Gaming News #179 – Sony Acquires Bungie for $3.6 Billion, Gotham Knights and Hogwarts Legacy Coming out in 2022.

Fresh news on Sony shelling out an eyewatering sum for Bungie, Gotham Knights, and Hogwarts Legacy still being set to release in 2022, Dying Light 2 for the Nintendo Switch delayed, and much more.

Gaming News #179

This week’s news weren’t as titanic as Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard but I’d say some of them were earth-shattering nonetheless. Most of all how Sony responded to Microsoft with a high-profile acquisition of its own. Besides that, we’ve got a mix of fairly good and some bad news regarding games coming out sooner or later this year. However it turns out, things are definitely looking up when compared to the sad 2021. Read on to find out. 

Sony acquires Bungie for a whopping $3.6 Billion

Sony acquires Bungie for a whopping $3.6 Billion

Sony getting an FPS heavy-hitter under its wing

After a ming boggling acquisition of Activision Blizard by Microsoft, Sony was fast to respond with an acquisition of its own. Cashing out $3.6 billion, Sony is now the proud owner of Bungie, known as the creators of well-known franchises like Halo and Destiny. While the acquisition is not as massive as Microsoft’s, this is the most money Sony ever spent on a single studio in the gaming domain. While this is in part a response to Microsoft buying out studios, it’s highly likely that Sony is wanting to make a bigger splash in the FPS genre as well as the live-service gaming model. 

What’s surprising is that Bungie won’t be doing PlayStation exclusives but will instead focus on multiplatform projects, keeping a high degree of independence. Of course, Bungie’s experience will probably come in handy for PlayStation exclusives as they partner up with various other Sony-owned studios. All in all, it’s a strange time we are living in where an IP owned and created under Microsoft’s banner is now owned by Sony, while an IP like Crash Bandicoot – a once-proud Sony exclusive is now owned by Microsoft. Who knows what awaits us further down the line now that the piggy banks have been opened.

Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape battle royale is shutting down

Ubisoft's Hyper Scape battle royale is shutting down

There were too many battle royale games for it to survive

Ubisoft’s first attempt at the popular battle royale genre Hyper Scape is shutting down on April 28. The free-to-play title developed by Ubisoft Montreal has been on the market for less than two years, released on July 12, 2020. While the game had some interesting ideas and featured fast-paced shooting with a mix of various special abilities – it ultimately wasn’t enough to maintain the initial player count. Add to that the oversaturated battle royale market and this was bound to happen. 

What’s sad is that Ubisoft planned a big overhaul for the game that, as they said, “would help it reach its full potential”. However, seeing as they announced Ghost Recon Frontline – a free-to-play battle royale in the Tom Clancy universe, they obviously decided to focus on the big, established brand that is Ghost Recon. They issued a full statement regarding the shut-down and you can read it, as well as other details in our original news coverage.

Hogwarts Legacy and Gotham Knights on track for 2022. release

Hogwarts Legacy and Gotham Knights are still on track for 2022. release

2022. is looking even more up now

Warner Bros. finally decided to come out and squash the nasty rumors about their games being delayed in one fell swoop. This was done via a series of tweets by Warner Bros. boss Jason Kilar who confirmed that Gotham Knights and Hogwarts Legacy will both launch in 2022 as things stand. While both games were originally due out in 2021, it’s great to hear that they are back on track and Warner won’t keep us waiting for an additional year. 

If you’ve been living under a rock, Hogwarts Legacy is developed by Avalanche Software, the American studio is best known for developing the Disney Infinity games. This next Harry Potter game is an open-world RPG set in the late 1800s. On the other hand, Gotham Knights is the spin-off Batman title by Batman: Arkham Origins developers, WB Montréal. Instead of Batman, Gotham Knights you’ll get to play as Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood. If you want to find out more, check out our original news coverage.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Extraction enters UK Top 5

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Extraction enters UK Top 5

We’ll see how Extraction fares long-term compared to Siege

Publisher Ubisoft’s first release of 2022 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Extraction has entered the top five best-selling video games in the UK in its opening week. Despite the lukewarm initial reaction and multiple delays, this zombie spin-off of Rainbow Six Siege still managed to be somewhat successful for Ubisoft. While it’s still too early to tell if the game is going to be as long-lived as Siege, it’s a good sign that Ubisoft is going in the right direction. 

The game beat out heavy hitters like Call of Duty: Vanguard and Pokemon Brilliant Diamond but didn’t have enough momentum to surpass Fifa 22 and Animal Crossing. However, Rainbow Six: Extraction is also available on Xbox Game Pass, so the boxed chart sale does not give the full picture of the player base nor the game’s popularity. We’ll have to wait a bit longer for Ubisoft to either brag about a high player count or keep silent to cover up a low player count. For more information on the game and it’s commercial performance, check out our original news coverage. 

Dying Light 2 Cloud Version has been delayed on Switch

Dying Light 2 Cloud Version has been delayed on Switch

Nintendo Switch owners will have to wait a while longer

Dying Light 2 is probably one of the more anticipated titles in the first half of 2022. After a series of cold showers and delays, the game is finally set to release on February 4th on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. Literally every platform – except the Nintendo Switch. As you know, the Switch can’t handle the game of Dying Light’s scope so that version of the game will utilize streaming via the cloud. Unfortunately, it seems that the cloud version will need some more time in the oven and has once again been delayed.

Techland gave the delay announcement along with assurances that the cloud version will release within six months of the original intended release date. While this probably doesn’t mean it will release in the following two months, it’s likely that it will happen before September and the developer just wanted to have some breathing room in case additional fixing is required. For the full statement and more information about the soon-to-be-released game, check out our original news coverage.

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