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Take Two Cancels Massive Game

Rockstar’s parent company, Take Two Interactive, just cancelled a game that $53 million had already been dumped into. They revealed this information in an earnings call earlier today. This isn’t the first time we have seen a big project like this cancelled, but $53 million is a lot of money any way you slice it.

The game was in development from studio Hangar 13 who developed Mafia 3. The project had the working title ‘Volt’ and was a third person action game that featured super heroes. So it probably was not the Bully 2 or Mafia 4 that people were speculating.

When you are dealing with massive AAA titles, $53 million is not nearly as much as the full budget would’ve been with some titles costing over $400 million. It sounds like this project had experienced a number of problems and adding the pandemic on top of that it had left it a bloated mess. This probably caused Take Two to just view it as a sunk cost, not worth continuing to invest in.

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Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV Postponed


Coming as no huge surprise, Blizzard has more bad news for us as they announce that Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 will now be released later than expected.

The pandemic has really slowed down production not just for video games, but for all industries. We have seen countless movie releases pushed back and the global supply chain crisis has many products out of stock around the world. In recent years, we have seen a lot of games pushed back.

But to me this specific news doesn’t really come as a surprise. Blizzard has had a long string of controversies. The most recent being the studio facing a wide range of sexual harassment allegations and lawsuits. This has led to the studio being scrutinized by the public and key employees leaving in the midst of the game development process. Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 both lost their directors after news broke of the allegations.

There was no target date mentioned for the release of these games. So it is best to assume we probably won’t see Diablo IV or Overwatch 2 until 2023 at least.

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Bethesda Shows New Glimpse of Starfield with Explanation of “The Settled Systems”

Bethesda Game Studios just released a new video that provides some more details about their upcoming Action- RPG set in space, Starfield. This game is set to release late in 2022 as a Microsoft exclusive.

In this video, Bethesda Design Director Emil Pagliarulo explains The Settled Systems which is an area of our solar system in the year 2330. He goes on to explain that 20 years before the start of the game the 2 largest factions in the settled systems (The United Colonies and The Freestar Collective) engaged in a war.

By 2330, the settled systems “enjoy an uneasy peace”, but there are still lots of threats and dangers to the player. He goes on to show some concept art of different types of characters and enemies.

You may encounter these mysterious strangers as you explore the starfield as part of the organization Constellation, whose goal it is to uncover the mysteries of the galaxy.