News Mash-Up - Week # 25


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Top News Items

    • Sony will join Nintendo, Activision and Take Two in pulling out of Gamescom this year.
      PlayStation first party games will not feature in the Geoff Keighley Opening Night Live showcase, nor will Sony attend the physical convention.

    • As part of Xfest in a 18 minute Microsoft video called Xbox Game Streaming: Reducing Latency and Optimizing for the Best Mobile Experience, the company revealed that it plans to reduce latency and to bring mouse and keyboard support to some Xbox Cloud Gaming games. Using new process called “Direct Capture” streaming has been reduced by 72ms (milliseconds), reducing latency. Direct Capture is a work in progress technology with the aim of producing 4K resolution on streaming instead of the current 1080p.

    • Twitch will be experimenting with a new UI. The new look will replicate the Netflix model of playing a preview stream (for about a minute) while your pointer hovers over the image of the stream. The benefit is that advertisements do not play when the stream is being autoplayed, so it can save a lot of time by viewers on whether they want to watch the video with little interruption or waiting for an ad to commence.

    • The movie Sonic 2 has surpassed worldwide revenue of $400 million.

    • Developer 343 Industries has announced it is considering adding purchasable “Spartan Points” to Halo: Master Chief Collection in the future. The microtransactions are expected to replace the “Season Points” that currently exist in the game, which allow players to purchase various cosmetics by completing challenges and the like.

    • Fall Guys hit 20 million players in the first 48 hours of the Battle Royale Knockout game going free-to-play on Epic Games PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Switch consoles last week. Players were left unable to find matches following server issues due to the high demand.

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New games

Week commencing Monday 20 June 2022

Date Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Developer(s) Publisher(s)
21 June Fall Guys NS, PS5, XBO, XSX Battle royale, platform Mediatonic Epic Games
  The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Final Edition PS4 Fighting Code Mystics SNK
  Shadowrun Trilogy NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Tactical role-playing Harebrained Schemes Paradox Interactive
  Wreckfest NS Racing, vehicular combat Bugbear Entertainment THQ Nordic
23 June Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition Win, NS, PS4, XBO Point-and-click adventure Nightdive Studios Nightdive Studios
  Deliver Us the Moon PS5, XSX Adventure KeokeN Interactive Wired Productions
  Naraka: Bladepoint XSX Action-adventure, battle royale 24 Entertainment NetEase Games
  Sonic Origins Win, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Platform Sonic Team Sega
24 June AI: The Somnium Files – Nirvana Initiative Win, NS, PS4, XBO Adventure Spike Chunsoft Spike Chunsoft
  Capcom Fighting Collection Win, NS, PS4, XBO Fighting Capcom Capcom
  Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes NS Hack and slash, role-playing Omega Force Nintendo