Acquisition pause, Venom, and Ubisoft’s ‘massive recreation’ | Kaser Focus


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Another lengthy week on the books, and by chance this one was not solely dominated by the Microsoft-FTC-Activision Blizzard scuffle. In reality, provided that Microsoft and Activision Blizzard have prolonged their deadline for the acquisition to October, it seems that the entire occasion is on ice for the close to future. This provides each events (and the U.Okay.’s CMA) extra time to barter. Anyway, if I’ve to go another week doing a column on the FTC vs Microsoft, I’m going to go barely extra mad than traditional. So as an alternative, let’s discuss another stuff that occurred this week.

Ubisoft posted a slight dip in gross sales for Q1 FY24, although CEO Yves Guillemot stays optimistic, saying it was a “better-than-expected performance.” The firm additionally revealed it plans to launch 10 video games on this fiscal 12 months, together with Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Rainbow Six Mobile, The Crew Motorfest, The Division Resurgence, Just Dance 24, XDefiant, Prince of Persia The Lost Crown, Skull & Bones (FINALLY) and “another large game.” Your guess is pretty much as good as mine as to what that final one might be.

PlayStation dropped a brand new story trailer for the upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, which lastly gave us an excellent have a look at Venom. They’re nonetheless very shy about letting us hear Tony Todd’s voice — throughout two trailers, he’s mentioned 9 phrases. But it nonetheless appears to be like excellent and I’m excited to listen to extra. Speaking of trailers, Netherrealm at this time launched two new trailers for Mortal Kombat 1. In the primary, we noticed three new confirmed kombatants: Li Mei, Tanya and Baraka. In the second, we received our first confirmed DLC kharacters, and the rumors had been true: Homelander, Omni-Man and Peacemaker be part of the fray, as do returning fighters Takeda, Ermac and Quan Chi.

As for my private gaming schedule, I can lastly, FINALLY play Final Fantasy XVI now that my husband has completed it. The sacrifices I make for love, actually. But now I can lastly see what all of the fuss is about — I’ve barely made it a couple of hours into the sport and I’m already loving how completely different the sport is from earlier titles. You know me, I really like an excellent spectacle motion recreation and it actually is that thus far. I’ll in all probability additionally play some Pikmin 4 now that it’s lastly out. I’ve by no means performed a Pikmin recreation earlier than, so this’ll be shiny and new for me!

What to play this week

What’s new:

  • Pikmin 4
  • Xenonauts 2
  • Viewfinder
  • Pokémon Sleep
  • My Friendly Neighborhood
  • Cross Tails
  • Brewpub Simulator

New on subscription providers:

  • Techtonica (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Toem (Xbox Game Pass)
  • The Cave(Xbox Game Pass)
  • Maquette (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Figment 2: Creed Valley (Xbox Game Pass)
  • The Wandering Village (Xbox Game Pass)
  • It Takes Two (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Sniper Elite 5 (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Snowrunner (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • World War Z (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • The Ascent (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Undertale (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Dysmantle (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Dynasty Warriors 9 (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Samurai Warriors 5 (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • My Little Pony: A Maretime Bay Adventure (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Monster Jam Steel Titans (PlayStation Plus Extra+Premium)
  • Gravity Crash Portable (PlayStation Plus Premium)
  • Twisted Metal (PlayStation Plus Premium)
  • Twisted Metal 2 (PlayStation Plus Premium)
  • Wytchwood (Prime Gaming)
  • Embr (GeForce Now)
  • Stardew Valley+ (Apple Arcade)

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