This week in gaming: IGN apologises, Guerrilla Games shows off Horizon Forbidden West, Techland talks Dying Light 2, and more!
In the spirit of keeping our readers up to date with what’s happening in the video game industry, the Doublejump Digest is a brief collection of the major news stories from the past week. Keep an eye out for the Digest every Sunday night, and head on into the archive for news from weeks gone by!
Schneider described the original aid awareness posts going up as the result of “an editorial team process failure” and acknowledged that many within the company’s global workforce may not agree with the optics of a potentially pro-Palestine stance.
“There are likewise many other people among our 238 global employees who have and continue to privately raise concerns about why IGN is straying so far from our stated focus on games and entertainment and how and why the original post was even published with certain language and imagery in it,” he wrote (according to Waypoint’s sources). “There are IGN employees very hurt by the original position posted, as well as intimidated to the point where they will not speak up other than in a confidential setting. This truly upsets me on countless levels. That’s not us.”
Neither IGN nor parent company J2 Global have commented on the leaked memo’s veracity as of this writing.
Guerilla Games shows off Horizon Forbidden West gameplay
Horizon Forbidden West developer Guerrilla took over the virtual stage and dedicated this week’s State of Play broadcast to show off 14 minutes of gameplay from its hotly-anticipated PlayStation 5 action title.
The gameplay demo follows returning protagonist Aloy, as she tracks down a group of Raiders who have taken some Clawstriders (adorable robo-raptors) and Tremortusks (fierce robo-mammoths) as their mean-mugged pets and ambushed some of her friends.
Despite YouTube’s heavy compression, the video really showcases Horizon Forbidden West’s vibrant art style, impressive lighting effects, and dilapidated depiction of San Francisco.
While Guerilla Games stopped short of announcing a release date, in his accompanying PlayStation Blog post, Narrative Director Ben McGaw noted that “development is on track” and that the studio will share release news “very soon”.
Techland shows off new Dying Light 2 gameplay, announces 2021 release
Not to be outdone by its Swedish counterparts behind Horizon Forbidden West, Polish developer Techland released new gameplay footage of Dying Light 2.
The video not only shows more of the game’s European setting but also introduces its three main factions – the Survivors (normal folk), Peacekeepers (ex-soldiers and police officers), and Renegades (ex-prisoners) – and new mutated zombie enemies.
Techland capped off the video by announcing that Dying Light 2 is scheduled to be released worldwide on December 7 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
Report: Nintendo to unveil Nintendo Switch Pro next month
According to Bloomberg and Eurogamer’s sources, Nintendo is planning to announce a long-rumoured “Switch Pro” model ahead of E3 2021 next month to allow developers to show off new titles during gaming’s peak convention season.
As of this writing, Nintendo has yet to confirm the new model’s existence, which is rumoured to feature a larger OLED screen as well as the capability to output 4K video when connected to a TV.
Bloomberg reported that Nintendo is planning to release the Switch Pro in “September or October” and will eventually phase out the current standard Switch model while keeping the Switch Lite on sale.
Ubisoft reveals that Far Cry 6 will star fully-voiced female/male protagonists
Ubisoft has released two new videos for its upcoming open-world action sequel, Far Cry 6, and also confirmed that it will be the first game in the series to feature a fully-voiced male and female playable character: Dani Rojas.
In the four-minute gameplay trailer, veteran resistance fighter Juan Cortez explains how Rojas can take on dictator Antón Castillo when the game releases worldwide on October 7 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X
Gearbox announces Borderlands 3 cross-play but not on PlayStation
Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford took to Twitter to announce that the developer is finally going to add cross-platform multiplayer to Borderlands 3 for all versions except those on PlayStation.
Pitchford noted that publisher 2K Games made the decision to not add cross-play support on PlayStation consoles but stopped short of providing any further reasoning.
However, this decision may have been partly motivated by Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation’s parent company)’s alleged policy for collecting in-game purchase royalties from developers and publishers of cross-platform games when players make these purchases on non-PlayStation systems.
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