KeenGamer weekly news is a series of articles designed to bring you the hottest gaming and pop culture related news. Each news is presented in a bite-sized format and will lead you to the original source of the news if you want to find out more details.
ASHRAF ISMAIL STEPPED DOWN FROM ASSASIN’S CREED VALHALLA
Ubisoft has recently been plagued with sexual allegations against multiple employees. The latest person to be embroiled in a bit of a controversy is the creative director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Ashraf Ismail. In a now-deleted tweet, Ashraf Ismail announced his decision to step down from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s production and not long after even deleted his account. While he didn’t specify the reason for stepping down, a couple of Tweets were uncovered that point to potential extramarital affairs. Luckily, this won’t significantly affect the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla which is nearing the end of its production cycle. For more info, check out our original news coverage.
The Last of Us Part II is selling like hot cakes
Despite splitting fandom with its controversial story choices, The Last of Us Part II is selling like crazy. In fact, it already sold over 4 million copies worldwide, beating out a number of other incredibly popular Sony properties to become the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive of all time. Despite many stories about gamers selling their used copies or even giving them away for free, there’s no stopping the gargantuan franchise. If you want to know what we thought of the game, make sure to check out our comprehensive review. For more information on the exact sale numbers and which game The Last of Us II surpassed, check out our original news coverage.
Fable and Perfect Dark sequels possibly coming to Xbox Series X
Microsoft fully digital event is coming in July and fans are eagerly anticipating some new game announcements. This is especially the case after Sony’s strong unveiling of the PlayStation 5 and its respective games. Xbox Exec Phil Spencer confidently said that he “felt good” after seeing Sony’s PS5 event so many speculate we might be in for a treat come July. Fuel to that speculation was added when Fable and Perfect Dark placeholders were uncovered on Twitter. While Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg has since dismissed these as being relevant, his statement is filled with inconsistencies that aren’t fooling very many people. For the full statement and more information, check out our original news coverage.
Crash Bandicoot 4 will possibly have microtransactions
I think there’s hardly a gamer who didn’t feel excited when a new Crash Bandicoot game was announced. Crash 4 is reportedly going to be a full-priced, massive game with over 100 different levels. To put things in perspective, the entire original trilogy collection had around 100 levels. However, the listing seems to suggest that more content will be available for the game down the line since it will include “in-app purchases”. Of course, the “in-app purchases” could turn out to be the dreaded microtransactions which would certainly sour the taste of the otherwise mostly spotless franchise. Hopefully, Activision realizes that including microtransactions did more harm than good when they included them into Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled after release. For more information on the possibility of microtransactions in Crash 4, check out our original news coverage.
PlayStation Plus celebrates its 10th Anniversary
It’s really difficult to wrap your head around the fact that the PlayStation Plus service has been with us for 10 whole years. To celebrate, Sony decided to surprise the members with an additional game for the month of July for a total of three games. These are going to be NBA 2K20, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, and Erica. The players will also get a celebratory PS4 theme and a weekend of free online multiplayer early on in the month. Of course, expect some great sales on both old and new PlayStation 4 games as the console nears the end of its time in the spotlight. For more info on the anniversary and everything that you can get if you are a PS Plus subscriber, check out our original news coverage.
That big Harry Potter RPG is reportedly Coming in 2021
Nearly 2 years have passed since the gameplay of a Harry Potter RPG leaked over on YouTube. Besides what was visible in that early build of the game, not much was known about it – until now. If there was any doubt, the players will be cast in the role of a customizable wizard & explore an open-world of Hogwarts & its surrounding areas. What’s strange is that J.K. Rowling reportedly has very little involvement with the game. This can be either a good or a bad thing in terms of story, depending in which direction the developers decide to take it. Speaking of developers, the game is reportedly being developed by Avalanche Software and they plan to release it sometime during 2021. This is great news not only for the fans of the Harry Potter universe but also for RPG fans who’ve been starving for a big, high-quality fantasy game. Hopefully, Avalanche manages to deliver the goods. For more information on the game and the hype surrounding it, check out our original news coverage.
Crysis Remastered Releasing This July
“I know your PC is good, but can it run Crysis?”. 2007 was buzzing with this question as Crytek managed to deliver one of the most visually impressive games, not only up until that point but even today. Since a new generation of gaming hardware is looking to push the visuals even further, I guess it’s time for Crysis to also get an upgrade. Crysis: Remastered is coming in July and will boast improved textures, 4K support, and an improved lighting engine. It remains to be seen how significant the improvement will actually be since the game is getting a mere 3GB bump up when compared to the original release. It’s not all visuals and the game is also more than worth it for the open-ended gameplay aspect and will enable you to live out all of your Predator stalking fantasies. For more information on Crysis Remastered as well as a trailer showcasing some of the improved visuals, check out our original news coverage.