At the Nasdaq 35th Investor Program Conference, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen praised the mid-generation console refresh being carried out by Sony and Microsoft and condemned the old console cycles as “painful”.
The executive pointed out that in previous console cycles investors always tried to identify the peak earning period, seeing as moving from a generation to generation involved huge expenses to upgrade.
The fact that consoles were also highly customized didn’t help matters — each iteration of the Xbox and PlayStation were very different mainly as a result of being built on customized chipsets that were difficult to program for in the early years of their release.
And then there was the issue of compatibility between between cycles, which forced gamers to stop buying games for the older consoles…
According to Jorgensen, EA cut down the number of game engines from 25 to only two in a effort to control the high costs of developing for drastically different platforms, but games were still not compatible across generations.
The situation is of course different today, with both Microsoft and Sony releasing micro-upgrades more often, allowing for more compatibility of games with previous generations.
That’s to say the market now looks a lot more like a traditional PC market than the specialized console market of yore, which Jorgensen believes is “great for the industry, great for their [Sony and Microsoft’s] production, great for software costs, and great for the consumers.”
Consoles will still continue to get more powerful, making older software less appetizing, but “the whole notion that investors had of the cycle is gone away.”
What do you think about the new direction Microsoft and Sony are taking with this console generation? Was it long overdue? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Microsoft Is Buying Fallout: New Vegas Developer Obsidian Entertainment
The tech giant is just about ready to own the highly-acclaimed game studio.
Microsoft is preparing to buy Obsidian Entertainment, according to a new report.
Sources close to the matter revealed to Kotaku that the deal, which has been the work for a while, is “90%” finished, and it’s only a matter of time before everything is finalized.
Founded in 2003, Obsidian Entertainment is best know for its numerous RPG titles, which in addition to Fallout: New Vegas, include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Neverwinter Nights 2, Alpha Protocol, and Pillars of Eternity.
Many of their games are sequels based on licensed properties.
Obsidian is just one of slew of notable video game-related purchases by Microsoft in 2018. Earlier in June, it announced the acquisition of Hellblade studio Ninja Theory, State of Decay 2 developers Undead Labs, and Compulsion Games, the studio behind We Happy Few.
The company may have dropped the ball against Sony’s PlayStation 4 this gaming generation, but it appears to be setting itself up for a resurgence for the next generation.
Forza Horizon 4 Reviews Round-Up, It’s Love All Around
Forza Horizon 4 is arguably the best installment in the series to date.
Reviews for the latest Forza Horizon are in, and Microsoft, Playground Games and, most importantly, racing game fans have a lot to be happy about.
Forza Horizon 4 is a resounding hit with critics and gamers alike, earning an average score of 92 percent on metacritic as of the time of this writing.
This time around, car aficionados take to a shared open-world Britain that has been fine-tuned to take into account both the seasons and the time of day, with seasonal changes altering the driving conditions and the accessibility of pathways. The game world literally changes over time.
There are 450 unlockable cars, including the Warthog for the Halo series, that can customized and raced to the heart’s content.
If you are still on the fence about getting Forza Horizon 4, check out some of the more notable reviews and scores here…
- IGN – 9.6/10
- Gamespot – 9/10
- GamesRadar+ – 80/100
- Destructoid – 9.10/li>
- USgamer – 4.5/5
- PC Gamer – 89/100
- Telegraph – 4/5
- EGM – 8
- DualShockers – 9/10
- Heavy – 9.8/10
- COGconnected – 95/100
- Stevivor – 9/10
- CGMagazine – 8.5/10
- God is a Geek – 9.5/10
- TrustedReviews – 5/5
- Press Start – 8/10
- VideoGamer – 9/10
- Polygon – No score
- ACG [Video] – Buy
- VGN [Italian] – 9.6/10
- Hobby Consolas [Spanish] – 97/100
If you’ve played Forza Horizon 4, what would you personally rate it, and why? Let us know in the comments below.
Get Hyped With The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Launch Trailer
This is an Assassin’s Creed game unlike any other.
Set in ancient Greece, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey builds on what made origins so good, bringing back some of the beloved features the franchise is known for while introducing radical new changes and departures — most notably, an RPG-driven dialogue wheel, the ability to play either as a male or a female protagonist, and the ability to choose between romance options — that could potentially change the face of the series forever.
Unlike the previous Assassin’s Creed games, this launch trailer uses gameplay footage rather than CGI, but it still manages to be engaging. It showcases some of the gameplay elements players can expect, as well as the locations they will frequent. We also get a bit on the story and how the choice you make will affect it.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is playable on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Watch the trailer here, and let us know if it gets you hyped…
Red Dead Redemption 2 Has 200 Different Animal Species With Unique Behaviors
Hunting was an important part of life in the untamed American frontier, so animal lovers are in for treat.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has a diverse range of wildlife to kill, skin, eat and sell, with Rockstar revealing via Twitter that players can expect around 200 species of animals, birds, and fish in the game.
Better yet, the animals have their own unique behavior and interact with each other in different and expected ways. Predators will hunt for herbivores, some animals are solitary, some hunt are pack hunters, some can only be seen at night, etc.
Preparing animals for consumption or other uses require some work. For instance, larger animals must be cut up into smaller pieces and, once prepared, physically taken either to your camp to be eaten or to a shop to sell. If neither is done, the meat will spoil.
Moreover, leaving blood on your horse could attract unwanted attention from predators.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is playable on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Gameplay Launch Trailer Is Action-Packed
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is primed and ready for your enjoyment.
Activision and Treyarch have unveiled a new gameplay launch trailer for the shooter, showcasing all three modes of the game: Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Check out the trailer here…
Say It Ain’t So, Devil May Cry 5 Has Microtransactions
The good news is that you won’t be forced to pay for anything.
For all the praise the Devil May Cry 5 TGS 2018 demo received, one new addition in particular caused a stir, and it has nothing to do with Dante’s theme song being removed because of the sexual misconduct allegation against the singer. No, the issue is much bigger.
Those who played the demo made an unfortunate discovery — Devil May Cry 5 has microtransactions. You will be able to spend real money on red orbs, which are essentially the game’s main form of currency.
In Devil May Cry 5, which are obtained by doing virtually anything from combat to breaking red clusters, can be used to upgrade your character by purchasing new skills and revive on the spot rather than being forced to do so at the last checkpoint).
You can also exchange real money for red orbs, a system that isn’t particularly new to the Devil May Cry Series and actually existed in Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition.
Fortunately, whereas some games require you to spend real money gain certain features, spending money on red orbs in Devil May Cry 5 is optional. According to Capcom, the game doles out “ample” red orbs in regular play.
“… players can purchase even more red orbs which can be used for quicker upgrades or more continues,” the publisher said. “This is completely optional as the game has been balanced to provide ample orbs for play without purchase in mind. This allows players more options to use red orbs at the pace and style they prefer to play.”
Let’s just hope for Capcom’s sake that Devil May Cry 5 doesn’t join the growing list of games ruined by microtransactions.
Are you OK with how microtransactions are applied in Dante and friends’ latest adventure? Share your thoughts in the comments below.