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The last few days have been tense for the gaming industry. The Summer Games Festival and the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase followed a month dedicated to industry news that began with Sony’s Play State of Play.
However, the set of three events showed that the second half of the year will not be marked by glorious games. The end of post-pandemic video games – marked by delays and shortages of games and consoles – will not happen until 2023.
Although the Summer Games Festival has had several landmark titles, Microsoft has shown that it is getting stronger for next year, detailing many of its key bets and strengthening the role of the Xbox Game Pass.
Some of the highlights of the event, organized by Jeff Kyle, were the horror games “Aliens: The Dark Descent”, which are related to “Alien Swarm” and “Callisto Protocol”, the creator of the series “Dead Space”. In fact, many of the games presented at Game Fest combine horror science fiction into space bases, which is a possible trend for the coming months. They were added to the previous two, “Fort Solis” and “Routine”, with no release date yet.
Indie games such as “American Arcadia”, “Highwater” and “Flashback 2” (continuation of the 1992 title) have attracted attention with their innovative style and control. The last two will be released later this year. The satirical “Goat Simulator 3”, the trailer of which plays “Dead Island 2”, will be released in the fourth quarter of this year.
Sony was present at the end of the event with the announcement of “The Last of Us: Part 1”, a PS5 remake of the 2013 title. The game will be released in September this year. The trailer says that the PC version is also in the process of being developed, in line with the company’s latest trend to ease the console exclusivity policy. “The Last of Us: Part 2” was released in June 2020 for PS4 only.
Netflix even took part in the Summer Games Fest with an independent event on Friday (10). Streaming, which has invested in games, has introduced game-based series and series-based games. Games include “Queen Gambit Chess”, “La Casa de Papel”, “Reigns: Three Kingdoms” and “Pompi”, which were released the same day for mobile.
Microsoft’s exclusive event this week (12) had even more amazing announcements. “Starfield”, one of the main bets of the company for the new generation, won the video, which describes the gameplay in detail. The title was developed by Bethesda exclusively for the Xbox and recalls the study of “No Man’s Sky” mechanics from “Fallout 4” and “Skyrim”, the developer’s main games.
Xbox has also announced a new character from “Diablo IV”, a game based on the game “Minecraft”, the arrival of the Japanese RPG franchise “Persona” on the platform and the title in partnership with developer Hideo Kojima, Kojima Productions (“Metal Gear”) . Solid “,” death jam “).
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the franchise, Flight Simulator will receive additional content such as Halo spacecraft, as well as from Microsoft. The flight simulator will also receive new classic aircraft such as the Spirit of St. Louis.
Another important event for Microsoft was the announcement that Sliksong, the long-awaited sequel to Hollow Knight, will be available at no extra charge on the day of the Game Pass launch – yet unknown.
Like Sony, Microsoft is repeating the next generation of steps. The company’s three flagship titles, “Redfall”, “Starfield” and “Forza Motorsport”, will be released only for the Xbox Series S and X. Nearly two years after the hybrid release, companies are starting to abandon their previous consoles. With exclusive titles and new partnerships, Game Pass should also be one of the protagonists of the coming years.
Game tips, new or old, for you to test
Steam Next Fest (Steam is coming here)
Until next Monday (20) the Steam Vem Aí event will allow platform users to try out several indie titles for free, watch shows with developers and make suggestions. This is a good opportunity to learn about games that may go viral in the coming months.
News, startups, business and more importantly
- Activision has released the first trailer for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2”, the title of which will be released on October 28 for PS 4/5, Xbox One / S / X and PC. The video features two of the franchise’s most famous characters, Captain Price and Ghost. The game series has sold over 425 million units worldwide.
- The 2020 game “Cyberpunk 2077” will be adapted into a Netflix anime. “Cyberpunk: Expendables” tells a ten-episode independent story about a criminal trying to survive in a futuristic city obsessed with technology and body modifications. The series will premiere in September this year.
- Saudi Arabia has bought $ 1 billion worth of shares in Embracer Group, a Swedish conglomerate that recently acquired Square Enix Studios. The amount corresponds to 8.1% of the company. In May, the same public investment fund led by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bought a 5% stake in Nintendo.
- From June 30, Microsoft will bring several Xbox games to Samsung’s new smart TVs, with a strategy to expand the market beyond video game consoles. Game Pass subscribers will be able to play more than 100 titles on TV with a pair of Bluetooth controllers. Titles like “Halo Infinite” and “Forza Horizon 5” will be available on TV and you will not need a console to play.
Games that will be released in the coming days and promotions that are worth it.
- “Neon White”: BRL 89.99 (Nintendo Switch), BRL 46.79 (PC)
- “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge”: $ 94.99 (Nintendo Switch, Xbox One / S / X, PC)
Promotions of the week
- “Maneater” (PC) is free until this Thursday (16) at the Epic Games Store. In the title of Tripwire Interactive (“Killing Floor”), a player gives life to a shark whose goal is to survive and evolve until he becomes the largest predator of the seas.
- Following the announcement of “Ark II” at the Xbox event, the game “Ark: Survival Evolved” will be free on Steam until next week (19). The title combines survival mechanics with science fiction, RPGs and dinosaurs.
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