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The 3 BIGGEST Game Releases Of June 2020

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Things have slowed down quite a bit in the gaming space, with new developments being put on the back seat due to the coronavirus. While this has also caused the release schedule to dry up a little bit, there are a few big games coming next month that should be worth your while. One is a game that fans have been waiting years for, and another sees a beloved Nickelodeon character return with a remastered game. Without further ado, here are the 3 biggest gaming releases of June 2020.

Valorant

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Riot Games’ free-to-play multiplayer FPS Valorant has been making waves for over a month now, which is thanks to a successful beta period that started at the beginning of April. However, the game will be coming out of its beta phase and launching officially at the beginning of June, where even more people will hop on board. It has drawn positive comparisons to both Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch, which is no small praise considering how successful each of those games are. Valorant will be available for PC when it launches on June 2nd.

The Last of Us Part II

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In what is undoubtedly the biggest game of the month (and one of the biggest of the whole year), Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II really needs no introduction. Serving as the follow-up to what many called one of the best games of the last console generation, players will assume the role of an older Ellie as she has to continue to survive in a brutal post-apocalyptic world. It looks like things are going to be even more harrowing than they were the first time around, with some unfortunate leaks happening earlier this year revealing some truly grim scenarios. It will launch exclusively for PlayStation 4 on June 19th.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated

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We’re going to end this list with a dramatically lighter game than the previous one, with SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated rounding things out. While games based off of TV shows are rarely anything worth getting excited about, the original version of this game was truly a diamond in the rough. Developer Purple Lamp Studios has given it a fresh coat of paint as well as new features, such as a new multiplayer horde mode for up to two players available online or offline. Content that was cut from the original release is also being reincorporated into this one, which should make this the definitive version of what is already a solid game. Look for it to hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC on June 23rd.

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Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years

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Activision has recently announced the establishment of a new studio, Elsewhere Entertainment, located in Warsaw. The studio has been entrusted with the exciting challenge of creating a groundbreaking AAA franchise that will captivate players with its immersive storytelling and innovative gameplay. A significant number of employees were let go by the large corporation after the completion of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard King earlier this year.

According to IGN, Activision made the announcement in a blog post, sharing that the team will be based in Poland with additional resources in the US. The studio has assembled a team of highly skilled individuals who have worked on acclaimed titles such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, The Witcher, Destiny, Far Cry, and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Activision’s response to IGN’s request for a studio logo or official artwork was rather unconventional. Instead of providing the requested materials, they sent over the Cambridge University dictionary definition of the word “elsewhere.”. However, with a discerning eye, one may catch a glimpse of something lurking in the background. The publication acknowledges that, whatever it may be, it has no connection to Call of Duty. Elsewhere Entertainment has been granted full access to Activision’s extensive resources and cutting-edge tools, enabling them to further enhance their production and development capabilities. We may have to wait a while before we find out what they have in store for us.

Curious about Activision’s latest venture, Elsewhere Entertainment? Opening a new studio after numerous layoffs—is it a tasteless move or simply another harsh reality of the video game industry? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser is currently working on the development of an exciting new ‘Open World Action-Adventure’ game

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Last year, we reported that Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser had launched a new studio called Absurd Ventures, with the aim of developing original IP for all platforms and formats. The new outfit has recently started development on a game that boasts top-notch combat and third-person action in a variety of game modes.

This information is available, as Eurogamer discovered, from a recent job listing on the developer’s website. The company is looking for more people to join their team and contribute to an “open-world action-adventure game.”. According to Eurogamer, it seems that the project they are working on is still in its early stages. They are currently in the process of hiring for important positions like lead designer, lead gameplay designer, art director, and technical director.

Absurd Venture is dedicated to crafting immersive narrative experiences across a wide range of mediums, such as games, animation, books, graphic novels, live-action, and scripted podcasts. Their mission is to create captivating worlds, compelling characters, and engaging stories that span diverse genres. The former vice president of writing at Rockstar, who co-wrote both Red Dead Redemption games, has recently joined the studio. Additionally, Lazlow Jones, a former writer and producer at Rockstar, has also come on board.

Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the physical version, requires an online connection for installation

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Players who choose to go with a physical copy of the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Shadows will need an Internet connection in order to finish the installation. This is unlikely to pose a problem for most Ubisoft fans, but it does align with a trend that is worth mentioning. It follows a requirement that was initially introduced in 2023’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and will also be the case with the upcoming Star Wars Outlaws.

As reported by VGC, pre-orders for the game are now available, and a notice on the front box art at retailers such as Best Buy and GameStop states: “Internet connection is necessary for game installation.” For Avatar, players had to install a day-one patch before being able to start the game. However, both Shadows and Outlaws come with a warning prominently displayed on the front of the box.

The lack of a clear explanation for this requirement raises concerns about the long-term preservation of the game, particularly if the servers are eventually shut down. In December, Ubisoft made the decision to delist the original The Crew, effectively ending its run. This unfortunate event may not be the last time we see a game meet a similar fate.

What are your thoughts on Ubisoft’s requirement of an online connection for the installation of its flagship games? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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