Welcome to GameUtha.com’s first GameNama Weekly of 2023. GameNama has been our weekly gaming news round-up and has allowed us to continue to provide you, the reader, with the latest in gaming news and updates in one convenient place for the past four months. To kick off this year we have exciting new updates for PS VR2 and the Silent Hill 2 remake along with a major leak of an upcoming new PlayStation 5 IP. For this and much more keep on reading!
The Silent Hill 2 Remake Will Be Faithful to the Original
Bloober Team has been hard at work readying the Silent Hill 2 remake slated for release later this year. Earlier this week, Chief Marketing Officer Anna Jasińska spoke about how the team is striving to stay true to the original while also modernizing core aspects of the game.
She stated that the development team is “Focusing on bringing the distinct, visceral atmosphere back in the modernized Silent Hill 2” while “remaking the gameplay and updating the graphics from the ground up.” It certainly sounds like Bloober Team understands the need to respect the source material while also modernizing the game in such a way that it does not do away from the essence and heart of the original. The Silent Hill 2 remake will launch later this year.
Gran Turismo 7 to Receive VR Mode Alongside PS VR2 Launch
Gran Turismo 7 was released early last year and has seen numerous free updates roll out over the course of the past few months including new cars, tracks, and game modes. During CES 2023 it was revealed that Gran Turismo 7 is set to receive a free PS VR2 update on the consoles launch day, adding another high-profile launch title to the already exciting lineup Sony has been working on. During CES we also got our first look at the Neill Blomkamp-directed Gran Turismo movie starring Orlando Bloom and David Harbour. The movie is set to release in August 2023 and will bring the same badass racing formula of the game to the big screen.
PS VR2 Gets First Hands-on During CES 2023
The next-generation virtual reality headset from Sony, PS VR2 is right around the corner and the console saw its first hands-on experience during CES 2023. Jim Ryan, the CEO of PlayStation revealed that over 30 games will be available for the headset at launch including the newly announced Gran Turismo 7 VR, Horizon Call of the Mountain, and Beat Saber. The event also allowed users and several outlets to get their first hands-on with the system and reception has been extremely positive, with many critics claiming that it is a significant step up from the original PS VR. PS VR2 launches on February 22, 2023.
New Sony IP Leaks Years in Advance
We are only a few days into the new year and the leaks have already started. The latest leak comes from Icon Era who has leaked a new in-development third-person sci-fi shooter from Sony’s XDev studio based in Europe. The footage looks decidedly rough as the game is still in its pre-alpha stage. The leak also confirmed that the game is being developed using Unreal Engine 5 and is a collaboration between Sony’s XDev studio and an unknown third-party developer. It’s unclear when this game will be released and what it will end up being in the end considering how often projects change. The game is without a release date and title at the moment.
Overwatch 2 Receives Brand New Limited Time Mode
Overwatch 2 didn’t have the smoothest of launches between being DDoS’d multiple times, not delivering on promises, and a battle pass system reminding us of Activision’s greedy ways, the game, however, has come a long way since its October launch.
Overwatch 2 recently saw its second season go live, bringing with it new maps and a new hero, and just last week, the game saw the addition of a brand new limited-time event; The Battle For Olympus. The limited-time event brings with it exciting new character skins, spins on fan-favorite modes, and a new divine ability allowing for much more devastating attacks. The event is a step in the right direction as the first season was very much devoid of any meaningful content or updates.
Cyberpunk 2077 Lawsuit Settled for $1.85 Million
Cyberpunk 2077 had one of the most disastrous launches in gaming history, stemming from bad optimization, missing features, and a ton of broken promises. It was no surprise that CD Projekt Red saw its stocks plunge and this consequently led to many angry investors who sued the company in 2020. The gist of the lawsuit was that CD Projekt Red hid the true state of the game from investors and players alike leading to a game that was nothing like what was initially revealed. The lawsuit has now been settled, more than two years after its initial filing and will see the Polish video game developer pay a hefty $1.85 million in restitution and fees.
That’s all for this week! Tune in next week to stay updated on the latest developments around the gaming world.
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