On the heels of E3, what the past week didn’t have in the number of news and announcements, it more than made up by how big a few of them were. First, Xbox doubles down on the whole game pass/consoles/PC ecosystem making it even more appealing, especially for the owners of Xbox One. Then, we got some huge rumors of PlayStation exclusives making their way onto the PC, and there’s even talk of an old favorite possibly making a comeback. Read on to find out more.
Xbox Series X/S games to be playable on Xbox One via cloud gaming
Microsoft’s cloud gaming service will support Xbox Series X/S exclusive titles such as Microsoft Flight Simulator to be played on previous-generation Xbox One consoles. This means that owners of the older generation of Xbox console won’t have to upgrade, provided they meet the internet speed requirements to run the games through the cloud. This is in line with Microsoft’s general gaming strategy of creating an open eco-system and we suspect this will somehow further tie into the Xbox Game Pass, making it even more appealing.
Will Tuttle, senior communications manager had this to say about the whole thing: “For the Millions of people who play on Xbox One consoles today, we are looking forward to sharing more about how we will bring many of these next-gen games, such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, to your console through Xbox Cloud Gaming, just like we do with mobile devices, tablets, and browsers.” Exciting stuff, especially given how hard it is to get ahold of one of the next-gen consoles nowadays. For more information, check out our original news coverage.
Ghost of Tsushima possibly coming to PC
PlayStation Direct and Amazon revealed a redesigned box for the last year’s biggest PS exclusive – Ghost of Tsushima. The previous box had “Only on PlayStation” written in the header but this isn’t the case with the new design. This makes it highly probable that GoT is following in the footsteps of other PS4 exclusives like Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone and is coming to the PC platform.
Still, it could be just a simple redesign, seeing as the PC confirmed Uncharted 4 didn’t throw away its exclusivity sticker. Many also say that it’s far too soon for Jin Sakai to come to PC as Sony has thus far only focused on bringing older titles onto the platform. However, the success of their previous exclusives on the PC can’t be denied and it’s highly probable we’ll be seeing even more titles, Ghost of Tsushima among them, making their transition there.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl release date revealed
Fans of immersive, highly atmospheric games rejoice as the next title in the STALKER series, STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl has a release date, and it’s less than a year away. The release date was revealed at the end of the trailer showcased during Microsoft and Bethesda’s E3 event.
The trailer shows our protagonist – Skif speaking with friends at a campfire which is then interlaced with gameplay clips. The gameplay itself showcases everything we loved about Stalker games – an amazing atmosphere, excellent visuals, and a healthy mix of action and survival wrapped in an intense story. Metro better watch out, there’s a new Stalker in town. For the precise release date, the full trailer, and more information, check out our original news coverage.
Metroid Dread Story Details Revealed
Metroid Dread was first revealed during Nintendo’s E3 Direct where we mainly got some gameplay clips but now many story details. Well, this changed upon the launch of the game’s teaser website where some details have been revealed. The website now has a special “Report Vol. 01”. which features several “transmissions” from the development team and bits of information on things like the E.M.M.I.
The story summary kicks off with the recap of Samus’ battle against the SA-X in Metroid Fusion and ultimately poses the question is it possible that the X parasite somehow survived. So it’s possible that we’ll be revisiting and kicking the ass of an old nemesis in Metroid Dread. The report also contains additional details on the development history of the game, and the special edition of the game featuring all sorts of goodies. For more information, be sure to check out our original news coverage.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is potentially coming to PC
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is potentially coming to PC after a year-long exclusivity deal with Sony. The leak was spotted on the Epic Games Store database, where a cloud save folder belonging to the game was discovered. The game hides under the code name of ‘Pineapple’ on the database. The game is likely going to be an Epic Game Store exclusive given Square Enix’s PC port of the Kingdom Hearts series.
While this could anger many PC players who refuse to use Epic’s storefront, it’s probably that many will jump onto it in the hopes of playing this excellent remake of a beloved game. For more information and our speculation if this really is the case, check out our original news coverage.
Dead Space could be making a comeback
EA is having its Play Live event on July 22nd and it’s expected to be quite the show. While many games are probably going to get announced, rumors are swirling that one mystery franchise is coming back, with a high probability of it being the fan-favorite Dead Space. Eurogamer and Gematsu report that the new game is in development over at studio Motive and that it is probably a reimagining of the series rather than a sequel.
Fuel to the fire was added by the GamesBeat reporter Jeff Grubb who is reportedly “in” on the development of the game. While he didn’t say much, he did say that “we’ll see…if we’re not dead before” which was enough to all but confirm it to the fans. We’ll see what comes out of this in less than a month during the event.