WB Interactive stays at home, new Suicide Squad game, more

AUGUST 10, 2020

Daily Gaming Update

How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer and welcome back to your daily news update for Monday, August the 10th. We are returning to the news today, and we’ll take a look at everything that happened this past weekend. Let’s take a look.
AT&T are no longer looking to sell Warner Brothers Interactive. For a while there it was looking like WB was going to be sold off, which was the parent company for a number of studios and IPs. This includes NetherRealms with Mortal Kombat, Rocksteady with the DC Universe, TT Games with LEGO, and Monolith Studios with Middle-Earth. There were a number of potential buyers, including EA, Activision Blizzard, Take-Two, and Microsoft, who would have had to pick all those up for around $4 billion. Well, it turns out this won’t be the case anymore, and instead of being sold off, they’re going to restructure in some way. We don’t know what that looks like just yet, but hopefully everything will work out. I won’t lie I was a bit disappointed to hear this because it would have made for some pretty juicy news. Unfortunately, this what we’re left with.
Speaking of Rocksteady though, they have just confirmed that their newest project is going to be based on the Suicide Squad. Obviously the company is known for its Batman games, well now they’re expanding a little bit. This is pretty much all we know about the project, apparently more details will be coming on August 22nd for the DC Fandome event. I will say though, the last Batman game came out 5 years ago, so if they’ve been working on Suicide Squad for that long, then we are probably going to see this game some time soon, which is pretty cool. Don’t get your hopes up though, the gaming industry has so variables it’s impossible to keep track of.
You might know that Microsoft’s Project xCloud is going to be making its way to the Xbox Game Pass this September, well we’ve got some more news here. Basically, xCloud provides a service to stream video games to your mobile phone. However, it is now only available on Android devices. This wasn’t exactly Microsoft’s choice, essentially Apple likes to have as much control over things as possible. They say that since they can’t review every game within the Xbox Game Pass, then they can’t allow it in general on iOS. Basically every game would need to go through Apple’s app store infrastructure if xCloud was going to be there, which obviously would just not work. And if I were to guess, part of that decision is profit-driven, considering something like the Game Pass would stop Apple from getting a 30% cut of things like microtransactions. So if you are an iPhone user, I’m sorry but you won’t have the ability to use xCloud moving forward.
The first expansion for Doom Eternal has been announced, and it’s called The Ancient Gods, Part One. It looks like this is part of what they call the Year One Pass, which will also include the second part of The Ancient Gods, you can pick that up for around $30 or so. Much like the Rocksteady announcement though, it looks more details about it will be coming at a later date, in this case during the Gamescom Opening Night Live on August 27th. I will say the 15 second teaser they made was pretty cool though.
Alright and wrapping us up for today is the news that the series executive producer of Street Fighter, Yoshinori Ono, is stepping down after 30 years with Capcom. Ono was the figurehead of the franchise, and the producer for a number of Capcom titles that weren’t just Street Fighter. I’ll finish off with something he said, “I’ve been with the Street Fighter brand for a long time, experience good times, bad times, and even non-existent times…My heart is filled with appreciation…Capcom staff in the new generation will continue taking care of the Street Fighter brand and leading the World Warriors.”
Thanks Jason and S.