Showing posts with label PlayStation 5. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PlayStation 5. Show all posts

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Assassin's Creed Ragnarok Rumored to Reveal in February 2020

According to recent leaks, Ubisoft will reveal "Assassin's Creed Ragnarok" in February next year with a fall 2020 release window.

Following back-to-back release of Assassin's Creed Origins and Assassin's Creed Odyssey, developer/publisher Ubisoft decided to skip 2019 from launching any new Assassin's Creed games in favor of post-launch support.

Some leaked information emerged recently on Reddit suggests that next installment of AC franchise is most likely to take place during Viking era and will be called "Assassin's Creed Ragnarok", similar to a rumor from May 2019.

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Assassin's Creed Ragnarok Rumored to Reveal in February 2020

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According to that same leaked source, Ragnarok is going to be revealed at an upcoming PlayStation event next year in February, which may be a hint to State of Play livestream and will have a release window of fall 2020.

Ubisoft has apparently planned for a multi-platform release for the title across current and next generation of consoles. Its map location will set around big part of England and Scandinavia, including London and Plimouth city.

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Players would be given choice to pick a male or female Assassin named Jora, with a plot revolving on revenge throughout first civilization and Norse mythology for a major part with some ties to both Origins and Odyssey.

Protagonist character may explore realms of Asgard and Jottuneim while meeting legendary beings like Loki and Odin. In terms of gameplay, Ragnarok will follow general mechanics of Odyssey with more improvements and role-playing aspects.

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Developers are intending to bring back and implement beloved NPC recruitment system from Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. You can use a boat for travel but there will be less naval fights than Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag or Odyssey.

A couple of inconsistency in this leak raise question about authenticity of its source with one such example being Ragnarok taking place on circa 800 B.C. but Vikings did not come to England until 793 A.D., almost after 1600 years.

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Whether or not this leak is accurate, it could simply be a typo as 800 A.D. is pretty close to when it happened in real-world. It could also be a mix up from leaked data of upcoming open-world action adventure game Gods & Monsters.

Earlier this year, a rumor claimed for next AC game to be titled "Assassin's Creed Legion" with a set release window of 2020 and set entirely on Rome, instead of feudal Japan or China like many fans have heavily speculated in past.

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Based on early leaks, Legion is more suited to be next Assassin's Creed game in a trilogy that would carry the legacy of Origins and Odyssey. When it is finally out, AC series can easily proceed to a new direction with a new title or a saga.

Assassin's Creed Ragnarok was previously codenamed "Kingdom" and it would presumably kick-start another trilogy in Assassin's Creed annual action-adventure stealth game series delved into mythical stories for coming years after Legion.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Job Listing Suggests Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel in Development?

Recent job postings by Guerrilla Games hint at an anticipated sequel of Horizon Zero Dawn for PS5.

Throughout this year, developer Guerrilla Games has celebrated two major milestones for their 2017 action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn; its second anniversary of release on PlayStation 4 and selling over 10 million copies worldwide.

Back in April 2019, a sequel to HZD was confirmed to be in works by voice actress Janina Gavankar (Sleepy Hollow, True Blood) of its Frozen Wilds DLC but now a recent job listing has made it clear that her claims are likely to be true.

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Job Listing Suggests Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel in Development?

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A number of vacancies have been sighted recently on official website of the Dutch developer and they stated for post of a Technical Vegetation Artist, "We have four teams dedicated to creating the stunning environments of Horizon".

Hired designer would require creating vegetation assets for in-game world and it may be for Horizon Zero Dawn 2, unless they are working on new release from Killzone series or RIGS: Mechanized Combat League, which is very much unlikely.

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Besides, HZD had a lush environment full of jungle and freezing forests for most part, which is not a relatable case for their other known IPs. Since they have an established gameplay foundation at hand, HZD2 may see release in 2023.

A single mention of their biggest game and a job posting is not essentially a clear hint for anything related to a sequel but assembling a new crew is clearly an indication of something new that is going to be a platform exclusive.

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Now that Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced a release window for PlayStation 5 to be holiday season 2020, there are a lot of rumor and speculations over which titles will make debut on their next-generation console.

Reportedly, many developer studios are already working on their upcoming projects for Sony's new console and even though nothing is officially confirmed yet, it would only make sense for Guerrilla Games to work on a sequel for PS5.

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Despite being a commercial success, HZD only received a single DLC in November 2017 without any follow-up. However, Guerrilla can surely improve over its sequel using improved features of PlayStation 5, while boosting unit sales for the console.

Horizon Zero Dawn launched on February 28, 2017 to receive critical acclaim for character development and a gripping story. It is the fifth best-selling PS4-exclusive title ahead of God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Guerrilla Games' Hermen Hulst Becomes Head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios

Guerrilla Games managing director Hermen Hulst is moving over as head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios.

As Sony Interactive Entertainment prepares for their next-generation console PlayStation 5 launch in holiday season of 2020, they are making a number of overhauls to shape up future of the company and move to a new direction.

In one such recent move, managing director Hermen Hulst of Dutch video game developer studio Guerrilla Games has been promoted as new head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios, following departure of former studio head Shawn Layden.

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Guerrilla Games' Hermen Hulst Becomes Head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios

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An official press release reveals that Hulst will join immediately in his new role and take over development of 14 internal studios. Meanwhile, current WWS president Shuhei Yoshida will join a new initiative of supporting independent developers.

PlayStation CEO and President Jim Ryan believe appointing Hulst is a move for Sony moving globally to next generation. He is a European and will be in charge of a major office at PlayStation, which is a proud moment for people in Europe.

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Jim Ryan had more words to add for new head of Sony Worldwide Studios in a continued statement.

Hermen is one of the most effective and well-respected leaders in the video game industry. He is a passionate advocate for the teams he leads and understands how to empower creative talent to build great experiences. I have no doubt Hermen can lead our teams to deliver compelling and diverse experiences at a steady cadence.

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Guerrilla Games is widely known for their work on Killzone series and Horizon Zero Dawn. Most recently, they worked in collaboration with Kojima Productions for their latest release of Death Stranding by lending in-house game engine Decima.

Hermen is a well-respected leader in video game industry and moving him to a new role is part restructuring leadership of PlayStation. Angie Smets, Jan-Bart van Beek and Michiel van der Leeuw are now joint studio heads of Guerrilla Games.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Death Stranding May be Getting PS5 Sequel

Hideo Kojima might have teased a planned Death Stranding sequel that will arrive on PlayStation 5 console.

Now that upcoming action game Death Stranding has just completed development and finally wrapped up, fans are eagerly waiting on the edge of their seats for its release after a few weeks on November 8, 2019 for PlayStation 4.

Though the game is not out yet, game director Hideo Kojima has stated having plans for a possible sequel. It would probably take him a couple more years to develop Death Stranding 2, which is likely to be a PlayStation 5 title.

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Death Stranding May be Getting PS5 Sequel

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Despite being a largely anticipated title, many criticized the game as a walking simulator at Tokyo Game Show 2019. Kojima clarified that his latest project is a "Social Strand" game and he is open to sequels to establish this new genre.

Hideo Kojima previously approached stealth genre with Metal Gear Solid series and eventually established a new category with a series of sequels. Now he wants to deliver players a new type of gaming experience that he calls strand genre.

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Ahead of TGS 2019, Kojima even Tweeted about his next project from Kojima Productions with picture of a crab.



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Given that Death Stranding took around three years to come out, a potential sequel may arrive sometime in 2022. By then, PS5 console will have become available everywhere and would be a more logical launch platform of choice.

Kojima however, cleared that nothing is set in stones as he has many other projects at hand but possible number of sequels are at least 1.5 and then 2, so that people who plays Death Stranding series will be aware of social strand games.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Crackdown 2 Developers Working on New Rockstar Game

Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games is hiring talents to reportedly work on new project for Rockstar Games.

British video game developer Ruffian Games has made a name for themselves in video game industry after working on Xbox 360-exclusive action-adventure game Crackdown 2 back in 2010 for publisher Microsoft Game Studios.

After rumors starts flying about developer/publisher Rockstar Games having multiple new games in development and confirmed by a former employee, it is revealed lately that Ruffian is involved in one of their upcoming projects.

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Crackdown 2 Developers Working on New Rockstar Game

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Following their successful stint on second installment of Crackdown series, they contributed to Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Crackdown 3 multiplayer mode Wrecking Zone this year alongside several other projects.

Their job listing on official site is looking to hire talents for a few positions for multiplayer action games including roles like senior engineer, senior gameplay engineer and UI engineer but no mentions for Rockstar Games are found there.

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However, they recently retweeted an article shared by Scottish Games Network that mentioned about working on games for Rockstar.


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Both Rockstar and Ruffian are Scottish companies and the latter is comprised of former developers of Grand Theft Auto series. These are some relatable factors for starters that make their partnership great and meaningful.

There is no clear indication of what they will be working on though except for their "multiplayer action games" title will be for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and "future platforms", meaning upcoming PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett.

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Rockstar made huge bucks from their 2013 action-adventure title Grand Theft Auto V, which is one of the best-selling games of all time. In 2019, they brought home more cash from Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Redemption 2.

They may or may not be working on long-anticipated game Bully 2 and possibly an online multiplayer mode for it. Their plan of working on games for next-generation consoles as well as current platforms doesn't mean much either.

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There was rumor of Grand Theft Auto VI being a PS5 launch title featuring a female protagonist and an even bigger map than GTAV. Before Rockstar released GTA5 on PS4 and Xbox One, they brought the game on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 first.

Since GTA6 is likely to be a much larger release than any of their previous games, Rockstar Games may not bring their next project to older platforms and despite their vast resources, has recruited Ruffian Games for additional support.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

PlayStation 5 to Release in Holiday 2020

Sony has officially revealed their next-gen console to be PlayStation 5, will be launching on holiday 2020.

Only a few months back, lead system architect Mark Cerny of Sony Interactive Entertainment has revealed some hardware plans for their upcoming next-gen PlayStation video game console he was working at back in April 2019.

Though it is no longer a surprise at this point and kind of obvious that Sony will officially call it PlayStation 5 and CEO Jim Ryan has announced a launching window of holiday 2020 for their upcoming successor to PlayStation 4.

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PlayStation 5 to Release in Holiday 2020

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PS5 will introduce a new controller that focuses on an immersive gameplay experience for players via sense of touch. SIE is going to replace their rumble technology of 5th generation of consoles with haptics feedback.

Regardless of driving racing cars or exploring through various rough terrains, they all will feel different. Secondly, their team is working on an aspect called adaptive triggers that will be integrated with L2 and R2 trigger buttons.

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It emphasizes on activities like pushing the accelerator of a moving car on an unfriendly road or drawing a bow to shoot an arrow and when combined with haptics, this will create a unique experience for each performed action.

Of course, there is almost a year ahead of us for PlayStation 5 to release and Sony will reveal more info on their next-gen console in the mean time and by then, many AAA-blockbusters will arrive on PS4 to keep everyone busy.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Rockstar Games May Have Teased Bully 2

An Easter egg from Rockstar Games found within latest GTA Online casino update may have teased Bully 2.

When originally launched back in 2006 for PlayStation 2 platform, action-adventure game Bully from developer/publisher Rockstar Games never really was a smash-hit title like some other well-established franchises from the studios.

However, it gained enough fan following in later years that fans are looking forward to a follow-up sequel for some time and a recently discovered hidden message in latest update for Grand Theft Auto Online is clearly hinting at Bully 2.

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Rockstar Games May Have Teased Bully 2

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Last month, Rockstar Games have rolled out a free update for GTA Online titled Diamond Casino & Resort to added extra content to online multiplayer mode of Grand Theft Auto V and fans have discovered clues for a Bully sequel.

There is a wall piece found within penthouse decoration that says "Canis Canem Edit", which is title of the game's European version. Also, a secret message hidden in morse code was there as well that translates to a phrase "DNA4".

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Bully-based content creator YouTuber SWEGTA has found this fan-theory that strongly supports indications of a sequel.


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In a first glance, DNA4 actually means nothing at all but if you reduce all letters and numbers that has summed up from the morse code, then the word itself becomes BLY2, which could most likely be Bully 2 if not most definitely.

It may seem like a stretch for Rockstar Games to go through so much just to slide a hidden announcement. Then again, a revolver in Red Dead Redemption 2 also had the same "Canis Canem Edit" reference engraved in it.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 "Canis Canem Edit" Tease

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Earlier, SWEGTA claimed for Bully 2 to launch on fall 2020 for next generation of PlayStation and Xbox console platforms. Then again, Rockstar doesn't just release their titles one after another and prefers to take time instead.

It took them eight years to work on a sequel for Red Dead Redemption and five years to launch Grand Theft Auto V. Bully has only been out for thirteen years and if Bullworth Academy hasn't been forgotten, a sequel could be on the horizon.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sony Acquires Insomniac Games

Sony has revealed acquiring Insomniac Games, acclaimed developer studio behind Marvel's Spider-Man for PS4.

Even with their upcoming ninth-generation console system PlayStation 5 getting closer to launch, Japanese video gaming company Sony has been shying away from spotlight for a while and even skipped E3 2019 press event.

A recent report revealed earlier today that Sony has acquired Insomniac Games, renowned California-based studio that worked on immensely successful 2018 superhero action-adventure game Marvel's Spider-Man for PlayStation 4.

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Sony Acquires Insomniac Games

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This recent purchase has made Insomniac Games the fourteenth studio under Sony Interactive Entertainment. Founded back in 1994 by Ted Price as Xtreme Software, the studio remained independent for a 25 years period until now.

Insomniac has made a name for themselves within the industry for their unique way of storytelling and gameplay experience through many fan-favorite titles like Ratchet & Clank, Resistance and Spyro the Dragon.

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One of their most successful projects in recent times was Spider-Man title for PS4 that came out in September 2018 and has already sold over 13.2 million copies worldwide by July 2019, according to an official press release.

Although often working on games for PlayStation platform, their development team has worked on Edge of Nowhere for Oculus Rift and vibrant shooter title Sunset Overdrive for Xbox One that was later ported to PC platform.

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Insomniac Games Titles

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Sony has acquired a new internal PlayStation developer after long since they have purchased Media Molecule back in 2010 and then Sucker Punch Productions in 2011 to for more exclusive titles to compete with rival companies like Microsoft.

Insomniac Games were already working pretty closely with Sony for log just like one of their own studios and now having them to develop more first-party games could be impactful for future sales of PS5 consoles when it launches.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Bully 2 Rumored to Release in Holiday 2020

Rockstar Games rumored to release long-anticipated title Bully 2 for both current and next-gen consoles in 2020.

Though action-adventure game Bully came out more than a decade ago and has been ported to re-release several times for next generation consoles, fans still crave for a follow-up game by developer/publisher Rockstar Games.

Apparently, they have a reputation of delaying sequels and now that Red Dead Redemption got its overdue, it would be a good time to start working on a long-awaited one for one of their most controversial games of all time.

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Bully 2 Rumored to Release in Holiday 2020

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Set into classic open-world sandbox, Bully lets you play as 15-year-old troubled teenager named Jimmy Hopkins, who finds out that his boarding school is full of bullies after being admitted to Bullworth Academy of New England.

He can engage in activities and what not within in-game world to bring peace to his school other than taking part in mini-games. Players can align themselves with various groups or assert dominance over them to eventually bring peace.

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According to YouTuber SWEGTA, Bully 2 is going to see release on fall 2020 for cross-generation platforms. Information received from an insider reveals that the game will come out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One before next-gen hardware.

Previously, similar info was leaked by a self-proclaimed Rockstar insider that lines up with recent statement of SWEGTA. Their reason for cross-generation release of current consoles and upcoming ones are purely motivated by money though.

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On GTAForums, SWEGTA has given out following statement regarding development of Bully sequel yesterday.

The way they [Rockstar] are going about this has completely changed. As it stands, they are aiming to release their next game during the holiday season in 2020 (most likely October or November). I can’t say for sure, but that appears to be the current state of planning. Basically, what they want to do is release their next upcoming game on next gen hardware (PS5 and the new Xbox), as well as on the current gen. The motive for this is mainly financial, just like with GTA V on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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Also to note that the same YouTuber has claimed Rockstar Games having to cancel development or to put hold on Bully 2 in a video four weeks ago, which completely contradicts his most recent claims that are yet to be verified.

Besides, any rumor like this regarding any major AAA-title should always be taken with a grain of salt until official confirmation. Surely, they can give a shot to some long-untouched IP before diving into development of their next smash-hit.

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Most recently, Rockstar has seen biggest player count days on Grand Theft Auto V upon releasing latest casino update for GTA Online and Red Dead Redemption 2 of last year has already sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

Bully had a pretty different premise back in 2006 and its sequel can be even more unique in 2020. Of course, fans would expect Rockstar to do exactly that but before they do, we now hold onto rumors while waiting for an official reveal.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Capcom Profits Doubled Due to Digital Downloads

Capcom profits increased by 50% this year, thanks to digital downloads of "highly profitable" titles catalog.

Japanese video game developer/publisher company Capcom already have two of their biggest releases earlier this year; Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 Remake, both of which performed commercially and critically very well.

Also, their year-on-year sales report suggests that their numbers have improved and saw 50% increase this year, mostly because of digital downloads revenue of their "highly profitable" catalog of popular games on all platforms.

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Capcom Profits Doubled Due to Digital Downloads

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According to their latest financial earnings report, Capcom made record profit first quarter of 2019. Apparently, digital downloads for titles that saw multi-platform release since 2017 has helped break in these impressive numbers.

Their approach to restructuring eSports events in past few years through Capcom Media Ventures has helped grow communities of fighting game and helped Street Fighter V garnering huge fan-support to grow over time.

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Capcom is doing pretty good throughout 2018 and 2019, releasing long-anticipated sequels of fan-favorite franchise like Devil May Cry and Resident Evil that has contributed to considerable amount of shipping units worldwide.

Also, Monster Hunter: World added more to their overall sales figure and the numbers were especially well on PC platform. Major success of MHW has led to upcoming massive expansion pack Iceborne to arrive very soon as well.

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Performance of both Mega Man 11 and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection alongside Resident Evil 7 was good enough to add. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for Nintendo Switch has seen good sales number in and outside of Japan.

Of course, they have no plans to slow down with DMC 5, MHW and RE2Make anytime soon and these crown-jewels of Capcom are likely to get a cross-platform release when PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett will finally hit the stores in 2020.

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There were never any doubts about increasing fame of these franchise as a new Resident Evil movie reboot is currently in development after its past series has earned over $1 billion while Devil May Cry animated series is in works for Netflix.

A live-action Monster Hunter movie is already in production and looking forward to set up a franchise as well. Capcom is well aware of market appeal of these titles and is likely to produce more installments in upcoming years.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Rainbow Six Siege Coming to Next-Gen PlayStation and Xbox

Rather than a sequel, Ubisoft is working to move tactical FPS title Rainbow Six Siege to PS5 and next-gen Xbox consoles.

Gamers on consoles are eagerly waiting for next generation of PlayStation and Xbox to roll out from Sony Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft but players of online tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege may not need to worry about jumping ship just yet.

Apparently, developer/published Ubisoft has already planned this through in advance as this critically-acclaimed Tom Clancy shooter of 2015 is obviously coming to PS5 and next-gen Xbox consoles, because R6Siege has a lot to offer.

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Rainbow Six Siege Coming to Next-Gen PlayStation and Xbox

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Currently, Siege is on its Year 4 Season 2 post-launch content and they are boasting over 100,000 players each day on PC platform alone. All credit goes to Ubisoft being consistently dedicated on improving its quality of support.

On top of everything, they have been delivering steady bug fix and still working on introducing 100 unique operators with distinct abilities. The studio has earned over $1.12 billion in a total lifetime of R6S and has 45 million active players.

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Siege brand director, Alexandre Remy confirmed during Pro League Season 9 Finals that there will not be a sequel or whatsoever because Ubisoft simply don't want to create a division between player communities over different platforms.

The strength of any multiplayer game is the size of its community, so I do believe that we have to make every effort possible that when next gen comes in, they are treated as a high-end PC versus another PC.

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He also encloses that developers are on early stages of working with Sony and Microsoft on how to transition between two console generations and how that would that serve player community but are not sure yet how to employ that.

Whether or not this transition process would require people to buy a new copy of the multiplayer shooter for next-gen upgrade other than a new console or would they be using backwards compatibility features depends a lot on hardware.

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Nevertheless, a constant effort from developers to add more values to Siege by providing new content updates each year and trying to arrange a seamless move for everyone clearly shows how much they truly care for their customers.

Also, introducing cross-play into Rainbow Six Siege has a long way to go and Ubisoft on board with that idea given how games like Fortnite, Rocket League and upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is bringing players from varied platforms together.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Sony Reveals PlayStation 5 Console Plans

Mark Cerny of Sony outlines what hardware features to expect from next-gen PlayStation console.

Rumors are going around among gaming communities for some time that Sony Interactive Entertainment has been working on next-generation PlayStation console for some time and people are already calling it PlayStation 5 despite any official confirmation.

Apparently, they were working on it for past four years now and most recently, lead system architect Mark Cerny spilled some beans about some planned outlines for the hardware in an exclusive interview with monthly magazine Wired.

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Sony Reveals PlayStation 5 Console Plans

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Sony plans for their next video game console to be powered by CPU based third-generation AMD Ryzen line of processor and GPU based on Radeon Navi series, a custom variant to support ray tracing and up to 8K resolutions.

Ray tracing allows for simulating complex 3D environments and is common in Hollywood for visual effects. Some companies are trying to employ it for their high-end processors like Nvidia RTX line but no console was able to handle it so far.

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AMD Navi GPU for PlayStation 5

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Although the method is mostly used for graphical aesthetics of rendering objects more accurately to maintain realism, it can dramatically change audio experience as well, such as enemies being able to hear players' footsteps and all.

Next-gen PlayStation consoles will be using a solid-state drive for utilizing its speedy bandwidth to significantly decrease loading time of games and delivering faster online multiplayer experience than ever before.

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Also, it will be backwards compatible for PS4 games and comes with PlayStation VR support but Cerny did not drop further details on their future plans for VR yet. Nor did he talk about any services or other features other than hardware specs.

Generally, Sony would have a keynote presentation at E3 in June but since they are skipping the annual game show for this year, our best guess is that any brand-new State of Play episode of their broadcast will most likely do that.

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Upcoming PS4 Games to Release on PS5

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Some of most-anticipated PS4 titles of 2019 like Death Stranding from Kojima Productions, Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch and The Last of Us Part II from Naughty Dog can probably see release on two-platforms to span across generations.

Though developer kits are handed to a number of game studios to work on their upcoming titles, Sony has yet to reveal an official release date for PlayStation 5 and assured that it will not launch in stores within 2019 but we can always wait for 2020.