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Report: Games as a Service has Tripled the Industry’s Value

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I made an article in regards to SQUARE ENIX’s interest regarding the Games as a Service model. The concept of a Games as a Service model has been flung about as a successful practice. According to this report by Digital River, it seems like a natural step forward for the industry.

The Impact of Games as a Service in the Industry.

The report, Defend Your Kingdom: What Game Publishers Need to Know About Monetization & Fraud. Let’s start with the basics, the games industry today is valued at $96.5 Billion Dollars. “Following a decade of unparalleled growth, interactive entertainment today is one of the largest in the world.” The report says.

The report also noted that developers of all sizes are benefiting from the “steady stream of in-game content that both serves player expectations and increases their revenue per user.” In fact, this applies to most PC games with digital revenue.

It was also found that the consumers of games are showing more interest towards digitalized content. “Consumers are less willing to pay $60 for a boxed game and instead choose titles with a steady stream of new content,” the report said. “Publishers seek to meet these expectations and have adopted a ‘games as a service’ model, releasing fewer titles over time while keeping players engaged longer with regular updates and add-ons.”

So, what happens because of this? Well, the report sheds some light in this with their findings. According to the report, PC players in the US wait 21 days after they decide they want content before buying in the hopes they can take advantage of a sale. In other words, “Gamers are gaming the games market”.

The need for discounts and key resellers, and the risks it involves.

This is all because gamers look for ways to find workarounds through sales and discounts. This brings up a major problem with the model and key resellers that meet this expectation. “”When the fraud is detected, publishers who sold the keys are hit with chargeback fees,” the report reads. “Game makers can deactivate illegitimate keys, but the players who bought them do not usually know they are part of a scam. Gamers may believe their keys have been deactivated for no reason, and this can cause a negative backlash.”

Does this sound familiar to you? Well, if you have used services like Humble Bundle, G2A and other sort of key resellers. This must be a very familiar setting for you. However, G2A is the reseller that suffers the most accusations of fraud. In other words, game makers need to invest in proper payment safeguards according to the report.

A Games as a Service model seems unappealing for many. Considering that some conservationists prefer to have the 60 dollar games on the box. However, considering the fact that digital marketplaces offer more flexible choices like sales and discounts. Maybe we can see a rise in popularity amongst publishers. You can read the full report in the Google Drive backup I made right here.

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.

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There are strong indications that Persona 3 Reload The Answer DLC may be on the horizon

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Speculations about the inclusion of The Answer in the latest Persona 3 Reload have been circulating for some time now and seem to be gaining credibility. After being played for some time, new evidence suggests that more SEES action is on the horizon. Caution: Spoilers ahead for Persona 3 Reload!

Completing the game on merciless difficulty will result in Elizabeth from The Velvet Room giving you a cryptic clue, hinting that The Answer is approaching. According to PC Gamer, YouTuber Faz used a cheat engine to reach that stage and record the conversation. Elizabeth delivers players a mysterious message: “At the end of a great trial, the answer illuminates my path.”

The Answer occurs after the events of Persona 3, focusing on the cyborg warrior Aigis in the weeks following the game’s climax and offering around 30 hours of content. Persona 3 Reload feels unfinished until its latest update, which follows the trend of Atlus finding ways to release enhanced versions of their games, like Persona 4 Golden or Persona 5 Royal. Speculations were circulating about The Answer being in development, which aligns with the findings of dataminers. However, an official confirmation is still pending.

Is it possible that we will uncover the answer in Persona 3 Reload? Are you eagerly anticipating it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Remedy reclaims ownership of Control IP from Publisher 505 Games

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Remedy Entertainment has recently revealed that they now have complete ownership of the Control IP, which was previously shared with 505 Games. Remedy allegedly spent 17 million euros for the opportunity; nevertheless, 505 Games will continue as the publisher until 2024 during the transition.

In a recent press release, CEO Tero Virtala mentioned that the company will thoroughly evaluate its options, acknowledging the widespread appeal of the Control franchise among various partners. Furthermore, Virtala shared a quick update on the other ongoing projects now that Alan Wake 2 has been released. “Condor and Control 2 have made significant progress recently, and we anticipate these projects to advance to the next stages of development by the first half of 2024.”

Condor is the codename for Remedy’s multiplayer game set in the Control universe. Control 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the first game, was announced in late 2022 following the developer’s new publishing agreement with 505 Games. The Finnish game studio managed to create a brand-new path for the future at some point in their journey, perhaps as a result of recent successes.

How do you feel about Remedy gaining control of the Control IP from 505 Games? Are you looking forward to what the future holds for the series? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Neil Druckmann, the head of Naughty Dog, is not planning to create games indefinitely

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Neil Druckmann, the president of Naughty Dog, believes he may not continue creating video games indefinitely, especially not on the grand scale we’re accustomed to from the renowned creative. He is widely recognized for his contributions to Uncharted and The Last of Us. His positive experience adapting the latter for HBO, combined with a shift in priorities towards family, led him to consider making a significant change.

Druckmann’s reflections were captured in an interview with rapper Logic on his YouTube show, Logically Thinking (thanks to VGC), where he mused, “I guess that I don’t see myself doing this forever at this scale.”. Talking about the importance of spending quality time with one’s children, the subject resonated with the Naughty Dog boss, leading to a thoughtful conversation:

“You mentioned entering a new phase in life where your kids are the top priority, and I can relate because my kids are also my main focus… I understand the value of time and prioritize spending it wisely, especially when others want to share it with me. I’m currently at a stage in my life where I’m contemplating my ultimate goal. When is the right moment to decide to end it?

Druckmann is likely referring to stepping away from AAA game development and studio management to avoid the overwhelming anxiety that comes with those responsibilities, as he mentioned that it can be draining. Managing a large number of people and multiple studios worldwide can be quite overwhelming.

However, he would still need a place to channel all that creativity, and he might not be the only one to fall for Hollywood’s allure: “I can envision myself moving towards something that’s more laid-back and less stressful but still allows me to express my creativity. However, I’ve begun contemplating the number of similar games I have left in me, and it’s not a large quantity.

How many additional projects do you anticipate Neil Druckmann leading? Regardless of the quantity, his impact is expected to endure far into the future as we all eventually depart this world. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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