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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 11th. My friends today is the day of new partnerships, I’m not sure why exactly, but before we talk about that, let’s turn to Sony.

Horizon Zero Dawn heading to PC this summer

It is now officially confirmed that Horizon Zero Dawn is now arriving on PC. This was previously fairly well known thanks to some insider knowledge, but we now know that it will be coming some time this summer. The Steam page is already up with the complete edition, though a specific date is not provided. It’s worth noting here that a Playstation rep very specifically noted that they aren’t following in Microsoft’s footsteps on this one. There aren’t necessarily plans for other PS4 exclusives to go to PC. They’re just dipping their feet into the water here, perhaps introducing people to Playstation and what they’re missing out on. And certainly, this is quite the game to start with. I mean don’t get me wrong, its no Spiderman or God of War, but I’ve heard tremendously good things about the game, and if you think the game is for you, you’re probably not wrong.

2K and NFL to produce non-simulation games beginning next year

The NFL and 2K Sports have once again partnered to produce American football video games. They are planning for multiple non-simulation titles, with the first planned for released some time next year. Now what I learned here is that the last NFL game that 2K made was back in 2004, and it sold really well, putting a dent in EA’s Madden series. As a result of that, they signed an exclusivity deal, and cut 2K out of the equation. Now with them coming back, it probably won’t be a huge dent to EA, because they aren’t making the same genre of game. It might be arcade style, or maybe a management style, I don’t know, but EA has exclusivity on simulation NFL games. In an interview, an NFL rep said “The way we build out the portfolio is we look to create diverse experiences…Madden does a fantastic job as a sim…[and] we want to make sure we’re delivering games that appeal to this broad group of folks and havethe best opportunity to be successful in the market.” To me, this indicates that you’re going to be getting something you don’t necessarily expect, and I’m all for that.

Frontier Developments to produce F1 management games

Yet another partnership here, this time it’s Frontier Developments, who make games like Elite: Dangerous and Planet Coaster, who are going to be working on the F1 franchise. Four F1 games are planned, except they aren’t racing games like you’d expect, but management games. The first game will come in 2022, with yearly releases after that point, subject to financial thresholds. Of course the F1 racing games are also quite successful, and this is their first 3rd party IP, so we’ll see how it all plays out.

LEGO and Super Mario partnering on…something

I didn’t lie, today is the day of partnerships, this one might surprise you though, it’s LEGO and Super Mario, making the aptly named Super Mario Lego. Now we don’t know what this is just yet, it could be a game or it could be a Lego set, or maybe a toy, but certainly it has the chance to be a lot of fun.

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