Sony ramps up PS5 production, PES taking a break, more

JULY 16, 2020

Daily Gaming Update

How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to The Gaming Observer for Thursday, July 16th.
Sony has apparently increased their order of Playstation 5’s to their manufacturers. Previously they had ordered an initial 6 million units to be sold before the end of the year, and now they are targeting somewhere between 9 and 10 million units. Bloomberg reports that 5 million of that will come before the end of September, and the other five million getting made through the rest of the year. Just for context, it took nine months for the Playstation 4 to sell 10 million units, and they are now at least preparing for that amount to be manufactured in before the year is up. That might be like a 1-3 month turnaround. As for the reasoning, there’s nothing official, but obviously indoor entertainment like video games has just skyrocketed in the last few months, and it probably isn’t going away any time soon, so selling units may be more likely to happen around the holiday season that other years. Sony isn’t the only one, Facebook has also been ramping up production for the Oculus VR headsets. Anyway, this doesn’t necessarily impact us gamers all that much, but its an interesting insight into how that industry operates.
Pro Evolution Soccer has just provided an update to their upcoming games. Apparently they are currently developing an Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 entry of the series, and are moving to the Unreal Engine. However, because of how much work is going into that game, which would normally come out next year, that mean’s this year’s annual entry is going to pared back. So just to lay it out here, normally they would have released a PES 2021 sometime within the next 6 months, but they are currently focused on making PES 2022, which would come next year. So instead, PES 2021 will be arriving in the form of a content update for PES 2020, the latest playable game. So instead of the game being an entirely seperate entry, they’re going to have a purchasable season update to hold people over until the next game. Honestly, I’m not familiar with this company, but I think it’s a really good move and something that annual franchises should be doing more often.
People have been talking about it for a very long time, Ooblets is now available in Early Access. This is a village simulator ala Stardew Valley, but they have collectible critters called Ooblets. It’s a very cute game, and the reviews thus far have been pretty positive on it. Apparently they’re planning for the game to be in early access for around a year, with major updates along the way. It’s 20% off for the next week on the Epic Games Store, also available on the Xbox One.
And available to play in a few days is the newest game from Sucker Punch, the hotly anticipated Ghost of Tsushima. The reviews are out, and the game has been received generally well. I haven’t had the chance to read any of the reviews in-depth, but certainly a number of gaming outlets had a great time with the game. Destructoid said that it was so good that Sucker Punch deserves to “be in the same conversation as Insomniac, Naughty Dog, and Sony Santa Monica.” Meanwhile, some outlets like Kotaku, Polygon, and Eurogamer have been a little more negative, in once case calling it just another open world world game. Definitely give it a look though, honestly it looks like a lot of fun, and certainly the setting of 13th century Japan in an enticing one.