VR Hardware, EA conference, Id and Gordon sever ties, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome back to your daily gaming news for May 5th.

It looks like, as predicted, Half-Life: Alyx caused a surge in virtual reality purchases, but it wasn’t by an incredible amount. Basically in the month of April the number of Steam users who own a VR headset went from 1.3% to 1.9%, which translates to about 2 million people. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but compared to other niche hardwares, it’s off to a good start. It should soon overtake the number of people who use 4K monitors for their gaming. Interestingly, macOS users represent about 4% of all Steam users, and Linux is at less than a percent. Also just a heads up to all of you who own VR headsets, Valve has just discontinuing SteamVR support for Mac, so if you own a Mac and a VR headset, they are no longer compatible with Steam. Just a heads up.

EA has just announced their digital conference for the summer as going live on June 11th. So mark your calendars, because I think there’s actually going to be quite happening in this conference, unless they hold off for some reason. We know that they have a ton of games planned right now, including 4 sports games, 4 non-sports titles, 4 games from third party devs, and two mobile games. So they probably have lots to talk about, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see something Star Wars related, and probably something Battlefield related. So we’ll see how it plays out.

It looks like the relationship between Id Software and DOOM composer Mick Gordon has officially severed. The executive producer responded to the discussion around the official soundtrack, which had a number of tracks that were not edited by Gordon, but mixed by an in-house audio engineer. Gordon publicly disapproved it, which spun the internet into a tizzy, until now. In the post they do commend his work, but they had issues with production and deadlines, specifically. They also didn’t seem to understand why he was upset about what happened on the OST, because they were clearly communicating through the whole process. I won’t get into the details because it’s fairly lengthy, but if you’re interested you can check out the post for yourself. I’ll end it with something the producer said, “As for the immediate future, we are at the point of moving on and won’t be working with Mick on the DLC we currently have in production. As I’ve mentioned, his music is incredible, he is a rare talent, and I hope he wins many awards for his contribution to DOOM Eternal at the end of the year.”
You might remember that Daedalic Entertainment, most well known for their point and click adventures, are currently working on a game called The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. They hinted at it being a third person stealth game, and today we’ve got the first screenshots. Not much information there, but we know that its going to be a prequel to The Lord of the Rings, before Gollum meets Frodo, and the game is due next year. Take look if you’re interested.

Thanks for tuning in everyone, I hope you have a tremendous day, and I’ll be back tomorrow with the news. Until my friends…happy gaming everyone.