Doublejump Digest: November 8, 2020

by Doublejump

This week in gaming: Sony bums out PS5 owners, Watch Dogs Legion’s source code leaks, Take-Two eyes Codemasters, 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!


FROM DOUBLEJUMP 

  • On Doublejump Radio Episode 019, Max joined Abir to talk about another Cyberpunk 2077 delay, AMD’s new Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards, and haunting TV shows from their childhood.

MAJOR NEWS

The PS5 won’t support 1440p output, only has 667GB SSD space, and won’t allow expansion for PS5 games:

A Sony Interactive Entertainment spokesperson reportedly told IGN Italy (via ResetEra) that the PlayStation 5 doesn’t support 1440p video output at all; meaning that PS5 owners who plan to play on their gaming monitors will have to settle with upscaled 1080p gameplay. As of this writing, SIE hasn’t confirmed the original comment’s veracity, but let’s hope that the PS5 will offer 1440p support at launch.

Unfortunately, the bummers continue to emerge, as several outlets (including Polygon) have reported that the PS5’s 825GB internal storage SSD will only have 667.2GB of usable space with no option to run native PS5 games from external storage – only PS4 games. Thankfully, SIE has previously confirmed that system owners will be able to install compatible SSDs into their PS5s.

Ubisoft investigates Watch Dogs Legion‘s source code leak, removes controversial cast member:

Ubisoft has told Eurogamer that it has begun “investigating a potential data security incident” by hacker group Egregor that may include Watch Dogs Legion’s source code. Last month, the group claimed to have accessed data from the French publisher and Crytek’s servers, including 560GB of Watch Dogs Legion files whose exposure may assist in mod creation and piracy.

In related news, Ubisoft confirmed to Kotaku that it will remove two of the game’s in-world podcast episodes that featured controversial journalist Helen Lewis who has previously come under fire for comments that have been seen as transphobic.

Take-Two is looking to buy Codemasters for US$1B:

According to a leaked internal document, Take-Two Interactive has extended a “non-binding” offer to purchase Codemasters, the UK based studio known for the DiRT and F1 racing series. In the report, as seen by VGC, Take-Two indicated that the offer is conditional on a range of factors, including the approval of Codemasters’s board of directors. In response, Codemasters indicated that this will not be an issue as its board will “recommend unanimously that Codemasters’ shareholders accept the Possible Offer”. Reuters has reported that the deal is worth US$973 million and added that it would be beneficial for both parties.

Twitch shows PSA to viewers using ad blockers:

Twitch has targeted users of the popular uBlock Origin ad-blocker software with a patch that notifies them every 10 to 20 minutes that the software is “impacting site performance”; effectively producing the same interruptions that ad-block users try to avoid. As is the way of the internet, people have already discovered work-arounds and exploits while waiting for uBlock to return fire.


NOTABLE GAME RELEASES

  • DiRT 5 (PC, PS4, & Xbox One)
  • Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered (PS4 & Xbox One)

VIDEOS AND TRAILERS

Godfall — Launch Trailer:

The launch trailer for Godfall, the Gearbox published “looter-slasher’, still did not convince us that this will be a game worth championing for. This being said, we only have to wait until November 12 to make up our minds.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered — Official Launch Trailer:

This remaster of a remake of a beloved franchise title is out now with enhanced visuals and cross-play. In this launch trailer, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered also boasts about having “the hottest cars” but then proceeds to show, uh, a Crown Victoria…

Astro’s Playroom — Gameplay Trailer:

Ahead of the release of the PS5 later next week, Sony’s put up probably the latest trailer for Astro’s Playroom, the prepackaged title which aims to both introduce players to the revolutionary features of the next-generation and have them look back fondly at the PlayStation experiences of yesteryear.

Apex Legends — Horizon Character Trailer:

Releasing fresh after Season 7 — Ascension, Horizon is a new playable character which seems to be somewhat of a mash-up between Overwatch’s Sigma and Mercy. Oh, and she’s an astrophysicist who “fell” into a black hole, so that’s a pretty nifty backstory.

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate — Official Mileena Gameplay Trailer:

Mileena took longer than expected to come to the latest entry in the Mortal Kombat franchise, but now she’s finally here and her moveset seems better than ever! As always, remember that whereas Mileena sure looks human at first glance, there is more here than meets the eye.


OTHER NEWS

  • Black Ops Cold War features shared progression across Warzone and Modern Warfare: The Verge
  • BioWare has officially announced Mass Effect Legendary Edition: Official
  • The next Battlefield game is coming next year: Eurogamer
  • Hori’s working on an adapter to make the Switch: Gizmodo
  • Insomniac’s added a Black Lives Matter tribute to Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales: GamesRadar
  • Google’s finally adding Family Sharing to Stadia: Kotaku
  • The Demon’s Souls remake will feature more than 180 help videos: Eurogamer
  • Celeste’s creators confirms that Madeline is trans: PC Gamer
  • The last Xbox Series S|X exclusive, Medium, is now coming next year: Gematsu
  • EA’s shared details about next-gen improvements for Apex Legends and other games: Eurogamer
  • SEGA has asked 650 Japanese employees to voluntarily retire: Kotaku

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