As large publishers like Ubisoft declare their allegiance for the Epic Games Store, others like Bethesda have announced they’re sticking by Steam. Bethesda confirmed Rage 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, and Doom Eternal and Fallout 76 will be available on both Bethesda’s launcher and Steam.
This development is particularly interesting because Bethesda had already shunned Steam. Last December, Bethesda announced that Rage 2 wouldn’t release on Steam, rather opting to only sell it through its own store and launcher. There is speculation that Valve may be striking deals of its own to keep big named publishers on its store.
Sony Corporation chairman Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai, the former head of the company’s PlayStation business, is retiring. Hirai will step down as chairman on June 18, bringing his 35-year career at Sony to a close. Hirai was named chairman in 2018, after stepping down as president and CEO of Sony in April.
Research firm SuperData reports Apex Legends has raked in over $92 million in its first month, with most of the spending coming from its console users. This makes it the most successful launch month of any free-to-play game in history, according to the firm. Considering the game hit 50 million players in a quarter of the time it took Fortnite to reach that number, the number is large, but not necessarily too surprising.
A few weeks ago, when Judgment actor Pierre Taki got arrested for use of cocaine after a drug test, Sega reacted quickly by pulling the game from shelves and PSN. The use of drugs in Japan is looked upon very differently, so Sega had to replace the entire actor for both the Japanese release and the upcoming U.S. release. According to Sega’s chief creative officer Toshihiro Nagoshi, that pull might have ended up being quite the boon for the game, as it sold 97 percent of its initial shipment before it got pulled. Judgment is still releasing in the west on June 21 on PlayStation 4.