2020 promises to be a big year for the video game industry. That’s when the next generation of consoles will come, with PlayStation 5 and Xbox promised by the end of the year – while Nintendo must bet on heavyweight titles to take on competitors.
Speaking specifically of Sony, the next PlayStation family console promises to be grand, with features like backward compatibility and support for 4K and 120Hz TVs. Internally, the video game is expected to boast a video card possibly more powerful than the GTX 2000 lineup and its ray tracing technology, as well as an AMD Ryzen 4000 processor, an SSD drive that indicates that loading screens will be “a thing of the past”. ”, And an“ attractive price ”even with advanced specifications.
Remember that the PlayStation line has just celebrated 25 years of existence. The birthday of the family’s first console was December 3, 1994, and Sony even released a video in late 2019 celebrating the birthday of its flagship. Given this, it is possible that the company will extend the celebrations, especially if we consider that the PlayStation 2 will celebrate 20 years on March 4. Could Sony very well release special anniversary editions of its most iconic video games, perhaps?
Still talking about hardware, the official unveiling of the PlayStation 5 (and the supposed PS5 Pro) is expected to take place at a PlayStation Meeting, an event geared toward the press and partners; and not at E3 2020.
On the other hand, Sony may re-appear at specific events such as Gamescom, Tokyo Game Show and Chinajoy. The latter, in turn, is one of the most important fairs where the tech giant is expected to be present again, as closer ties with the Chinese market is imminent – thus following Nintendo’s footsteps to produce video games in China. The company, by the way, can still undergo many changes in its internal policies and marketing conduct, as some of Sony’s top figures have left office (or announced that they will).
Kaz Hirai, for example, revealed that he retired in early 2019, despite leaving his CEO position a year earlier. Besides him, the president of entertainment strands Japan-Asia also announced retirement last year; and Shawn Layden may leave Sony in 2020. Finally, Shuhei Yoshida is no longer president of Worldwide Studios.
To wrap up hardware, Sony may announce a new PlayStation VR model, as well as betting on gamers-oriented phones, following market trends and the gradual growth of the mobile industry.
And the games?
The PlayStation division is set to air new episodes of State of Play, a recorded program that follows the Nintendo Direct format to feature news from the company’s flagship games. The top two titles that will end the PlayStation 4 exclusive cycle are almost certain to be released: while The Last of US Part II is confirmed for May, Ghost of Tsushima is set for Q3 2020.
Speaking of games, after acquiring Insonmiac Games in mid-2019, the company has expressed that it wants to buy new studios to focus on high-budget titles. Last year, there were rumors that Sony wanted to buy Take-Two and later even left for Remedy Entertainment.
Still on Insomniac Games, now that Sony owns the rights to Sunset Overdrive, it is possible that the first game (hitherto excluded from Xbox One and PCs) will be relaunched for PS4 – beyond the title sequence. Another rumor involving this studio involves the possible development of a new Ratchet & Clank.
Partnering with Microsoft for a cloud service can also help extend the reach of the subscription game streaming service; as well as assisting Sony on its journey to a new cloud gaming program, as leaked patents suggest in recent months. In addition, PlayStation Plus must also win a Premium version.
Finally, it is important to remember that among the many controversies Sony has been involved with lately, cross-play was one of the main issues. With the arrival of the new generation, it is possible for the company to release service on more titles in its catalog, allowing players to share games with others on consoles.
Fortnite: Champion Series third week results
Another qualifying round for the third week of the Fortnite Champion Series has ended. The seven competitive regions had their results released. After three rounds of intense competition, the pairs begin to shape what will be the next few weeks. With only a week to go from the Fortnite Champion Series, it will be decided on the last battery of points.
With no apparent rule-breaking attacks this week, we saw one of the best teams in Europe claiming their first win at the FNCS. A West NA pair survived their relatively new East NA competition and Oceania continues to produce similar results week by week. You can consult the results of the second week for a complete list of qualified doubles up to that point. Now let’s dive deeply into the action of the third week of FNCS.
The duo Mitr0 and Crr took first place in the third week of the European Fortnite Champion Series. They won 43 points and won their first qualification for the FNCS qualifiers in two weeks. Even without any Victory Royale, Mitr0 and Crr made several eliminations, making a total difference. Each player took home $ 2.5K USD for their efforts in the finals.
SRN Hardfind and AstroSMZ closely followed the winners with 41 points. The road to success was a little different, with just 18 eliminations. However, they consistently earned placement points and had only a worse finish than 15th place. This week marks his second qualifying for batteries. The pairs of Sy Kyzen and Sy Clement, c4loverKubx and KamiFN and MCES Andilex and LeStream Nayte won their third qualifying for drums, with a top 20 this week.
Eastern Semi-Finals NA
The incredible Cented and NRG Edgey showed off their talent in the third week of the Fortnite Champion Series with their first big win in eastern NA. Cented and Edgey will do well in the standings after getting 59 points and a Victory Royale. This pair finished in the top ten in just one game and took home $ 2.25K each and their third battery qualification.
Captain Knight and Captain Shark achieved another impressive result with a second result in the third week. They got 26 eliminations en route to 52 points in total. They will participate in sleeves and continue to impress each week.
Twitch star Tfue and controller spotlight Scoped followed the performance of first place in the semifinals, with third place in the final three of the week. After not qualifying for the finals in weeks one and two, Tfue and Scoped took off and decided to secure a spot in the heats. They did just that with 47 points and a Victory Royale. 100T Ceice and Bizzle join Edgey and Cented as the only two pairs to be in the top 20 in three weeks.
Western Semi-Finals NA
Powur and Favs added 50 points from six games and won the Fortnite Champion Series final three of the week. These two achieved more eliminations than any other duo and did not even need a Victory Royale to take first place. Favs and Powur were in the top ten in five of their six games, proving how much consistency counts in Fortnite. These two won a total of $ 3,000 for their efforts in the finals.
Stohkd and VANISH IREWQ were six points below the first, but ended up winning their first qualification, with a second place. In six matches, Stohkd and IREWQ achieved a Victory Royale and 22 eliminations in total. Several doubles, including Thomuss and wavyjacob, as well as CLG Symetrical and Leno, reached third place in this week’s top 20.
Jahlyn and Parpy won the tiebreaker and took first place in the third week of the Oceania Fortnite Champion Series. Despite combining points with the outstanding Gooboz and dignified, jahlyn and Parpy agreed with the eliminations, which yielded the victory. After qualifying last week, jahlyn and parpy celebrated their first win with 32 eliminations and 53 points. Gooboz and digno took second place for the second time in three weeks, each earning $ 400 USD and their second battery qualification. This week’s top ten players will also join Gooboz and will also be worthy of qualifiers.
R4J4DA and B4 TarzaN combined the OCE winners with 53 points to achieve victory in the region of Brazil. Despite falling slightly behind their competitors in the elimination column, R4J4DA and Tarzan had an average placement of 9.5 in six matches. Their consistent ability to earn placement points has elevated them above competitors. The two players raised $ 1,500 and will join the Brazil FNCS Qualifiers in two weeks.
After finishing in fifth place last week, Maufin and Bob added an impressive 65 points to win their second qualification in the Asian FNCS Heats qualifiers. Their display included only 28 eliminations, but the two finished no less than 12th in their six matches. With an average placement of 6th, Maufin and Bob did not need a significant amount of eliminations to win. Peterpan and FaxFox, three heats, came in second, while conducting a clinic with 43 eliminations. This week’s top ten players will advance to the next round.
Fortnite: why are the pros making it competitive? Ninja and SypherPK explain.
The days go by and when you open social networks you are faced with a professional giving up the scenario. Players Ninja and SypherPK discussed what is happening to people getting away with Fortnite. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Ali “SypherPK” Hassan are more focused on content production than the competitive landscape. So, it was very interesting to hear what they had to say about the growing number of professionals who gave up competing.
In the last few days, the bombshell has come from Harrison “Psalm” Chang’s withdrawal from the competition. Since winning 2nd place in the solo World Cup finals, he has been in decline. The player revealed that he has plans to dedicate himself to the new Riot Games game, Valorant.
Psalm at 24 is one of the biggest boomers in the game. Known as META Master, a strategic knowledge and a lot of notion of game has made him evolve since he was 13 years old. All of this made him take 2nd place in the solo finals of the World Cup and breaking $ 1,800,000. Practically 1 year after that big moment, Salmo is entering another life-changing event. Then announcing his departure from Fortnite to pursue new competitive experiences.
Salmo revealed that his dream is to be one of the most decorated contestants in the history of electronic games. He can be considered one of the most successful players in the history of Esports, with a plethora of titles.
In the last decade, Psalm achieved the following:
- Top 20 Heroes of Newerth ladder;
- Diamond Starcraft II S1 (highest at the time);
- DotA 2 semi-pro (this one I regret quitting);
- CS:GO Global Elite;
- Top 70 Overwatch S1 ladder;
- Best HotS pro in NA;
- 2nd at FN World Cup;
- Hit D3 in LoL in 2 months (brand new).
Ninja and SypherPK commented on Salmo’s withdrawal, his possible move to Valorant, Sypher said “He is obviously very talented, but he was always the guy who used his brain, not necessarily the most sophisticated mechanics, but at the end of the day, Valorant will demand an insane amount. Aiming ability. ”
Sypher did not mean that Salmo would not have the necessary mechanical skill, but he explains that adaptation in Valorant will not be easy. This change will be very impactful for the player. He still hints that in the case of Psalm, due to his experience in competing in several games, he could easily be a very successful player in Counter Strike Global Offensive for example. This bodes well for your future in Valorant, as the game has a mix of CS:GO and Overwatch.
Following the conversation, Ninja reveals: “If you’re doing well at Fortnite right now and you’re enjoying it, there’s no reason to change.” He adds, “Even if you’re doing well, you can get tired of Fortnite’s competitiveness”.
As for the reasoning of Fortnite professionals who leave the competitive landscape, they mention some issues that influence their choice. Since the failures that kill them for no reason, players who go without playing can affect the player. They also mentioned the other problems associated with these open online events, such as the team building and flow sniping scandals that have been making headlines recently.
What is expected?
The pair agreed that Valorant will be policed much better than Fornite, speaking of the competitive scene. For them, it is much easier in a 5×5 game than a Battle Royale game. For professional Fortnite players, small changes are ignored by the developers. It is these changes that make a huge difference in the game, and that in most cases, cause players to lose interest in competing.
This article ends with a criticism of EPIC. If Fortnite cannot work with the main concepts of competitive integrity or, at least, fix it in the summer, VALORANT could be the real “Fortnite killer”.
Five New Games on Steam: Early April
With hundreds of new games coming on Steam weekly, it’s very hard to keep track of them all. That’s why we have gone through them and hand-picked only the best for you to play. Enjoy.
For starters, how about a flashy roguelike shooter? HyperParasite puts you in the role of a body-snatching alien that isn’t all too pleased with us humans. Throughout randomly generated levels, you will be able to control up to 60 characters, one of them being the president! Can you climb to the top of the hierarchy and annihilate the human race?
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
TABS is an offbeat physics simulator that will take you through humankind’s history in a series of wacky battles that look totally real. In it, you will essentially be playing both sides, placing your soldiers in strategic locations before letting go of control and watching the madness slowly unfold. But, why stop on humans? In TABS, you will also find other beings, like mammoths, snakes, and various gods. As you can see here, it gets pretty crazy. Add to this cartoonish graphics and ton of humor, and you get a great offbeat simulator.
Snake Core starts with a simple, yet effective, premise: “What if we put Snake in space?” Instead of a straightforward arcade, you might expect, turns out you get a surprisingly engaging spin-off set to inter-galactic proportions. The gameplay ain’t so simple either. Instead of a real snake, you are commanding a team of soldiers spread in 9 units. Grab various power-ups in order to improve their skills, and wipe out every alien around.
If you are a fan of Slay the Spire, Gordian Quest is a game for you. This is also a roguelike that focuses on deckbuilding. So far, there are 6 playable classes and one act, with 3 more to come during the early access. Gordian Quest also features a cool medieval aesthetics, which is easily appreciated. Time will tell, but this might become THE roguelike to play in 2020.
Rolling Sky 2
If you’ve always wanted to play the drums, but never got the chance, you might give Rolling Sky 2 a chance. This is a rhythm game that will challenge your finger coordination on various anime-inspired stages. The game features a relaxing original soundtrack, making this an ideal casual chill game.
Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Quick, better check our Quarantine Edition of New Games on Steam.