Castlevania on mobile, Europa expansion, 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 Thursday, March 5th.

Sony Santa Monica studio head opens new studio for Stadia

The studio director of Sony Santa Monica has officially left the company for Google Stadia, who will be leading a new studio for them in Los Angeles. This will be a games development studio under the Google umbrella which will create original IPs that will be available for Stadia alone. It looks like this is the third of such kind, the first being from Montreal, and they also recently aquired Typhoon Studios. As for Santa Monica, which of course are known for pretty much creating the God of War games, her role is going to be filled by Yumi Yang. Yang was previously its director of product development, which is to say she had a heavy hand in the most recent massive success of the God of War reboot. I’m sure this is good news for both studios, so hopefully we’ll see some great stuff in the future.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night hits mobile unannounced

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has appeared on mobile devices overnight. Now it looks like this is the version released on the PS4 and PSP, as opposed to the original Playstation. It’s only $3, available on iOS and Android, and reportedly has full controller support. As Eurogamer notes, this is just in time for the Netflix show, with the newest season dropping either today or tomorrow. Either way, feel free to pick this up for your phone.

Europa Universalis IV getting new expansion called “Emperor”

The next expansion for Europa Universalis IV has been announced, and its called Emperor. I’ll let the official description paint the picture for you here, “Emporer focuses on improving the game experience for European nations, adding greater depth for the Catholic states and a more energetic and interactive Holy Roman Empire…Old mechanics are reinterpreted and new options are available on a freshly redrawn map of the continent.” No release date yet, besides sometime this year. Hopefully fans of the game will enjoy this one.

Half-Life 3 perhaps not dead? Valve continues playing with our heart

Alright there is a single sentence that is hitting all of the headlines today. I’m not entirely convinced that it was meant to be a big public statement, but I’ll let you decide for yourself. When being interviewed about Half Life: Alyx, Valve developer Robin Walker was directly asked about Half-Life 3. Here’s what he said, “There are Half-Life Alyx team members who have been at Valve since…the original Half-Life. There are also people on the team for whom Half-Life: Alyx is their first time working on this series at all – and many of them certainly hope its not the last. We absolutely see Half-Life: Alyx as our return to this world, not the end of it.” That’s a big statement to be made, but certainly we’ve burned on stuff even more direct than that before.

Alright, thank you very much for joining me here today, and thank you to Grove Guardian, Muhammad, and Gigantopitchecus for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. I will be back tomorrow with the news, as I am every Monday through Friday, and until then, Happy Gaming everyone.