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New Sony division to adapt PlayStation IPs for film & TV

New Sony division to adapt PlayStation IPs for film & TV

Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched its own production studio with the intention of adapting its gaming titles into films and television series.

PlayStation Productions will operate out of the Sony Pictures lot, and will be headed up by Asad Qizilbash while overseen by Worldwide Studios chairman, Shawn Layden.

"We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories," Layden told The Hollywood Reporter. "We feel that now is a good time to look at other media opportunities across streaming or film or television to give our worlds life in another spectrum."

SIE already boasts over 100 original IP to draw from, including God of War, inFamous, Shadow of the Colossus, and more.

The studio will take inspiration from the likes of Marvel Studios, which has successfully turned its comic book IPs into Hollywood blockbusters.

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Supermassive's The Dark Pictures has a release date

Supermassive's The Dark Pictures has a release date

A release date for Supermassive Games' first instalment of The Dark Pictures Anthology has been confirmed, with Man of Medan set to release on August 30.

After the success of Until Dawn, it appears Supermassive are going all-in on the popcorn-flick horror genre – most notably the choice-driven narrative which returns in Man of Medan.

Set on a World War II shipwreck, a crew of divers must take refuge as a storm rolls in. Though, as you might expect with a horror story, they find they may have been safer out in the storm.

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Just Cause 4 DLC coming alongside big update

Just Cause 4 DLC coming alongside big update

Square Enix has announced the next DLC expansion coming to Just Cause 4.

Titled "Los Demonios", the upcoming DLC will see Rico coming face to face with "the demonic forces from an ancient past" and will include new missions, tools and skills.

Among the new gear at Ricos disposal is the "Demon Crossbow" and the return of the liberation system from Just Cause 3. Check out the trailer for the "Los Demonios" expansion below.

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Report: Treyarch taking over leadership for 2020 CoD

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Report: Treyarch taking over leadership for 2020 CoD

A new report from Kotaku indicates that Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will no longer be the lead developers on 2020's Call of Duty title.

The 2020 release will now be headed up by Treyarch Studios, which just released Black Ops 4 last year.

Activision's decision to put Treyarch is, according to Kotaku, due to tensions between Sledgehammer and Raven, whose staff have been in constant arguments during the past year of development.

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Sony and Microsoft announce Cloud Gaming partnership

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Sony and Microsoft announce Cloud Gaming partnership

Microsoft and Sony have announced a strategic partnership for technology and information sharing.

The two companies will explore joint development of "future cloud solutions" in Microsoft Azure with the goal of supporting their respective gaming and content-streaming services.

"For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course the two companies have also been competing in some areas," said Sony president and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida.

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The Persistence getting free update to enable play without PSVR

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The Persistence getting free update to enable play without PSVR

If you own PSVR, it's highly likely that you've checked out The Persistence(you really should give it a go if not). For those not lucky enough to own the rather expensive VR setup, an upcoming free update will open up the option to play the game on a standard screen setup.

Firespite Studio's game director Stuart Tiley announced the news in a post on the PlayStation Blog, stating "The Complete Edition is going to be the next free update for everyone that already owns the game, and for the first time ever, this update will make The Persistence playable on what we now fondly call ‘flat screen TVs.’ Bringing The Persistence to non-VR displays will allow even more people to discover the terror of space in this unique blend of roguelike and sci-fi horror."

Tiley further stated "as well as a whole host of gameplay tuning, the Complete Edition will include significant graphical improvements" and that the update will feature "4K at 60 frames per second on the PS4 Pro, and 1080p at 60 frames per second on PS4." The stuido is also adding "brand new camera animations to ensure a natural sense of movement around the ship."

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World of Warcraft Classic gets a launch date

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World of Warcraft Classic gets a launch date

Blizzard has confirmed the release date for WoW Classic, with ANZ servers rolling out at 8am AEST on August 27, 2019.

First announced at Blizzcon 2017, the retro servers are in-part a response to many unlicensed servers that popped up over the years – scratching the itch for those looking to relive the glory days.

From May 15, select players will be invited to a small-scale closed beta, while three larger stress-tests will be running from May through to July.

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Skull and Bones gets lost at sea, will arrive at least a year late

Skull and Bones gets lost at sea, will arrive at least a year late

Those eagerly awaiting another foray into the pirate life will have to wait another year. During its recent earnings report, Ubisoft has announced that its upcoming pirate adventure Skull and Bones has been delayed to its next fiscal year. This means we likely won't be sailing the high seas until after the end of March 2020.

As for the reasoning behind the delay, Ubisoft hasn't elaborated. Considering how much we've already seen of the game, and how far along development appeared, a year-long delay could mean some significant changes for the game.

Also of note, the company announced that it has four triple-A games set to release this fiscal year. One of those is the recently announced Ghost Recon Breakpoint, with the remaining three titles being anyone's guess. My money is on the rumoured Watch Dogs set in London.

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Netflix are teasing E3 announcements

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Netflix are teasing E3 announcements

In a surprising move, Netflix has announced that it will host a panel at the E3 Coliseum this year.

The news comes via a tweet by Geoff Keighly, in which he confirmed that the Netflix panel will include "updates and news about its plans in the gaming space".

The panel, dubbed "Bringing Your Favorite Shows To Life: Developing Netflix Originals Into Video Games", looks to shed light on the streaming giants plans to turn some of it's most popular originals into video games.

Wednesday 22 May

Supermassive's The Dark Pictures has a release date
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Supermassive's The Dark Pictures has a release date
New scares await on August 30.
Just Cause 4 DLC coming alongside big update
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Just Cause 4 DLC coming alongside big update
Rico takes on a demonic invasion

Tuesday 21 May

New Sony division to adapt PlayStation IPs for film & TV
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New Sony division to adapt PlayStation IPs for film & TV
Give me a Sackboy & Kratos buddy cop drama.

Monday 20 May

Report: Treyarch taking over leadership for 2020 CoD
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Report: Treyarch taking over leadership for 2020 CoD
Black Ops 5 to release instead
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Friday 17 May

The Persistence getting free update to enable play without PSVR
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The Persistence getting free update to enable play without PSVR
Great news for those without PSVR
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World War Z Review
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World War Z Review
Do we really need yet another Zombie game?

Thursday 16 May

World of Warcraft Classic gets a launch date
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World of Warcraft Classic gets a launch date
Closed beta for a select few starting from today
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A Plague Tale: Innocence Review
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A Plague Tale: Innocence Review
This is how you do a new IP!
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Skull and Bones gets lost at sea, will arrive at least a year late
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Skull and Bones gets lost at sea, will arrive at least a year late
The plundering will have to wait

Wednesday 15 May

Tuesday 14 May

Oddworld Soulstorm will continue Abe's journey
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Oddworld Soulstorm will continue Abe's journey
That's how you make a comeback
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Dauntless gets full release next week
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Dauntless gets full release next week
Goes exclusive to Epic Games Store on PC

Monday 13 May

The writing is on the wall for Starbreeze Studios
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The writing is on the wall for Starbreeze Studios
Walking Dead game, leaves company walking dead
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Falcon Age Review
Review
Falcon Age Review
Came for the falcon, stayed for the fist bumps!
Destiny 2's Season of Opulence begins next month
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Destiny 2's Season of Opulence begins next month
New raid releasing simultaneously

Thursday 9 May

MLB The Show 19 Review
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MLB The Show 19 Review
Does the latest entry hit it out of the park or go for a cheeky bunt?

Wednesday 8 May

Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech Switch Review
Review
Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech Switch Review
The Steamworld universe expands in a great way.
The Division 2 Review (Updated)
Review
The Division 2 Review (Updated)
The right way to handle shoot & loot
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The incredible Dead Cells is coming to mobile soon
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The incredible Dead Cells is coming to mobile soon
Just in case you don't have a PC or console
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EA Access is coming to PlayStation in July
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EA Access is coming to PlayStation in July
Though not a cross-platform service
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Tuesday 7 May

Devil May Cry is coming to the Switch
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Devil May Cry is coming to the Switch
Will we finally get Dante in Smash now too?
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PlayStation's next State of Play is this Friday
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PlayStation's next State of Play is this Friday
Extended look at MediEvil remastered
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