The Verge rounds up the biggest announcements to come out of the Xbox and Bethesda Games showcase last weekend. Hollow Knight, Starfield, Overwatch 2, Diablo, and Minecraft all had big announcements to make, as well as a surprise reveal that Atlus is bringing three titles from their popular and formerly PlayStation-exclusive Persona franchise to Xbox and PC in the coming months.
GamesIndustry.biz’s Christopher Dring recaps some of the announcements from Xbox’s game showcase and discusses the significance of Xbox’s new partnership with Riot Games. Partnerships with top-tier free-to-play titles like League of Legends may be the next critical piece for growing the GamePass userbase along with Microsoft’s potential plans for the mobile developers it recently acquired in the Activision deal.
The Verge collects all the recently announced news on Blizzard’s upcoming launch of Overwatch 2 on October 4th. In addition to a roadmap and upcoming betas, Blizzard is dropping loot boxes altogether in favor of free-to-play and adopting a new seasonal battle pass system allowing players to purchase skins and items directly in a new cash shop.
As of Monday, Sony has officially launched its new PlayStation Plus subscription service in North America. The new service unifies and replaces the old PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscription services into one service with three tiers: the Essential, largely the same as the previous service; the Extra, adding access to a catalog of 400 PS4 and PS5 games, and the Premium, adding a back catalog of classic PlayStation games from previous generations.