Persona now on PC, big games in Early Access, more!

JUNE 15, 2020

Daily Gaming Update


How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to The Gaming Observer daily news updates. Folks we had an absolutely huge weekend when it came to gaming events, but surprisingly not a whole lot major news came out of it. Let me touch on that as we start with today’s show.

Folks last Saturday there were three gaming events in a row. It was the first day of the Guerrilla Collective, it was the PC Gaming show, and it was the Future Games Show from Gamesradar. Unlike the Sony presentation, there weren’t a tremendous amount of high profile game announcements. I’m going to have the biggest ones for you in the following segments, but these are only a snippet of what has been shown off in the last few days. If you want to hear more about what happened on these shows, and perhaps learn about some games that are coming out which look really fun, you should take a listen to the The Gaming Observer Podcast. Katosepe and I have talked about all of the most interesting things that happened, you can take a listen on, or the podcast host of your choice. Now let’s look at the news.

Perhaps the biggest story comes our way from Atlus, who have announced that Persona 4 Golden is now available on PC. This is a super long time coming, of course Persona being one of the most well respected JRPGs in history, previously exclusive to Playstation. Now it is worth noting that this was originally out for the Playstation Vita in 2012, so it’s not a new experience by any means, but if you haven’t played a Persona game before, like yours truly, this is your opportunity. It’s only $20 on Steam, but I do warn you that the game is renowned for its length, which can take anywhere between 60-80 hours to complete. By all accounts though, it’s worth it. No word yet on Persona 5 heading to PC, but that may just be dependent on the success of this game. Seriously, take a look.

We got some more stuff from two high profile games this weekend. First is Baldur’s Gate III, which is going to be hitting Early Access this August, assuming all goes to plan. Larian Studios likes to do Early Access for their games, where usually it is a small portion of the overall game being offered in order to do a test run. So if you want to wait for the full experience, I wouldn’t blame you. Speaking of Early Access, Torchlight 3 is now available through that system, for about $25. This iteration of the game should be a little different considering its a new development team, but hopefully it turns out okay.

Here’s some big news, Warner Bros Interactive is reportedly up for sale. Now there are a number of game developers that exist under Warner Bros, let me remind you here. Rocksteady, who make the Batman games. NetherRealms, who make Mortal Kombat. Monolith, who make the Middle-Earth games. And TT Games, who make all the LEGO games. Warner Bros recently got acquired by AT&T, and now AT&T is looking to sell off this super high caliber game division. Apparently they are hoping for about $4 billion for everyone, which honestly I would say is underpriced, and apparently potential buyers have been Take-Two, Electronic Arts, and Activision Blizzard. We’ll see how this plays out, but man is this ever going to be a huge shift in the industry.

Star Citizen has officially raised $300 million in crowdfunding, likely making it the most expensive video game ever developed. And that’s in crowdfunding alone, forget about private investment. $50 million of those dollars have come in the last 6 months or so, and the game now has just over 2.7 million accounts registered. It’s a behemoth of a game, if only it could have turned out a little differently.