Microsoft has announced at Gamescom that Xbox Game Pass is doing very well, especially in Europe! All the details in this WeekendWacht, along with news about Cyberpunk 2077, Home Sweet Home, Diablo 3 and Dark Souls for the Switch, Rage 2 and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
Cyberpunk 2077 has no loading screens
Lovely weekend! Gamescom is over and the Guard has gathered all the latest news for you. Starting with a nice newsflash about Cyberpunk 2077! It really will take a while before we can play the game ourselves on our PC and (next-gen) consoles, but we already know that we hardly ever stare at a loading screen while playing the game.
During the behind closed doors presentation at Gamescom, it was confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will not have loading screens once you launch the game. Just to be clear, there is a loading screen when you start the game and when you die, but once you are in the game, you can visit the whole world without encountering a loading screen. He’s fine.
But again, it will be a while before Cyberpunk 2077 comes out. The expectation is sometime in 2019, we have to do with that for the time being.
Home Sweet Home to consoles
Good news now for fans of horror games! The game Home Sweet Home has been available for PC for a while, but developer Yggdrazil has now announced that the game will also be coming to PS4, Xbox One and even Switch. There is no release date for the console versions yet, but you can already watch a trailer below, so you know what to expect from Home Sweet Home. Creepy !
Xbox Game Pass is going well in Europe
Microsoft is doing good business with Xbox Game Pass! The service is well received by gamers and Aaron Greenberg, the general manager of games marketing, says the service is a great success. Especially in Europe, Xbox Game Pass is going crazy and Aaron is obviously quite happy with that. He himself provides some text and explanation:
What we’re seeing is Game Pass response is really strong. Subscriptions are going well, especially here in Europe, we’ve seen really, really good response. We’re seeing people spending more time playing, playing more games in Game Pass , and it’s been great for us but it’s also great for our development partners as well. It builds a bigger audience, the network effect has been great – we’ve seen that with both Sea of Thieves and State of Decay as an example, where we saw more players come in and play the game, which drove more word-of-mouth, that network effect that we think definitely contributed to the success of those titles. “
There have been rumors for a while that Microsoft wants to expand the Xbox Game Pass service considerably in the coming period and let it play a major role on the next-gen Xbox console (s). Check out the next-gen Rumored Features for more info!
DF: Diablo 3 and Dark Souls on the Switch
The bosses of Digital Foundry were also at Gamescom and were already able to get started with the Switch version of Diablo 3 and Dark Souls. The extensive dissection, as only Digital Foundry can do, is yet to come, but until then we can already look at how the early versions of the games run in handheld mode on the Switch. It is still impressive to see these kinds of games run on a handheld!
Rage 2 is single player only
Avalanche Studios and id Software are busy developing Rage 2, which should be released sometime next year. We’ve already had quite a bit of info, screens and footage about the game in recent weeks, but now more details are known about the multiplayer in Rage 2, or rather the lack of it. Rage 2 is purely a single player game, Tim Willits, studio director at id Software, says.
Tim says in an interview that there are updates and ‘community stuff’ planned for Rage 2 after release, but that the focus is entirely on the single player. He says:
“It’s a single-player game. We feel that we are offering many hours of game for the money, but we also want to have a longer tail on the game. Which means that the focus is to deliver a robust single-player game at launch. We’ll have some free updates, and we’ll have paid updates. We have some community things too, so you can kind of feel that you’re part of a community. And we’ll talk about those later. But our focus is single player. ”
Those community elements sound a bit like we can expect some kind of multiplayer-like gameplay in the future, but it is at least clear that there will be no real multiplayer or co-op in the main game. It’s a shame, Rage 2 seems very suitable to be played in co-op.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice gameplay
Then just close it! The first gameplay footage of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was shown at Gamescom and the game was even playable behind closed doors for the media. Fortunately, no less than fifteen minutes of gameplay footage has been recorded, so that we can all enjoy it together. What is striking about the game?
That Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is quite similar to the Dark Souls-like games! Yes, and that the player of this demo has to work on his gaming skills, because he really doesn’t make a mess of it.