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Sony Launching Live Service Games Is A Smart Move For PlayStation

A new age of PlayStation games is coming soon.

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A new age of PlayStation games is coming soon.

It’s been a crazy first month of 2022. Microsoft acquiring Activision and PlayStation acquiring Bungie, it’s safe to say that these two video game titans are planning something big for their future. While Microsoft acquiring Activision makes sense, as Microsoft and Xbox are primarily known for being great platforms for multiplayer, PlayStation getting Bungie is a bit quizzical, as Bungie is known for creating Halo and Destiny, games that offer single player but great multiplayer.

But at the same time, I believe it’s the right move for PlayStation.

Live Service Games Is A Smart Move For Sony

When you think of PlayStation, you think of award-winning single player games, right? The Last of Us, Uncharted, Spider-Man, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War etc. are all great examples of the single player experience PlayStation has been pumping out since the PS4 era.

Single player is PlayStation’s strength, but everyone has a weakness. For PlayStation, it’s multiplayer.

Now that doesn’t mean PlayStation doesn’t have multiplayer at all. The Last of Us and Uncharted had multiplayer that players continue to play to this day. But that’s about it.

While the folks over at Microsoft and Xbox have a plethora of multiplayer games that are renowned around the world. Sea of Thieves, Halo, Gears of War, Forza etc. are some of the best examples.

PlayStation has tried to create multiplayer to rival the likes of Halo or Forza, but cannot seem to get it right.

So instead, they put all their focus into creating single player games, which has done wonderfully for the PlayStation brand, as they are now the big name when it comes to publishing single player games.

PlayStation acquiring Bungie is the first step in PlayStation fixing the lack of multiplayer options. Bungie are veterans in the multiplayer business, and I believe they can help fix that. But it’s obvious PlayStation has more plans they’re keeping from the public.

Sony has plans to launch at least 10 live-service games by March 2026, meaning that Sony has been planning this for a while now.

While Bungie are excellent developers for multiplayer games, they’re not enough to give PlayStation the multiplayer games they need. I believe Sony is making moves to acquire more developer companies for their multiplayer games, which is a smart move.

PlayStation is dominating the single player market already with their games, and with Horizon Forbidden West and God of War Ragnarök not too far, it’s expected that they’ll be topping the charts once more with their games.

It’s only a matter of time that Sony and PlayStation does the same for the multiplayer market.

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GTA VI Leaks – What We Know so Far?

Rockstar Games on high alert

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Massive leaks have been spread throughout social media platforms about Grand Theft Auto 6. If you are a GTA V account owner, you may have an idea of what happened. On September 19, “teapotuberhacker,” a user from GTAForums, posted 90 videos of test builds for the upcoming game by Rockstar. The hacker revealed assets and source codes for GTA 6 on YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, and other platforms. Rockstar locks down its social media accounts, and the situation may lead to investigations with the FBI, although there is no official statement from Rockstar regarding this matter.

The leaks were illegally taken from the studio’s network, leading to the conclusion that the GTA 6 hacker is not a lot but a small group working together to post the leaked data. Rockstar confirms that these leaks are legitimate, and the GTA publisher Take-Two is working on taking down confidential information about the game by using copyright rules on mainstream platforms.

The game set’s location appears to be in Vice City; thanks to groups of dedicated fans, a map was made using various tools, which is not entirely new. When GTA 5 was still under development and trailers, screenshots, and teasers were being released; GTA had a fan base that could create a map for Grand Theft Auto 5 before the game was released; the map was an almost perfect match to the official map in GTA 5. Not to mention these players also became the people who made GTA 5 modded accounts.

Introducing New Characters

Based on leaked information, Grand Theft Auto 6 would be an open-world game with male and female protagonists, Jason and Lucia. One of the videos shows the two in what appears to be an instant character switching, similar to GTA 5. Where Michael, Franklin, and Trevor’s character switch; although this time, it looks like the loading time is faster in this test run. Several screenshots show Lucia having different make-up and hairstyles, similar to Grand Theft Auto 5: Online, although customization is available for the female protagonist this time.

Smartphone System

Grand Theft Auto 4 introduced the smartphone system as a tool to contact friends, dates, and a few mission events. At the same time, Grand Theft Auto 5 added new functionalities like emails and website functionality. A parody of Facebook exists in this game called Life Invader; there may be a GTA 6 parody of Mark Zuckerberg; who knows? Aside from that, there is no information if Rockstar has updated this system.

Travel System

There are a few notable things about how players would be able to move around the map. Footage shows Jason swimming more profoundly in the water; unlike in previous games, the deepness of how far a player can swim has always been limited. For vehicles, test footage of vehicle damage where Jason shoots the floor of the boat and a fan boat on land. The subway system returns since GTA 4; we see Jason going in and out of a train car.

GTA 5 Combat

A video of Lucia fighting with NPCs was also shown, a tweaked weapon wheel, and NPCs reloading in real-time. Clips of recoil tests make everything realistic, and the latest addition in combat is for players to go prone, which is perfect for stealth-based missions.

Shooting from vehicles has been limited to small weapons; we have seen drive-bys from the test footage, allowing players to use bigger weapons. This would be great since bigger weapons would deal more damage. Switching hands while shooting is another excellent addition to combat; there are plenty of scenarios to get the proper angle on an enemy by switching the hand you are shooting from.

Vice City

The Miami-inspired city has dramatically changed since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. There are the usual elements to be found, like neon lights in nightclubs and beachfront, but Rockstar has made an effort to make the map modernized by ensuring the look and feel are authentic to the real-life locations of Florida. The level of detail from these tests is fantastic as it can be; driving real-life inspiration for locations provides an immersive experience for players.

Gas stations, bars, tennis courts, motels, the environment, and the subway system is diverse, possible even better than GTA 5s’ map. Lucia has been seen to use a gumball machine inside convenience stores, which could mean there would be more things to interact with in Vice City.

There may be more surprises in store from GTA 6, and these are just the little details that have been leaked. Grand Theft Auto VI is expected to be released by late 2024 or early 2025.

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