It’s Tuesday, so that means ANOTHER Weekly Games Patch. Aren’t you lucky?
It was a big week for video game news last week, with a number of talking points to cover before we get into upcoming releases. Xbox kicked off their XO19 event on November 14th in London, and it was good news for Game Pass subscribers! Microsoft announced 20+ titles coming to the service including Halo Reach, one of my favourite games (ever), and Final Fantasy titles from 7-15 (which is something Rian is VERY excited about). The company also announced NEW titles and gave already expected titles release dates. A full list of announced games can be found below, including GROUNDED, a survival game from Obsidian (creators of The Outer Worlds).
Moving away from Microsoft, Chinese company Tencent bought a 10% stake in Sumo Group which equates to 15 million shares. “We are glad to invest in Sumo Group, a leading independent co-development studio. We look forward to supporting Sumo’s growth and exploring collaborations with the Company to bring more interactive entertainment experiences to global audiences,” stated head of Tencent Games, Steven Ma. Tencent already own Riot Games outright, developer behind League of Legends, and has stake holder interest in Ubisoft, Activision Blizzard, Bluehole, Epic Games and Miniclip…just to name a few. What this will actually mean for Sumo Group going forward is unclear, but strong financial backing from an industry veteran can only strengthen their position. One thing is for sure, software is rapidly becoming the new steel for Sumo’s home city of Sheffield.
Guerrilla Game’s co-founder, Hermen Hulst, has also been announced as the new head for Sony World Wide Studios (WWS) effective immediately. In a press release, it was said that Hulst will now “manage and lead all game development across the 14 studios that form Worldwide Studios.” Former head, Shuhei Yoshida, will now lead a “newly formed initiative that will focus on nurturing external independent creators”. Hulst is the perfect fit for the role, being no stranger to the internal workings of Sony. He’s worked across the platform exclusive Killzone series, Horizon Zero Dawn and Sony’s Decima game engine.
Last week saw some big releases with both Pokemon Sword/Shield and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. A number of our team were lucky enough to snag themselves a copy (which some of us are extremely jealous of)…
Rian also picked up Pokemon Sword and Shield, grabbing the new special edition Switch in the process. He’s joined the growing horde (of which I count myself) of Nintendo Switch loyalists, and it does look rather nice, doesn’t it?
That about sums up the news for this week, check out the latest releases below that are dropping soon!