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Angry Birds 2 already more popular than its predecessor

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The original Angry Birds has been one of the most popular games around for the last several years, and yet, its successor is already proving that things can always get even better. Angry Birds 2 was finally launched last Wednesday, July 29 on Android and iOS, with developer Rovio Entertainment announcing a record-breaking 1 million downloads just 12 hours later. That figure is certainly very impressive, but it only gets better because it only took a mere three days for Angry Birds 2 to reach no less than 10 million downloads. Only yesterday, the developers proudly announced that their game was at over 20 million downloads and didn’t seem to be slowing down one bit.

Just to give you an idea about just how well Angry Birds 2 is doing, consider the fact that it took the original more than nine months to achieve what the sequel did in just a little over a week. Rovio Entertainment also mentioned that Angry Birds 2 is currently the most popular iOS game around and the most downloaded on both iOS and Android. According to Creative Director Patrick Liu, “when we were developing and testing Angry Birds 2, we had good reason to believe we were on to a good thing, but the enormous groundswell of enthusiasm for the game from loyal fans and casual newcomers alike has been humbling.”

It goes without saying that Angry Birds 2 will keep mobile users busy for months to come, but what about the PC community? As it happens, the folks over at Poki are working on a browser version of the popular game as we speak, although a release date has yet to be announced. If you’re eager to play Angry Birds 2 on the PC, though, you’ll get the chance to do just that at this link right here once it becomes available. In the meantime, Poki also has a total of 26 more Angry Birds games that you can play right now while you wait for the sequel. If you feel like you need to improve upon your bird flinging skills before the big release definitely make sure to check some of those other games.

In other news, Rovio Entertainment also announced some interesting first-week statistics that include 1.4 billion slingshots fired, 300 million levels beaten, and 350 million instances of maxing out the Destruct-O-Meter. While Angry Birds 2 is already very popular in Europe and North America, the developer is now attempting to also take the Chinese market by storm and thanks to a partnership with Kunlun China Games, it seems pretty likely that Rovio will manage to reach that goal before long.

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Rest assured, the highly anticipated PS5 exclusive, Stellar Blade, will be available in its original, uncensored form across all regions

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Fear not; for those worried about potential censorship issues with the PS5-exclusive Stellar Blade, set to release on April 26th, Sony has got you covered. ShiftUp, the developer, proudly assures players that the game will maintain its uncensored content across all regions, including Japan.

We have to admit, we didn’t anticipate this as a potential issue or a potential selling point. The main character, Eve, and her revealing costumes have been heavily showcased in the game’s pre-release marketing. Nevertheless, it is pleasing to witness ShiftUp’s evident enthusiasm as their vision prepares to reach the hands of a vast number of players.

Regarding Stellar Blade, Yoko Taro believes it surpasses NieR: Automata, and we were pleased to learn that the game will be considerate of your PS5 storage capacity. The demo is now available for you to try, and it has nearly doubled the daily active users of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. This is quite impressive, especially considering it is the game’s first console showing.

Will you be there to experience Stellar Blade on its release day? It’s certainly a relief to witness the game remaining uncensored until the last moment. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Sony is reportedly engaged in discussions to form a partnership for a potential bid on Paramount

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There hasn’t been much buzz lately about any new acquisitions in the world of video game intellectual property. According to a recent report, Sony is currently engaged in discussions with a well-funded partner to potentially acquire the renowned film studio Paramount, along with all the exciting possibilities that come with such a merger.

As reported in the New York Times (thanks, ResetEra), Sony Picture Entertainment is reportedly in discussions with Apollo Global Management, an investment firm, as per two sources familiar with the matter. In the past, Apollo had made an offer to acquire Paramount for a minimum of $26 billion, but their bid was ultimately turned down.

The terms of the joint bid are currently under discussion, and there is a chance that the two parties may decide against making a formal offer. Unnamed sources have revealed that Paramount is currently in exclusive discussions with Skydance, preventing any official offer from being made at this time. Investor opposition to the recent deal that Skydance brought seems to have been significant.

The potential impact of such an acquisition is immense. First and foremost, it would introduce adaptations of Sonic and Halo into the expanding media empire of the PlayStation platform holder. Following the announcement, Paramount’s stock experienced a significant 11% surge in after-hours trading.

What are your thoughts on the news? Is there a possibility of Sony acquiring Paramount? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Helldivers 2 Players Face Overwhelming Hordes of Factory Striders

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In the ongoing conflict against the Automaton invasion fleet, the Helldivers 2 players have successfully halted their advance. However, the situation has now reached a tiresome stalemate. Yet again, the machines refuse to take a break from their relentless pursuit of progress, with reports emerging of the Factory Striders being deployed in record-breaking quantities.

There have been reports of alleged machines that were supposedly encountered during Operation Swift Disassembly, which was just the beginning of a larger campaign. However, these accounts should be taken with a grain of salt, as they are unverified and seem to be more on the imaginative side. Factory Striders have gained a reputation as formidable weapons platforms that can produce more Automatons while enduring significant damage. If the machines are able to withstand such a relentless assault, it will be necessary to develop innovative strategies.

Have you come across groups of Factory Striders in Helldivers 2? Which strategies are proving to be the most effective in taking down these armored brutes? The Orbital Railcannon Strike will prove to be a valuable asset in the comments section below.

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