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Sony acquires Returnal developer Housemarque, hints Bluepoint is next​

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Sony has acquired Housemarque, the Finnish studio behind recent PS5 exclusive Returnal, the company announced today. It was announced with a tweet which suggests Sony might also be about to acquire Bluepoint Games, the studio behind the recent Demon’s Souls remaster.

In a blog post announcing the acquisition, PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst said that the studio “is one with incredible vision, capable of creating memorable new games that resonate with our community.” Although Housemarque has produced games across multiple platforms including PC, iOS, and the Xbox 360, the majority of its recent titles have been exclusive to Sony’s platforms. Prior to Returnal it was best known for the Super Stardust games, which have appeared on the PS3, PS4, and PSP.

In a statement, Housemarque’s co-founder and managing director Ilari Kuittinen welcomed the acquisition, saying that it “gives our studio a clear future and a stable opportunity to continue delivering on gameplay centric approaches, while still experimenting with new methods of narrative delivery and pushing the boundaries of this modern artform.”

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Sony Acquisition of Bluepoint Games Supposedly Leaked by Image Mistake

Jeez, you wait weeks for Sony to do... something, and then it decides to drop (well, more like leak) several megatons out of the blue on a sunny Tuesday morning. Having already confirmed the acquisition of Returnal developer Housemarque, it would appear that the Japanese giant's immediate plans don't stop there.

When the Housemarque news broke, PlayStation Japan somehow managed to upload the wrong image on Twitter. Instead of showing that Housemarque is now part of PlayStation Studios, the image highlights Bluepoint Games. The tweet was quickly deleted and replaced.

This heavily suggests that another acquisition announcement is incoming, with remake specialists Bluepoint Games also being snapped up by Sony. And again, it's a buy that makes total sense — Bluepoint is the studio behind the fantastic Shadow of the Colossus (PS4) and Demon's Souls (PS5) revivals.

So there you have it. If this really is happening, and it's not just some kind of insane mistake, then we'll probably get confirmation soon. We'll update this article when that occurs, or if we hear anything more about what's going on.
 

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Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut rated by the ESRB, even though it hasn’t been announced​

Could this be related to rumors of an expansion?

It seems a new version of Ghost of Tsushima is on the way, at least according to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut is listed on the video game ratings organization’s website despite the fact Sony hasn’t officially announced it yet.

Without that announcement, it’s not quite clear what a Director’s Cut of the 2020 open-world adventure might include. Ghost of Tsushima got a multiplayer expansion, a new game plus mode, and a next-gen upgrade since its launch last July. But all of that content was released for free.

Fans have also speculated that a PC version of the game could be on the way, similar to the PC launches of PlayStation exclusives like Days Gone and Horizon Zero Dawn. Yet the ESRB listing only mentions PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 has part of the rating for the Director’s Cut.

One possible explanation could be the recent leak, and domain registration, of something called Ghost of Ikishima. Uncovered by industry insider Shpeshal_Nick, that could be a full, standalone expansion to the original game, and if so, it’s possible that a Director’s Cut of Ghost of Tsushima could contain both the original and its standalone expansion.

Neither Sony nor Sucker Punch have made any announcements about Ghost of Tsushima’s future yet. Polygon has reached out to a Sony representative for more information.

 

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Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut rated by the ESRB, even though it hasn’t been announced​

Could this be related to rumors of an expansion?

It seems a new version of Ghost of Tsushima is on the way, at least according to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut is listed on the video game ratings organization’s website despite the fact Sony hasn’t officially announced it yet.

Without that announcement, it’s not quite clear what a Director’s Cut of the 2020 open-world adventure might include. Ghost of Tsushima got a multiplayer expansion, a new game plus mode, and a next-gen upgrade since its launch last July. But all of that content was released for free.

Fans have also speculated that a PC version of the game could be on the way, similar to the PC launches of PlayStation exclusives like Days Gone and Horizon Zero Dawn. Yet the ESRB listing only mentions PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 has part of the rating for the Director’s Cut.

One possible explanation could be the recent leak, and domain registration, of something called Ghost of Ikishima. Uncovered by industry insider Shpeshal_Nick, that could be a full, standalone expansion to the original game, and if so, it’s possible that a Director’s Cut of Ghost of Tsushima could contain both the original and its standalone expansion.

Neither Sony nor Sucker Punch have made any announcements about Ghost of Tsushima’s future yet. Polygon has reached out to a Sony representative for more information.

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Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut arrives on PS5 and PS4 consoles on August 20​

Explore the brand new Iki Island, plus PS5-specific enhancements like DualSense controller haptic feedback, Japanese lip sync, and more.

PS5 exclusive features​

While Director’s Cut players on both PS4 and PS5 will be able to experience the Iki Island content, PlayStation 5 players will have access to a few additional new features.

We’ve heard your feedback about the lack of Japanese lip sync in the original version of Ghost of Tsushima, and it’s something we worked hard to address in this new release. Thanks to the PS5’s ability to render cinematics in real time, cutscenes in Ghost of Tsushima and on Iki Island on PS5 will now offer lip sync for Japanese voice over.

We’re also happy to confirm that Ghost of Tsushima, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, and the new Iki Island expansion will all take advantage of haptic feedback and adaptive triggers in the Director’s Cut. There will also be enhancements to 3D audio* on PS5, as well as drastically improved load times, 4K resolution options** and framerates targeting 60 FPS.

Transferring your progress​

If you already own Ghost of Tsushima on PS4, you’ll be able to transfer your save to PS5 to pick up where you left off. For new players, the new Iki Island content will be available beginning in Act 2 of Ghost of Tsushima, after you’ve made your way to the Toyotama region.

 

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Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut arrives on PS5 and PS4 consoles on August 20​

Explore the brand new Iki Island, plus PS5-specific enhancements like DualSense controller haptic feedback, Japanese lip sync, and more.

PS5 exclusive features​

While Director’s Cut players on both PS4 and PS5 will be able to experience the Iki Island content, PlayStation 5 players will have access to a few additional new features.

We’ve heard your feedback about the lack of Japanese lip sync in the original version of Ghost of Tsushima, and it’s something we worked hard to address in this new release. Thanks to the PS5’s ability to render cinematics in real time, cutscenes in Ghost of Tsushima and on Iki Island on PS5 will now offer lip sync for Japanese voice over.

We’re also happy to confirm that Ghost of Tsushima, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, and the new Iki Island expansion will all take advantage of haptic feedback and adaptive triggers in the Director’s Cut. There will also be enhancements to 3D audio* on PS5, as well as drastically improved load times, 4K resolution options** and framerates targeting 60 FPS.

Transferring your progress​

If you already own Ghost of Tsushima on PS4, you’ll be able to transfer your save to PS5 to pick up where you left off. For new players, the new Iki Island content will be available beginning in Act 2 of Ghost of Tsushima, after you’ve made your way to the Toyotama region.


Damn, I'm about halfway into the game more or less but think I'll ice it until the Director's Cut lands - especially for the PS5 features
 

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Tune in to State of Play this Thursday for an extended look at Deathloop​


Get ready for approximately 30 minutes of indie and third-party updates, including a reality warping tour of Blackreef Island.

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Hi guys are Koodoo legit. Seems like the only place that has stock

 

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Hi guys are Koodoo legit. Seems like the only place that has stock

They're the ecommerce frontend for the official importers, so very legit.
 

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Hi guys are Koodoo legit. Seems like the only place that has stock

Yes, I bought my ps5 from them a few months back. They're actually really efficient with good customer service. Rate them highly.
 

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Hi guys are Koodoo legit. Seems like the only place that has stock

Ordered mine this morning, it's ready for collection.
 

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Hi guys are Koodoo legit. Seems like the only place that has stock


I have purchased quite a few from them already, no issues, delivery was very quick as well. Always next morning.
 

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The PS5 Hits 10 Million Units Sold Faster Than Any Other PlayStation Console​

Sony’s biggest problem right now with the PS5 is that they can’t seem to make enough of them, because the demand is extremely high, something made all the more clear with a new report which estimates that the PS5 has already eclipsed 10.1 million units sold in just 35 weeks, where it took the PS4 39 weeks to do the same.

The report comes from website VGChartz, who estimates that at the end of the week of July 10, PS5 had sold another 253,907 units which officially brought the console across that 10 million line.

It is great to see that more consoles are out in the wild, because as the PS5 install base grows, Sony will eventually move away from the PS4 to only publishing games on PS5, something that could happen sooner with the PS5 selling faster than any other hardware they’ve ever released.

Hopefully the new redesigned models of the PS5 will be easier for Sony to produce and we can hopefully see an end to production issues soon.


 
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