PS5 vs. Series X games, update from Kojima, Factorio launch, more!

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer for Monday, June 1st. It’s a new week, it’s a new month, which means we’ve got plenty of video game news to talk about. Let’s hop into it.

Playstation head Jim Ryan has recently talked about their strategy with the games of the Playstation 5, and it seems to differ quite drastically from Xbox. As you may know, Microsoft has said that every game for the first two years of their next gen console will be compatible with the Xbox One. It means you’re not missing out on anything if you don’t get the Series X other than the hardware upgrade and a few bells and whistles that go alongside that. Sony on the other hand is making no such promise, “We have always said that we believe in generations. We believe that when you got to all the trouble of creating a next-gen console, that it should include features and benefits that the previous generation does not include.” So there is going to be a clearer divide there, and it will be interesting to see if one strategy ends up being more successful than the other. Its worth noting that Ryan did also recognize that there are 100 million PS4 players, and only a small fraction of them will immediately convert to PS5 players, and they can’t just leave everyone behind. Conveniently, if you’d like a first-look at what the Playstation 5 will have to offer, then head on over to the livestream they are having this Thursday, June 4th. And if you don’t, no worries I’ll give you the highlights as I always do. And the final note here is that Ryan has reiterated that the console is still on track, and the pandemic hasn’t significantly impacted their distribution.

Hideo Kojima recently did an interview with some interesting nuggets here. First of all, he has stated that Death Stranding was a financial success for his company. They recouped development costs, and it gave them enough to fund its second upcoming project. Not to mention it’ll be releasing on PC soon, so that’ll be a nice income for them as well. As for the next game, Kojima has teased that he wants to return to horror, but of course nothing is yet confirmed. Fingers crossed for him!

Factorio will be leaving Steam Early Access on August 14th. This will mark version 1.0 of their game, and interestingly their previous target for this release was actually 6 weeks later on September 25th. The reason they bumped it earlier is because of one single game by the name of Cyberpunk 2077, which would have released only one week before Factorio. The developer explained, “We think any release close to such a monumental game is going to feel some negative effects, such as everybody playing and covering Cyberpunk and taking attention away from other games.” They could have gone later, but they said they were in such a good spot that it felt better to go the other direction. Interesting dilemma, but certainly one that I’m sure a few indie devs will have to address. Factorio is a construction and management sim that has been highly highly successful during its time in Early Access, if that’s your genre, you need to take a look, everybody loves it.

Okay for the final segment here I’m gonna do rapid fire news items. First of all, if you are in to Destiny 2, they are teasing a major world event right now that is apparently six years in the making. Apparently it’s something called The Darkness, anyway, check that out, cheers to Jax for putting this on my plate. Next, Satisfactory, the first person factory building sim, launches on Steam in Early Access next week. Previously exclusive to Epic. Next, Tetris Effect has just released its official soundtrack on all the major platforms, that’s a really well regarded one, check it out. And finally, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is officially getting a sequel. I’ll let you make your own judgments on that one.

Anyway folks, that’ll do it for today thank you very much for joining me, and also a big thanks to SallZilla, and Nix for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. I am back with the news tomorrow, and until then happy gaming everyone.