best of all, the game is free to download for anyone who purchased the first game.

One game we have been watching for some time is Ooblets, which comes to Xbox Game Preview on Tuesday. Glumberland’s super-charming life simulation game features many genre staples – farming, furniture, creature collection, and town upgrades – but, most importantly, it has dance-off battles. It’s also coming to early access on PC via the Epic Game Store.

We’re also pleased to see Hopfrog’s Zelda-like adventure Forager finally get an Xbox One release. Other games to look forward to include Neversong, We Should Talk, and Radical Rabbit Stew.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft online store.

New Xbox One releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Rocket Arena

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Ooblets
  • Rez Plz
  • Ultra Hat Dimension

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Bounty Battle
  • Dunk Lords
  • Forager
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete
  • We Should Talk

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus

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New Nintendo Switch releases (July 13-17, 2020)

Paper Mario: The Origami King headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King headlines this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.

Paper Mario: The Origami King already has some Nintendo fans grumbling that it isn’t The Thousand-Year Door, but the series has long-since taken a different path. The Origami King certainly looks to be a (paper) cut above Sticker Star and Colour Splash. Expect a well-written and funny game with a surprisingly compelling combat system.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town – which is a remake of the GBA Harvest Moon classic – also comes to Switch in North America. It’s available right now in Europe and Australia.

Other new Switch games include Radical Rabbit Stew, Ultra Hat Dimension, and turn-based tactical shindig, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus.

We’ll update this page with any late additions throughout the week. In the meantime, here is this week’s confirmed lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases.

New Nintendo Switch releases: July 13-17, 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

  • Yoga Master Dreams Fantasy Bundle

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • Neon Abyss
  • Pangeon
  • Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (NA)
  • void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (NA)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Bossgard
  • Rez Plz

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • #Funtime
  • Aeolis Tournament
  • Caretaker
  • High Explosive Dinosaur
  • Home Run High
  • Never Breakup
  • Neversong
  • Radical Rabbit Stew
  • Tanky Tanks
  • Waifu Uncovered
  • We should talk

Friday, July 17, 2020

  • Get 10 Quest
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Power Racing Bundle
  • Starlit Adventures Golden Stars
  • Ultra Hat Dimension
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
  • void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium (EU)

My Nintendo members should also check out the summer eShop Double Gold Points promotion.


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Four classic Double Fine adventures ported to macOS Catalina, free for a limited time

Pick up four brilliant Double Fine adventures for free this weekend, playable on macOS Catalina for the very first time.

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Pick up four brilliant Double Fine adventures for free this weekend, playable on macOS Catalina for the very first time.

Double Fine, Tim Schafer’s legendary adventure game studio recently acquired by Xbox, has been remastering its back catalogue over the years. Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango have all received the spit-and-polish treatment, bringing these classic adventures to a new audience, a whole new generation of players.

But if you recently upgraded your Apple Mac to macOS Catalina, you might have found they no longer worked. To be fair, you’ll have found lots of things stopped working. Indie development Twitter is filled with horror stories of games that suddenly broke on Catalina, while the economics to put it right often doesn’t stack up.

Thankfully, Double Fine has managed to find the time to fix the issue, and those classic remasters – Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango – plus the more-recent Broken Age have all been fixed up and ported to macOS Catalina.

To celebrate, Double Fine is making these games free for Mac users for a limited time. You can pick up Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango and Broken Age from the Apple Mac app store for absolutely nothing until the end of the day on Sunday, July 12.

(They’ll be back up to full price on Monday, but they’ll still be brilliant.)


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