News Mash-Up - Week # 42



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Top News Items

    • In Microsoft’s latest financial report, GamePass annual growth for fiscal 21 reached 37.5%, missing Microsoft’s target of 47.8%. The 37.5% growth in fiscal year 21 represents less than half the growth GamePass had in fiscal 20 when the base was a lot smaller so any growth then would be significantly higher. The latest subscription numbers released by Microsoft in January 2021 was 18 million.

    • Microsoft has announced a new 2TB ($400) and 512GB ($140) Seagate storage expansion cards for the Xbox Series X and S, expected early December.

    • The digital only release for GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition will be on 11th November and will include GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas. The game will retail at $59.99. The PC version of the game will be a Rockstar Game Launcher exclusive. San Andreas will release on GamePass and GTA 3 will release on PlayStation Now when the Trilogy launches.

    • The Sony former exclusive console game, God of War, will release on Steam on the 14th January 2022 for €49.99. The game will include DLC content including several skins and extended gameplay. The game will support both a Sony DualSense controller as well a mouse and keyboard. God of War has so far sold just under 20 million units worldwide and just under 6 million units according to GSD tracked data.

    • The 2018 game Sea of Thieves has passed its 25 million player mark, according to its developer, Rare.

    • Dbrand is a Canadian company that makes faceplates for the PS5. Last week Sony issued them a cease-and-desist letter after the company taunted to sue. Dbrand subsequently took down its website only to launch it several days later with a new faceplate and a marketing campaign that made light of Sony’s legal threats.

    • EA will open a new studio in Seattle that will focus on making shooters. The name will be disclosed soon and the studio will be headed by Marcus Lehto, former creative director at Bungie.

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New games

Week commencing Monday 25 Oct. 2021 

Date Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Developer(s) Publisher(s)
26 Oct. Guardians of the Galaxy Win, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Action-adventure Eidos-Montréal Square Enix
  Iron Harvest Complete Edition PS5, XSX Real-time strategy King Art Games Deep Silver
28 Oct. Age of Empires IV Win Real-time strategy Relic Entertainment Xbox Game Studios
  Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality Win, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Adventure Maze Theory BBC Studios / Just Add Water
  Dusk NS First-person shooter New Blood Interactive New Blood
  Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water Win, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Survival horror Koei Tecmo Koei Tecmo
  Happy Game Win, NS Adventure, horror Amanita Design Amanita Design
  Riders Republic Win, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Stadia Sports Ubisoft Annecy Ubisoft
  Saint Kotar Win Horror, adventure Red Martyr Entertainment Soedesco
  Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi Win, NS, PS4, XBO Role-playing, roguelike Experience Aksys Games
  Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Win, NS, PS4 Role-playing Alim Square Enix
29 Oct. Mario Party Superstars NS Party NDcube Nintendo