This time on Video Game Tango, Netease blames some jerk for not having WoW in China any more, The Disco Elysium lawsuit is just now putting on it’s dancing shoes, Call of Duty will probably continue coming to Playstation, Valheim’s Mistlands update brings more fun and magic to the game, Starfield isn’t going to require you siphon gas from your neighbors just to play a little longer, and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet might be good games, but the best bits still haven’t loaded in.
The President of Global Investment and Partnership, Simon Zhu at NetEase has blamed a “jerk” to be the cause of the failure to reach an agreement allowing NetEase a continued partnership with Activision Blizzard to distribute popular games such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch in China. Read more here
The Disco Elysium lawsuit continues to get more complex with every new day. But maybe it will turn out well for the good guys this time? Read more here
As pressure mounts from many governing bodies, and by competitors such as Sony, Microsoft is willing to make “concessions” to allow for the Microsoft/Activision Blizzard merger to happen. While the deal is being scrutinized by competitors and three letter agencies, Phil Spencer has kept a positive attitude, and has repeatedly assured investors and interested parties that they deal is expected to go through. Meanwhile, Sony is shaking in their boots, not only because of the size of the merger, but because Activision Blizzard will be handing over the rights of the Call of Duty franchise the Microsoft. Microsoft is willing to compromise with a 10-year deal to Sony, stating it will remain on Playstation. Read more here
Valheim - A brutal exploration and survival game for 1-10 players, set in a procedurally-generated purgatory inspired by viking culture. Battle, build, and conquer your way to a saga worthy of Odin’s patronage! - Iron Gate (Steam)
Todd Howard assures gamers that their long-awaited (and now delayed) game Starfield will not be a survival simulator, and will be more approachable. Howard says the scope of survival and challenge has been tweaked and “dialed back” during the development, and things like “running out of fuel in a spaceship” is a “fun killer” and won’t be expected in the final game. Read more here
The recent release of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet has been met with some scrutiny in the weeks since their launch. Players are reporting loading and “pop-in” issues abound, meanwhile having reportedly “poor graphics quality” and little reason to perform so poorly on Nintendo’s handheld console. Players are comparing the graphics quality and loading times to another title on the Nintendo Switch “Monster Hunter Rise” pointing to it’s higher graphics fidelity, distinct lack of LOD issues and pop-ins. Read more here