This is the weekly round-up of news between April 6th and April 12th.
Saints Row: The Third Remastered was announced officially after its ESRB rating leaked
After having its ESRB rating leaked, Deep Silver announced that the 2011 title in the Saints Row: The Third has been remastered and will release on 22nd May. The title will be available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The remastered title will be enjoying improved textures for the city, visual effects and lighting, as well as new models for cars and weapons. All previous released DLC will be available as well.
The Last of Us Part 2 and Iron Man VR digital pre-orders are being refunded by Sony
After the delay of these two titles, Sony has now started refunding all the pre-orders of these titles. If you have pre-ordered either of these two titles through the PlayStation Store, you should automatically receive a refund, with an e-mail for more details. Pre-orders via third-party sellers will not be refunded by Sony. Why are these games being refunded, you ask? Well, the PlayStation Store has a policy that does not allow for pre-orders to be available without set release dates, hence the refunds. Per re-assurance, Sony has put up a notification on the official support page as well.
No new release dates have been shared at the moment of this writing and thus both games are delayed indefinitely.
While it was not a full reveal of all the features of the controller, Sony shared a first proper look at the actual controller, named 'DualSense'. The company explains that they have looked at previous controllers and took into account the opinions and thoughts of many developers to come up with the DualSense. While it seems to maintain the same features as the DualShock 4, the DualSense will enjoy new features and improvements such as the Share button being upgraded to a 'Create' button, a new visual style and updated haptic feedback. More details are to follow soon.
E3 2020 will not hold an online event: It will showcase individual announcements instead
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, E3 2020 has been cancelled. Originally, the organisation was considering an online experience per replacement but the decision has been made to not hold any online event. Instead of an event, the ESA will be showcasing individual company announcements.
Given the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be presenting an online E3 2020 event in June. Instead, we will be working with exhibitors to promote and showcase individual company announcements, including on www.E3expo.com, in the coming months," the rep said. "We look forward to bringing our industry and community together in 2021 to present a reimagined E3 that will highlight new offerings and thrill our audiences.
Google has announced that Stadia will now have a permanently free version available for any Gmail-address users. On top of that, as a little cherry on top, they announced that they will give two months of free access to Stadia Pro. New users can sign up and get instant access to the Stadia Pro features. Pre-existing users won't have to worry either - Google promises not to charge you for two months.
CD Projekt's Cyberpunk 2077 is still on track to release in September
With a lot of cancellations and delays going on right now, a bit of good news is always welcome! The much-anticipated title Cyberpunk 2077. A quote from Adam Kiciński:
There is no shortage of motivation and we also possess all the tools needed to facilitate remote work. We’ve been operating in this mode for over three weeks and to-date results confirm that we can carry on with all our operations without major disruptions. Our plans haven’t changed – we’re steaming towards the September release of Cyberpunk.
Adding to this good bit of news, Adam Badowksi, studio head at CD Projekt Red, mentioned on Twitter that the vast majority of rating boards has already rated the title as well.
Due to the current pandemic, the release of New World will be delayed until August 25th. The team behind the title has been hit by the COVID-19 situation, just like everybody else. To ensure that they have the time necessary to make the title as best as possible for its players, the company has decided to delay the release. The closed beta access will start in July, although no specific date has been shared. Those who have access to the Alpha can continue playing all the way up to release.
The health and safety of our team is our first priority. We hope you understand our decision to protect our team during these uncertain times while we re-focus on a timeline that will ensure New World is the best possible game it can be.
Final Fantasy VII Remake might be coming to PC
Earlier this year, some hints were found in the PlayStation 4 demo of the game. Some mentions of a PC version were found in the code, including higher resolution options and mentions of AMD and NVIDIA. In a video message, shared on the PlayStation channel, Square Enix might have hidden a tease on purpose. At about 4 seconds in the video, in-game footage is shown with the text 'captured on PC' underneath it. Does this mean a PC release will be announced soon? We sure hope so.
A new job posting on the Dambuster Studios website suggests that the game is coming to both the current as well as the upcoming generation of consoles.
...and so we need you to lead our art team as they create the sun soaked backdrop to a full scale zombie apocalypse set across the iconic Californian city for the next instalment in the world renowned Dead Island franchise."
Even though the trailer was shared at E3 2014, it's still a very fresh memory in our mind here at Aijou and we are excited to see what the second game brings us.
Rumours say a new Silent Hill will be revealed later this year
Take it with a grain of salt for now but it is rumoured that a new instalment of the Silent Hill IP is in development at SIE Japan Studio. This was shared by Dusk Golem over at the ResetEra forums, who is also known as the reputable horror insider AestheticGamer. According to Dusk Golem, The game is supposed to act as a soft reboot to the series; it won't be a remake, nor will it negate any previous games. By the time the game will be revealed to the public, it would be around 18 to 24 months in development. This rumour has not been confirmed nor has it been debunked so far by official sources.
Just Cause 4 is free on the Epic Games Store for a week
Starting April 16th and going on to April 23rd, Just Cause 4 will be available for free on the Epic Games Store. The title will be joined by another game, called Wheels of Aurelia. Both will be available for free for a week, so don't forget to add them to your collection!
Resident Evil 4 Remake is rumoured to be in development
After having Resident Evil 2 and 3 both remade, a new rumour has been shared that Capcom is now working on remaking the fourth instalment in the series as well, as written by VGC. The director behind the original game, Shinji Mikami, was approached to direct but decided not to take up on the offer. He did provide advice on the direction of the game and has given his blessing. Furthermore, the rumour says that the release of Resident Evil 4 Remake will be slated for 2022.