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AFK Today 1/13/2023


Good afternoon and happy Friday! As we head into the 3rd week of the year, we definitely have some things to look forward to. This week had some interesting news with Ubisoft allegedly having some financial troubles and Riot Games getting backlash during their new season. We do have 3-4 games over the next few months that we’re REALLY excited about. Let’s dive into it.



Ubisoft's Financial Downward Spiral

Image credits to Ubisoft

It was definitely coming at some point, but after Ubisoft began delaying and canceling multiple of its future game titles, their stock prices began to plummet. Many news articles are calling Ubisoft’s future “grim”, such as this Kotaku article. Ubisoft has had a poor track record recently, releasing many unfinished and overly-monetized games that just weren’t appealing to their original fanbase. That being said, it is always unfortunate to see a once-successful and respected publishing studio go down the drain due to bad management of their brands. It would be a shame to see games like Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, and For Honor abruptly end without a future. Perhaps Ubisoft will simply downsize and return to the fundamentals that gave them success in the first place.


Riot Games Responds to Backlash Over New Season

Image credits to Riot Games

You may have been in the loop regarding the new season in League of Legends, but let's look at some of the community backlash. The famous League streamer Tyler1 spearheaded many of the complaints against the lack of beneficial changes made to the new League season. One such issue was the absence of any pre-season trailer that is usually released each year to hype up the coming year’s content. To many fans, this embodied a lack of effort on Riot’s part, making many think that they were scaling back how much the studio was willing to continue working on League of Legends. Let us know what you think of this League drama on our website comment section.


Xbox/Bethesda Developer Direct Coming January 25th

Image credits to Microsoft and Bethesda

Microsoft recently confirmed a Developer Direct Livestream for Xbox and Bethesda that will take place on January 25th at 12pm PT. During this livestream, Redfall, Forza Motorsport, Minecraft Legends and The Elder Scrolls Online will be showcased. Each game will have its director unveil an insiders look to new content and an overall update on the game itself. Even though this event is relatively small, it's great to see them taking the initiative to keep us interested. As for Starfield, the developers wish to keep it out of this event and remain a mystery. Microsoft/Bethesda stated that “To dedicate the proper amount of time for a deep dive into Bethesda Game Studios’ Starfield, a standalone show is in the works.” To check out more about the livestream event and the games included, click here.


Game Sales

Steam Gaming Sales

Image credits to Dambuster Studios

As we head into the middle of January, we have a few things to look forward to. The Dead Space Remake releases on Jan 27th and is available for pre-purchase in both the standard and deluxe game editions. Hogwarts Legacy is on track to release Feb 10th and some new Steam sales bring us some nostalgia.

Dead Island Definitive Collection: $44.97 > $8.33 (Includes Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide and Dead Island Retro Revenge) Borderlands: The Handsome Collection: $229.48 > $23.65 SCUM: $34.99 > $17.49 BioShock Infinite: $29.99 > $7.49 The Last Stand: Aftermath: $24.99 > $14.99



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