Everything you need to know about the gaming industry from the past week

Industry Intel: Everybody’s Looking at the Future

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Calm down, buddy, your game’s not out yet (Image credit: Ubisoft)

This is Industry Intel, our Friday recap of everything noteworthy going on in the video game business. This week not much has been happening in the present. Instead, all major news seems to be related to the future.

Of course, that’s to be expected. It’s preview season and all the companies are trying to one-up each other with bombastic announcements, high-budget trailers, and juicy, juicy exclusives.

Ubisoft, Ubisoft, Ubisoft

Last time we told you about Ubisoft Forward, the AAA company’s major reveal digital event. So much happened!

The Free Watch_Dogs 2 wasn’t all that easy to get. If you tuned in just to see what’s up and grab your free game, you probably got a little bit annoyed by the redemption system totally not working. Hopefully, all is well and you’ve secured your copy by now.

New FPS Battle Royale Hyper Scape is out in Beta. The French studio surprised everybody by revealing a competitive fast-paced shooter game that gives off classic Quake vibes combined with a very synth-wavy visual aesthetic. The game is playable right now.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla won’t have traditional side quests. Most of the missions outside the main storyline will be dynamic world events, instead of the traditional scripted smaller quests.

Lastly, rumors suggest that Skull & Bones, Ubisoft’s pirate game that keeps getting canceled and rebooted every year, is back in the works. Please, Ubi, make it happen this time!

PlayStation 5

No Industry Intel will be complete without us mentioning Sony. Reportedly, the tech giant has increased the production order for PS5 from 5-6 million units to 10 milllion by next year. However, they might still struggle to keep up with the huge demand due to international shipping and… you know, the global crisis.

What Else?

A few notable things happened this week. Death Stranding on PC and Ghost of Tsushima are out to the joy of Japan-lovers everywhere.

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Devolver Digital have announced their own digital show, the Divolverland Expo.

Lastly, Google keeps trying to inject life inside their streaming platform Stadia. The platform will receive 16 new playable titles, and some of them are exclusives, such as Outcasters by Splash Damage. Will gamers care, though? Remains to be seen.

And if you do care about video games, keep reading good old EarlyGame!

Nikola Petrov