The past week we had a bunch of exciting news with Cyberpunk 2077 leading the charge with its huge standalone multiplayer bombshell. Besides that, we’ve had a new reveal, a disappointing statistic for racing games, and one stark reminder that you should always read and abide by your signed contract.
Red Dead Online is now being sold as a standalone experience
For Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, GTA Online and Red Dead Online are two golden geese that just keep on giving. It’s no wonder then that one of them, Red Dead Online is being sold as a standalone game since December 1st. The same fate awaits GTA Online sometime during next year as the games are part of Rockstar’s long term business plan and they plan on updating them for the foreseeable future. I just hope that they don’t completely switch to the online multiplayer model and keep delivering the insanely detailed single-player games that we all know and love them for. For more information on Red Dead Online going standalone, check out our original news coverage.
Square Enix Reveals Neo: The World Ends With You
If you have fond memories of the 2007 Nintendo DS hit, The World Ends With You, then you are in for a treat as Square Enix revealed a trailer for the sequel titled NEO: The World Ends With You. While we don’t have many concrete details, according to the trailer, we’ll be returning to beautifully stylized Shibuya, taking on the role of Rindo in a mysterious “Reaper’s Game”. Besides the highly stylized visuals, the game is set to have fast-paced action combat and mission-based story progression. For the release date and the full trailer, be sure to check out our original news coverage.
Arcade racers of 2020 hit record low sales
Where once arcade racers dominated over simulation ones, today, things are different. In fact, things have never been this bad for arcade racers as their sales hit an all-time low in 2020. A two-year-old Forza Horizon 4 is still leading the charge in terms of sales as the newer arcade racers didn’t deliver on the quality front nor did they evolve the genre in any meaningful way. Simulation racers, on the other hand, are thriving and it’s bound to get even better as we approach the release of Gran Turismo 7 – arguably the biggest and most recognizable title in the genre. For more information on the downfall of arcade racers, check out our original news coverage.
miHoYo doesn’t take kindly to Genshing Impact leaks
Genshin Impact is currently one of the most played games worldwide. As such, the game’s publisher – miHoYo likes to run a tight ship when it comes to information about upcoming content. They went to Twitter to announce that they are dedicated to discovering and pursuing any and all who leak any information about unreleased versions of the game – especially when they are under various NDA contracts. It’s not known how many people will face legal action due to leaks but the general gaming public has received their rigor on this matter with approval. So, people, this is a definitive lesson to read and stick to what’s written in your contracts. To get more details on miHoYo and Genshin Impact, check out our original news coverage.
Cyberpunk 2077 huge preorder sales and standalone multiplayer
Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely one of the most anticipated games of the decade. So the information that its pre-orders are outperforming the Witcher series actually isn’t very surprising. Still, it’s interesting to look at how the sales are split down the middle in terms of physical and digital copies and how the game is causing CDPR to experience the highest revenue increase based on preorders alone. All signs are pointing toward the game having an absolutely massive release with the developer hoping you’ll stay invested in its world for a long time. How? Multiplayer of course.
The multiplayer aspect of the game has its own independent team working on it and according to CDPR, it won’t be a simple mode but a full-fledged big-budget standalone experience. It will require a separate purchase and will have microtransactions so many are expecting something in the vein of GTA Online. While details are scarce, you can check out all we know about this segment of Cyberpunk in our original news coverage.
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale is a short month away from entering Early Access
NeocoreGames announced today that their upcoming roleplaying/tactics game will be entering Steam Early Access on January 12, 2021. This is some great news for fans of tactical strategy games with a dash of RPG in them. Hopefully, Early Access will enable the developer to further develop the exciting mechanics of the game that should feature the game-changing depending on the player’s choices. It’s something we’ve heard before in marketing so we are remaining cautiously optimistic about this one. Luckily, Early Access will give us a chance to see player feedback before committing to a purchase. For more info on Knight’s Tale entering Early Access as well as about the game itself, check out our original news coverage.