MTBS #46: Sony Plays Ball with Microsoft, and Epic Games Store Losses
The Microsoft-Sony relationship is the real show, while epic losses spring from Epic's war chest....
Jarret and Nick are back to talk about what is going on in the gaming world this week! But first, Jarret apologizes for missing last week and Nick says that family is always the cause. Then, Nick talks about being busy scheduling meetings and Jarret was tired from getting his first COVID vaccine shot.
The Entertainment Software Association announced the return of E3 this year, as a virtual event to take place June 12-15th. Several major companies are already planning to be involved. Jarret and Nick debate the utility of E3 and talk a bit about its history and how it spawned other conventions such as Pax. Jarret talks about how he was able to go to E3 as a Best Buy employee and they look forward to seeing what comes of this.
Jason Schreier at Bloomberg reported that Sony is planning a The Last of Us remake for Playstation 5. Jarret and Nick argue about why Sony would do this and are confused because it makes little sense. Jarret expects a full Last of Us sequel while Nick is a bit more cynical. Jarret runs through the other news about Days Gone not getting a sequel and Sony focusing on blockbusters. Nick talks about how this is the result of skyrocketing AAA development costs. Jarret runs through Sony leadership over the years and compares this decision to the Microsoft’s mishandling of the XBox 360. They both worry about the future of Sony with this decision.
CD Projekt Red announced they were cancelling the multiplayer portion of Cyberpunk 2077. Jarret says this is bad as it seems that CDPR is planning to abandon Cyberpunk. Nick wonders what their plans are to make up the revenue they will miss out on. Jarret says they should be worried about GTA VI.
Bethesda announced Deathloop has been delayed to September. Jarret thinks this can only be good for the game as more PS5’s will be in circulation at the time. Nick jokes that this is Bethesda getting around their Sony deal.
Jarret is Executive Director as well as one of the founding members of Mash Those Buttons. He plays all types of games, but tends to lean more toward FPS, Stealth, and Combat games.
Host of WoW! Talk! and The Tauren & The Goblin. Sometimes known as the Video Games Public Defender. Wants to play more Destiny and Marvel Heroes but WoW is all-consuming. Decent F2P Hearthstone player. Sad that he lost the Wii that had Wrecking Crew on it. Would be happy if the only game ever made was M.U.L.E. Gragtharr on Skywall-US. Garresque on Ravencrest-US.
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