Sony invests in Epic, Half-Life: Alyx Final Hours, more

JULY 10, 2020

Daily Gaming Update

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to The Gaming Observer for Friday, July 10th. I hope you’re having a wonderful day, why don’t we wrap up your week here with some video game news, shall we?

Sony has made a $250 million investment into Epic Games, giving them a 1.4% stake in the company. Now it isn’t abundantly clear how these two companies are benefiting from this investment, but they have said that it is an extension of their already close relationship, and “reinforces their shared goal to advance the state of the art in technology.” We got a lot of info on this from VentureBeat, who say that it enables them to broaden their collaboration, by using Sony’s portfolio of entertainment assets and technology, with Epic’s social platform and digital ecosystem. They also say this, “The deal is important for Sony because it needs allies in the upcoming console war,” going on to say that if Sony is getting some kind of advantage from this, it’s not clear what that is. Epic has been doing a lot of fundraising recently, and that apparently has given us a look into their financials which is usually kept secret. Apparently revenue in 2019 was $4.2 billion, with predictions of $5 billion in 2020, $1 billion of that being profit. According to their sources, Fortnite is a major reason for that, having earned $400 million in the month of April alone. So anyway, pretty cool to see, and hopefully it just leads to bigger and better and things.

Geoff Keighley has released the Final Hours of Half-Life:Alyx. This is an interactive storybook that you can purchase on Steam which takes you through the last decade of development at Valve, with a focus on Half-Life, of course. It’s around $10 but I’ve got some information here from an article which was interesting. Basically Alyx was the 6th attempt at making a new Half-Life game since 2007. Valve had started a number of small-scale projects that were constantly fizzling out, and Alyx was actually a collective and conscious effort to avoid that pitfall and make one big project that people could focus on. And I know this has been said before, but the big final note was that Alyx is considered the icebreaker. The team who made it have stated that they want to make a full-scale Half Life game for the traditional platforms. So we’ll see how it goes, and definitely check out the Final Hours storybook on Steam it looks really cool.

World of Warcraft is finally going to remove the $15 price tag for changing the gender of your character. This will go into effect with the new expansion, Shadowlands, and it came around because a lot of appearance changes are free in the game at the barber shop, which made gender the only thing that couldn’t change. This comes along with what people believe is the first openly trans NPC making its way to the game through the expansion, which is pretty cool.

The next entry of the Dark Pictures Anthology, Little Hope, is now slated for release on October 30th. This is the follow up to Man of Medan, and is actually the second of eight games that are planned within the horror franchise. Not much else to say there, just thought I’d let you know.

And finally, just another heads up that there are a number of free games available on the Epic Games Store that you’re going to want to pick up. This week it’s headlined by Killing Floor 2, which is a great co-op shooter. They’ve also got the Escapists 2, which is all about escaping prison, it also has co-op. They also have an indie game you can pick up called Lifeless Planet, it looks pretty cool. Next week they are giving away Torchlight 2, so keep an eye for that as well.
Alright folks that’s going to wrap us up on the news, thank you so much for joining me. I’ll be back tomorrow with the mailbag, don’t forget to submit your answers in the Discord server, which you can find at thegamingobserver.com/discord. Back with the news on Monday, and until then, happy gaming everyone.