A week for the history books as Microsoft and Sony agree to a strategic partnership.
Big news and key video game releases keep on coming even as E3 approaches! A bombshell announcement ended off the week with two industry giants in Microsoft and Sony entering into a strategic partnership. Bethesda unleashed Rage 2, Nintendo rebuilds a major franchise and Ubisoft might have accidentally let some big Splinter Cell news slip. Read on for the biggest news of the week to stay up-to-date with all things gaming.
Sony and Microsoft forge historic strategic partnership
Microsoft and Sony have entered into a partnership of epic proportions that looks to have a big impact on the tech and gaming industry. Both companies have agreed on sharing technology and information for future projects.
Bringing the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers https://t.co/cMRKFE74Yk
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) May 16, 2019
Sony will use Microsoft Azure for streaming gaming and entertainment content while jointly working on developing AI and semiconductors. Will we see Xbox games on PlayStation, and vice versa? Only time will tell, but this is a big start. The partnership is very new, but it is exciting to see what the two companies can accomplish in the future.
RAGE 2 officially arrives with Walmart Canada exclusive goodie
Walmart Canada has an exclusive “E3 2018” box art sleeve that you can snag for a limited time. Check it out on twitter, as Canadian fan Kelly Nadine shares her Rage 2 wares:
— Kelly Nadine (@keellyxo) May 14, 2019
Nintendo 1UP’s Super Mario Maker via Nintendo Direct
This week, Nintendo Direct pulled the curtain back on Super Mario Maker 2’s substantial upgrades. New characters, like Angry Sun, and additional environments, like forest, winter, sky and desert, have been dropped into our toolboxes. The game will feature its own story mode, with over 100 courses allowing you to rebuild your own castle.
The biggest feature announced, and the one I’m most excited about, is co-op play. I remember back in the day building Excite bike tracks to test my siblings and friends and that same style of fun comes to Super Mario Maker 2! This time around, they’ll be able to help design the madness, then subject up to four players online to the levels. It should inspire some seriously amazing creations!
For all the details, be sure to check out our very own star-powered Cody Gravelle’s take on the announcement here. The entire official direct video can also be viewed below:
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Detective Pikachu electrifies the box office
Pikachu and friends delivered big time at the box office—the opening for the film was the biggest ever for a video game adaptation, grossing over $63 million USD! The film also holds another record: the highest rated video game film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes.com. It looks like Detective Pikachu has finally broken the gaming-to-movie curse that has stymied Hollywood for decades. Let’s hope this means better thought-out film crossovers because the gaming industry has so many incredible stories to tell!
New Splinter Cell incoming?
Julian Gerighty, creative director of The Division 2, may have let it slip that a new Splinter Cell game is on the way. He tweeted out a picture of himself with two other Ubisoft creative directors, Dan Hay and Roman Campos Oriola, stating he was working on the title with them.
It’s highly unusual to have three creative directors on a single title, so take this with a very large helping of salt. I, on the other hand, wish to dream, and Mr. Gerighty hasn’t outright denied Splinter Cell is in the works, so here’s hoping. Cheers, gentlemen, to Splinter Cell!
Capcom, Square Enix and Take-Two flex fiscal muscle
Who says single player experiences are a thing of the past? Certainly not recent earnings and sales numbers from some of the biggest publishers in the industry. Capcom had impressive numbers to share around Devil May Cry 5 and the Monster Hunter series. First, Devil May Cry 5 sold over two million copies, which “successfully reinvigorated the brand,” according to Capcom. Next, Monster Hunter: World for PC pushed the sales for the title to 12 million cumulative sales.
Square Enix announced NieR: Automata has crossed the four million units sold mark! It has vastly outperformed the original NieR which has been estimated at under one million copies sold.
Finally, Red Dead Redemption 2 has surpassed 24 million copies sold, with Red Dead Online coming out of its beta phase in the next few months sales should continue strong.
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Ghostbusters: The Video Game remaster incoming?
A classic game could be rising from the dead if a listing from a Taiwanese game rating site is to be believed. Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered was first reported by bleedingcool.com, with the title being developed by Mad Dog Games for the Xbox One. The original title released in 2009 was co-written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, with much of the original cast returning to voice their characters. As a big Ghostbusters fan, I’d love to see this title return, especially with the movie’s 35th anniversary just around the corner.
Oddworld Soulstorm teaser trailer drops
This week, we also had the Oddworld Soulstorm trailer arrive, bringing back many retro feels with stunning new visuals. Soulstorm is a reimagining of 1998’s Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus on the original PlayStation. There is no exact release date for the title as of yet, but developers are targeting 2020 for the game. Soulstorm will be making an appearance at E3, so keep it locked here for more info as it breaks.