The prize pool for the Dota 2 esports tournament The International 2020 has set a new record. At the moment, the tournament has a little over $ 34.4 million, and the amount continues to grow.
The prize pool is generated from deductions when players buy a Battle Pass, so while gamers pay for it, the prize pool will increase. According to previous statements by Valve, the current Battle Pass will be available until September 19, so the amount will definitely have time to increase slightly. However, while the fate of the tournament itself is unclear, since due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the start had to be postponed, and it is not yet known whether The International will start this year.
As for the amount, it will be divided in a certain proportion among the top 18 teams, with the winner of the tournament receiving almost half.
The acquisition of Activison-Blizzard by Microsoft this week opened the door to a number of changes within the American group. Besides the question of its future on the PlayStation console, call of duty could be subject to drastic change. The FPS franchise could abandon its annual publication rhythm to go for longer development times, and more spaced outings between them. An upheaval that would be considered within Activision, and the details of which are reported to us by journalist Jason Schreier for the site Bloomberg.
Will the war wait?
If nothing concrete has been announced for the moment, the idea would indeed be in discussion within the upper strata of the management of Activision. Giving more time to the development of the games would be an option considered to restore the image of the franchise with the players, after the reception on this side received by the last title Call of Duty: Vanguard. The acquisition of the Activison-Blizzard group by Microsoft could be the catalyst for this upheaval, the Richmond firm having the habit of favoring the time allocated to the production of games rather than the release of annual episodes.
Top of the charts…for now
So we relativize all the same: if Call of Duty:Vanguard was not a huge critical success, it is nonetheless a monstrous commercial success, as always for the darling of Activision. Vanguard thus topped physical sales in the United States for the year 2021—with a September release, just that. However, the title sold less than its predecessor Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War, a potential sign of shortness of breath for the eternal chestnut tree. However, we should not expect an immediate change: this new rhythm would only take place after the release of the next episode of call of duty, still planned for this year 2022, if Activison adopts the idea.
Goichi Suda rarely has his tongue in his pocket and proves it once again with a small bomb, dropped with his typical phlegm: there would be love in the air between the one we nickname Suda51 and studios Marvelfor a possible collaboration…
In an interview for the Automaton site and reported by the site VideoGamesChroniclesGoichi Suda details the future plans of his studio Grasshopper Manufacture, and discusses interesting meetings with Marvel.
New to come… and Marvel?
Three games are thus planned over the next 10 years for Grasshoper Manufacture. The priority of the Japanese studio remains focused on the creation of original licenses: “Until now, we have worked with publishers who have their own intellectual properties, and we have been given budgets to make commissions for them; That’s often how it works for indie studios” explains Suda51. “From now on, we would like to create three new licenses and release them one by one.”
But very quickly, the creator of the franchise No More Heroes claims to always want to work on third-party licenses”interesting“, and clutches on an interesting information on this subject. “I think that will depend on our discussions with Marvel Studios. If Marvel Studios comes up with a good idea, we’ll think about it” confides Suda51, with a certain sense of playfulness. “But we had a few meetings with Marvel, and we discussed the possibility of working together on a project. We hope the power of video games will help us accelerate these opportunities..”
Deadpool, always Deadpool
It would seem that fate absolutely wants to bring the Japanese game designer and the creations from the Marvel catalog closer together. Last October, Goichi told an interesting anecdote during an interview for VideoGamesChronicles. We thus learned that the Activision group had approached Suda51 for a possible collaboration through the production of a game featuring Deadpool, the troublemaker of Marvel. A project which did not finally see the light of day—but which seems to have given ideas to the Japanese designer. Thus, Suda reaffirmed last September his desire to work on “a Shatterstar or Deadpool game“…
What can we expect from Electronic Arts for this year 2022? While the American publisher is still trying to save what remains of the industrial accident Battlefield 2042, the return of another franchise would also be in preparation for this end of the year, while another would simply have preferred to take off around 2023.
In any case, this is what journalist Tom Henderson is saying on Twitter: a new Need for Speed would be scheduled for fall 2022, and Dragon Age 4 will have to wait a while longer…
Heading into fall?
Previously called in for reinforcement on the development of Battlefield 2042, the Criterion Games studio would have finally taken over the project Need for Speed at full throttle, with a release planned around next September and October… No further information for the moment. But given the timing, we shouldn’t have to wait long to learn more about it. If E3 doesn’t seem like a guaranteed event right now, Electronic Arts is sure to host its now annual EA Play conference in the middle of June, with potential new announcements on the way—and a call from the bitumen, if these rumors turn out to be true.
It is nevertheless a safe bet that this Need for Speed is well planned for this year. Henderson is thus not at his first leak: last September, the American journalist teased the announcement of star wars eclipse, the Quantic Dreams game subsequently formalized at the beginning of December 2021. In addition, Electronic Arts had already mentioned the release of a game Need for Speed in a financial report published in… 2020. Time flies.
In a less optimistic genre, Henderson gives news of the project Dragon Age 4. Its development has recently undergone some changes and is now turning exclusively to next-gen consoles and PC; but at the moment, no release date has been announced… And if the last echoes suggested that it would not arrive before next spring, this new game could simply be delayed for next year. In the meantime, as always, more information…