Football Manager, Sony download speeds, Plague Inc, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome back to your daily gaming news for Wednesday, March 25th. Folks, thanks so much for joining us on the new Discord server yesterday, and if you haven’t yet joined us, please feel free to do so. For now, lets talk news.

Football Manager 2020 extends free-to-play week, donates in-game ads to charity

Football Manager 2020 has been free to play on Steam for the last week or so, and it looks like they will be extending that timeline until next week, April 1st. This makes a lot of sense for them, because they increased their concurrent player record by 100,000, so obviously it was a popular move. So if you have ever wanted to try out that series, now is the perfect time. Interestingly the developers of the game are also now offering free advertising spaces to mental health charities. I guess the game already runs advertisements like you would normally see on a football pitch, so now they’ve opened that up to organizations that are doing some good in the world right now, which I think just fantastic.

Sony reducing download speeds in Europe to helps ISPs

So with a lot of people indoors right now, an extreme amount of internet is being used up compared to just a few weeks ago. As a result of that, Playstation is going to be throttling download speeds in Europe in order to help ISP cope with the surge. This apparently shouldn’t affect online gameplay, just when you’re downloading something. I guess Netflix did something like this as well, so we might see more of it popping up here and there.

Plague Inc. adding an anti-plague mode, donating $250k

Plague Inc. is introducing something very interesting. If you don’t know, this is a pretty popular game where you try to literally spread the plague around the world, and what the creator has said here is that he “never imagine the world would come to resemble a game of Plague Inc. or that so many players would be using [it] to get them through an actual pandemic.” As a result of that, he is introducing a new game mode that is all about stopping a pandemic, not starting one. You have to balance disease progressions, healthcare systems, triaging, quarantining, etc. etc. It’ll be a free update to all owners of the game. The cherry on top of this story is that the company will also be donating $250,000 split between vaccine research and the World Health Organization.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint adds Splinter Cell and “Ghost Experience” mode

Ghost Recon Breakpoint has just released their newest bundle of content, and this time we’re seeing a crossover of Sam Fisher from the Splinter Cell games. You can play as him across eight missions which are collectively known as Deep State. Also releasing is the brand new Ghost Experience mode, which gets rid of many of the commonly complained about features of the game, notably loot and gear levels. There’s also some quality of life improvements and some cosmetics. I know people weren’t a huge fan of this game when it first came out, but maybe improvements like this will swing them the other way. We’ll have to see reviews on the new mode before we know for sure.

Alright, like I said it was a slow day for news, so I figured I’d take the opportunity to mention the Discord server, please feel free to join us there. I will be back tomorrow with the news, as I am every Monday through Friday, and until then, Happy Gaming everyone.