Gaming News #146 – Call of Duty Goes WWII Again, Nvidia Tech in the New Switch, Ghost of Tsushima Movie

Fresh news on the Call of Duty franchise going back to WWII, Microsoft looking to purchase Discord for an eyewatering sum, new Nintendo Switch being powered by Nvidia tech, Ghost of Tsushima movie being in the works and more.

The past week featured a healthy mix of news ranging from news about upcoming games, movies based on games, hardware, and even some massive acquisition reports. Most notably, Microsoft is once again on the hunt for new inclusions into their growing gaming-centric services and Nintendo is moving up the technological ladder with the new and improved Switch.

Upgraded Nintendo Switch will reportedly be powered by Nvidia Tech

Upgraded Nintendo Switch will reportedly be powered by Nvidia Tech

The Switch is about to get a next-gen touch-up

Nintendo will seemingly up their game significantly with the release of an improved Switch console. According to a report coming from Bloomberg, the console will have a chip manufactured by none other than Nvidia. The new chip will reportedly be able to power and support higher-quality graphics on an OLED display and even a 4K resolution. The plan is to make full use of Nvidia’s DLSS technology that “…uses advanced AI rendering to produce image quality that’s comparable to native resolution – and sometimes even better.

This would enable Nintendo to somewhat compete with the more advanced competitors in terms of visuals. The only downside would be that the new technological goodies will probably make the Switch Pro, or whatever the name ends up being, will be a bit more expensive than the original Switch. For more details and information from the Bloomberg report, check out our original news coverage.

Microsoft Negotiating the purchase of Discord for an eyewatering sum

Microsoft Negotiating the purchase of Discord for an eyewatering sum

Microsoft is really going all-in on a connected ecosystem

Microsoft is going all out on big acquisitions in hopes of making themselves an unavoidable stop for every gamer. Just on the heels of their Zenimax purchase, the tech giant has set its sight on the popular VoIP, instant messaging, and digital distribution platform Discord. The owners of Discord Inc. have been playing around with the idea of selling the company for a few days now, and this news has attracted the attention of potential buyers such as Microsoft, which has supposedly made an eye-watering offer of $10 billion. While this may seem a lot, there are other big fishes in the sea that might up that bid even more which wouldn’t be strange considering Discord’s user base. For more information on the potential sale of Discord, check out our original news coverage.

Ghost of Tsushima movie has been announced

Ghost of Tsushima movie has been announced

The game itself was like a movie already but ok

We’ve seen very few high-quality samurai flicks in the past years and what story better to rekindle their flame than the one from the popular PS4 exclusive – Ghost of Tsushima? Announced recently by Deadline, a Ghost of Tsushima movie is already in the works by John Wick director Chad Stahelski. This seems to indicate that we are in for an action spectacle worthy of the source material. Although we lived through the story in the game, seeing a live-action version of an honorable and badass samurai having to use less-than-honorable means to repel the Mongol invasion of Tsushima island is something we can’t wait for. For more information on the movie and details on what role Suckerpunch will play in its production, check out our original news coverage.

Biomutant trailer shows off its flashy combat system

Biomutant trailer shows off its flashy combat system

Biomutant seems like a true indie gem

The long-anticipated indie title Biomutant is finally nearing its release so it’s no wonder the developer is switching into 5th gear in terms of marketing. Just recently they released a trailer showcasing what is arguably the most important aspect of the game – the combat. In short, the trailer features the gun-fu or gun-kata type of combat where players can utilize melee and ranged weapons as well as special skills to achieve some truly stylish and deadly results. Putting this in a quirky post-apocalyptic world on top of some truly robust RPG mechanics seems like a surefire hit. Hopefully, the game turns out to be all we hope it will be. For the full trailer and more information on the game, check out our original news coverage.

Call of Duty is going back to WWII

Call of Duty is going back to WWII

CoD is gearing up for another spectacular WWII turn

In terms of setting, Call of Duty has truly been all over the place but somehow, the franchise has always felt the most at home in modern and WWII eras. The latter seems to the period where the franchise will be returning to, albeit with a twist of sorts. According to leaks and reports, the game will be titled Vanguard and will feature an alternate version of history where WWII didn’t end in 1945. There are some other reports, most notably, the one from Eurogamer which says that the game will stay true to the historic events and won’t take the Wolfenstein route. Many gamers seem to be inclined more toward the former seeing as the franchise already explored WWII from various angles and with various characters. And I think we can all agree that CoD needs a refresh. For more details and everything we know so far about the upcoming Call of Duty game, check out our original news coverage.

Assassin’s Creed narrative director leaves Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed narrative director leaves Ubisoft

How will this affect the AC franchise going forward?

The departure of Darby McDevitt, narrative and creative director at Ubisoft will strike a different cord depending on where you stand in regards to the story of Assassin’s Creed games like Unity, Origins, Black Flag, and Valhalla. The veteran writer announced his departure on Twitter, with the news coming as a shock to fans. Many fans speculate that without McDevitt as a lead for the games, it could very well make a 180 degree turn and go in a whole new different direction. Perhaps we’ll already see the effects of his departure in one of the two upcoming expansions for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. Anyhow, we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. For more details and his full statement, check out our original news coverage.

New Details about Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade emerge

New Details about Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade emerge

Intergrade is more than a graphical update

During a Japanese live stream, PlayStation event called ‘Play! Play! Play!’, the producer of Final Fantasy VII Remake Yoshinori Kitase, joined in to give fans new information about the Intergrade update for the Final Fantasy VII Remake. In short, Integrate will actually be an expanded port of the remake to the PS5. This will enable the developer to show certain areas with greater detail by changing the lighting in those areas to such a degree that certain parts of the game will feel like a whole new experience. The improved visuals of Intergrade also mean a new Photo Mode will be included that will enable players to remove all the menus and HP bars from their screens when taking a photo, while also giving them different options to play around with like filters, brightness, and colors. For more details on the update, the new FFVII Remake episode, and much more, check out our original news coverage.

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