GOG lay offs, Devotion debacle, more



How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for February 26th, 2019. Head over to thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript of today’s report.

GOG letting go of a dozen people

GOG has let go of around a dozen people in the company. In an official statement, GOG confirmed the layoffs, but didn’t offer much more than that. Kotaku reports that they are in financial trouble. That their revenue could not keep up with their growth, and that the market has moved towards higher developer shares for storefronts, so they’re losing money. Apparently, things got very desperate very fast. This news comes in the wake of many releases, with ArenaNet most recently enacting mass layoffs, and Activision Blizzard laying off around 800 people.

Devotion criticizes Chinese government. Chaos ensues.

Taiwanese based Red Candle Games, developers of a horror game called Devotion, has hit some hot waters. They were put in the spotlight this past weekend when a piece of art in their game appeared to mock the Chinese president, which led to a massive review-bombing on their Steam page from Chinese customers. They would proceed to apologize and explain that it was accidentally left in the game from development. Unfortunately for them, this wasn’t enough. Their presence on a massive Chinese social network was pulled, and their relationships with their publishers have been terminated. The game was also removed from Steam, though they later explained that it was due to some technical issues, and that it will indeed be returning to the storefront.

Resident Evil 0, 1 and 4 releasing on Switch on May 21st

Resident Evil 0, 1 and 4 have gotten a release date on the Nintendo Switch. All three are coming on May 21st of this year, with preorders opening on February 28th, so mark your calendars.

Game releases

3 games come out today. First is Trials Rising, which most people are saying is a pretty solid sequel. There is also Dirt Rally 2.0 which has gotten very very good reviews, pretty much everyone on OpenCritic gave it higher than an 8/10. Also coming out is NieR Automata: Game of the YorHa edition, which I haven’t been able to find any critical reception on, but if you’re a fan of that game I’m sure you’ll want to pick it up.

That is the news, it’s a bit short because I’m in a rush today. You can also find me on Twitter, @gaming_observer, or email me, info@thegamingobserver.com. As always, this update was produced in part by Brandon, who funds the show through Patreon. Thank you very much, I hope you have a very positive day today, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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