The Monday Inbox is disappointed at the lack of news from the Tokyo Game Show, as one reader worries that Avengers has been a flop.
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The wrong kind of cross-gen
Really disappointed to hear that Resident Evil Village might become a cross-gen game. Why all this back-peddling all of a sudden? Is it because of some technical issue with the PlayStation 5? I cannot think of any reason why Sony would sheepishly announce that most of their launch games would be coming to PlayStation 4, after making such a big noise about generational exclusives, so what changed? And was it the same thing that suddenly changed Capcom’s mind?
There shouldn’t be any surprises from the hardware at this point so I don’t get what’s going on. Sure, they might get more sales of the game on current formats but it makes people (me at least!) much less likely to buy the new consoles until they’re all or most exclusives. Sony in particular should realise that surely?
And if they are so keen on cross-gen games where’s the announcement of a PlayStation 5 versions of The Last Of Us Part 2 and Ghost Of Tsushima? God Of War too, if a sequel is on it’s way next year. I’m sure many people would be much more keen on that than PlayStation 4 versions of next gen games. I really don’t understand Sony’s thinking any more.
Um… so was there no news at all from the Tokyo Game Show on Friday. Was the Yakuza stuff and Resident Evil 7 really it? I mean, I’m sure it was but how disappointing. The most interesting news of the day from Japan was a rumour about Final Fantasy 16 that didn’t even have anything to do with the show!
I know it’s not the same with the coronavirus but I had hoped that the Tokyo Game Show was becoming more important again, and perhaps it will be next year, but this is a great disappointment to me. Especially as we’ve been hearing about nothing but non-stop news about Microsoft in the meantime.
I don’t mind saying that I have always resented their influence on the industry. It’s just personal preference but they seem to specialise in everything I dislike about the industry and I would much rather see Japanese companies be dominant for that reason. It’s best to have a balance I suppose, but I still don’t feel that has been reached again since the problems of the Xbox 360 era.
GC: That was it. There was some more stuff on the NieR:Automata remaster, Samurai Shodown is coming to next gen, and Sega have vaguely alluded to a new Virtua Fighter project (but maybe not a game) but that was all. Perhaps by the time you read this there’ll be more news – more on Monster Hunter Rise has been promised – but so far it’s been a bit of a non-event.
A store for everyone
Somehow I doubt Microsoft are going to be quaking in their boots about the Amazon streaming service, even if it does immediately sound more sensible than Stadia but what I found most interesting about the announcement was that other publishers will be able to set up their own services, with Ubisoft being the first.
I can imagine this being very popular with publishers who don’t want to go to the trouble, or can’t afford, to set up their own services. But the idea of having a separate subscription for every publisher? And the inevitable exclusivities? Even if it’s not a full game. I think the Reader’s Feature at the weekend is right and this will be a slippery slope from which we will not escape.
There is zero chance of me subscribing to an EA streaming service but I am occasionally interested in their games so would I miss out or just have to pay over the odds? Game Pass might be good value for money but I’m worried about what else it will lead to.
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Do a Destiny
So Marvel’s Avengers seems to have sunk without a trace, eh? None of my friends that bought it are playing it and it already seems to be sinking down the charts. You know, exactly like everyone said it would when they found out it was trying to do a Destiny.
I have no idea why that idea ever seemed like a good one but I would’ve much preferred to have just had a proper single-player game, like most people have said. I’m not sure what to do with the game now, really. Do I sell or wait to see what promotions there’ll be this Christmas?
I assume there’ll be quite a few because it’s an obvious Christmas gift and they’ve got all those new characters planned but just replying the same old missions in co-op? I just am not tempted to go back. It worries me too because I bet that licence cost Square Enix a fortune and they could be in trouble if it bombs.
Does GC have any sense of when we might expect Sony to unveil/release PlayStation VR2? It’s the only thing that interests me about the new generation, as we’ve clearly reached something of a plateau in terms of graphics and power.
Fast load times are nice, but the last time I was awed by a new console was the PlayStation 3. VR is a different story. The current generation is so primitive that even modest technical progress could be game-changing. I’m hopeful the difference between PlayStation VR and PlayStation VR2 will be analogous to PlayStation 1 and 2. Something to genuinely get excited about.
GC: We can only make an educated guess that Sony will allude to it next year, with a possible reveal, but more likely will leave it until at least 2022. They probably wouldn’t have talked about backwards compatibility for the current model if they were going to immediately replace it.
Still no sign of Brewster’s Café in Animal Crossing then? The game seems to have hit a bit of a wall now. At first all the updates were interesting and unexpected but now it’s just the expected holiday event tie-ins and nothing else. Thanksgiving means nothing to anyone outside of America and it’s a shame the only autumn update is based around Halloween, which is also heavily American influenced.
I’d much rather they went back to making up weird things themselves and I really did hope we’d have more shops and services by now. Why is there no third floor on Tom Nook’s shop for a start? There’s a lot of characters that haven’t appeared yet and so many more objects and items they could make.
I’m sure it’s the coronavirus’ fault, we all know Nintendo hasn’t handled that well but I hope that after Christmas and the new year the next update will be an original idea and not just a tie-in to the calendar. I’m beginning to think they should have done separate DLC expansion pass, like Zelda, so they could have a big update to look forward to and not just all these little ones.
The curse strikes again
I never knew about that rule of thumb that indie sequels are never as successful as the original but it does kind of seem true for Spelunky 2. I’m really enjoying it but I haven’t seen anyone else talking about it and no one on my friend’s list seems to have it.
Weird that indie gaming should be such a complete opposite of the triple-AAA industry. I definitely prefer indie but I hope the developer of Spelunky is going to be okay.
Console war on fire
My, that Xbox SSD is very expensive!
I was thinking about the difference between the USA price and the UK price and it strikes me that the reason you are paying more is probably that Microsoft are not absorbing the VAT of 20%, so £44.
That doesn’t mean it doesn’t smart though, and if Microsoft’s costs that, who knows what an extra drive will cost on the PlayStation 5.
Still, for anyone’s money, a drive costing half the price of a complete machine, and nearly the full cost of the cheaper version, it again begs the question of what is the true build cost of these devices and just how much are Microsoft and Sony subsidising the initial purchase?
Hardware has been sold at a loss for a long time now, but I don’t believe the devices were ever this exotic previously. It’s going to be great for consumers, but hard, particularly, for Sony to sustain a massive loss without charging more for software.
Thinking of that reminds me of the N64, which had games costing £60-£70 from the outset, and the hardware was very expensive too. Nintendo had to back away very quickly there, in the face of stiff competition from Sony, and the hardware dropped in price after one month and the software generally retailed for £10 below its RRP if you shopped about.
Sony being wishy-washy about Spider-Man, upgrades, and being almost embarrassed about the game pricing is doing them no favours whatsoever when they were so decisive around the launch of the PlayStation 4. Are they floundering in the face of a juggernaut or will they somehow be able to steal a march back as the launch date gets closer?
To paraphrase NBA Jam, ‘It’s heating up!’
GC: You can use third party storage cards on the PlayStation 5, which should be cheaper than the first party ones from Sony or Microsoft.
With all the Microsoft and Sony news Amazon announced its gaming service Luna. This seems like it will be more of a Netflix for games than Stadia. I can see this being added to the prime subscription at some point. The controller is a rip-off of the Switch Pro Controller, which is a good thing in my opinion.
Konami games on PC? Didn’t see that coming but… why? It seems so random. If they don’t end up getting bought I wish Konami would just come out and say that they’re going to start taking games seriously again. They had the perfect chance with the PC Engine but didn’t take it.
This week’s Hot Topic
The topic for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Penfold, who asks how much do you expect to spend on video games this Christmas?
Given the launch of the new next gen consoles and the difficulties caused by the coronavirus do you expect to spend more or less than usual on games during the next three months? Do you have a specific budget for games and how strict are you about keeping to it?
In general for the year, have you spent more or less on games than usual and how will the next gen affect this? Have you been saving up for the new consoles already or will you continue to save so you can buy them next year?
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