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Sony CFO Doesn’t Think Cloud Gaming Will Impact Consoles in the Near Future

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Following the publication of Sony’s latest financial report, Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki held a conference call with investors and analysts during which he talked about potential risks and uncertainties going forward.

According to a translation by Twinfinite, Totoki revealed that the rising popularity of cross-platform free-to-play games could pose a threat to business. He also thinks cloud gaming will eventually have an impact on consoles but, unlike some analysts, he doesn’t think it poses any immediate threat.

In terms of the future, Totoki cautioned against being “too optimistic” due to the emergence of “several macroeconomic and geopolitical risks.” He also asked investors to be “conscious of potential volatility in profitability” at this point in the console cycle.

“We are working to mitigate that volatility by leveraging the more-than 91.6 million unit cumulative install base of the PlayStation 4 to benefit from the new business model created by network services and add-on content sales,” he added.

Elsewhere in his speech, Totoki said that he has asked Sony’s various business units to be sensitive to changes in the environment.

“Preparing for risks means a thorough review of the operations of each of our businesses and a strengthening of each business to minimize potential damage,” Totoki explained. “It also means preparing to recover quickly and go on the offensive once the environment improves. In our first and second mid-range plans, we were able to transform Sony’s business model and improve our profitability. In our third mid-range plan, we are continuing to work to strengthen our operating efficiency to achieve steady growth over the long-term.”

For more on Sony’s FY2018 Q3 earnings, head over to the company’s website.

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Sony Sets Morbius and Ghostbusters 3 Release Dates

Sony Sets Morbius and Ghostbusters 3 Release Dates

Sony Sets Morbius and Ghostbusters 3 Release Dates

Sony sets Morbius and Ghostbusters 3 release dates

Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has announced both Morbius and Ghostbusters 3 release dates during prime season of summer 2020. The currently untitled Ghostbusters film (which will ignore the 2016 reboot and directly follow Ghostbusters 1 & 2) will drop on July 10, 2020, while the Spider-Man spinoff Morbius (following in the footsteps of Venom) bows just three weeks later on July 31, 2020.

Both summer dates are currently without direct competition, although the month will also see Minions 2, an untitled Christopher Nolan film and Disney’s Jungle Cruise in play. Venom 2 is now the unofficial most likely contender for Sony’s other slot for a Marvel film in development, which is October 2, 2020.

RELATED: Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach Spill Details on Morbius the Living Vampire Film

Oscar winner Jared Leto (Suicide Squad, Dallas Buyers Club) will topline Morbius as the living vampire of the title, with Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim: Uprising, Good Omens) and Matt Smith (The Crown,Doctor Who) co-starring.

Morbius is Sony’s adaptation of the Marvel anti-hero Morbius the Living Vampire. The film will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (LifeSafe House) from a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Netflix’s Lost in Space), based on the Marvel Comics character created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane who first appeared in 1971’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #101.

Originally Dr. Michael Morbius, the scientist character tried to cure his rare blood disease only to become afflicted with a form of vampirism that gave him superior strength, fangs and a taste for the red stuff. The character fought Spider-Man several times, though eventually earned several of his own books where he had a more heroic arc. He has an ongoing feud with the character Blade the Vampire Hunter in the comics. Morbius previously appeared on TV in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Ultimate Spider-Man Vs The Sinister Six, and was originally earmarked to make his film debut in Blade until his cameo was deleted and plans to make him the villain in Blade II scrapped.

Arad and Tolmach will produce the Morbius movie with Lucas Foster, with Sony executive Palak Patel overseeing for the studio. This is one of several Spider-Man spin-off projects in development at Sony, including the recently announced Silk movie, as well as Nightwatch, Black Cat, and Silver Sable.

RELATED: 30 Teen Actors That Could Be the Next Ghostbusters

Academy Award nominee Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno) will be directing and co-writing the new Ghostbusters movie, taking up the mantle from his father Ivan Reitman who directed the original Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters 2 (1989). The younger Reitman also had a memorable cameo in the second film.

The screenplay will be co-written by Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist), with an aim to begin production later this year. While it is currently unknown who of the surviving core Ghostbusters cast (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Rick Moranis) will return, it has been reported that Reitman is looking to cast four teen actors (two boys and two girls) in lead roles to tackle supernatural baddies.

In addition to the new sequel, an animated Ghostbusters movie remains in development.

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Japan: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Has An Impressive Debut On Nintendo Switch

It is already Wednesday which means it is time to have a look at the latest Media Create sales charts which are now in from Japan. The Nintendo Switch has got off to a good start in 2019 and while sales have dropped a little from last week, it is still comfortably outselling the PlayStation 4. This week saw the release of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe which shot straight to number one with an impressive debut.

  1. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/19) – 166,303 (New)
  2. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 62,580 (2,676,740)
  3. [PS4] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 01/11/19) – 41,510 (New)
  4. [NSW] Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 01/11/19) – 26,588 (New)
  5. [NSW] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix, 12/20/18) – 19,565 (199,003)
  6. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 19,054 (955,194)
  7. [PS4] Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square Enix, 12/20/18) – 17,931 (197,062)
  8. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Bundle Editions Included) (Nintendo, 11/16/18) – 15,353 (1,414,948)
  9. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 14,991 (2,070,890)
  10. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 12,590 (562,344)
  11. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 11,061 (2,893,881)
  12. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 8,636 (1,255,292)
  13. [NSW] Go Vacation (Bandai Namco, 12/27/18) – 7,576 (42,711)
  14. [PS4] Judgment (Sega, 12/13/18) – 6,837 (240,293)
  15. [PS4] Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII (SIE, 10/12/18) – 5,618 (519,799)
  16. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 4,682 (290,959)
  17. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 4,134 (1,935,809)
  18. [PS4] God Eater 3 (Limited Edition Included) (Bandai Namco, 12/13/18) – 3,546 (204,056)
  19. [NSW] Kirby: Star Allies (Nintendo, 03/16/18) – 3,082 (720,725)
  20. [NSW] Fitness Boxing (Imagineer, 12/20/18) – 3,024 (13,201)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. Switch – 78,056 (199,982)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 12,012 (87,669)
  3. PlayStation 4 Pro – 6,289 (29,513)
  4. New 2DS LL – 3,954 (22,645)
  5. PlayStation Vita – 1,711 (4,138)
  6. New 3DS LL – 1,483 (3,281)
  7. 2DS – 268 (557)
  8. Xbox One X – 38 (102)
  9. Xbox One – 12 (53)

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Japan: Nintendo Switch Surpasses 7 Million Units

The Nintendo Switch has proved to be a popular console with video gamers in Japan. While smartphone gaming has massively impacted the overall console market, the Nintendo Switch still manages to flourish. Nintendo’s latest system has now shifted an impressive seven million units since it launched in March 2017 and is on track to outsell the life to date sales of the PlayStation 4 in the county.

  • Nintendo Switch: 7.046.766
  • PlayStation 4: 7.735.61

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Dragon Ball Games Super Showcase Coming 14th January

Bandai Namco of America has announced this evening that they will be hosting a Dragon Ball Games Super Showcase. The event will take place on the 14th of January 4pm-5pm PT and will be streamed live on Twitch. The company has teased that the event will have “big reveals, big news, and big interviews with the producers of Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoverse 2.” So it should certainly be something for Dragon Ball fans and gamers to look forward to.

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22nd Annual DICE Award Nominees Revealed

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The annual DICE awards are due to take place on Wednesday, February 13th at the Aria Resort & Hotel Las Vegas and this year’s nominees have been announced by the The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. There were a number of great titles released on multiple formats last year so it will be interesting to see which games win when the winners from each category are announced on February 13th.

Game of the Year 
God of War
Into the Breach
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return of the Obra Dinn

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
God of War
GRIS
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Moss
Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
GRIS
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Character
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Kassandra)
God of War (Atreus)
God of War (Kratos)
Marvel’s Spider-Man (Peter Parker/Spider-Man)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Arthur Morgan)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Detroit: Become Human
Forgotton Anne
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Tetris Effect

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Battlefield V
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Moss

Outstanding Achievement in Story 
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Florence
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Return of the Obra Dinn

Outstanding Technical Achievement 
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Battlefield V
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2

Action Game of the Year
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Celeste
Destiny 2: Forsaken
Far Cry 5
Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Adventure Game of the Year
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return of the Obra Dinn

Family Game of the Year 
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Kirby Star Allies
LEGO DC Super-Villains
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Unravel Two

Fighting Game of the Year
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
Dragon Ball Fighter Z
SOULCALIBUR VI
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Racing Game of the Year 
Forza Horizon 4
F1 2018
Wreckfest

Role-Playing Game of the Year
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Monster Hunter World
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Sports Game of the Year 
FIFA 19
Mario Tennis Aces
MLB The Show 18

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Bad North
Frostpunk
Into the Breach
Northgard
RimWorld

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement 
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Beat Saber
Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders
Tónandi
Torn

Immersive Reality Game of the Year 
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Beat Saber
Moss
Sprint Vector
Transference

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game 
Celeste
Florence
Into the Breach
Minit
Return of the Obra Dinn

Portable Game of the Year 
Dandara
Donut County
Dragalia Lost
Florence
Oddmar

Online Game of the Year 
Fortnite
Destiny 2: Forsaken
Laser League
Red Dead Redemption 2
Sea of Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design 
God of War
Into the Breach
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Return of the Obra Dinn
Subnautica

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction 
Florence
God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return of the Obra Dinn

Most Nominations:
God of War – 12
Marvel’s Spider-Man – 11
Red Dead Redemption 2 – 8
Return of the Obra Dinn – 6

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God Of War Art Director Creates His Own Super Smash Bros Ultimate Fan Art

Raf Grassetti, who is the art director behind the acclaimed God of War on the PlayStation 4, has been busy making his own fan art for the characters in Nintendo’s hit Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Rather than creating the typical fan-art, Grassetti has been making realistic models of the characters who appear in the series. So far Mr. Grassetti has shared images of Samus Aran, Link, Fox McCloud and Bowser. The next character he will be working on is Sonic. Take a look at his art-work below:

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2019 GDC Awards Nominees Announced

GDC 2019 will be taking place in March and the awards ceremony will be taking place during conference. The panel has put together their favourite games of 2018 and there’s some great selections including indie title Celeste. Read on for the full list:

Winners in all categories will be honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards on Wednesday, March 20. The ceremony will be hosted once again by Tim Schafer. It kicks off at 6:30pm PST, 9:30pm EST and 2:30am UK (March 21). It will be streamed live on Twitch with other streaming platforms to be announced.

2019 GDC Awards Nominees

Game of the Year

  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909)

Honorable Mentions: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft), Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive), Into the Breach (Subset Games), Monster Hunter: World (Capcom), Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Bandai Namco Studios & Sora / Nintendo), Tetris Effect (Monstars and Resonair / Enhance)

Best Audio

  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Tetris Effect (Monstars and Resonair / Enhance)

Honorable Mentions: Battlefield 5 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Beat Saber (Beat Games), Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios), Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909), Wandersong (Greg Lobanov / Humble Bundle)

Best Debut

  • Florence (Mountains)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio)
  • Moss (Polyarc)
  • The Messenger (Sabotage)
  • Yoku’s Island Express (Villa Gorilla)

Honorable Mentions: Beat Games (Beat Saber), Digital Sun (Moonlighter), Okomotive (Far: Lone Sails), Two Point Studios (Two Point Hospital)

Best Design

  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Into the Breach (Subset Games)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

Honorable Mentions: Frostpunk (11 bit studios), Minit (Kitty Calis, Jan Willem Nijman, Jukio Kallio & Dominik Johann / Devolver Digital), Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909), Astro Bot Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)

Best Mobile Game

  • Alto’s Odyssey (Snowman)
  • Donut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Holedown (Grapefrukt Games)
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones (Nerial / Devolver Digital)

Honorable Mentions: Furistas Cat Cafe (Runaway), The Room: Old Sins (Fireproof Studios), Pocket Run Pool (Zach Gage), Alphabear 2 (Spry Fox), Twinfold (Kenny Sun)

Best Narrative

  • Florence (Mountains/Annapurna Interactive)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909)

Honorable Mentions: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft), Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Celeste (Matt Makes Games), Life is Strange 2 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix), Where the Water Tastes Like Wine (Dim Bulb Games and Serenity Forge / Good Shepherd Entertainment)

Best Technology

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games / Microsoft Studios)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)

Honorable Mentions: Sea of Thieves (Rare / Microsoft Studios), Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft), Battlefield V (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909)

Best Visual Art

  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909)

Honorable Mentions: Battlefield 5 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Tetris Effect (Monstars and Resonair / Enhance), Dragon Ball FighterZ (Arc System Works / Bandai Namco Entertainment), Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft), Below (Capybara Games)

Best VR/AR Game

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Beat Saber (Beat Games)
  • Budget Cuts (Neat Corporation)
  • Moss (Polyarc)
  • Tetris Effect (Monstars and Resonair / Enhance)

Honorable Mentions: Jurassic World Alive (Ludia), In Death (Sólfar Studios), Tendar (Tender Claws), Firewall Zero Hour (First Contact Entertainment / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Deracine (FromSoftware / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Innovation Award

  • Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Nintendo Labo (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope / 3909)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Tetris Effect (Monstars and Resonair / Enhance)

Honorable Mentions: Minit (Kitty Calis, Jan Willem Nijman, Jukio Kallio & Dominik Johann / Devolver Digital), Celeste (Matt Makes Games), God of War (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Astro Bot Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Moss (Polyarc), A Way Out (Hazelight Studios / Electronic Arts)

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The Klonoa Anime Film Has Now Been Cancelled

You may remember that an animated movie based on the charming Klonoa series was in the works. However, the creator behind the manga, Hitoshi Ariga, has revealed today that the movie has now been canned. Ariga has apologised to fans who were looking forward to the film and couldn’t be specific why the film didn’t come together. The Klonoa film was being produced by Rob Pereyda and the script was written by Ariga.

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One Dev Doesn’t Think PS5 Will Be Solely Digital and Wants Cartridges Instead of Discs

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As the next generation of video game hardware approaches, the rumors, supposed leaks, and speculation starts to ramp up, keeping the community on their toes. We don’t have much information about the upcoming PS5 console, but that doesn’t stop developers from giving insight as to what they think the system might be. One interesting PS5 rumor  floating around suggested that the system would be discless, giving us a digital-only platform and leaving users without stable internet (or internet at all) stranded with older hardware.

During an interview with Gaming Bolt, technical director of Cradle Games, Marc-André Jutra, said that he doesn’t think a digital-only system would be viable for the next generation, precisely because of how many users still don’t have reliable internet connections.

I think they will have a discless version, but I think that for the next generation there will still be a version with discs. There are a few reasons: not everyone has internet, and if you do have internet, a lot of people don’t have enough bandwidth to download 80GB per game. The current generation of games is huge. Not everyone can afford to download a game and its patches, there are still internet providers who have bandwidth caps. And if we have bandwidth issues here, you can imagine that it might be worse in other countries.

The second issue I see is that if you go with a version of a console that has no disc, then why would GameStop sell those consoles? The whole market is you sell the games for profit. So you pretty much say, “hey, sell our console that makes you no profit, and sell no games.” So I don’t think you will see discs die this generation. But one thing I would like to see is, because right now I have issues with Blu-rays, they are slow to load. So that’s why in the last generation of consoles, you have games with long loading times, and the games needing to be installed.

Screenshot of Hellpoint by Cradle Games

That statement isn’t unusual, but what he said next was interesting. Jutra suggested that instead of using discs, the PS5 could use cartridges or USB keys, saying, “I could see that printing Blu-Rays takes time, just to do it properly. Flashing a USB key with an existing image on the other hand is much faster.” He goes on to say that by the time the PS5 rolls around, the issue of expensive cartridges should be resolved and that it would be a viable option.

It doesn’t seem likely that the PS5 will abandon discs at all, most certainly not for cartridges, but it’s absolutely fascinating to see all of the speculation appear as the PS5 approaches. A discless system is one PS5 rumor that doesn’t hold up, so it seems like we still have some time before console gaming goes completely digital.

[Source: Gaming Bolt]

One Dev Doesn’t Think PS5 Will Be Solely Digital and Wants Cartridges Instead of Discs