PS5 manufacturing, Riot acquires Hypixel, Crysis Remastered, more!

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to The Gaming Observer. It is Friday, April 17th, we’re closing out the week here with some very interesting news, let’s take a look.

Sony to produce less consoles than typical at PS5 launch

It looks like Sony is going to be a little conservative when it comes to manufacturing the Playstation 5 upon its release later thris year. Apparently by the end of March 2021, they are only planning on making between 5 and 6 million units. For the PS4, the current generation, they sold 7.5 million units in that same timeframe. Now apparently the reason for this is because they are expecting the console to be more expensive than people are willing to spend, somewhere between $500-550. The PS5 apparently has some pretty good compenents inside which are forcing them to raise the price in order to break even. Of course we’ll know more about this as time goes on, but it’s fair to say the console will be on the pricier side. That being said, there has been some speculation amongst analysts that both the PS5 and the Series X will come out at $450 even though they’d be losing money at that point, so we’ll see what happens.

Riot acquires Hypixel Studios

Riot Games has acquired the company Hypixel Studios. This is a company that started as a group Minecraft modders, now releasing a sandbox game of their own called Hytale. Of course Hytale currently in closed beta with 2.5 million players signed up for it, and they are aiming to fully release it some time in 2021. This isn’t the first time that Riot has acquired a company, but to be honest you probably haven’t heard of the first one. Either way, this will likely give Hypixel some stability and will help that game get off on the right foot, especially with Riot expanding their portfolio so dramatically right now.

Crysis Remastered announced

Crysis is officially getting remastered. It’ll be launching this summer on PC, and all of the consoles including the Nintendo Switch. This remaster will focus on the single-player campaign, it doesn’t seem like there’s any multiplayer involved, and of course a bunch of graphical updates coming alongside it. It’ll be co-developed by Crytek and Saber Interactive, so very exciting stuff to have that officially announced.

Observer: System Redux announced

Speaking of remasters, we’ve got another one here, this time it’s the game Observer, not to be confused with the name of this show. The new project will be called Observer: System Redux, and is specifically being designed for next-gen consoles. So new graphics, but also some new gameplay and story elements. It’s interesting, the original game of this remaster only came out in 2017, so the timeline is a little short for something like this, but nonetheless I imagine we’ll see projects like this popping up a lot over the course of the next year. This one is slated for holiday 2020.

Star Wars Episode I: Racer remaster arrives May 12th

It is the day of remasters apparently, because here’s another one for you, Star Wars Episode I: Racer. This is a retro racing game which will be returning to modern consoles, notably the Switch and PS4, on May 12th. Originally released in 1999, new version will support 4K visuals, remapped controls, and trophy support. That’ll cost you $15. This is an interesting one to bring back, just a few weeks ago they also did Jedi Academy, so who knows is they have more in the pipeline.

Alright everyone, thanks very much for joining me. I’d also like to thank Cobra for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon. That’ll be all for today, and I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, until then, Happy Gaming Everyone