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Phil Spencer wants to discuss StarCraft and other vintage RTS games with Blizzard

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The chief of gaming at Microsoft has expressed a desire to meet with Blizzard to talk about future options for its iconic RTS games, like StarCraft.
When Microsoft’s anticipated takeover of Activision Blizzard is complete, Wired asked Phil Spencer if he would like to bring back the sci-fi strategy franchise.

He responded, “The first thing I would say is that I have no control over what happens at Blizzard, Activision, or King. You’re totally correct, but all of this is just discussing and thinking about what the potential is.

“When you consider the history of RTS games that we’re talking about here, specifically from Blizzard, not only StarCraft but WarCraft as well. Moreover, I don’t have any specific plans for today because I am unable to interact with the teams in a meaningful way.

But you do realize that StarCraft was a turning point in gaming? from the perspectives of esports, RTS on consoles, and just RTS narrative in general.

 

“And I’m looking forward to sitting down with the teams at Activision, Blizzard, and King to speak about our back library and any potential opportunities,” he continued.

I’ll avoid answering the question by just stating that I’m unable to work on it right now. However, as someone who spent a lot of time playing those games, the idea of being able to speculate about what might happen with those franchises excites me quite a bit.

Should the acquisition by Microsoft be allowed by authorities, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has also voiced a wish for the company to resuscitate established properties under Xbox.

In an interview with VentureBeat earlier this year, Kotick mentioned Guitar Hero and Skylanders as two franchises that were once hugely successful for Activision but were ultimately discontinued for a variety of reasons.

One of them, according to Kotick, was the requirement for a distinct manufacturing team, which Microsoft, in his opinion, ought to have, but which Kotick claims he wasn’t prepared to build up.

Additionally, he expressed the expectation that Microsoft would use its social integration technologies to enhance the Candy Crush multiplayer experience.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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