Gaming News #132 – Cyberpunk 2077 PS Store Removal, Resident Evil: Village Leak, Epic Games Store Free Games

Fresh news on the Cyberpunk 2077 backlash and removal from the PS store, huge Resident Evil: Village story leaks, Epic Games Store giving away a ton of games during the holidays, the delay of EA Play on the PC Xbox Games Pass, and much more.
Gaming News #132 - Cyberpunk 2077 PS Store Removal, Resident Evil: Village Leak, Epic Free Games

The past week has been all about Cyberpunk 2077. From players on consoles voicing their dissatisfaction with the game to possible class action lawsuits and much more. Besides that, we’ve got some leaks, some delays, a couple of interesting updates, and one huge free game giveaway, courtesy of the Epic Games Store.

EA Play on Xbox Games Pass for PC has been delayed

EA Play on Xbox Games Pass for PC has been delayed

PC players will have to wait a bit longer for this great deal

We have some sad news for Xbox Game Pass owners who looked forward to spending the holidays playing EA titles. The original deal between Microsoft and EA promised they would bring EA Play titles to Xbox pass by the end of the year but this has now been delayed to sometime in 2021. Over on the Xbox Wire blog post, the team simply cites the need for more time without going into the specific details. Hopefully, it’s not something hugely significant that will push this awesome deal to the back end of 2021. For more details on the delay and more, check out our original news coverage.

Resident Evil: Village Story has leaked (No spoilers)

Resident Evil: Village Story has leaked

Comment sections are the biggest spoiler plague

Ransomware is a serious thing and this was made especially apparent when Capcom suffered a huge attack back in November. The consequences of the attack are just beginning to rear their ugly head and one of the victims seems to be the upcoming Resident Evil: Village. In the last couple of days, the hackers have leaked the entire story as well as details about boss fights and screenshots from the unreleased title. While this probably won’t hurt the sales of the game, it’s highly unfortunate for those wanting to experience the story without spoilers. We advise steering clear of social networks and forums to some degree in order to avoid them. If however, by any chance you want to spoil the story, check out our original news coverage.

Cyberpunk 2077 removed from the PlayStation store

Cyberpunk 2077 removed from the PlayStation store

Cyberpunk 2077 will return to the PS Store once it’s fixed up a bit

In what is a highly unprecedented move from Sony, they removed Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store. You can still play the game if you own it and you’ll receive updates but you won’t be able to purchase the game digitally for who knows how long. This is all a consequence of the game being nearly unplayable on the “old-gen” consoles and CDPR offering full refunds, supposedly before consulting Sony on the matter. It’s definitely a strange situation as there are numerous games that are buggier and less playable than Cyberpunk 2077 and they remain in the store to this day. We don’t know when the game will make its return to the store, and so far, Microsoft didn’t follow in Sony’s footsteps. For more information on the removal of Cyberpunk and backlash against CDPR, check out our original news coverage.

Stardew Valley receives a huge update on the PC

Stardew Valley received a huge update on the PC

This is the largest update to the game yet

Stardew Valley got its biggest update, and it’s live for PC players right now. Update 1.5 brings numerous additions, features, and quality of life improvements to the already substantial indie title. There’s a completely new sandy “Beach” farm, local split-screen, new mods, quests, goals, items, events, secrets, music, and tons more. It’s definitely a lot to sink your teeth into and explore if you are a fan and something that is bound to attract new people to the game. For more details on the update and all the additions, check out our original news coverage.

PlayStation blog broke the GOTY voters record for 2020

PlayStation blog broke the GOTY voters record for 2020

The Last of Us Part II predictably won in most categories

At the end of each year, the PlayStation blog has its own GOTY polls and this year broke the record in terms of numbers of voters. Despite a shorter voting period than last year, around 2.5 million people cast their votes across 17 different categories. The best-voted games were awarded trophies from, platinum for the no.1 spot to bronze for no. 4 so they were thematically in line with the in-game achievement systems. Predictably, The Last of Us Part II got the platinum for GOTY, the best narrative, best accessibility features, best graphical showcase, soundtrack, and sound design. Other noteworthy platinum awards were Astro’s Playroom for best art direction and Spider-Man: Miles Morales for the best new character. For the full list of games in each category, check out the blog itself.

Death Stranding goes Cyberpunk with an exclusive PC update

Death Stranding goes Cyberpunk with exclusive an PC update

Sam Bridges just became a lot more stylish

Seeing as Hideo Kojima made a surprise cameo in Cyberpunk 2077, it’s not that surprising that Death Stranding received some Cyberpunk swag in return. The new content is available exclusively on the PC version of Death Stranding through Steam and the Epic Games Store. The additions aren’t just jammed in there without rhyme or reason but are used where appropriate in the world of Death Stranding. There’s the Cyberpunk skin for the Death Stranding bike, a Johnny Silverhand robotic arm as well as new holograms and clothing items for Sam Bridges. It’s not all cosmetic, however, and Sam can now use a new hacking function to target and stun machine enemies, stop mule sensors, and more. You can check some of the items in the official DLC trailer found here.

Epic Games Store is having a huge holiday game giveaway

Epic Games Store is having a huge holiday game giveaway

Epic Games Store is back at it again with great free games

Epic Games Store is well known for giving away free games but they plan to outdo themselves during the holidays. Matter of fact, they are giving away a whopping 15 relatively high-profile games in the span of some two weeks. Cities Skylines, Oddworld: New n’ Tasty, The Long Dark, and some others were already given away and according to a leak, we’ve yet to get Tropico 5, Torchlight 2, Jurassic World: Evolution, and more.

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