The Biggest News in Gaming (Week Beginning 06/04/20)
Updated: May 7, 2020
Following Delay, Sony Pulls The Last of Us Part II & Iron Man VR From PS Store
After last week's announcement that the two games were being delayed indefinitely, Sony has removed The Last of Us Part II and Iron Man VR from the PlayStation Store.
The Japanese gaming giant has also refunded all digital pre-orders of the two games.
Sony initially announced that the games would be delayed due to COVID-19 on the 2nd of April. The company announced via Twitter that it "has made the difficult decision to delay the launch of The Last of Us Part II and Marvel's Iron Man VR until further notice.
"Logistically, the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve," the tweet added.
Naughty Dog, the studio behind the already delayed title The Last of Us Part II also posted a statement on Twitter saying "We're sure this news is just as disappointing to you as it is to us.
"The good news is, we're nearly done with development of The Last of Us Part II. We are in the midst of fixing our final bugs.
"However, even with us finishing the game, we were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn't launch The Last of Us Part II to our satisfaction."
The statement concluded by saying "We're hoping that this won't be a long delay and we'll update you as soon as we have new information to share."
ESA Will Not Hold Digital E3 Event
ESA, the governing body behind E3, will not hold an online version of its expo this year despite claims they made after the event's cancellation.
The company released a statement to PC Gamer this week when the publication reported E3 2021's supposed dates.
The statement said that "Given the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be presenting an online E3 2020 event in June.
"Instead, we will be working with exhibitors to promote and showcase individual company announcements, including on www.E3expo.com, in the coming months," the statement continued.
ESA did not confirm PC Gamer's reported dates for next year's expo, but did say "We look forward to bringing our industry and community together in 2021 to present a reimagined E3 that will highlight new offerings and thrill our audiences."
After the announcement of E3 2020's cancellation, many companies said they would hold digital events on their own, and this week Microsoft has revealed they won't be holding any physical public shows until August 2021.
Amidst the cancellations, IGN has said it plans to hold an online event similar to E3 on their own in the coming months.
Stadia Going Free For Two Months, Google Announces
Google is offering its video game streaming service, Stadia, free for the next two months.
The Stadia Pro subscription usually costs $9.99 but for new and existing subscribers it will be free of charge.
Phil Harrison, the Vice President, and GM for Google delivered the news via a post on The Keyword, in which he said "We’re facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. Keeping social distance is vital, but staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating.
"Video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you’re stuck at home, so we’re giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia Pro for two months."
For existing players, Harrison said "If you’re already a paid Stadia Pro subscriber, we won’t charge you for the next two months. After that, Stadia Pro is $9.99 a month, but you can opt-out of your subscription at any time."
During its official reveal at GDC 2019, the company said a base level of the service would be free and available for all, but so far, only the paid Pro version and a $129 founder's edition has been available.
Stadia launched in November of 2019 to lukewarm receptions around the world, with many voicing concerns with latency and lag.
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