News Mash-Up - Week # 30

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Top News Items

    • Steam, Dota 2, Counter-Strike and EpicGames are some of the video game products now all blocked from operating in Indonesia. They failed to comply with new licensing rules to take down content that was deemed unlawful or that "disturbs public order."

    • Microsoft released its calendar Q2 2022 results. The Xbox division posted a year-on-year loss of -7% or -$259 million to reach just over $3 billion. Xbox content and services revenue declined by -6% due to lower engagement hours and monetization for both Microsoft and third-party titles. Xbox Hardware revenue declined by -11%.

    • In its financials for the same period (calendar Q2 2022), Capcom posted a staggering -48% decline compared to last year to reach $184 million. Digital sales for Capcom declined -55%. This tough comp is due to the release of Resident Evil Village and Monster Hunter Rise which both released in Q2’21.

    • From the 1st September, Valve is introducing new rules on what developers can include in their graphics on their store page. Valve wants to clean up the store with less “noise.” This means no review scores, award names, discount marketing, graphics promoting a different product, or other miscellaneous text.

    • Rockstar has pledged that GTA VI  will not offend people and will include a female protagonist for the first time (played by Alexandra Echavarri).

    • After a month’s delay, Diablo Immortal was finally released in China. In the 2 months since release, the game has already grossed more than $100 million, making it the second fastest mobile game to do so.

    • Ubisoft will shelve its new free-to-play game Roller Champions. The game just launched in May and will cease to operate sometime later this year.

    • Although not confirmed by Aspyr, the studio behind the remake of Star Wars KOTOR, the game is rumored to be indefinitely postponed.

    • 2K Games has delisted WWE 2K17, 2K18, 2K19 and 2K20 from Steam, PSN and Xbox stores. No explanation was given.
    • A new study involving 39,000 participants by the Oxford Internet Institute has found that time spent on video games has no overall effect on the state of a person's well-being. According to the study, the average player would have to play for 10 hours more than usual per day to notice any difference, and the reasons for playing were far more likely to have an impact.


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New games

Week commencing Monday 25 July 2022

Date Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Developer(s) Publisher(s)
26 July Hellpoint XSX Action role-playing Cradle Games tinyBuild
  Noel the Mortal Fate XBO Adventure Vaka Game Magazine, Kawano Vaka Game Magazine
  Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town PS4 Simulation, role-playing Marvelous Interactive Xseed Games
27 July Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent iOS, Droid Role-playing Square Enix, Acquire Square Enix
28 July Anonymous; Code NS, PS4 Visual novel Mages Mages
  Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 NS Action, platform Inti Creates Inti Creates
  Bear and Breakfast Win, NS Life simulation Gummy Cat Armor Game Studios
  Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions NS Action role-playing Shueisha Shueisha
  Digimon Survive NS, PS4 Survival, tactical role-playing Hyde Bandai Namco Entertainment
  Dungeon Munchies Win, Mac,  NS Action role-playing Majaja Chorus Worldwide
  The Forgotten City Stadia Adventure Modern Storyteller Plug In Digital
  GrimGrimoire OnceMore NS, PS4 Real-time strategy Vanillaware Nippon Ichi Software
  HajiLove: Making Lovers NS, PS4 Visual novel SMEE Entergram
  Himemiya-san wa Kamaitai PS4 Visual novel Prekano Entergram
  Hohokum Win Art Honeyslug Annapurna Interactive
  Koumajou Remilia: Scarlet Symphony Win, NS Action Frontier Aja CFK
  Lost Epic NS, PS4,  PS5 Action role-playing Team Earth Wars One or Eight
  Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo PS4 Shoot 'em up Zerodiv City Connection
  Re:LieF ~Dear You~ FoR SwitcH NS Visual novel RASK RASK
  Sen no Hatou, Tsukisome no Kouki NS Visual novel August Entergram
  Transiruby PS4 Metroidvania Skipmore, Esquadra Flyhigh Works
  Vestaria Saga II: The Sacred Sword of Silvanister Win Tactical role-playing Vestaria Project Dangen Entertainment
  What Remains of Edith Finch PS5, XSX Adventure Giant Sparrow Annapurna Interactive
  Yuoni NS Survival horror Tricore Inc. Chorus Worldwide
29 July Avenging Spirit NS, PS4,  PS5, XBO, XSX Platform Shinyuden, City Connection Ratalaika Games
  Digimon Survive Win, NS,  PS4, XBO Survival, tactical role-playing Hyde Bandai Namco Entertainment
  Madison NS Horror Bloodious Games Bloodious Games, Perp Games
  RimWorld Console Edition PS4, XBO Action role-playing Double Eleven Double Eleven
  Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town PS4 Simulation, role-playing Marvelous Interactive Xseed Games
  Xenoblade Chronicles 3 NS Action role-playing Monolith Soft Nintendo
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