A series of emails exchanged between Epic Games and Sony in 2018 have offered a look at the latter's hesitation to allow cross-play between PlayStation and other platforms, even for a massive game such as Fortnite . The emails were shared by The Verge , having surfaced as part of the just-begun Epic v. Apple trial. The emails show an exchange between former SIE senior director Gio Corsi and Epic Games vice president of business development Joe Kreiner. In Kreiner's email, he suggested Epic can get whatever it wants after "Fortnite became the biggest game on PlayStation." As such, Kreiner made some proposals to entice Sony. "We announce cross-play in conjunction with Sony," Kreiner said. "Epic goes out of its way to make Sony look like heroes. You get to pick the when/where/how." Kreiner even suggested "[doing] something extra special" for PlayStation Plus subscribers--like a unique character--to help Sony "drive PS Plus adoption even more." He also proposed that Epic … [Read more...] about Epic’s Attempts To Secure Fortnite PlayStation Cross-Play Revealed In Emails With Sony
Wow! Just... wow! What a week for video game news it's been. The Epic versus Apple trial kicked off this week and it turned out to be the headline generator we'd hoped for. In this week's show, which you can check out in the video below, Eurogamer news editor Tom Phillips, reporter Emma Kent and me deliver an Epic vs Apple emails special, digging into the detail behind this unprecedented peek behind the video game industry curtain. The trial got off to a chaotic start as Fortnite fans flooded the public call-in number - which the authorities inexplicably failed to mute. The news flooded in soon after, with revelations around Sony's cross-play policy , Epic's Fortnite development and Microsoft's financials all emerging over the coming days. We even know how much Epic paid to secure Gearbox's Borderlands 3 as a six-month PC exlcusive to the Epic Games Store. Spoilers: it was a lot . Amid all that we have frankly hilarious emails between Epic boss Tim Sweeney and various … [Read more...] about Epic vs Apple emails special – it’s the Eurogamer News Cast!
I’ve loved cyberpunk since I was old enough to dig through a second-hand bookstore on my own. But I’m tired, and I know I’m not alone. It’s hard to keep waving a flag for a genre that's so often boiled down to a Hot Topic look and recycled stories. Perhaps the final nail in the coffin was the shambling disappointment of Cyberpunk 2077, which CDPR is still determined to keep working on . What many people recognize as cyberpunk today is mostly cosmetic , and reusing that aesthetic again and again is becoming tedious and meaningless. "What bothers me about cyberpunk is that it often gets carried away fetishizing the high-tech world it is ostensibly critiquing," says indie designer Phoebe Shalloway. "It makes tech look sleek, sexy, and cool." Shalloway has a different interest: she makes explicitly solar punk games, which offer a fresh new way to imagine the future. Solarpunk still includes working with technology, but with a positive focus on sustainability, community, and … [Read more...] about Enough cyberpunk—it’s solarpunk’s time to shine
It's no secret that there's a component shortage ravaging the PC building market, with demand exceeding supply by a long shot due to a boatload of depressing factors I'm not going to get into here. Currently, thanks to this fact, there's a less-than-useful PC sitting in my cupboard, with a great big hole where the GPU used to be. My partner, the cheeky bastard, having sold his Nvidia GTX 980 Ti for some spare dollar, decided to 'borrow' my GTX 1080 Ti (for science). I'm now faced with the harsh reality that once my RTX 2070 Super test rig is ripped away from me and sent back into the office, I'll be left totally GPU-less. I'm sure many of you are in a similar position—trying to acquire a new graphics card at a time where that feels almost impossible. Seems like game streaming services could be the best way to get us through. So, can I replace my physical gaming rig with one in the cloud until I'm able to buy a new graphics card? Apparently, yes! Sure, I'd love to spend my … [Read more...] about How to get into PC gaming without actually having a PC
Subnautica: Below Zero, a sequel taking place a year after the original game, got some new PS5 gameplay footage and upgrade details during today's State of Play event. Both the original Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero are getting free PS5 upgrades, meaning if you own the PS4 versions of either game, you can upgrade to the digital current-gen version without having to make another purchase. As detailed in the new trailer, Subnautica: Below Zero will come with two graphics modes: one that runs at 4K and another that focuses on a stable 60FPS. Whichever mode you play, if you're playing on PS5 you'll get the benefit of the DualSense's unique haptic feedback features, allowing you to feel a variety of different actions, surfaces, and effects. In an email to GamesRadar, Unknown Worlds confirmed that the first Subnautica's PS5 upgrade includes the same 60FPS "performance mode" as Below Zero, but won't come with DualSense support "just yet." Unknown Worlds says the PS5's … [Read more...] about Subnautica: Below Zero PS5 gameplay and DualSense features revealed in new trailer