This time on Video Game Tango: Activision Blizzard won’t let China play their games, Mick Gordon claps back at Id Software over Doom’s soundtrack controversy, then Activision Blizzard has blessed us with a new Mei skin even though she’s still on ice, Phil Spencer says they’re delaying their own Google Stadia, and instead are putting games on your TV with blackjack and hookers, and Spiderman Miles Morales is coming to the PC and according to Josh, it’s also Steampad Guaranteed!
Activision Blizzard and Chinese partner NetEase have failed to come to an agreement during contract negotiations to continue hosting the studios services in China. It seems that game services including the Diablo franchise, Overwatch, and other live services are going to come to a halt in the coming days. Since the podcast is has since been clarified that World of Warcraft: Dragonflght will still launch in China on its planned release date, but the future of the MMO in China is uncertain in the following months. Diablo Immortal will be seemingly unaffected, as the Activision Blizzard/NetEase agreement for the title is handled separately from other titles. Read more here.
Overwatch’s hero Mei has been unavailable for play since the Halloween season due to bugs attributed to her abilities. Despite this, Activision Blizzard has seen fit to continue selling cosmetics for the character. Read more here.
Head of Microsoft’s gaming division, Phil Spencer, has announced their streaming-only box has been put on hold as the company finds a way to make the device cheaper to manufacturer, and more affordable for it’s release. Additionally, Microsoft has been partnering with TV manufacturers to get the Xbox streaming app to select smart TVs. Read more here.
Mick Gordon, the musical mastermind behind Bethesda’s DOOM Eternal has written an open letter stating the facts from beginning to now about his issues with Bethesda. Bethesda is arguing Mick Gordon’s statements are false.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales is coming to PC and Steam Deck!
Spider-Man: Miles Morales - After the events of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, teenage Miles Morales is adjusting to his new home while following in the footsteps of his mentor, Peter Parker, as a new Spider-Man. When a fierce power struggle threatens to destroy his home, Miles must take up the mantle of Spider-Man and own it - Insomniac Games and Nixxes Software (Steam, Epic Games)