The last month of the year ended yesterday and the Game Awards ensured that 2021 was going well with plenty of AAA announcements. There were also a lot of rumors about PlayStation’s potential response to Xbox Game Pass and the surprise announcement of a remake.
The Game Awards announce 11 new games and a remake
The Game Awards are the last game show of the year. In addition to the expected Game of the Year awards, there are usually plenty of announcements and other trailers to show between awards. This year was no exception as 11 massive titles were announced for PlayStation platforms: Alan Wake 2, Star Wars: Eclipse, Wonder Woman, Arc Raiders, Sonic Frontiers, Star Trek: Resurgence, The Expanse: A Telltale Series, Slitterhead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Rumbleverse, and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine II. There was also Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for the PlayStation 4.
There was also a lot of trailers and new content for existing games to see. In terms of rewards, It takes two got Game of the Year awards, as well as Best Multiplayer Game and Best Family Game. Death loop and Kena: Bridge of Spirits also won two awards each. Overall, the awards show made the year a successful one.
Project Spartacus could be Sony’s answer to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
Sony had said throughout the year that they were working in their own cloud gaming service, potentially making improvements to existing PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services. A name for this service appeared in December: Project Spartacus. Rumors have it that Project Spartacus will apparently charge a monthly fee to access a library full of classic and modern video games on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. PlayStation Plus and Playstation Now will be merged into the service and this will eventually lead to PlayStation Now. being eliminated. Sony has yet to comment on the rumors.
Splinter Cell Remake will rebuild the game on Snowdrop Engine
Players are clamoring for a new Exploded cell game for years. While this isn’t the new game they are looking for, Ubisoft has revealed that they are remaking the original. Exploded cell “From scratch” in the Snowdrop engine. The graphics and gameplay of the game will be updated, but the fundamentals of the game will remain intact. Splinter Cell remake is in the “very early stages of development” and the studio is actively recruiting, so it will probably be some time before we hear anything more.
Ubisoft launches into the world of NFTs
Ubisoft has announced that it will start selling NFTs through its new Ubisoft Quartz platform. They tested it with 2,000 weapon skins for Ghost Recon: stopping point, almost identical except that each has a unique number. They were then joined by 1,000 garments, again with very little distinction between them. Players were outraged and NFT’s sales were poor. Of the few items sold, all went well below asking price.
Despite this, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told relevant staff members that the company has many other plans to implement blockchain technology in their games, although he did not specify this. Ubisoft’s blockchain technical director, Didier Genevois, is also confident that gamers will get used to NFTs as long as Ubisoft uses NFTs “responsibly”, creates a “safe environment” and focuses on “meaningful value propositions for players who benefit their gaming experience“. “NFTs remain a controversial topic and only 2022 will decide if they are here to stay or if they are just the latest fad.
Our favorite anecdote from December 2021
Rockstar launched Grand Theft Auto III to Microsoft executives exclusively for Xbox. They rejected the pitch because they didn’t believe Rockstar was capable of transforming the franchise from 2D to 3D. They also felt Grand Theft Auto 2 was also unsuccessful and it was not really a platform to launch a new game. The result was that GTA 3 became a timed PlayStation 2 exclusive. It sold 14.5 million units and was the top-selling game of 2001 in the United States. This is just one decision that Microsoft has come to regret, although they don’t make mistakes of this magnitude very frequently.
December 2021 PSLS Game: Beyond a Sky of Steel
While there were a few bugs and missed opportunities, the issues that plagued Beyond a sky of steel the versions on PC and Apple Arcade have largely been resolved, making the console experience much smoother. The result is a game that is suitable for both newcomers and those who have experimented. Under a sky of steel. Newcomers will find a great story that can be enjoyed as an indie game. Those familiar with the franchise will find a sequel well worth the wait, although it is unlikely to achieve critical praise from its predecessor.
This concludes our year in review. We hope you enjoyed all of the cool news, trivia, and game of the month we’ve seen over the past few days. In case you missed them, you can check out the previous months below: