It’s been a surprisingly busy morning of news, and one that we’ve (to be brutally honest) not been able to keep up with. In the interests of time, we’ve collated some of the biggest headlines in this one-off news round-up for the morning of April 1st, 2021.
Microsoft completes acquisition of Embracer Group – now has 81 internal game studios
In a surprise move today, Microsoft has announced the completion of a hostile takeover of Embracer Group, valued at around $13 billion. This move sees the Xbox manufacturer growing their first party portfolio with another 58 game studios[…]
The next Call of Duty game will be too big for Xbox Series S SSD
While Activision has yet to formally announce the next Call of Duty game – rumoured to be an alternate history WW2 adventure in development at Sledgehammer Games, they have already revealed the game’s storage requirements on home console[…]
Sony U-turn – PS3, PS Vita and PSP PlayStation Stores will not close this summer, PS4 and PS5 digital stores to close instead
Following the widespread criticism of the recently announced closure of the PS3, PS Vita and PSP PlayStation Stores, Sony has reversed their decision. Instead, the company will now shutter the PS5 and PS4 digital stores this summer.
PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan said, “Look, we had to close something down in a ritual sacrifice to the Pagan god of providence[…]
Microsoft expands compatibility program, pledges forward compatibility for all Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S games to run on original Xbox and Xbox 360
Microsoft’s backward compatibility program has been a feather in the Xbox family’s cap for several years now, and the company is now gearing up to expand support to even more hardware. Recognising that Xbox 360 and original Xbox owners have been unable to play more modern games, Microsoft has created a universal emulation layer that[…]
Capcom admits Resident Evil Village’s Lady Dimitrescu is actually just 5’5″ – protagonist Ethan Winters is the size of a hobbit
In an exclusive interview, Resident Evil Village art director Tomonori Takano has admitted that his previous statements surrounding the height of game antagonist Lady Dimitrescu was actually incorrect. The vampiric character is actually just 1.65m tall (5’5″) without heels or hat. That’s still much taller than 3’2″ protagonist Ethan Winters, though.
In an update to investors, Capcom’s has reduced their projections for the 21/22 fiscal year[…]
Horizon Forbidden West will launch day and date on Xbox Game Pass
PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon Forbidden West will be added to Xbox Game Pass on the day of its launch, in an unexpected collaboration between Sony and Microsoft[…]
Dead Island 2’s new developer is Techland – Dying Light 2 cancelled
Citing problems with the ongoing zombie virus pandemic, publisher Deep Silver has removed Dambuster Studios from development duties on Dead Island 2, replacing them with Techland, developer of the original Dead Island series[…]
Embracer Group acquires 505 Games, Square Enix, Epic Games, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Sony, Devolver Digital, Wired Productions, Nacon, Sega, Take Two Interactive, Microsoft, CD Projekt, Bungie, Koei Tecmo, Konami, Capcom, Team17 & Focus Home Interactive – not Activision, though
In a surprise turn of events, Microsoft has allowed Embracer Group to regain its independence today, just 3 hours after completing the acquisition of the company. In turn, Embrace Group has be able to secure a fresh source of investor funding and gone on a spending spree[…]