Much of the country has reopened as concerns about the coronavirus pandemic fade, but video game makers have a message: If you want to stay home, we can keep you entertained.
Publishers and developers of all sizes revealed video games in the pipeline for the remainder of 2021 and 2022 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which ran from Saturday to Tuesday (June 12-15). Even earlier, at the start of the Summer Games Festival on June 9, we learned that “Elden Ring,” the much-anticipated collaboration between Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin and From Software, makers of games like Dark Souls and “Bloodborne” on January 21, 2022.
Microsoft has featured Xbox games including “Psychonauts 2” due out in August, “Forza Horizon 5” (November), “Halo Infinite” later this year, and games like “Redfall” and “Starfield” from Bethesda. Softworks Studios is coming in 2022. The software giant has highlighted the Xbox Game Pass feature and confirmed a large number of games that will be available through the subscription service.
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Nintendo brought Mario Golf: Super Rush to the Nintendo Switch on Friday and revealed a new Metroid game called Metroid Dread in October. There was also an update on the sequel to “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” slated for 2022.
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Sony did not participate in E3, but the new PlayStation 5 game “Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart”, released on June 11, was released. Get great reviews.
Last year, spending on video games rose 23% to $177.8 billion, according to research firm NewZoo. Experts are divided over whether spending on gaming will rise in 2021, and DFC Intelligence predicts 10% growth globally, with more spending but perhaps less time to play – as they can actually get out of the house.
What else happened with the technology?
• Animation app. The Voilà AI Artist app that turns your face into an animated movie character has taken social media by storm, but should you download it?
• Windows open? A preview of the new Microsoft Windows 11 has leaked online and the network is not affected. But it’s clearly not the final product, and we’ll find out more soon, as the software giant has a Windows event scheduled for Thursday (24 June).
• Another power outage. After just one week of massive online outage, the latest news from the websites and apps of dozens of financial institutions, airlines and other companies shut down on Thursday.
Despite a lot of chatter online, we didn’t expect Nintendo to announce new hardware at E3. ribbed See historically why it makes sense not to do this.
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