Hello and welcome to Replay, the WIRED summary of all the great video game news of the week. This week we have updates on PlayStation 5, as well as news on Crysis and Cooking Mama. Here we go!
Sony PlayStation 5 may be hard to find at launch
Yes, as the title suggests, taking a PlayStation 5 as soon as it’s available won’t be easy – and it’s not even the coronavirus that is to blame. As reported by Bloomberg, Sony plans to limit the initial production of the game console, and apparently this is due to its as yet unknown price, which should be high enough to limit consumer demand at launch. Worrisome news for wallets everywhere.
The price estimate, by game developers interviewed by Bloomberg, was between $ 499 and $ 549, high costs for a new console. The high quality components of the machine apparently increase the value, forcing Sony to head for unwanted prices to break even. What at Covid-19, however, derailed Sony’s promotional plans, which are sort of a mess right now. The controller revealed that last week was apparently a last-minute decision to prevent the leaks.
Crysis Come back from the past to shame your PC graphics card again
But can it work Crysis? That was the question asked on any high-end computer until about two years ago, when the rest of the game finally caught up with the ridiculous demand for Crytek’s alien technological / first-person shooter. Well, be prepared for even more of this because it was leaked and then confirmed that Crytek is doing Crysis: Remastered, a new version of the game with improved technology, designed for modern consoles and PCs.
As Kotaku reports, the PC version will include all the modern bells and whistles you would expect from a high-end game, including ray tracing, HD textures, time anti-aliasing, etc. It will also hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, a move that certainly puts some port developers under stress right now. It will be out this summer.
Mama Mia, something weird is going on Cooking Mama
Cooking Mama, a healthy video game franchise about cooking with Cooking Mama, is now, in 2020, a confusing nightmare for rights. As recapitulated by Engadget, a new Cooking Mama Game, Cooking Mama: Cookstar, released on Nintendo Switch in March, and then quickly fired. Its reason for being withdrawn was a mystery until, this week, Office Create, the company that owns the Cooking Mama license, issued a statement saying that the publisher, Planet Entertainment, had breached its contract by releasing the game without solving a number of issues raised by rights holders. In return, Planet Entertainment has declared that it has every right to publish the game. Meanwhile, Office Create is considering legal action to prevent Planet from doing anything else with the game, so, uh, maybe we’ll see what planet rights actually have. Just when everyone could really enjoy healthy cooking…
Recommendation of the week: Overcooked 2 by Team17, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC
If you make want to cook in a game and also stress your loved ones, maybe try Overcooked 2 instead. This frantic cooking simulator combines all the fantasy of Animal crossing with all the stress of being a short-term cook in a fairground. Collaborate with friends and family so that orders are placed in tense but healthy cooking situations and try not to yell at you, because, oh my gosh, Steve, it’s just a game, honey, we can just do something else really it’s good.
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