Bioware to revamp Anthem, Insomniac acquisition deets, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome back to your daily gaming news update, February 11 , 2020, let’s get into it.

Anthem to officially revamp, after disappointing launch

Bioware has put out a new blogpost about Anthem, saying that they are basically looking to revamp the game. You know, Anthem had a super negative critical release, and while some QoL things have been fixed, it certainly did not live up to the standards that people were expecting. So here’s what they have to say, “Over the coming months we will be focusing on the longer-term redesign of the experience, specifically working to reinvent the core gameplay loop with clear goals, motivating challenges and progression with meaningful rewards.” While they are doing that, the game will continue to operate as normal with events, store refreshes, and revisiting content, but they will no longer have new seasons, as they have had up to this point. There’s no word yet on a timeline, nor the type of overhauling it will be, but certainly we can guess. Games like Final Fantasy XIV, No Man’s Sky, and Destiny have all had major overhauls in their game which has resulted in a great deal of success. And certainly, like I said before, a lot of people own Anthem, it was the fifth best selling game of last year in the United States. So it makes sense to want to make the game more attractive. We’ve seen it work with other people, and certainly the goodwill can only help, at this point.

Sony acquired Insomniac Studios for $229 million

Last August, Sony purchased the development studio Insomniac Games, who had recently made Marvel’s Spiderman, but also has a deep history with the company. Well we just got word of the purchase price, which was $229 million dollars. And while that’s certianly a big number, its not entirely unreasonable considering the games division of Sony made 20 billion dollars last year. In fact, a purchase like that may have even been on the low side. To be honest I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if we saw Sony making more moves with developer acquisition, considering so many others are being snatched up by the likes of Microsoft and THQ. Nonetheless, now that they have guaranteed resources, I’m sure we are going to see much more from Insomniac moving forward. A Spiderman follow up is almost a guarantee considering how well the game sold, but I would surprised if it was their next game. I think absence will make the heart grow fonder, in this case.

Embracer Group creates Nine Rock Games

And speaking of which, THQ might be known for acquiring studios, but today they created one. Nine Rock Games has just been formed in Bratislava, Slovakia, and they are already working on their first project. The studio is led by a man who was the project lead for DayZ over at Bohemia Interactive. And so I guess unsurprisingly, their first game will be a shooter survival game, with more details to come.

Apex Legends adding duos for a limited time

Apex Legends will be returning the duos mode today, the 11th, for a limited time. Normally the game is played in groups of 3, but at various times through history, they have temporarily tried out things like duos and solos. It comes as part of the Valentine’s Day celebrations, and goes away on the 18th, so if you want to play with a buddy, make sure you do so before then.

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