The Last of Us Part II Beats Spidey's Fastest-selling Record (via PlayStation Blog)
Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II has proven divisive in the gaming community for a lot of reasons, but there's no getting around the fact it's a success. From its high review scores to its early sales numbers, this is one for the record books. In fact, the game has already broken a record previously held by Marvel's Spider-Man. Breaching over 4 million sales in just its first couple of days on the market, The Last of Us Part II is Sony's new fastest-selling game. No doubt the pandemic is a factor, as video game sales in general have blown up over the spring and into the summer.
Ubisoft Suspends Executives and More in Response to Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Allegations (via Bloomberg)
Social media was on fire last week, as a series of allegations (in yet another games industry "Me Too Moment" surged throughout the gaming community. Among the allegations, several high-profile members of Ubisoft were accused of various forms of abuse. Bloomberg's Jason Schreier reported that Ubisoft has responded to these allegations with an internal review, as well as a third-party investigation. The employees involved, two of which being executives Tommy François and Maxime Béland, have been suspended while the investigation proceeds.
Marvel's Avengers Comes With a Free Next-Gen Upgrade (via Press Release)
While the details on Microsoft's Smart Delivery are only just trickling out, and similar systems on the PlayStation 5 haven't been detailed yet, some third party publishers are getting ahead and offering their own next-gen update strategies. This includes Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics' Marvel's Avengers, which is out for current-gen platforms in September. Folks who buy the game on PS4 or Xbox One will be able to upgrade to the respective Xbox Series X or PS5 versions for free once they launch later in the year. Players will also be able to play together across platform generations, although that feature is restricted by console family.