A Sony exec said that no one uses backwards compatibility, and a rough Ars Technica study seemed to back up that point. However, a lot of people were incensed at the idea that an executive would talk down so badly about Sony’s own properties, especially beloved games like Gran Turismo 1 and Gran Turismo 2 on the original PSX.
This news was followed by Valve announcing that Steam Greenlight has officially shut down. The new Steam Direct will go live on the day that E3 begins, marking a new tenure in the way that indie developers will be allowed to produce content on the Steam storefront. These stories and more in this June 9th, 2017 edition of the Weekly Recap.
Cyberpunk 2077 At E3?
New rumors have surfaced about whether or not Cyberpunk 2077 would be making its way to E3 this year. CD Projekt Red has been mum on the game for quite some time, but new rumors seem to hint at the company readying to unveil their title at the biggest trade show of the year, or possibly at GamesCom later into 2017. Nintendo confirms that the Classic Game Collection due to drop on the Nintendo Switch when the premium Nintendo Network gets underway in 2017 won’t be replacing their Virtual Console, but they still haven’t explained what will become of the VC. The Call of Duty: WW2 zombies mode will be based on actual events, while Hello Games has promised to continue to update No Man’s Sky. Also the PS4 Pro utterly fails to run Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy above 1440p at 30fps.
Sony Exec Doesn’t Think People Use Backwards Compatibility Much
One Sony executive didn’t think backwards compatibility was all that useful, claiming that they didn’t pursue true backwards compatibility on the PS4 because the PSX and PS2 games look terrible. Sony will be pursuing the whole e-sports convention due to the amount of money flowing through the sector. They haven’t committed to it yet but Sony plans on getting into the e-sports gig in about two years. Need help finding out when each E3 stream will take place and what games will be on display? Don’t worry, we got you covered with this handy E3 2017 schedule. EA Sports unveiled FIFA 18 running on the Frostbite 3, and featuring Ronaldo on the cover. The game is due for release this September on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. We have up a review of Hover: Revolt of Gamers, and it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re into games like Jet Set Radio, and Sony’s PSVR and Samsung’s Gear VR headlined the VR headset sales during the first quarter of 2017.
Steam Greenlight Has Closed Down
Valve has announced that Steam Greenlight is no more. In the closure of Greenlight there has been the opening of Steam Direct, set to go live on June 13th. And when one door closes, another opens. GOG.com announced that they have started their Summer Sale and also made it where 40 additional Steam games are now applicable for being added to GOG Connect. Also, Geek.com writer Will Greenwald actually apologized for misreporting on #GamerGate regarding the bogus Far Cry 5 petition controversy. And Little Nightmares will receive three new pieces of DLC throughout the year leading into January, 2018.
BioWare Blames Everyone Else For Mass Effect Failings
It’s a sad day in the development community when BioWare Montreal has decided to place blame of Mass Effect: Andromeda on BioWare Edmonton, Electronic Arts and even DICE and the Frostbite game engine. Strangely, of all the characters from the 1990s to make a return to form, no one would have expected it to be Bubsy, and yet Accolade has announced that Bubsy is making a return to the PS4 and PC. We also have a review of the walking sim horror game, Perception. And CD Projekt has announced that someone has attempted to hold some of the work of Cyberpunk 2077 hostage… yes, it’s bizarre but it is what it is. Oh yeah, and Shenmue 3 has been delayed, with the game now scheduled to launch during the latter half of 2018.