Besides ushering us into, a hopefully much better New Year, last week was filled with some great news and announcements. While our trusty old PlayStation 4 is slowly but surely going into the history books, information and some teases about future games slowly came to the light. Cyberpunk 2077, once again made the cut with a hilarious third-person mod, and we even got a brief tease for the Elder Scrolls VI.
Older models of the PlayStation are being discontinued
It feels like it was yesterday when I brought home a brand new PlayStation 4. Since then, time flew by so fast, and here we are today – witnessing the discontinuation of several older models of the now last-gen console. The news comes from a Japanese retailer who, after speaking to Sony, has notified its customers that stock of the following models will no longer be received: PS4 500GB Glacier White, PS4 1TB Jet Black, PS4 1TB Glacier White, PS4 2TB Jet Black and PS4 Pro 1TB Glacier White. This isn’t strange, especially given the high demand for the PlayStation 5 and the fact that Sony wants to dedicate their full production resources to their new console. This doesn’t mean that Sony is pulling the plug on the PS4 completely just yet. The console still owns the majority of the market and we still have some upcoming games worthy of playing releasing on the system. Hopefully, even if just for nostalgia’s sake, our old trusty PS4 sticks around for just a while longer. For more information on the discontinuation and how Sony is handling the production of the PS5, check out our original news coverage.
Dirt 5 future updates will add a lot of free content
Even though Dirt 5 featured a robust campaign with plenty of events, it severely lacked content in other modes. Luckily, future free updates will right that wrong and should, according to the developers, bring plenty of new content. The very first update of 2021. will be especially content-filled as it will feature new cars, new playground objects, new tracks, new events, new livery, private lobbies, and much more. Currently, it isn’t known if there will be exclusive content for the owners of the Amplified Edition but nothing seems to point toward that yet. The updates are coming in the nick of time since the game isn’t faring so well in terms of active players. Perhaps Dirt could go ahead and do a Forza Horizon 4 on us with free updates to stay relevant for years after the release. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, check out our original news coverage for the full list of upcoming Dirt content and more information about the future of the game.
Cyberpunk 2077 now has a hilariously nightmarish third person mod
Many players loudly voiced their dissatisfaction when CDPR announced that Cyberpunk 2077 was a first-person game. It’s safe to say that the rocky launch probably further soured the taste in their mouths but luckily we have a bunch of passionate modders coming to the rescue. One such modder is Jelle Bakker who created a fully functional third-person mod for the game. I say functional because the mod is still a work-in-progress and is currently the most hilariously terrifying thing you’ll ever see. Walking and running seem to work and look fine but as soon as you do anything else, things start to go crazy. Seeing as the game was made with a first-person perspective in mind, it’s lacking proper third-person animations for aiming, swimming, grabbing onto the ledges, and more. These actions result in your character looking absolutely hilarious so the mod is good for a few laughs. That’s not to say that things won’t improve. The creator of the mod is working hard on bug-fixes and the attention he gained for its creation is surely going to boost his resolve even more. We wish him plenty of success and can’t wait to play around with a future iteration of his mod soon.
Microsoft gives new info on the development of Age of Empires 4
Age of Empires 4 was announced over 3 years ago and last showcased during the X019 event two years ago. Since then, we’ve hardly heard any news from Microsoft regarding the development so they decided to remind us that they are still actively working on the game in a short blog post. The good news is, the team is making great progress and is playing the game every day to make sure all the systems are well balanced and without bugs. They go on to say that developing an RTS game is funny because it takes a while to build all the separate systems like AI, economy, sim, and rendering, and then even more time to make it all smoothly work together. They also pointed out how their partner, Relic, has been amazing in helping them migrate and manage working from home during these challenging times. While the blog post doesn’t give any concrete details on a possible release date, the team is “full steam ahead” on their current and future projects. Here’s hoping we get to play it sometime this year.
Titan Quest 2 may be in the works at THQ Nordic
Titan Quest has got to be one of my favorite ARPG games to date. Granted, I’m probably saying that while wearing my nostalgia goggles, but I think we can all agree that the ARPG market needs more games. When it comes to the original Titan Quest, ever since the THQ Nordic entered the fray, the game has seen somewhat of a resurrection. They first re-released the game in an Anniversary edition and later even released two completely new expansions – Ragnarok and Atlantis in 2017 and 2019, respectively. Just when we thought that would be the end, Handy Games, which is a subsidiary of THQ Nordic teased us with a cryptic Twitter post featuring cover art from Titan Quest and its expansions with a golden “2021” written underneath. While many jumped ahead and said that the team could be working on a sequel, it could just as easily be a remake or a remaster. Handy Games also wrote that they are “working on something Legendary” and if that isn’t an indication of a “Legendary” edition instead of a sequel, I don’t know what is. We’ll let you know as soon as we know more and let’s hope they don’t keep us in the dark for too long.
LG to reveal a flexible monitor during CES 2021
We can always count on hardware companies looking for ways to make their products more appealing and more expensive. From resolution to panel quality and curvature to ambient LED’s, smart features, and more. Now LG’s is taking it a step further as there have been some rumors that they’ll showcase a flexible monitor during CES 2021. According to Engadget the monitor will have a 48 inch, 8K panel with a flat mode for watching TV and movies, and a curved option for gaming. You’ll reportedly be able to make the screen fold in on itself at a push of a button which will probably be a sight to behold. Of course, such specs and the new gimmick will probably feature a huge price tag. If LG’s rollable OLED is anything to go by, this one could also reach prices between $50 000-$100 000 and beyond the available budget of most regular consumers. Still, the tech is somewhat exciting and it remains to be seen if it will stick around or go down in history as another meaningless, all-too-expensive gimmick.
Bethesda teases the future of The Elder Scrolls franchise
Do you remember that Elder Scrolls VI reveal with the camera panning over an unknown region of Tamriel? Ever since then, many theories have been floating around the web about which location it could actually be without much success. Well, Bethesda decided to keep the theory train going by tweeting a cryptic message “Transcribe the past and map the future”. There’s also a partial map of Tamriel with three candles, possibly covering points of interest for the next installment in the franchise. One location is the region of Hammerfell, another is the sea North of Skyrim, and the third one is off to the side. There are also some clues that point to the timeframe we are looking at being a couple of years before the events of Skyrim. Perhaps we’ll get to witness how the Red Guard stalemate the Aldmeri Dominion. Here’s hoping that someone cracks the cryptic Tweet and gives us more insight into one of the most anticipated games of all time.