With the holiday season behind us, it’s no surprise that there isn’t a whole lot of news going on this week. However, I’ve managed to pick up a couple of interesting stories that I’d like to share with you all that are making a big splash in online communities. This week we’ll talk about the lawsuits being filed against CD Projekt Red for the recent issues in regards to Cyberpunk 2077. Tencent, a conglomerate company, has recently purchased Leyou, the owners of five gaming studios focused on free-to-play PC and console gaming. A new trailer has just been released for the upcoming survival horror sequel to The Forest, Sons of the Forest. And lastly, we’ll take a look at what we know so far about the upcoming Halo television series coming to Showtime. Let’s take a look at everything we have here!
Class Action 2077
Over the past few weeks there have been several stories circulating about the large amount of bugs and issues involved in the release of Cyberpunk 2077 by CD Projekt Red and how several companies have opted to offer full refunds for the game due to these issues, and Sony has gone so far as to even remove it from their online store. Well, now CDPR are facing a whole new kind of issue with some of its investors filing a lawsuit against them under the grounds that the game may be considered by many as “unplayable” in its current state and that CDPR has mislead/misinformed them of the quality of their product by only showing footage of PC gameplay. This should come to no surprise, as the combination of refunds being offered and the general backlash to CDPR’s reputation caused the companies stock to drastically fall despite the game still selling incredibly well. For full details on the lawsuit, you can look at the filing for the lawsuit here. To quote the article:
“According to the lawsuit, defendants throughout the Class Period made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Cyberpunk 2077 was virtually unplayable on the current-generation Xbox or Playstation systems due to an enormous number of bugs; (2) as a result, Sony would remove Cyberpunk 2077 from the Playstation store, and Sony, Microsoft and CD Projekt would be forced to offer full refunds for the game; (3) consequently, CD Projekt would suffer reputational and pecuniary harm; and (4) as a result, defendants’ statements about its business, operations, and prospects, were materially false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages.”
As of this time, the lawsuit as only just been filed and still does not have a certified class. Once courts certify the suit’s class labeling it as a suit that affects several people in similar ways, it can then move on to an international level. Given the history of class action lawsuits, this process will take a very long time, especially given that CDPR released an official statement stating that they would take vigorous action to defend themselves against these claims.
Tencent, a Chinese conglomerate company known for subsidiaries in internet services, technology, and entertainment recently made a big purchase of the company Leyou. Leyou is a game holding company that owns five different game developers: Digital Extremes, Splash Damage, Athlon Games, Kingmaker, and Radiance Games. These game devs are known for making Warframe, Wolfenstein, Lord of the Rings MMO, Project Heracles, and Endless World Idle RPG respectively. The biggest question going around is how this may affect Warframe, the ongoing free-to-play robot space ninja game that many gamers love. As of this time, it’s unclear if this will impact the the game at all. However, Digital Extremes has stated that Tencent has a good history of allowing their subsidiaries creative independence and autonomy so the outlook looks good. As of now, Tencent has ownership or investments of several large gaming studios including Riot, Activision, Ubisoft, Epic Games, and Blue Hole.
Sons of the Forest
Back in 2014 we got a look into a survival horror game that took sandbox building and turned it into a matter of surviving an island inhabited by nightmarish cannibals and humanoid monsters. The Forest by Endnight was a game where you survive a plane crash onto an uncharted island and regain consciousness just long enough to see some primitive people dragging your son away. You then need to forage, scavenge, and hunt for resources required to survive hunger, infection, disease, weather, and the inhospitable locals while searching for your son. Unfortunately, 2014 was just the early access and we didn’t get to play a full game with this concept until 2018 when The Forest released it’s official V1. Now we are being introduced to the sequel Sons of the Forest in which a similar scenario plays out. Only this time the creatures take on some even more gruesome and terrifying forms. It’s unclear at this time if the story will be connected to the previous game or if it even takes place on the same island, but there is one point in the trailer in which the character enters a door and finds a very modern looking home, giving the impression that there’s more going on in this land than what may have previously been thought. You can check out the trailer here:
Halo Television Series
After many years of fans of the gaming series wanting exactly this, a new Halo television series is finally being unveiled on Showtime. The project was announced back in 2019, but is now on full throttle as the story has been written and the cast has been hired. Not much is known yet about when in the timeline the series will take place, however we do know that it will be an original story centered on Master Chief himself. But unlike his usual escapades, this story will involve a large array of characters both old and new. Some of the recurring characters joining in the story that we got to know in the games include Cortana (voiced by Jen Taylor, her in-game VA, also known for voicing Princess Peach and Toad) and Dr. Halsey being played by Natascha McElhone, as well as of course Master Chief being played by Pablo Schreiber. No release date has been announced yet, but the team is currently deep in production and this series will hit us before we know it!
Healing Potion: Humble Bundle
If you’ve read through a lot of my articles, you may already know that Humble Bundle puts a portion of all game purchases towards charity. Often the charity it goes to is up to the buyer to choose, however certain bundles and games may be tied to a specific charity. However, no matter what you buy, you can be certain that you are helping out one organization or another and making the world a better place with every item you buy. Now, under normal circumstances as a Humble Bundle partner, I may refer you to the link where you can subscribe to Humble Bundle and a portion of it also helps support me, but due to the nature of this article being about helping others, I simply want to give you a link to their homepage and check themselves out yourselves. And if you yourself have a platform such as a blog, gaming channel, social page, livestream, etc. then I suggest you also sign up to be Humble Bundle partner and try to spread the goodwill to others!
Mobile Game of the Week: Bitlife – Life Simulator
Bitlife by Candywriter seems very straightforward at first, building a character and just choosing what you want them to do at different aspects of their life, but eventually you’ll jump into the realm of the absurd. In the beginning you may be tempted to just take the path of the upstanding citizen and make your character a good person, and then you might want to make another character with a whole new different take. The choices are all yours. In Bitlife, you can make your character do almost anything you can think of, with only some of the more far out options being locked behind a paywall. And when I say that the game gets absurd, I mean that your older brother may respond to you pulling on his ear by throwing a molotov cocktail at your head. If you really want to step into the absurd though, you can check out the achievement list which lists some very detailed and crazy scenarios that you can get an achievement for getting into such as contracting the bubonic plague and being healed by a witch doctor, or give birth to 100 children, getting sentenced to a Turkish prison, eat a snake, or exorcise your own ghost. This is one of the few mobile games I’d ever buy the full version for.
That’s all for this week’s news article! I hope you all enjoy ringing in the new year and I’ll see you all in the next article! Take care and happy new year everyone!