More PS5 Hardware at Launch, Rowling Uninvolved with Potter RPG
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There Will Be More PS5s on Launch Day Than There Were PS4s

It might seem natural to worry that it might be difficult to pick up a PlayStation 5 this year. Pre-orders are closed at a lot of sites, and there have already been reports of sites struggling to manage the sudden influxes of traffic. Sony has, however, issued some reassurance on that front.

The CEO of Sony Interactive, Jim Ryan, has stated that Sony will have even more PlayStation 5 consoles available at launch than it did for the PlayStation 4. Of course, that doesn’t account for demand which could be higher than ever in a year where a lot of people are social distancing. The Sony’s console is also releasing the same month as Microsoft’s console, which was also the case with the last generation of consoles, but it isn’t clear if preferences have changed in a significant way since November of 2013.

The PlayStation 5 will be out in the United States on November 12th for $499. A digital version without a Blu-ray drive will also be available for $399.

Source: Engadget

 

J.K. Rowling Not Directly Involved in Harry Potter RPG, Hogwarts Legacy

WB Games recently clarified that its upcoming  game, Hogwarts Legacy, was created by Avalanche without any direct involvement from J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter novels and their shared fictional universe, the Wizarding World.

The FAQ for the game states that, “J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game, however, her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the Wizarding World. This is not a new story from J.K. Rowling.” This clarification might be in response to criticism the author has received for espousing what many consider to be transphobic beliefs. Actors who portrayed characters from her novels in the films have also come out to publicly disagree with Rowling’s comments.

Hogwarts Legacy is currently scheduled to release at some point in 2021 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC.

 

Source: IGN

Elder Scrolls Online to Continue as Normal After Microsoft Acquisition

Microsoft surprised a ton of people this week with their acquisition of ZeniMax Media. ZeniMax Media is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, which makes Fallout, Quake, Dishonored, The Elder Scrolls and other huge games. While it isn’t clear what this acquisition will mean for many of those franchises, including The Elder Scrolls, Mitt Firor, studio director for ZeniMax Online, did offer some piece of mind to the Elder Scrolls Online community.

He tweeted an image of a statement that said, in part, that Elder Scrolls Online, which is run by ZeniMax Online Studios, “…will continue to be supported exactly as it was,” and that he, and others, expect it to keep growing on all of its currently supported platforms.

The game is currently available on Steam, macOX, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and is being planned for PlayStation 5. Even without Firor’s announcement, it  is hard to imagine Microsoft pulling support from all those platforms. Still, responses to his tweet indicate that many were concerned and can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Source: PC Gamer

Benjamin Maltbie
Benjamin Maltbie

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Date: 09/22/2020

09/22/2020 11:00AM
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