What Playstation showed off last week, Ubisoft’s next move into live-action, and the Nintendo Switch gets an update.
Playstation shows off more than a dozen games coming to the PS5
A couple of things stood out for me while watching the Playstation Showcase last week. One is that there are still more great games from years past that are being brought out for new consoles. The second is that Playstation has some important exclusives for the PS5 in the next year and a bit.
I guess a third would be that Insomniac Games is on a tear.
Insomniac, which came out with Spider-Man Miles Morales a scant two years after the grounbreaking Marvel’s Spider-Man, and then released Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart about six months later, has two new games in the queue.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 merges the storylines of Peter Parker and Miles Morales and is scheduled for release in 2023.
Marvel’s Wolverine was something of a suprise. Insomniac only showed a tease of what we might expect from the game, which does not have a release date, but knowing what this studio has done I think it’s fair to have high hopes.
Among the games being remastered or remade that were shown at the Playstation Showcase was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. This is a remake, coming from Aspyr (which is good at these sorts of things). It’s been nearly 20 years since Bioware, a small studio in Edmonton, which had proved its skill at developing role-playing games with the Baldur’s Gate games, stormed the industry with the Star Wars property. This remake will be a PS5 exclusive when it releases.
The popular Uncharted series, which helped sell plenty of PS4 consoles, is getting the last couple of games – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – remastered for the PS5.
But the most exciting of the trailers was God of War: Ragnarok, which is expected sometime next year. This is a direct sequel to the 2018 game that cleverly rebooted the series in Norse mythology while honouring the Greek mythology from which Kratos emerged.
Ubisoft’s Driver game getting a live-action series on Binge.com
Ubisoft has been very aggressive at getting its various gaming franchises into other media.
Assassin’s Creed and Prince of Persia are two recent examples of movie adaptations, and now the Driver franchise is becoming a live-action series that will stream on Binge.com, a new online platform expected to launch next year.
You can now use Bluetooth headsets with your Nintendo Switch
Nintendo quietly rolled out an update to the Switch that supports Bluetooth wireless headsets.
The latest #NintendoSwitch update is now available, including the ability to pair Bluetooth devices for audio output.— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 15, 2021
For more information, including restrictions on some features while using Bluetooth Audio, please visit the support page: https://t.co/vzAB6lZTDu pic.twitter.com/6J5xcDl5kU
There are a few limitations:
- You can’t use a Bluetooth microphone, so the wireless headset is no good for multiplayer gaming.
- Only one headset can be in use, although you can store pairings for up to 10 devices.
- If you’ve got a Bluetooth headset connected, you can only use up to two wireless controllers.