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Cyberpunk 2077 was announced back in 2012 and CD Projekt Red have kept their cards close to their chests. Apart from one really awesome video we have heard little about the game. At least not until they applied for a grant from the National Center for Research and Development. The NCRD have released information about grant applications and CD Projekt have updated their website revealing more about their application for a government grant. It looks like CD Projekt will receive around 7 Million Dollars worth of funding from the Polish Government. This funding is so that they can achieve four key goals, the descriptions are a little technical so I will break them down into plain English for you:

City Creation

The development of tools that will facilitate the creation of large scale cities that are playable in real time. These tools would incorporate artificial intelligence and throw in some automation for good measure. They would be created with the development of high-quality open world games in mind.

Seamless Multi-player

They plan to create a unique game play experience for a large number of players. To do so they will take into account searching for opponents, session management and replication facilities. They also aim to create support for a number of different game modes and a set of dedicated tools to manage this.

Cinematic feel

They want to create technology that can help provide a unique film quality RPG with a completely open world. This is a little vague but I imagine the idea is to create the tools necessary for an incredible story displayed in an impressive fashion.

Animation Excellence

They want to create technology that will provide a significant leap forward in the quality of complex face and body animations for open world RPG games. So no more stiff doll-like animations ruining your perfectly constructed world. (looking at you Skyrim).


The implication of all this? Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be absolutely groundbreaking. This is supported by a recent interview with Gazeta. It’s all in Polish so I will give you a hand. CD Projekts co-founder Michał Kicińsk was questioned about where he thinks Cyberpunk 2077 is going to go. Long story short, he’s got pretty high hopes. He argued that Cyberpunk will be an even greater commercial success than Witcher 3. Not only that, he believes that Cyberpunk 2077 will be a major contender for prestigious awards and competitions.

All this would explain why CD Projekt do not believe that they will complete the game until 2019, the deadline on their grant application. It looks like we’re going to be have to be patient for quite some time. That being said, from the information we have so far? I  think it is going to be worth the wait.

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Battle Pass for Crash Team Rumble is not necessary to unlock new characters; the upcoming closed beta

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The competitive multiplayer spinoff of Crash Team Rumble, which will be available on both the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, will debut on June 20. A closed beta for the game will be held in the coming weeks, and the good news that character unlocks won’t be dependent on Battle Pass progress was just revealed.

Publisher Activision made its intentions very clear in a lengthy blog post, writing, “New heroes and powers will be unlocked through in-game challenges rather than being connected to the Battle Pass because we want every player to have a balanced experience while enjoying the N. Sane fun that Crash Team Rumble has to offer.” “For those who wish to get a WUMP on the season’s newest looks, Battle Passes will solely reward cosmetic goods; however, cosmetics will still be earnable through participation in seasonal events.”

Those who preorder the platformer/battle royale mix can take part in a limited beta between April 20 and 24. For those who want to jump right in, online matches against other players and practice matches versus AI bots will be offered.

How does Crash Team Rumble strike you? Will you participate in the closed beta test?

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Indie Not on PlayStation Wins BAFTA Game of the Year, Beating PS5, PS4’s Greatest Hits

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God of War Ragnarok and Elden Ring were both beaten out for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best Game by a tiny little independent title called Vampire Survivors, which isn’t even accessible on PlayStation systems. Do you really believe that?

Putting all lightheartedness aside, Vampire Survivors was something of a phenomenon in 2022, and you would have to be living under a rock (or live offline) to have missed it. It burst into prominence and eventually became a favorite among industry insiders. A fiendishly addictive fundamental gameplay loop hides beneath a deceptively simple exterior, earning developer Luca Galante, aka Poncle, this year’s BAFTA for Game Design as well as another honor.

There hasn’t been any news of the mega-hit coming to PlayStation as of yet, so there’s probably some sort of exclusivity agreement in place or anything else blocking it. Perhaps one day we will be granted access to it, but until then, console yourself with one of the numerous high-end games on our preferred platform, such as The Last of Us, which won Best Game back in 2014.

In slightly related news, Shuhei Yoshida, a PlayStation legend, received a BAFTA Fellowship, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

What do you think about the Vampire Survivors’ victory—do you believe it was well-deserved or totally absurd?

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On May 17, Crusader Kings 3: Royal Court Expansion will be available on consoles

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While we felt Crusader Kings 3: Console Edition was fantastic when it was launched on the PS5 last year, we were only able to play the base game. We are incredibly grateful that the great Royal Court extension will be coming to consoles. This is a regal proclamation that we could not be more delighted to make.

It’s pretty difficult to switch back after you’ve experienced the conveniences and enhancements that Royal Court offers to the well-stocked table, as anyone who has played Crusader Kings 3 on PC knows. It’s not just for show; players will be able to use trophies and priceless pieces of art to adorn their throne room, which adds a minor RPG system to an already magnificently complex adventure.

If you haven’t already and like the basic Crusader King’s experience, we highly encourage you to give Royal Court a try. This expansion is the ideal reason to jump back in for another round of backroom maneuvering. Are you going to create your own royal court?

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