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Can The PS5 Top Its Predecessor?

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The Playstation 4 vs Xbox One console war was a landslide victory for Sony. With over 100-million units sold, the PS4 is now the fourth biggest selling console in gaming history. With that being said, 2020 is a landmark year for Sony. The much hyped Playstation 5 will launch during the holiday season. It seems now that Sony is only competing with itself.

Not to discredit Microsoft, they can still sell a decent number of next-gen units, and Nintendo always has a large following with it’s exceptional first-party developed games. However Sony is now in a class of it’s own. Numbers do not lie, and this is certainly the case when it comes to the playstation consoles.

With great expectations comes great responsibility. Sony has the responsibility now to push out a console that must top it’s predecessor, which will be no tiny feat. The PS4 was a monster of a system, with numerous AAA first-party games and even an updated version of the console that ran in 4K, it’s hard to imagine how this can be eclipsed. Although wherever there is a will, comes a way.

Sony has been mum on the PS5, we have seen screenshots of the new smaller design, we have even got a
look at the new controller, but in terms of games not much has been spoken of. We got a rather disappointing showing of the new Xbox console, but nothing from Sony, and it has us all in the dark and antsy. Could a big surprise be on the horizon? Or could they really just be playing their cards close? Especially considering regardless of the news they spill, most console gamers will be heading the way of Sony.

Sony has spoken of the new console being backwards compatible, but the question is, what will be the new titles? Will Naughty Dog unveil a new Uncharted character and game? Will Santa Monica unveil a new ‘God of War?’ Also what will Insomniac reveal as an encore to the hugely successful Spider-Man game? The possibilities are endless, and although the new consoles do not tend to “break the bank” so to speak on launch titles, it is exciting to discuss what Sony could unveil for the future.

So how can the PS5 top it’s predecessor? It seems gaming has hit an apex in terms of graphics and movement, some may have some gripes, but boy have we come along way in terms of the capabilities of what gaming can accomplish. Sony has said the PS5 will support 8k gaming, but to what extent will this be? Can they really top the games of this current gen? Only the future holds the key, but when you take a look at Sony’s formula of success, it would be wise not to bet against them.

 

 

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CD Projekt Red announces Cyberpunk and Witcher 3 pushed back

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In a statement released from controversial game developer CD Projekt Red — the company announced today that Cyberpunk and the Witcher 3 next-generation updates will be postponed until next year.

The colossal gaming failure in Cyberpunk will be released in the first quarter of 2022, while the latter will be released in the second quarter of 2022. A huge disappointment for not only gamers, but a company that seems hell bent on trying to make amends for releasing an admitted “unfinished product” in the form of the mess that was Cyberpunk.

The Polish video game developer stampeded its way to global fame with the success of the Witcher 3. The critically acclaimed title has sold over 30 million copies of the game worldwide. The games which are based upon the book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and are not only critically acclaimed but also spawned a successful series which airs on Netflix starring current Superman actor Henry Cavill.

This led to major hype for their next project, the highly anticipated and highly problematic ‘Cyberpunk.’ A game that was not only unfinished and unpolished, but such a mess that it even offered refunds. Whatever the true issue of the problematic game was, the biggest issue was not only the loss of revenue due to its failure, but the company’s sterling name which had become one of the most respected in gaming.

The company promised major fixes to the title for next-gen consoles, although this was met with much doubt, many gamers still trusted the company could right their wrongs with the title. With the latest setback, it seems many gamers will get off the bandwagon here, and the company announcing such troubling news after a very critical 2021 year — it would seem the company is taking another huge loss in form of monetary value and reputation.

We will update here at Coastal House Media with any new news on this topic.

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Grand Theft Auto Trilogy (may be delayed)

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Grand Theft Auto Trilogy

Rumors surfaced just last week of a Grand Theft Auto Trilogy (remastered) coming to multiple platforms. The rumors even suggested a release window as early as this winter. These rumors were put to rest recently according to an “inside leaker.”



The story of the rumors first came to light in a story from Kotaku, which were the first to run the story. A November window was originally planned for the ‘unconfirmed’ trilogy which would be available for multiple platforms. The trilogy was said to come as a remaster with a mixture of old and newer graphics.

The trilogy would feature three titles in the collection – the collection would include Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. With such a clamor for GTA VI, it makes since for Rockstar to release this trilogy as it has not released a new Grand Theft Auto title since 2013 with GTA V.

Rockstar has not released a game since 2018’s Red Dead Redemption 2. The company which is known for a slew of major titles; has been rather quiet over the last few years. Rumors have run rampant over a new GTA title being announced, but for the near future it seems the newest title from the company we will receive, will indeed be technically older titles.

We will update with further developments on the story.

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Cyberpunk 2077 – Delayed Again And Here’s Why

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Today, the developers of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red announced that Cyberpunk will be delayed to December, and not November. After it had gone gold.

A Cyberpunk delay is not something which is something which the gaming world is new to, first announced in 2012, originally set to release April 16, 2020, then to September 17, then November 19. After that, Cyberpunk 2077 announced that it had gone gold. But then, CD Projekt Red tweeted a photo on their official Twitter account, stating that they were going to delay the delay of their game for 21 days later to December 10th, in a detailed, apologetic message.
 

In the gaming community, “going gold” is a term used by game developers when the game they are working on is finished and ready to play. So the obvious question comes, how can a game which has gone gold been Delayed again?

The answer is that even though Cyberpunk is ready to play to a large degree on a lot of platforms, CD Projekt Red still have to make sure that the game runs smoothly on all platforms (PS4, PS5, Xbox 1, Series X and S, PC, and Google Stadia. And this seems like a large task since the devs probably didn’t take into account that the game they were working on will be released during the end of the PS4, Xbox one generation and that they would have to optimize their game to all of these Platforms.

It seems like CD Projekt Red is really trying to avoid as much crunch as they can, which is a good move on their part, as Crunch is a big problem in the gaming world, and a major reason for bad health of game devs, “crunch” is a term used when a certain gaming developer will encourage their staff to take large amounts of overtime to help finish a product under a certain deadline, and although a big issue for the devs, it gave certain accountability to release dates.

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