Starbreeze goes all-in, Planet Zoo reviews, RDR 2 on PC, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, for Wednesday, November 6th.

Starbreeze Q3 financials

Starbreeze reported on their Q3 financial results, and the downward spiral has slowed a little bit. Sales down 38% year over year to $2.2 million, 1.8 of which was attributed to PAYDAY 2 so that tells you exactly where their focus is and should be. EBITDA, which is essentially profit before a lot of expenses, was a loss of $1.1 million, which compared to last quarter is more than halved. Now normally you don’t compare to quarter to quarter financials, but Starbreeze isn’t even putting out any products right now, and that really shows how many assets they’re having to let go of. Their report of course really focused on PAYDAY 2, and the future work of PAYDAY 3. In fact a lot of their future relies on other people right now. For one, with the Swedish government, who has granted them a number of extensions on their reconstruction period. Right now they have until December 3rd, and based on my limited knowledge, they don’t survive without the extensions. They also need to find a publishing parter for PAYDAY 2 sometime in 2020, because that is who is going to pay them. They do not get money without a partner who will cover the costs of development. Now, 9 months ago I would’ve told you that this was impossible, but the company has been doing a lot to prove themselves worthy ever since. They’re under total new leadership, there’s a very clear vision here, and PAYDAY 2 on Steam is still getting tens of thousands of players. The follow-up may just be worth it for someone. For now, we cross our fingers they can make it happen.

Planet Zoo reviews

Planet Zoo is slowly getting some reviews out there, and it looks like if you were a fan of either Planet Coaster or games like Zoo Tycoon, this is the one for you. It looks like it’s a little bit buggy, though Coaster was the same way and it got improved on over time. Of course it will likely be fleshed out with some more DLC packs in the future as well. Either way, people were generally happy with the beta, and the reviewers are saying that if you want to build a zoo, this is a good way to make it happen.

Chorus: An Adventure Musical hits funding goal on Fig

Chorus: An Adventure Musical has been successfully crowdfunded on Fig, and will proceed with development. You heard me right, this game is a musical murder mystery, and we’re now looking at funding the stretch goals of the game. I talked about this a while back and I thought it was such an interesting concept I had to bring it up. Go give it a look, its written by the lead writer of all the Dragon Age games, so it’ll definitely have a rockin narrative. It’s planned for a Steam release in 2021, go give it a look, maybe help them reach some of those stretch goals.

Red Dead Redemption 2 now available on PC

Red Dead Redemption 2 has now been released on PC for the Epic Games Store and the Rockstar Launcher. It’s a 150 GB install, lots to do, there’s already some mods out there, I don’t know how they did that. Anyway, if couldn’t play on console now you have your chance, or wait for the Steam release in December.

Kojima Productions will be looking towards film

Hideo Kojima, who is releasing Death Stranding this Friday, has revealed that his company will be turning to filmmaking. Apparently he has been regularly declining film director roles because of his work on games, and now wants to turn towards it once again. He thinks that games will go the way of Netflix, and all the entertainment mediums will be competing in the same space, so he wants to tackle more of those mediums. This isn’t surprising, his games are very cinematic already, and Death Stranding already has some famous actors in it. Let’s see how much wilder this guy can get.

That’s the news for today. A big thanks to SammyB for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, that means a lot to me. I will be back tomorrow, as I am every day, and until then…Happy Gaming everyone.