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Sunday, Jan 17, 2021

Epic Investigating HITMAN 2/3 Ownership Problem

Tim Sweeney tweets that Epic is working with IO Interactive to find a way for those who own HITMAN 2 on Steam to be able to play the game's missions in HITMAN 3 without an additional purchase. When HITMAN 3 was announced IO promised that players would be able to import the levels from the previous two HITMAN games. But a HITMAN 3 Pre-Launch Guide released the other day said that since HITMAN 3 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store, which does not carry HITMAN 2, content from the second game would require an additional purchase. Now the Epic CEO says their working to avoid this being the case:
Sorry, the team is looking into this with IO. It’s never Epic’s intent to create a situation where someone who owns a game on Steam would have to buy it again on Epic Games Store.

Cyberpunk 2077 Exposé Follow-up

In a tweet, Adam Badowski addresses the Bloomberg article from yesterday that delves into what led to the problematic launch of Cyberpunk 2077. Adam discusses a few specific points: whether the E3 2017 demo for the sci-fi RPG was "faked," whether there was a consensus among staff that the game was not ready for release, and whether non-Polish staff were ostracized by Polish co-workers:
Fans and journalists were wowed by cyberpunk 2077 to ambition and scale. What they didn't know was that the demo was almost entirely fake.

It's hard for a trade show game demo two years before the game ships, but that doesn't mean it's fake. Compare the demo with the game. Look it that Dumdum scene or the car chase, or the many other things. What the people reading your article may not know is that games are not made in a linear fashion and start looking like the final product only a few months before launch. If you look at that demo now, it's different yes, but that's what the "work in progress" watermark is for. Our final game looks and plays way better than what that demo ever was.

As for missing features, that's part of the creation process. Features, and go as we see if they will work or not. Also, Karin bush's exist in the final game almost verbatim to what we showed in the demo.
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Steam Top 10

The following in Valve's latest countdown of the 10 bestselling titles on Steam for last week. Until next time, keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

  1. Rust.
  2. Valve Index VR Kit.
  3. Cyberpunk 2077.
  4. Heroes of the Three Kingdoms 8.
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Operation Broken Fang.
  6. Phasmophobia.
  7. Raft.
  8. Red Dead Redemption 2.
  9. Grand Theft Auto V.
  10. Sea of Thieves.

Op Ed

  • Forbes - ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Reveals Mirror Anthem’s Failures With One Change: It’s Still A Hit. Thanks Acleacius.
    "And yet through it all, even if you can correctly call the launch of Cyberpunk 'disastrous' from a technical and uh, moral perspective, given the amount of deception involved, technically, we cannot overlook the fact that the game has achieved an entirely different end result than Anthem and others. It’s a hit. It’s a big hit, and unfortunately, I fear that that the takeaway for some, including the higher-ups at CDPR, may be that the ends justify the means."

Out of the Blue

Happy birthday Betty White, as the beloved comic actor turns 99 today. She tells the AP that she'll celebrate with a hot dog and French fries, feeding ducks, and staying up as late as she wants. A woman after my own heart.

Obituary: Phil Spector, famed music producer and convicted murderer, dies at 81.

Golden Girl Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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