The most important news of the week

The most important news of the week

The most important news of the week that is about to end once again offers a mix of controversy, announcements and curiosities. Undoubtedly, the developments relating to the clash between PlayStation and Microsoft as regards the possible exclusivity of Call of Duty belong to the first category, but not only: there are also Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 in the antitrust crosshairs.

We then witnessed the announcement of the long-awaited expansion of Cyberpunk 2077 and iPhone 14 Pro, as well as the contents of the latest Ubisoft Forward, which saw Assassin's Creed Mirage play a leading role along with the officialization of several other related projects. to the franchise, waiting for more details on the chat platform Assassin's Creed Infinity.

PlayStation attacks Microsoft for Call of Duty

Jim Ryan The controversy surrounding the acquisition of Activision Blizzard has produced further developments , with PlayStation attacking Microsoft by talking about an inadequate offer for Call of Duty. We already know that according to Sony Call of Duty is unrivaled, and a few days ago Phil Spencer wrote to Jim Ryan to reassure him about the future of the franchise, which would be available on PlayStation for "several years".

Well, , it seems that at the end of the day the agreement was not so advantageous, guaranteeing only another three years of permanence of the shooter on the Sony platforms beyond the current contract. "Microsoft has only offered to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for three years after the current deal between Sony and Activision ended," said Ryan.

"After nearly 20 years of Call of Duty being on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and did not take into account the impact on our players. We want to ensure that PlayStation players continue to have the best possible experience with Call of Duty and Microsoft's proposal undermined that principle. " How will it end?

Cyberpunk 2077, Phantom Liberty expansion announced

Cyberpunk 2077, V in official artwork The wait has been particularly long, but apparently we're there: Cyberpunk 2077's Phantom Liberty expansion was officially announced by CD Projekt RED with a teaser trailer and a release period, set at an unspecified 2023. However, the package will only be available on next-gen systems and therefore will not arrive on PS4 and Xbox One, which will end support with patch 1.6.

The expansion will see the return of V and Johnny Silverhand, again played by Keanu Reeves, for an unprecedented adventure set within a new area of ​​Night City. The protagonist of the game seems to have sworn allegiance to the New United States of America: a choice that, the developers explained, will prove to be profoundly wrong.

Unreal Engine 5 cloned with Unreal Engine 5 and sold on Steam

Unreal Engine 5, an image of one of the engine demos. Unreal Engine 5 was cloned using Unreal Engine 5 and offered for sale on Steam as Worldmaker. It sounds like a joke but it's not: an unknown development team actually took Epic Games' powerful graphics engine, copied it and tried to sell it on the Valve digital platform, but was quickly framed by some users on social media.

The operation is incredible, not so much for what actually happened, but rather for the spotlight that points to the absolute lack of controls by Steam, which allowed such a project to end up in its own catalog and perhaps even to be purchased by users unaware of the nature of the product.

Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 among the reasons for the clarifications requested by the antitrust

Starfield, an official artwork Not only Call of Duty: apparently Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 are among the reasons for the clarifications requested by the UK antitrust to Microsoft, for the simple fact that both games were cross-platform at the time of the 'announcement, only to become Xbox exclusives after the acquisition of Bethesda by the Redmond company.

In short, the situation that the English antitrust would like to avoid is that this same operation will be repeated with the next episodes of Activision's shooter, and it is therefore no coincidence that Sony has been very critical about it in recent days. Then it will be necessary to understand whether or not a principle of exclusivity on first party brands that initially were not legitimate is legitimate: the crux of the matter is all there.

Assassin's Creed Mirage will be cross-gen

Assassin's Creed Mirage, an artwork with a combat sequence Officially presented with trailer and release period, Assassin's Creed Mirage was undoubtedly the protagonist of the latest Ubisoft Forward. In fact, we are talking about the next chapter of the famous action adventure series, arriving in the course of 2023 also on the previous generation platforms. The news is precisely that Assassin's Creed Mirage will be cross-gen and will therefore land on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One, as well as on PC.

"Experience the story of Basim, a cunning thief in search of answers and justice as he wanders through the crowded streets of 9th century Baghdad, "reads the game's synopsis. "Through a mysterious and ancient organization known as the 'Hidden', he will become a lethal Master Assassin and change his destiny in ways he could never have imagined."

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 Pro The week that is about to end also saw the announcement of the iPhone 14 Pro, the new top-of-the-range Apple smartphone that will finally abandon the notch in favor of a dynamic island: a small rectangle with rounded edges placed at the top of the screen, able to change shape or even divide according to the situation.

Apparently the terminal interface will revolve around this feature, using the island for notifications and various other features of the operating system. The news, however, do not stop there and particularly reward the photographic sector, which has received a substantial upgrade with the transition to a 48 megapixel sensor, while the use of the A16 Bionic chip will guarantee extraordinary performance.

Steam: users are using Quest 2 less and less

Meta Quest 2, a guy dances furiously with the headset A strange trend is occurring: on Steam users are using less and less Quest 2, the latest model of headset for virtual reality produced by Facebook, in favor of other devices. Which, exactly? This is the point: it is not well understood. The Valve platform recorded an 8.28% decline in the use of Quest 2, but that share was acquired by devices that fall into the "other" category.

Apparently it was not Valve Index to grow, but precisely an amalgam of viewers that are gaining share without anyone paying much attention to it, going to build a niche (because it is still a niche, for the moment) mysterious but with an undoubted potential. How will the situation of virtual reality experiences evolve on Steam? We will find out only by living.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Microsoft seems to be canceling pre-orders

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl, a look at the scenarios Postponed to 2023 last June, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is not experiencing an easy situation, to put it mildly: the Ukrainian development team of GSC Game World works as it can, inside makeshift offices and without certainty due to the invasion of their country by the Russian army, and this clearly does not provide certainty about the release of the game.

This is probably why Microsoft is apparently canceling the pre-orders of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, which would open to the unfortunate hypothesis of an indefinite postponement for the promising shooter that should have landed on Xbox as an exclusive and that many users were waiting with trepidation, given the well-known talent of the studio and the solidity of the franchise created in 2007.

The announcements of the Ubisoft Forward

Assassin's Creed Mirage, Basim observes Baghdad from above As you know, yesterday the new Ubisoft Forward was broadcast, the event in which the French house revealed the future of the Assassin's Creed series, but not only. We have in fact witnessed a new gameplay of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, an unreleased presentation of Skull and Bones and other projects currently in the pipeline, from Rainbow Six Mobile to Trackmania, from Riders Republic to Just Dance 2023.

In addition to the announcement of Assassin's Creed Mirage, Ubisoft has revealed the arrival of other titles related to the famous franchise: Assassin's Creed Codename Red, set in feudal Japan; Assassin's Creed Codename Hexe, characterized by atmospheres close to horror; two mobile games, one in collaboration with Netflix and the other with an open world structure; and finally the expansion The Last Chapter, which will conclude the Assassin's Creed Valhalla saga.

Elden Ring, the official manga is underway

Elden Ring, an image from the manga Let's close with a curiosity: the publication of the official manga of Elden Ring has begun, which however is something very different than what was expected from such a project. The one created by FromSoftware and the designer Nikiichi Tobita, in fact, is a "gag manga", a funny and irreverent comedy that will allow us to look at the lore of the well-known soulslike with different eyes.

The synopsis clarifies the concept well : "Aseo, a poor and wretched Lightless, finds himself in Sepulcride naked, penniless, hopeless and without a virgin. His only chance in his new and ruthless home is a mysterious woman named Melina, who urges him to follow. the guide of grace to reach the Mother Tree that stands on the Interregnum. " Have you read the first two chapters?

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