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AFK Today 6/2/2023

 

Happy Friday my friends. This week we’re covering an interview with the CEO of Activision Blizzard involving the most recent scandals within the company. Let’s see what he has to say. Sticking with the theme of interviews, we’re also discussing Anthem 2 with the developers to see what they have to say about the downfall of their game. On the brighter side of gaming news, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart comes to PC so get hype for that! What’re y'all playing this weekend?

 

News

Activision Blizzard CEO Interview Downplays Recent Scandals

Image credits to Activision Blizzard


If you aren’t new to the newsletter, Bobby Kotick is a familiar name. As CEO of Activision Blizzard, his policies have been primarily responsible for the heavy monetization schemes that their games have been stuffed with in recent years. If that wasn’t bad enough, he has been involved in the heavy suppression of strikes that were being conducted by company employees in protest of management overlooking the harassment culture and multiple sexual assault scandals. In the recent interview of Kotick, he outright denies the allegations of harassment culture at the company, despite his own personal involvement in certain harassment scandals. At the same time, he blames the strikes/labor movements for pushing this negative image of the company. All I have to say is that no movement had to show all these negative qualities of Activision Blizzard and Bobby Kotick himself. Let us know what you think about this interview by watching it here.

 

Anthem 2 Post-Mortem Interview from Developers

Image credits to Bioware


A sad result of current corporate game development is that the developers usually never get to make the true quality product they set out to make. Anthem 2 seems to fall into this category according to a recent interview with an ex-developer from Bioware. You can see the full details on PCGamer here. According to their statements, management at Bioware and EA were actively bloating the length of the campaign with time-gated sequences, just to make it seem longer to the consumers. There was also the creeping suspicion that if Anthem 2 wasn’t released quick enough, Bioware would be dissolved by EA. The ex-developer truly believed that Anthem 2’s potential could have been much greater if not for the short development time imposed on them.

 

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Coming to PC

Image credits to Nixxes Software and Insomniac Games


On July 26th, PC gamers will witness the debut of Ratchet and Clank, as Nixxes Software and Insomniac Games join forces to develop the project. The Ratchet and Clank franchise has recently celebrated their 20th anniversary and the developers are eager to expose it to our PC audience. The PC version will bring ray tracing graphics, unlocked frame rates, ultra wide monitor support and compatibility with the latest performance upscaling technologies. It is quite reassuring to see these two teams working together to enhance the game on a different platform rather than releasing a buggy crossover. You can check out the PC Reveal Trailer here to see what it's all about.

 

Game Sales

Steam Weekend Sale

Image credits to Xbox and Bethesda


This weekend on the Steam store we have a few featured sales we would like to share with our audience. Whether you're an indie game enthusiast or just enjoy playing hit triple A titles, there's something for everyone. Good luck gamers!

Red Dead Redemption 2: $59.99 > $19.79 Sniper Elite 5: $49.99 > $19.99 Hi-Fi Rush: $29.99 > $23.99 Dinkum: $19.99 > $15.99 Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time: $39.99 > $19.99 Little Nightmares: $19.99 > $3.99

 


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