Gaming News #161 – 7 Persona Projects in the Works, Genshin Impact 2.0. Update, Company of Heroes 3

Fresh news on the Atlus recently announcing a whopping 7 new Persona projects being in the works, Genshin Impact getting an expansion-sized update, the announcement of Company of Heroes 3 and much more.

Gaming News #161

Even though the past week didn’t bring anything as exciting as a new Nintendo Switch model, it did have a few noteworthy news to speak of. One of them was the first expansion for the highly popular Genshin Impact another was Red Dead Redemption 2 becoming more performance-friendly for the lucky owners of the DLSS capable graphics cards. Aside from that, Persona and RTS fans have a lot to look forward to while NetherRealm Studios remains in the confines of Warner Bros. to hopefully keep producing those juicy MK and DC fighting games. 

Genshin Impact 2.0 is an expansion sized, free update

Genshin Impact 2.0 is an expansion sized update of the game

Expansion sized updated, completely free

Genshin Impact will soon receive its 2.0 update which is bound to make this highly popular game even more so. Even though it’s called an update, it’s really more of an expansion bringing a brand new city called Inazuma which draws heavy inspiration from historical Japan. Alongside this and other in-game locations, the update brings brand new characters,  items, and some gameplay improvements.

The first quality of life improvement will be the cross-save functionality for every playable platform, ensuring that players will be able to consolidate their experiences and take their adventures on the go. PlayStation 5 users will also get more use out of their DualSense controllers with the game’s haptic feedback improvements. There will be three new playable characters and many mysteries to uncover following the Electro Archon as she continues to explore the concept of eternity. For more information on the update and the release date, check out our original news coverage.

Red Dead Redemption 2 getting performance-friendly with DLSS

Red Dead Redemption 2 getting performance-friendly with DLSS

60 FPS at 4K? No problem

Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online received DLSS support in an update that dropped on the 13th of July. What this means is that, If you are playing on a Windows PC and have the correct NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics card, the update will provide will allow you to improve your frames-per-second without sacrificing visual quality. According to many testings, DLSS has been known to improve performance by a whopping 70%. Of course, this percentage could be a bit lower for RDR2, but we’ll have to wait and see until more players get their hands-on time with the game. 

Besides this potential performance boost, the online portion of the game received The Blood Money update which added a host of missions to Red Dead Online. These missions circle around a man named Guido Martelli who needs a trusty gunslinger to help him obtain a valuable commodity known as Capitale. Then there’s the Quick Draw Club through which players can, for the price of 25 in-game gold bars, gain access to one of four passes that will entitle them to rewards and useful items. For more details on all the updates and possible performance improvements brought about by DLSS support, check out our original news coverage.

Titanfall’s security team consists of only 2 people

Titanfall's security team consists of only 2 people

Can we get some love for Titanfall?

Both the original Titanfall and Titanfall 2 have recently been dragged across various outlets for all the wrong reasons. Both games have some serious security issues and their respective multiplayer modes are plagued with DDoS attacks, hackers, and cheaters. It’s unfortunate then that, despite the plea from numerous fans, to find out that their security team for these games consists out of 1 or 2 people. Why? Because most of their team are actively working on Apex Legends, of course. 

This news comes from Respawn community coordinator Jason Garza during one of his morning live streams called “Morning Tea.” Garza took the opportunity to reassure the fans that the company hasn’t forgotten about the series and he said that they can’t exactly go public with how they are dealing with security issues to not further jeopardize their efforts. Still, many fans find his words hard to believe if the team responsible consists out of only 2 people at most. This sentiment is echoed in the recent Apex Legends hack which was used to spread messages about saving Titanfall. For more information, check out our original news coverage.

Atlus has 7 new Persona projects in the works

Atlus has 7 new Persona projects in the works

Persona fans are going to have their hands full

Fans of the Persona franchise are in for a massive treat. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Persona series, Atlus has announced seven new projects for the IP. The announcements will be slowly revealed over the course of the next year, with the first announcement being in September of 2021 and the last announcement being in Autumn of 2022. 

The speculation is going wild, ranging from a Persona movie, series, mobile games, mainline games, and everything in between. Hopefully, the announcements won’t be far off in advance from the release of the projects themselves because the layers of waiting could kill someone. All jokes aside, it’s an exciting time to be a Persona fan and hopefully, the projects will be diverse enough to bring plenty of new people in on the fun. For more details and speculation, check out our original news coverage.

Company of Heroes 3 has been announced

Company of Heroes 3 has been announced

One of the best RTS games ever is finally getting a sequel

Relic Entertainment has announced that their celebrated strategy series, Company of Heroes, will be returning next year. Company of Heroes 3 takes the action to the Mediterranean, featuring Italian mountains and North African deserts. Aside from the new geographical locales, Relic promises to showcase “untold stories” from the war and gameplay improvements thanks to the new Essence Engine 5. You’ll even be able to pause the game and make simulations micro-decisions all across the large battlefield.

What’s great is that you can try an early version of the game by heading over to CompanyofHeroes.com to register for the “CoH-development program”. Until you do, go to our original news coverage to check out the CGI announcement trailer as well as some juicy gameplay screenshots that promise a true RTS spectacle.

NetherRealm studio firmly remains a part of Warner Bros.

NetherRealm studio firmly remains a part of Warner Bros.

We’ll probably get more MK and DC fighting games

Rumors have been circulating the internet suggesting of potential removal of NetherRealm Studios and TT Games from being part of Warner Bros. Games. Said hearsay stems from a leaked document mentioned in a podcast by journalist, Jez Corden, who claimed Warner was planning to sell these two gaming divisions in the near future. However, a Warner Bros. Games representative, Remi Sklar, clarifies that there are no such plans in store and that they are both included in the Warner Media Discovery merger.

Now, while Warner Bros.’s stance on the issue seems pretty firm and conclusive, there’s no telling whether the supposed leaked document is real or not, and the likelihood of it being authentic can’t be ruled out. While it seems NetherRealm and TT Games will, at least for now, remain a part of Warner Bros, this can easily change in the near future. What this could mean for their respective franchises, still remain to be seen. For more information, check out our original news coverage.

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