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.
Finally, the PlayStation 5 can be made in color. Removable panels in Nova Pink, Starlight Blue and Galactic Purple available in June
Sony will soon expand its range of color panels for the PlayStation 5 console.
The new variants are already available for pre-order, but will go on sale in June. The colors are called Nova Pink, Starlight Blue and Galactic Purple. Regardless of the color, the panels cost $55 per set. Here it is worth clarifying that these colors will be new in terms of sales, and Sony introduced them back in December, along with two more colors that went on sale back in January.
Today, we’re excited to introduce the newest colors to the PS5 family of color accessories: Nova Pink, Starlight Blue, and Galactic Purple. In addition to previously released DualSense wireless controllers in Cosmic Red and Midnight Black, the latest galaxy-inspired colors will soon be available worldwide.
These new console panels are beautiful and easy to use – just remove the original white panels from the PS5 console and put the new ones back in place. PS5 panels will be available for both PS5 ODD and PS5 Digital Edition and will be sold separately from the DualSense console and controller
A new era in the Windows mobile game console market. GPD has already received the Ryzen 7 6800U APU for the Win Max 2 console
With the release of Ryzen 6000 mobile processors, equipped with very powerful iGPUs, a new era of Windows handheld game consoles is dawning.
The Aya Neo 2 console with Ryzen 7 6800U was unveiled yesterday, and now GPD has boasted that it has already acquired a batch of the same APUs, so GPD Win Max 2 test models based on this platform should be ready by June. Judging by the entry, the company did not expect that it would be able to get the processors so quickly.
GPD Win Max 2 was introduced back in March, but with a Core i7-1280P processor, but its graphics subsystem is no match for the iGPU in the Ryzen 7 6800U.
As a result, before the end of the year, at least two more portable set-top boxes with Windows that can handle modern games should appear on the market. True, apparently, in both cases we are talking about a Full HD screen, which creates an additional load on the GPU. For the same Steam Deck, the resolution is HD.
Ghost Of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and more. Sony has announced the list of games for the updated PS Plus subscription
Sony has finally revealed the list of games that will be available as part of the new PlayStation Plus subscription in Extra and Premium plans.
At the time of the announcement, Sony was talking about 400 games, but so far the list is much more modest. The company will probably replenish it over time. However, this list includes former Sony exclusives and even a few games that are still not available on any other platforms. For example, these are the cult Bloodborne and The Last of Us or Demon’s Souls and Returnal, which are completely exclusive only to PS5.
In general, the list includes the following games from internal PlayStation studios:
- Concrete Genie
- Days Gone
- Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition
- Death Stranding and Death Stranding Director’s Cut
- Demon’s Souls
- Destruction AllStars
- Everybody’s Golf
- Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut
- God of War
- Gravity Rush 2
- Gravity Rush Remastered
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Infamous First Light
- Infamous Second Son
- Little Big Planet 3
- LocoRoco Remastered
- LocoRoco 2 Remastered
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Patapon Remastered
- Patapon 2 Remastered
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Tearaway Unfolded
- The Last Guardian
- The Last of Us Remastered
- The Last of Us: Left Behind
- Until Dawn
- Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
- WipEout Omega Collection
Also on the list are games from third-party studios:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Cities: Skylines
- Control: Ultimate Edition
- Dead Cells
- Far Cry 3 Remaster
- Far Cry 4
- Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
- For Honor
- Hollow Knight
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Narutoshippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
- NBA 2K22
- Outer Wilds
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- resident evil
- Soulcalibur VI
- South Park: The Fractured but Whole
- The Artful Escape
- The Crew 2
- Tom Clancy’s The Division
But that’s not all. As part of the Premium plan, users will have access to classic PlayStation games:
- Ape Escape
- Hot Shots Golf
- IQ Intelligent Qube
- Jump Flash!
- Siphon Filter
- Super Stardust Portable
- Mr. Driller
- Tekken 2
- Worms World Party
- Worms Armageddon
In the same Premium plan, there will be remasters of classic games:
- Ape Escape 2
- Arc The Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
- dark cloud
- Dark Cloud 2
- Hot Shots Tennis
- Jack II
- Jack 3
- Jak X: Combat Racing
- Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
- Rogue Galaxy
- Wild Arms 3
- Bioshock Remastered
- Borderlands The Handsome Collection
- Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning
- LEGO Harry Potter Collection
In addition, there will be promised games from the PlayStation 3, but only from the PlayStation Now cloud, so they will only be available in a number of countries. The list of games includes the following projects:
- Crash Commando
- Demon’s Souls
- Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
- Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
- Infamous 2
- Infamous: Festival of Blood
- LocoRoco Cocoreccho!
- MotorStorm Apocalypse
- MotorStorm RC
- Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty
- Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
- Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
- Resistance 3
- Super Stardust HD
- tokyo jungle
- When Vikings Attack
- Asura’s Wrath
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
- Devil May Cry HD Collection
- Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
- Lost Planet 2
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
- Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
And finally, in the same senior tariff plan, there will be time-limited (three hours) trial versions of games. Now the list of projects is rather modest, but later new exclusives should appear in it.
- Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Farming Simulator 22
- Tiny Tina’s Wonderland
- WWE 2K22
Sony promises monthly replenishment of the list of free games. As you can see, comparing such a PS Plus to Xbox Game Pass, the latter benefits from the release of Microsoft exclusives on their launch day, but the Sony subscription offers more iconic and highly regarded titles, including PlayStation exclusives that are not available on PC.
The launch of the new PS Plus will take place on May 24 in Asia, then it will be available in Japan on June 2, after June 13 North and South America will be connected, and in other markets the service will become available on June 27.
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