It’s been a busy/crazy week this week so I haven’t had a lot of time to post but I’m back today to cover this week’s biggest gaming news stories. Interestingly, I feel like some of these announcements were in direct response to some of the news I covered last week (It most likely wasn’t deliberate but the timing is uncanny). We also got some unexpected news that came out Sony’s investor meeting earlier this week so we’ll start with that:
- Sony Sets Expectation for Playstation 5: Wall Street Journalist, Takashi Mochizuki, tweeted a statement from Playstation head, Tsuyoshi “John” Kodera, that the next Playstation console is three years out. Receiving a timeline so far out from an official product unveiling is rather unorthodox but it at least does help fans manage their expectations. Sony has been very up front recently in what to expect with their hardware and first party lineup. They’ve already gone on record to announce all of the first party titles that will be shown at E3 this year and confirmed that no new hardware will be revealed. This doesn’t mean we won’t see any surprises during their keynote but they would likely take the form of third party titles which is still okay with me. I have some predictions but I will share them in future post. Sony also offered reassurance that they will continue supporting PS4 and PSVR (Playstation Virtual Reality) as well as continuing to improve their live TV streaming service, Playstation Vue, despite hardships created by competing services.
- The SCUF Vantage Controller Announced for PS4: Last week we saw Xbox announce a new controller centered around accessability for handicapped gamers. While Sony has not yet created anything for accessability, they are working with Scuf Gaming to produce an officially licensed Playstation controller for competitive gaming that mostly seems to be an answer to Xbox’s “Elite” controller. The Vantage takes the established design language from the official Dualshock 4 controller but adds side mounted buttons, back mounted paddles, customizable buttons, and interchangeable face plates. It will be available in wired-only and wireless options priced at $169.99 and $199.99, respectively, and will launch later this summer. For full details, you can view their official announcement.
Image via official Playstation Blog
- Battlefield V Trailer Reveal: Last week we saw some gameplay from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 along with announcements of new game modes. This week we were shown a cinematic trailer for Battlefield V (five), developed by EA DICE, along with some details regarding its setting and game modes. Battlefield V will be set in World War 2 but will not take place in the settings traditionally found in other WW2 shooters, instead featuring conflict sites in Norway, Africa and inland France. While there’s always the possibility (or rather likelihood) of a Battle Royale mode, it was not featured in this announcement. Multiplayer modes that were announced were Combined Arms, Tides of War, and Grand Operations. There will also be a single-player campaign mode, unlike Black Ops 4. The latest trailer can be watched here. This trailer has been met with a lot of negative feedback from fans and to be honest I’m not so sure I’m a fan of it either. It is extremely chaotic, over the top, and does not give any information on the plot of this particular installment of the series other than there is a war going on. On a positive note, EA has announced there will be no loot boxes in this game, which isn’t a surprises after the fallout behind EA DICE’s: Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot box fiasco, but there will be content that can be purchased outright with real world currency, though it will be limited to cosmetic-only items this time around.
- H1Z1 Open Beta Released on PS4: Battle Royale type games are all the rage right now and H1Z1 was one of the first to do it but this is the first time it’s been available on the extremely popular PS4 console. Although Fortnite is the reigning champion of the Battle Royale, that didn’t stop H1Z1 from amassing 1.5 million players in one day on PS4! It’s off to a very impressive start even though it’s still only in beta for the time being. It will be interesting to see how this relatively new genre will evolve as more developers try to cash on the hottest craze in gaming. I’m curious to see if these “battle royale” game modes have real staying power or if it’s just a passing fad.
Aside from these stories, a top highlight for me this week was the release of Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon which is a prequel Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night set to release later this year. I will cover this game in more detail in an upcoming post but will just say it’s an absolute delight. Also as a follow up to last week, it appears that Best Buy has, in fact, removed the option to purchase new subscriptions to its Gamer’s Club Unlocked program. I look forward to sharing more exciting news as the weeks ahead are bound to be filled with pre-E3 headlines. Until next time, let’s keep grinding those levels!