Sony and Microsoft was at odds today, with Sony arguing against the Activision/Blizzard takeover. That’s not Microsoft’s biggest issue though, as the Federal Trade Commission may slap them with a lawsuit over the same merger.
But all is not terrible in the land of games, as both Sony and Nintendo franchises have broken sales records, and one of the most popular PC shooters may be coming to consoles.
Read about all that and more in this week’s roundup of gaming news.
Sony recommends it Call of Duty it is irreplaceable
Sony has spoken out against Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision/Blizzard specifically stating that Call of Duty it is irreplaceable. They reiterated their concern in a response to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) when they argued that Sony may not be able to compete with Microsoft if it accepts Call of Duty away from the platform. This really shouldn’t be news to anyone Call of Duty is one of the highest-selling video game franchises of all time, ahead of both Grand Theft Auto and FIFA (although FIFAIts microtransactions may have pushed it forward Call of Duty in terms of profit). This could be seen as quite hypocritical coming from Sony as they have acquired studios and put out exclusives themselves.
In fact, they recently acquired Bungie, the developers who worked on the Halo franchise, and who is now working on another popular shooter, DESTINY. What’s even more interesting is that this comes after reports that Microsoft offered Sony a ten-year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles, with the caveat that they will no doubt offer the game on their Game Pass service, allowing Call of Duty fans to sign up for the service and play on Xbox or PC, which Sony believes will draw fans away from their consoles. Ultimately, organizations will no doubt try to stall the acquisition until it is completed.
Microsoft May Face Lawsuit Over Activision/Blizzard Acquisition
Speaking of organizations trying to stop the Activision/Blizzard takeover, Microsoft may be sued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Of course, the FTC is all about consumer protection, and as Sony argued above, Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision/Blizzard might not be great for consumers. Sources told Politico that the FTC could file a lawsuit against the company for going above and beyond its competition, as Sony said of Call of Duty privilege. We may hear about the lawsuit sooner rather than later, as Politico reported that it could be filed as soon as next month.
Both Sony and Nintendo games have broken records
Now that we’re done with the destructive worlds of law and business, two recent games released by Nintendo and PlayStation have managed to break records. Pokémon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet managed to sell 10 million copies in just three days, which happens to hold the record for the best-selling Nintendo game on any console in that time frame.
across the bay, God of War Ragnarök has managed to sell more than five million copies in its first week, which happens to be the highest-selling first-party PlayStation launch of all time. The idea that POKEMON Red and Pokemon Violet The record-breaking feat is surprising because the game’s sheer number of bugs, and its poor performance in general, has been the focus of most POKEMON fans. From the PlayStation side, it’s not that surprising and you can read our review God of War Ragnarök here.
brave it could very well come to consoles
The exclusive shooter game for PC, brave, could be coming to consoles sometime soon. This was suggested when Riot Games posted two job postings, as reported by Insider Gaming, suggesting that the “senior designer” and “design director” positions would be for a console title. Although Riot Games may be known for Legion of Legends and no doubt works on other games, the job descriptions also mention an “understanding of the console FPS market”, suggesting that the game they’d be working on is their own FPS game, brave. We have no word on when the game might be released on consoles, but it looks like it might be soon.
The Callisto Protocol locks death animations behind a season pass
In a rather strange move, the details for the season are being leaked The Callisto Protocol have been released on Steam and include several death animations that will not be present in the original game. This might have made sense if there were some exclusive levels locked behind the game’s season pass, introducing the player to new environments and therefore introducing new ways to die.
There are four main parts to the season pass, one contains skins, while the other is story DLC. There are two packs that seem to add new areas to the game. The Contagion Bundle appears to be a new mode, dubbed Contagion, that has its own difficulty mode and permadeath. It’s unclear if this feature comes with a new area, but that would explain the 13 new death animations for your character. What makes this particularly unclear is that the next part of the season, the Riot Bundle, explicitly mentions a new area of the game, with new enemy death animations.
Glen A. Schofield, the game’s director and lead developer Striking Distance, clarified the story.
“To be clear: We are holding nothing back from the key game for the season. We haven’t even started working on this content yet. It’s all new stuff that we’ll be working on in the new year. Fans have been asking for EVEN MORE deaths, so we’re making that a priority next year.”
But what’s confusing is that it doesn’t seem to negate the fact that 13 death animations will be present in the season pass that aren’t in the main game. Fans seem to have had enough of DLC designed for pre-release games, and honestly, you can’t blame them. The Callisto Protocol will be released on December 2, 2022.
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