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The Witcher Remasters Will Hardly Happen, Says CD Projekt RED’s Community Lead

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If you have started playing The Witcher series with its latest entry, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, there’s no doubt that you have started feeling a bit lost moment the game started dropping names of kingdoms and characters. The in-game journal does a very good job in informing players on past events and characters but playing the previous two games and reading the books written by Andrzej Sapkowski, which take place before the games, are definitely the best way to learn everything there is to know about the Continent and its inhabitants. Unfortunately it seems like the only way for players to enjoy the first two entries of the series is to get the original releases as it’s unlikely they will receive remasters anytime soon.

A few hours ago a fan of the series asked CD Projekt RED Community Manager Marcin Momot on Twitter about possible remasters of the first two entries of The Witcher series. Mr. Momot answered that it’s a cool idea but doubts that remasters will ever happen. This is in no way surprising, as especially the first game would need quite a lot of tweaking to be playable on consoles without a keyboard.

The Witcher 3 latest update, update 1.08, has been released last week in all regions and on all formats. The new update comes with several fixes for quests, achievements and more and prepares the game for the introduction of the New Game Plus mode. This new mode, which will be introduced by the final free DLC pack for the game, has yet to received a final release date but we should hear more about it sooner, as the team currently has an internal release date for the DLC.

The Witcher 3 is now available in all regions on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. More news on the game’s upcoming updates and New Game Plus DLC will be coming soon so stay tuned for all the latest news.

As a long time gamer, Francesco has survived more zombie invasions, meteor strikes, magic spells than he can count. He still keeps fighting today to bring hope into countless gaming worlds. Or destruction, depending on his mood. Writing about video games was only the natural step for such a dangerous life.

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Sony Has a “Monopoly” on the High-End Japanese Gaming Market, According to a US Senator

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The never-ending saga surrounding Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard has a new participant.  Today, Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from the state of Washington, said some things about the subject that were hard to understand.

The senator, whose remarks were reported on by ResetEra, spoke at a Senate finance committee hearing on “the president’s 2023 Trade Policy Plan,” which we are sure was quite interesting.

Senator Cantwell said that she had been told that Sony “controls a monopoly of 98% of the high-end game market” despite the fact that “Japan’s government has allowed Sony to engage in blatant anti-competitive conduct through exclusive deals and payments to game publishers, establishing games that are among the most popular in Japan.”

This 98% statistic is highly deceptive because it ignores PC, Nintendo, and mobile games and instead refers to Sony’s adoption rate over Microsoft in Sony’s native country of Japan, a fact that shouldn’t surprise anyone who is even somewhat familiar with the video game business.

What can we do to rectify these problems and create a level playing field, she said of US Trade Representative Katherine Tai after charging Japan’s Federal Trade Commission with improperly failing to look into this purported “exclusionary conduct”?

It is absurd to claim that Sony has a monopoly on the Japanese video game market, as Luke Plunkett of Kotaku correctly points out, “because Sony doesn’t even have a 98% share of the market for the God of War series, a title they own, as Steam is getting 30% of every sale on PC.”

It goes without saying that we can’t expect elected officials to be experts in every field, but this is a visible step at a time when the ongoing attempt to buy the company is at a very important point.

Is it significant that Microsoft, along with Nintendo, maintains its headquarters in Redmond, Washington—Senator Cantwell’s district—or that Microsoft has given Cantwell more than $500,000 over the past two decades?  Let us leave that up to you.

 

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Eating trash, Pizza Possum destroys the PS5

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Pizza Possum is an arcade action game in which you, a possum, attempt to consume as much trash as you can without being discovered.  It is a web-based sequel to the anarchy simulator Untitled Goose Game.It will eventually be available on the PS5.

We couldn’t help but notice that the possum in the title doesn’t look like the cute Australian possum that comes out at night to visit people.On the other hand, it looks like the horrible North American opossums are the ones that will attack trash cans and cause general chaos.Even though we think the second choice was better in terms of theme, we prefer the first one and are happy to explain why.

Your thoughts on Pizza Possum?  Does it possess the necessary mass appeal to successfully skitter along the back fenceline while setting the dog off in the process?

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The Mercenaries, a free piece of DLC for Resident Evil 4 Remake, launches on April 7

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Resident Evil 4 is now out, and the excellent remake can be bought right away.Even though you probably plan to play it all this weekend, you can take comfort in the fact that The Mercenaries, Resident Evil’s almost-required challenge mode, will be available as free DLC on April 7.

The mode’s exact details are still unknown, but if it’s anything like previous versions, you can expect some pretty hard tasks to test your skills.

You’re stumped about something? If you are still debating whether to purchase Resident Evil 4 Remake, be sure to look at our exhaustive guide for the answer or our in-depth review. Are you spending this weekend playing Resident Evil 4? Are you anticipating The Mercenaries?

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