Gaming News #128 – Game Awards 2020 Nominations, IO Interactive 007 game, Fenyx Rising DLC

Fresh news on Game Awards 2020 nominees, Immortals Fenyx Rising paid DLC announcements, IO Interactive working on a James Bond game, next level PlayStation marketing, and more.
Gaming News #128 - Game Awards 2020 Nominations, IO Interactive 007 game, Fenyx Rising DLC

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Ubisoft announces three paid expansions for Immortals Fenyx Rising

Ubisoft announces three paid expansions for Immortals Fenyx Rising

Immortals will be supported by Ubisoft for a long time

The cartoony version of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey crossed with Zelda is just a week away from release. To show its commitment to supporting the game longterm, Ubisoft announced three paid expansions where players will be able to take on new areas with some brand new heroes, while also enjoying free content updates such as in-game events, weekly challenges for dungeons, and daily quests. More specifically, the first expansion, titled A New God, will see Fenyx take on the Trial of the Olympians “to join the Inner Circle of the Pantheon”. The second and third expansions, Myths of the Eastern Realm and The Lost Gods will feature entirely new areas and heroes with distinct fighting styles to keep the experience feeling fresh long after the game’s original release. There was no word on when exactly we’ll be getting these expansions but it’s safe to say they’ll be spread out across the next year. For more information and the full season pass trailer, check out our original news coverage.

Game Awards 2020 nominations have been announced

Game Awards 2020 nominations have been announced

There is some heavy competition this year

Created by games journalist Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony dedicated to celebrating the best the video game industry has to offer. Not only that, but the ceremony usually features showcases and trailers for upcoming games which ultimately translates into a huge viewership. This year features some heavy competition in certain categories and we’re most excited to see which game gets the most coveted “game of the year” award. The most prominent games featured in almost all categories are The Last of Us Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, Hades, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and a few others. All in all, it seems like we are in for quite a treat once December 10th rolls around the corner. For the full list of nominees and more information on the Game Awards, check out our original news coverage.

IO Interactive is making a 007 game

IO Interactive is making a 007 game

The creators of Hitman feel like a natural fit for 007

Wow, it’s been a while since we got a James Bond game. It’s a tricky franchise to get right in video game form but if anyone can do it, it’s the development studio behind the well-regarded espionage-themed Hitman series. They announced this via YouTube in a short teaser showcasing a bullet entering a gun chamber, getting ready for the iconic “Bond shoots the screen” scene no doubt. Currently referred to as Project 007, IO Interactive states through the game’s webpage that they are creating “a wholly original Bond story” that serves to be “the very first James Bond origin story.” Sounds extremely exciting and right up the studio’s alley. Be sure to check out the teaser and more information about this project in our original news coverage.

Sony takes the PS5 Marketing to a whole new level in the UK

Sony takes the PS5 Marketing to a whole new level in the UK

They should have kept it this way, to be honest

Marketing is no joke and it has the potential to make or break a product. Many will argue that a console like the PlayStation 5 doesn’t need too much exposure to do well, but Sony begs to differ. They went so far as to replace the signs for Oxford Circus with their iconic PS5 button shapes, alongside rebranding a handful of other stations to PlayStation-related names. Mile End turned into Miles End, Seven Sisters into Gran Turismo 7 Sisters, Lancaster Gate into Ratchet & Clank-aster Gate, and so on. This particular rebrand was only around for around 24 hours though, so hopefully, you didn’t miss it if you live in the UK. For everyone else, check out how the rebranding looked in our original news coverage.

Valhalla is the most played game of the Assassin’s Creed franchise

Valhalla is the most played game of the Assassin's Creed franchise

Valhalla surpassed all expectations in terms of player count and viewership

Despite many thinking that the Assassin’s Creed franchise has gotten somewhat stale, it’s actually getting more and more popular with each entry. Odyssey was already incredibly popular but Valhalla blew it out of the water, at least in terms of day one player count. Ubisoft announced this fact through a press release, saying that they are extremely proud of what their teams have accomplished with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, especially considering the COVID-19 pandemic and challenging work conditions. The game was also immensely popular over on Twitch, peaking at 280 000 daily views across all channels streaming the gameplay. For the full statement from Ubisoft and more information on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, make sure to check out our original news coverage.

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