Gaming News #144 – Bethesda Xbox Exclusives, Forza Horizon Steam Release, TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge

Fresh news on Microsoft finalizing its acquisition of ZeniMax and what that means in terms of game exclusivity, the announcement of a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game, Forza Horizon releasing over on Steam, and more.

In terms of big news, the past week was filled with news regarding the effects of Microsoft finalizing its acquisition of ZeniMax, its studios, and franchises. Along with that we had a highly nostalgic announcement, an update on the development of a certain remake, and some welcome additions to already released games.

Some future Bethesda games will be exclusive to Xbox and PC

Some future Bethesda games will be exclusive to Xbox and PC

Microsoft is becoming a first-party powerhouse

Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax has been finalized and we are finally getting information about what this means in terms of future game exclusivity. The gaming community at large has been the most interested in the status of future Bethesda games since they entail some highly popular franchises that already have sequels in development. A statement from the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, seems to indicate that some new titles will be exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem.

Pete Hines, SVP of PR and Marketing at Bethesda also seemed to hint that some type of exclusivity is in store for their future games. Whether that means they are going to be complete or timed exclusives, is still up in the air. What’s for sure is that many Bethesda games are going to end up on Xbox Game Pass, further boosting its already substantial appeal. For more information on the acquisition and comments made about potential exclusivities of Bethesda games, check out our original news coverage.

TNMT: Shredder’s Revenge announced for all consoles

TNMT: Shredder's Revenge announced for all consoles

A co-op blast from the past

Tribute Games, the company behind Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is developing multiplayer side-scroller title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. Subtitled “Shredder’s Revenge” this nostalgia-inducing pixelated game will see players take on the roles of the titular turtles, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, as they battle the hordes of soldiers sent on by their mortal enemy Shredder. The announcement was met with praise and excitement from players fond of the franchise’s light-hearted roots. It all seems insanely authentic both in terms of characters, music, and animation style. But don’t listen to us, hop on over to our original news coverage and see the trailer for yourself.

Gothic Remake developed by a new THQ Nordic studio

Gothic Remake developed by a new THQ Nordic studio

Gothic is making a comeback

THQ Nordic has revealed a new Barcelona-based studio that’s working on a remake of the 2001 cult classic single-player RPG – Gothic. The studio in question, Alkimia Interactive is already deep in the development of the game and will even have something to showcase in the “next couple of months”. The development was fast-tracked after the release of the playable teaser after which most players said they want a high-quality remake rather than a sequel. THQ has, on a couple of occasions, expressed its intent to stay true to the original experience while modernizing the visuals and mechanics. We’ll see if they remain true to their world soon. For more information on the Gothic remake, check out our original news coverage.

Forza Horizon 4 is the most popular Steam racing game, despite pricing

Forza Horizon 4 is the most popular Steam racing game, despite pricing

Forza Horizon 4 took the Steam racing category by storm

Forza Horizon just recently released over on Steam and has quickly risen to become the most played racing game on the platform. This is definitely a testament to how popular the game still remains despite being three years old now. While the game is aging quite well, many players and reviewers find it absolutely unacceptable that the game is priced like it’s brand new, ie. $60 for the US or 70 EUR if you are in the EU. This decision is even more baffling if you take into account the fact that the game is available through Xbox Game Pass for $10 a month. Not only that, but the game also has some technical difficulties that definitely sour the experience of players who’ve waited a long time to play the game. Check out more information on the pricing controversy and reactions in our original news coverage.

Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo to remain PS5 Exclusives 

Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo to remain PS5 Exclusives 

No worries for PlayStation gamers here

Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo are highly anticipated games that are going to be published by Bethesda. However, their PS5 exclusivity was left hanging in the air when just recently Microsoft finalized their purchase of ZeniMax, Bethesda included. Well, fear no more PS5 owners because a Bethesda spokesperson has recently reconfirmed that their acquisition by Microsoft will have no impact on the timed exclusivity deal Deathloop has with Sony. Both games will come out on the PS5 and PC and will be available only on those systems for a year before making their way to the Xbox consoles, likely ending up on the Xbox Game Pass as well. For more details on these exclusivity deals and the games themselves, check out our original news coverage.

Watch Dogs Legion is getting both cross-play and cross-generational play

Watch Dogs Legion is getting both cross-play and cross-generational play

You’ll soon be able to play WD: Legion with players on literally any platform

Watch Dogs: Legion online mode released on March 9th of this year for all major consoles and Stadia. As things now stand, you can play this mode only with other players on the same hardware that you are playing on, except if you are on the PC, in which case you can’t play online at all. While the player population isn’t an issue, something that’s going to improve the game’s longevity will be cross-play and cross-generational play that’s coming soon via an update.

In short, this makes Legion one of the very few games to feature cross-play along with cross-generational play which could mean that Ubisoft is truly invested in expanding its online mode. One thing that’s for sure is this will make it a lot easier for players willing to participate in raids or just ones that want to cause general mayhem across London. For more information on Watch Dogs: Legion’s multiplayer and cross-play features, check out our original news coverage.

Sega and Konami could be next on Microsoft’s acquisition list

Sega and Konami could be next on Microsoft's acquisition list

If true, Microsoft is adamant about winning this generation

If you are still reeling from Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax wait till you hear this. According to a source within the tech industry it seems like Microsoft is now looking into acquiring Japan-based Sega and Konami as a means of strengthening its presence in the region. Both Sega and Konami seem to be on their last legs, really struggling to stay relevant for different reasons. Sega definitely isn’t as relevant as it was in the olden days when they had a console of their own, and Konami was hit pretty hard by the departure of Hideo Kojima and the bad reception to their latest Metal Gear outing.

If this sort of deal was to go through, Microsoft would get even more franchises under its belt along with potential better name recognition in the eastern markets. Meanwhile, Sega and Konami could use the added know-how and funding to breathe new life into their games. Ultimately, it could be us, the gamers, who profit the most. Of course, right now, this is currently all in the realm of speculation and we should wait a bit before taking it as a sure thing. For all we currently know, check out our original news coverage.

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