PlayStation Cancels PAX East Attendance Due To Coronavirus Concerns

PlayStation has announced it is withdrawing from its scheduled appearance at PAX East next week due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 (known as novel coronavirus). The slate of playable games was originally set to include The Last of Us Part II, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Persona 5 Royal, Iron Man VR, and more.

You can see PlayStation's full statement surrounding its decision below as posted on PlayStation Blog.

“Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment made the decision to cancel its participation at PAX East in Boston this year due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as “novel coronavirus”). We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern.”

The Last of Us Part II developer Naughty Dog also released the following statement on Twitter:

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World War Z Developer Saber Interactive Acquired By THQ Nordic Parent Company

Embracer Group, the parent company of THQ Nordic, has purchased Saber Interactive – the studio behind World War Z and the Switch port of The Witcher 3.

The deal could hit a maximum of $375 million, and Saber's past success as an independent studio – World War Z sold more than three million units according to Embracer – was one of the reasons Embracer purchased the New Jersey studio.

Embracer founder and CEO Lars Wingefors says that Saber will remain independent, which he notes has been a key ingredient in the developer's story so far. “Their ambitious moves towards self-funding projects in recent years have been particularly impressive,” he says.

Tim Willits, former id Software studio director and current CCO of Saber, in a tweet said he is “thrilled” at the move, adding it “puts Saber on a much bigger world stage. Good times ahead.”

[Source: Embracer Group, (2), Tim Willits]

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Baldur’s Gate 3 Gameplay To Be Unveiled At PAX East 2020

If you're like me, you've been wondering what shape Baldur's Gate 3 is going to take. Will it be a traditional isometric PC-oriented RPG like the classic titles of ages past, much like the games that inspired Divinity: Original Sin 2?

Or will it be something else? Third-person action perhaps? Well, we're going to get our first look at actual gameplay quite soon, on February 27.

The reveal kicks off at 3:30 PM ET, with Larian creative director Swen Vincke taking the stage at PAX East. Not going to be in Boston? No problem – the reveal will be streamed on YouTube. Check out the announcement trailer below and feel free to wonder what shape this next exciting iteration of one of gaming's most revered franchises will take!

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Fortnite’s Upcoming Season Is Currently All About Gold

Fortnite chapter 2 – season 2 is fast approaching, and Epic Games isn't wasting time giving players a taste of what to expect. The teases began on Fortnite's official Twitter feed today with a series of images that embrace the color gold and a February 20 launch date.

Players are now noticing that ordinary items within the game world – be it a couch or filing cabinet – are made entirely of gold, almost like someone is walking around with the Midas touch. The teases will likely continue from now up until the season's official start.

Until we learn more, behold a gold couch viewed by a banana:

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Overwatch And Diablo Animated Series May Be In Development

Nick van Dyk, the president of Activision Blizzard's film and television division, may have leaked the development of Overwatch and Diablo animated series on his LinkedIn profile, which GameSpot uncovered. According to his profile, the Diablo animated series is “rendered in anime style” and is in pre-production for Netflix. The Overwatch information isn't as detailed, and simply reads, “With my creative partner, developed and sold an animated series based on Blizzzard's Overwatch franchise.” The buyer of the rights for this popular competitive shooter is not listed. You can see the profile listing below:

Since Overwatch's release in 2015, fans have wanted to learn more about the game's story. Blizzard hopes to deliver on this request in Overwatch 2's new story modes. Hearing a show is on the way too lessens the excitement for the mode a little bit, but this game's universe is overflowing with plot threads and there's likely room for both of them..

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New Mythical Pokémon Teased For Sword And Shield

Pokémon's anniversary is February 27, a day that will likely be filled with news and events for most of the active Pokémon games. For Sword and Shield, Game Freak has stated that it will reveal a new mythical Pokémon that will likely appear in the game at the same time. The official Pokémon Twitter account shared what is believed to be the silhouette of this new critter.

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