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In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, former PlayStation studios head Shawn Layden talked about his concerns with the growing number of acquisitions in the industry. He also experesses his concerns about how it could lead to industry consolidation as well as its tangible impact on the diversity of games produced. Shawn Layden explains it with a great example, citing how music nets a fraction ...read more
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Players looking forward to Square Enix's Babylon's Fall are in luck: a closed beta test for the game is set to arrive in the very near future! The publisher revealed that there will be three different dates for the first phase of the closed beta test, one for each region. Players in Japan will participate on July 29th (2 a.m. to 6 a.m. PT), North America's test will be held August 5th (6 p.m. to ...read more
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Google has announced that the application for the beta testing program Crowd Play on Stadia is open yet again. Crowd Play is a feature that allows stream viewers to join a queue to get into a multiplayer game with the streamer themselves. This lets fans interact with their favorite YouTubers and livestreamers like never before, by having fans directly join the gameplay. According to the ...read more
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Grid Legends will see the return of the Nemesis system, which was added to the series in 2019's Grid. According to developer Codemasters, it won't be exactly the same this time around, though. "The Nemesis makes a return to Grid Legends and we have evolved the system to be more persistent on and offline," Grid Legends game director Chris Smith told GameSpot. "We will talk more about this when ...read more
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The upcoming PS5 Death Stranding: Director's Cut will expand the game's unique asymmetrical Social Strand system, Kojima Productions has revealed. The PS5-exclusive director's cut, which launches on September 24, will boast remastered visuals and improved performance, as well as "a ton of new content and enhanced gameplay features," according to PlayStation. Some of the additions teased in the ...read more
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Electronic Arts has finally confirmed that it will be bringing back the original Dead Space in the form of a remake from the team at EA Motive, but it sounds as though this new iteration of the game won't be exactly the same as the first entry. Although the structure of the game that started the Dead Space franchise will still make up the core of this new experience, those working at Motive have ...read more
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An emulator that plays DOS games on iOS devices will soon be pulled from the App Store, its author says (via MacRumors). iDOS developer Chaoji Li said that his latest update for the game was rejected because it "installed or launched executable code," which is a violation of the App Store guidelines. Li says that he has 14 days to submit an update to remove the functionality. However, he says ...read more
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PUBG--which is more formally known as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds--is rumored to become free-to-play in the future. The grandaddy of the battle royale genre first released back in 2017 and has since diminished a bit in popularity due to the rise in competition with titles like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone. However, those over at Krafton and PUBG Corp seem to believe that moving to a ...read more
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Forza Horizon 5 is hitting the roads later this year on Xbox and PC, and the developers at Playground Games have now shown off a lot more of the racing game as part of a livestream. The 30-minute broadcast below features creative director Mike Brown and associate art director Conar Cross showing off the different biomes of the game's setting, Mexico, and the new Emerald Circuit race. This is a ...read more
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We've seen a lot of the Steam Deck in the week following Valve's announcement. Most of it isn't anything particularly new--just some cutting-edge PC hardware that's been stuffed into a handheld package. But the latest tech demo (courtesy of IGN) shows something truly innovative that might revolutionize controller technology as we know it. Valve designer Scott Dalton explains how the Deck's ...read more
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