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Rest assured, Sony’s most renowned studios remain dedicated to creating captivating single player experiences for the PS5

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Sony recently held a business segment meeting where they organized their first-party studios according to the type of content they would be delivering. The company organized its teams into four distinct segments: single-player narrative focus, partner studios, evolving and multi-genre, and live service focus. Let’s take a look at how it allocated its portfolio:

Single-Player Narrative Focus

  • Firesprite
  • Housemarque
  • Insomniac Games
  • Naughty Dog
  • Santa Monica Studio
  • Sucker Punch
  • Team ASOBI

Partner Studios

  • Bluepoint
  • Nixxes
  • Valkyrie Entertainment

Evolving and Multi-Genre

  • Bend Studio
  • Guerrilla Games
  • Media Molecule
  • Polyphony Digital

Live Service Focus

  • Bungie
  • Firewalk
  • Haven
  • Neon Koi
  • San Diego Studio

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Although lacking in surprises, there are still some noteworthy observations to be made. Guerrilla Games is included in the Evolving and Multi-Genre category, indicating that they are working on more than just the next mainline Horizon game. This suggests that they have plans for a diverse range of projects beyond the assumed single-player adventure. There have been whispers of several upcoming adaptations of the series, including an MMO and a multiplayer spin-off.

It’s intriguing to note Bend Studio’s inclusion in the Evolving and Multi-Genre categories as well. It is evident that the game intends to expand on the groundwork it established with Days Gone. However, it is reasonable to expect that its new intellectual property will offer more than just open-world action. This has the potential to evolve into an immersive online survival experience set in a shared world.

Another interesting addition is Neon Koi, a lesser-known German mobile developer that Sony acquired some time ago. It appears that the Japanese company is planning to expand its smartphone software offerings, with the potential for these new releases to be available on PS5, PC, and mobile devices. With a live-service business model, it’s no surprise that we’re curious to see what it has in store.

As Editor here at GeekReply, I'm a big fan of all things Geeky. Most of my contributions to the site are technology related, but I'm also a big fan of video games. My genres of choice include RPGs, MMOs, Grand Strategy, and Simulation. If I'm not chasing after the latest gear on my MMO of choice, I'm here at GeekReply reporting on the latest in Geek culture.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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