PlayStation Productions, Rage 2 sales, more

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This is your Daily Gaming Update for May 21st, 2019. I am your host, Adrian Simple, welcome to the show. For links and a transcript for today’s stories, be sure to visit thegamingobserver.com. You should also head over to Twitter @gaming_observer where I currently have a poll up asking about the intro music. It’s currently sitting at 75% to go back to the old style of intro, so get your voices heard, and I appreciate the input.

Sony launches “PlayStation Productions” – film studio derived from games

Sony has just launched Playstation Productions, which will develop film and television products based on the company’s video game catalog. SIE chairman Shawn Layden said “we’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories…we feel that now is a good time to look at other media opportunities across streaming or film or television to give our worlds life in another spectrum.” He also noted that they won’t be trying to retell a game in a movie format, but instead take the ethos of the game and write for a film audience. Exciting stuff. As a side note, the Mortal Kombat movie has been given a release date of March 5th, 2021.

Rage 2 isn’t selling all that well

Rage 2 came out to generally mixed reviews, and it appears as though that was reflected in the sales. Based on the UK charts, the game has only sold a quarter of it’s predecessor in physical copies. Now, digital purchasing has become much more popular since the first Rage released in 2011, but at most it only accounts for half of all console sales, which means that Rage 2 has sold somewhere between 50-75% worse than Rage 1. This will be dissapointing to Bethesda, whose last string of games haven’t been the greatest, but they’ll make up for it with the upcoming release of Wolfenstein: Youngblood I’m sure.

Lords of the Fallen 2 changes development team

CI Games, who is the rights holder to the Lords of the Fallen game, has just terminated its contract with the people who were making the sequel. Defiant Studios were brought in to develop Lords of the Fallen 2 back in June of last year, but apparently they haven’t impressed. Here’s what CI Games said, quote “The quality of work was lower than expected by the company, as precisely described in the agreement, despite three calls to improve” Defiant responded to this though, “The team that was working on [the] project was comprised of exceedingly talented developers whose work we fully stand behind.” This is just another step in the game’s troubled development, but it looks like CI Games will be handling development themselves now. That’s not necessarily a good thing considering that company’s history as well.

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That’s the news for today. Thank you so so much for tuning in, and thank you to Brandon for supporting the show through Patreon. I am Adrian Simple, see you tomorrow, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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