Animal Crossing details, Starbreeze gets investment, MUCH more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome back to your daily gaming update for Friday, February 21st. My friends I am very happy to be here, thank you for joining me, let’s talk video games.

More Animal Crossing: New Horizons details

Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct for the new Animal Crossing game, and we’ve got some information here to cover. Now the Direct itself covered a whole bunch of stuff, so if you’re fan of the franchise I encourage you to watch it yourself, but here are the most notable things. First of all, you are now able to modify and customize your island, which is to say you can terraform a lot of things like the pathing system, rivers, and bridges, etc. Another big thing they confirmed is that there will only be one island per Nintendo Switch console, and there can be up to 8 people who can live on that island. That’s one character per account, but each account is on the same island. And the last thing I’ll mention here is cloud saves, which in this case, will not be an option. It’s weird, but essentially you can’t have any backup of your island through Nintendo Switch Online. They will only restore it for you if your Switch gets lost or damaged, but not if you’re upgrading to a new Switch. I’m not sure how they would determine that, but anyway. Lots of people are excited for this, and to be honest this might be the first AAA game I buy in a long time because it seems like something Shelby would love.

Starbreeze secure $5 million in funding from investors

Starbreeze has finally secured some funding for Payday 3. Now, this isn’t a publisher per se, so I think that is still in the pipeline for them, they’re definitely going to need one, but they have found some investors that are provided about $5 million. Those investors, which are all institutional, will then have 9.1% of the company shares and 29% of hte voting rights, so it’s actually quite significant. This will keep their head above water for a while, which is great.

Metro: Exodus sells 200k units on Steam in a few days, Shenmue III not to AAA standards

I missed some interesting notes from the Embracer Group financials yesterday, so here they are. First of all, Metro Exodus is actually performing extremely well right now on Steam. It hit the storefront a year late, because it had exclusivity on the Epic Games Store, and it sold around 200,000 copies in just a few days. Apparently most of those sales came from “one big Asian country,” though that’s as specific as they got. My assumption is that it’s China, but I’m not sure why it’s a secret. It was also mentioned that Shenmue III did not perform as well as some may have expected, here’s the direct phrasing, “I was happy to see the core fans of Shenmue was happy, but it was also clear Shenmue III is not a AAA mass market product.”

Private Division move Kerbal Space Program 2 development to a new internal studio

Kerbal Space Program 2 has changed developers, in a way. Originally it was being published by Private Division, and developed by an external company called Star Theory. However, Private Division have now taken the IP and moved it to a newly established internal studio, whose sole focus will be this game. Here’s the thing though, this studio will be led by three people from Star Theory. So something happened there, and we don’t know exactly what, but they seem to have gone their separate ways.

PUBG now has squad-based cross-play for Xbox and PlayStation

Ok and final story for today, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds is the latest game to get crossplay. Well, not full cross play, but it has at least begun with Xbox and Playstation players being able to squad up in a team. No word yet on whether or not PC or mobile will enter the mix at any point, but I think that tends to be unlikely with competitive multiplayer games. I know Fortnite does it because they have skill based matchmaking, but I’m not entirely convinced it’s the best option.

Alright folks, thank you very much for tuning in, it really means a lot to me. I’d also like to thank sllogan for leaving me a 5-star reviews on Amazon. I’ll be back this weekend talking about my newest escapades into virtual reality, but if you don’t join me then, then I’ll catch you on Monday with the news. So until next time my friends, Happy Gaming everyone.