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AFK Today 1/6/2023

 

It’s good to be back and we hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Welcome to our first newsletter of this year and we’re starting it off with a bang! Make sure to be checking your Hogwarts Legacy pre-orders because it seems like Warner Bros. has been canceling some of them. On top of that, there have been some issues regarding some gaming companies including Activision Blizzard and some lawsuit settlements from Cyberpunk 2077. Read more and check out what we have to say about these stories!

 

News

Hogwarts Legacy Pre-Order Cancels and Concerns

Image credits to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment


Warner Bros. has been canceling pre-orders from random customers. The reason cited appears to be due to delays on the console releases, as various versions of the game are coming out on drastically different dates. This leads into something that was brought to our attention regarding Hogwarts Legacy’s development studio, Avalanche Software. Youtuber Luke Stephens brought to light that most people, including us at the AFK Company, misinterpreted the developers to be Avalanche Studios. Avalanche Studios has much greater accomplishments in game development, such as Mad Max and Just Cause; In comparison to Avalanche Software that released smaller scale Disney games for kids. This misidentification, whether intentional by the studio or not, certainly leads us to put greater doubt on the quality being promised for this release. Let’s hope we are wrong and this studio can follow through. Check out the video here.

 

Unionizing at Activision Blizzard Entertainment

Image credits to Activision Blizzard


Along with many other gaming studios throughout 2022, Activision Blizzard’s New York office had a second union organize itself in the wake of the studio’s slow spiral into infamy. This event came soon after the news regarding how Activision Blizzard pays almost half of what most studio’s offer for the same tech positions within their company. I feel bad for the developers who work so hard to make good products just to be treated so poorly, and maybe through enough union activity, Activision Blizzard can return to making quality games and satisfied workers. Check out more regarding this union at Wired here.

 

Cyberpunk 2077 Lawsuit Settled at $1.85 Million

Image credits to CD Projekt Red


In today's world of gaming, it's becoming a common practice to release completely unfinished games. From not having full content released to terrible optimization, it's becoming all too familiar. As many of you know, Cyberpunk 2077 was an extremely hyped up game all to fall short on its release. With its entire array of bugs and issues, it was virtually unplayable for many players. CD Projekt Red faced extreme backlash and was eventually sued over the initial release of Cyberpunk 2077. A final total of $1.85 million was finally settled on over the investigation that the studio may have acted illegally by misrepresenting the finished product for financial gain. Cyberpunk 2077 will officially go down as one of the most disastrous launches in all of the gaming community. Maybe future game developers should try to finish their games first. If you would like to check out more on the details of the lawsuit, head over to Gamerant.com for more information.

 

Game Sales

Steam Sales

Image credits to Sony Interactive Entertainment


With the Steam Winter sale finally over, we can look forward to the Steam Base Builder Fest at the end of the month. Over the last week, we had some awesome sales and it was fun while it lasted. Nevertheless, Steam continues to please with a couple special offers that are worth a gander.

Borderlands 2: $19.99 > $4.99 State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition: $29.99 > $14.99 Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: $59.99 > $5.99 (See our review here) Sackboy: A Big Adventure: $59.99 > $40.19 Unrailed: $19.99 > $4.99

 


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